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  • Overheated claims on temperature records

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    By Dr. Tim Ball and Tom Harris Now that the excitement has died down over the news that Earth’s surface temperature made 2017 one of the hottest years on record, it is time for sober second thoughts. Did the January 18 announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that 2017 was our planet’s […]

  • Burnett: Trump on energy and the environment, year 1

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    Heartland Institute Senior Fellow (and CFACT advisor) H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D., reviews the achievements of President Trump’s energy and environmental policies at the end of his first year in office, a list he says indicates “a tremendous start” — as evidenced by the stock market, job growth, unemployment decline, business investment, and consumer confidence — all helping to “make America great again.”

  • Frigid cold is why we need dependable energy

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    While China, India, and other nations are building new coal-fired power plants, the United States, which nearly a quarter of the world’s coal reserves, is still following the path laid out by President Obama of phasing out coal production. Canadian analyst Tom Harris, whose home province of Ontario has banned all coal-fired power generation, explains that this stems from the myth that carbon dioxide is as dirty as coal.

  • Time to get them off our gravy train

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    Greg Walcher, President of the Natural Resources Group, lauds the recent decision by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to end two decades of the scurrilous “sue-and-settle” scam run by EPA for the benefit of environmentalist plaintiffs and the policies some EPA officials wanted but could not get regulatory authority to accomplish.

  • Global warming: Fake news from the start

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    Canadians Dr. Tim Ball and Tom Harris of the International Climate Science Coalition trace the history of the “global warming” scam, which is founded on equating carbon dioxide with carbon to give the public an image of carbon dioxide as “dirty.” They cite both Canadian and American politicians and scientists who have advanced this false narrative.

  • End the ‘war on coal’

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    New Zealander Bryan Leyland and Canadian Tom Harris, both of the International Climate Science Coalition, argue that the United States is setting a bad example and harming its own people — and those in developing nations — by continuing the EPA’s war on coal, nuclear energy, and natural gas. Wind and solar have major problems with reliability, cost, and adverse health and environmental impacts that their proponents gloss over, whereas emissions from modern, highly efficient coal-fired power plants with stack gas cleanup consist almost entirely of water, CO2, and nitrogen.

  • Would you bet your paycheck on a weather forecast?

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    Canadians Dr. Tim Ball and Tom Harris explain the difference between weather, climate, and meteorology as part of their denunciation of climate alarmists who misuse and even alter historic scientific data in their vain attempts to “prove” their global warming theories that are the fuel for the globalist elite’s efforts to consolidate power into their hands. Much of their success stems from the kinship between environmentalism and consolidation of state power over the individual. Freedom lovers, therefore, must be vigilant to stop these power hungry bullies in their tracks.

  • Avalanches of global warming alarmism

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    Canadians Dr. Tim Ball and Tom Harris report from Bonn that the IPCC is now resorting to even more spurious “science” than ever in support of its wildly alarmist claims of climate catastrophe around the corner. They cite a vast lack of real-world data to support these claims, noting that there are no weather stations representing about 85% of the Earth’s surface area.

  • Find the cure – ignore the symptoms

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    West Virginia University professor James E. Smith argues that the U.S. needs more entrepreneurs and innovators, but our educational system seems bent on focusing on identifying and managing the symptoms of problems we face today rather than on solutions that address or eliminate the origin or root of those problems — and in all too many cases, they find reasons NOT to pursue solutions that MIGHT create new problems, even when the potential for harm is tiny.

  • The changing world energy economy

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    West Virginia University professor James E. Smith and graduate student Alex Hatch report that the United States economy has begun to grow steadily despite falling oil consumption. Moreover, worldwide energy demand dropped significantly between 2013 and 2015 and the trend is continuing despite growing world populations and expanding energy availability. They note that , worldwide (not just in today’s rich countries), the only thing limiting our future progress and comity is our imagination and ingenuity.

  • Trying to perpetuate alarmist climate “science”

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    Analyst David Wojick reports that the Climate Science Special Report, soon to be released by the federal Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) as Volume I of the National Climate Assessment, is an alarmist document that would undermine all efforts to rein in the climate monarchy. Wojick calls for a Red Team review of the CSSR that would be entered as an official critique of the CSSR.

  • What natural disasters should teach us

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    Ugandan author Steven Lyazi scoffs at the chiding and covert racism of wealthy environmental advocates who live in luxury but demand a lower quality lifestyle for Africans. He points the finger at the Club of Rome for banning DDT once they realized that Africans not dying from malaria and other diseases would live longer and have more children. His words echo the toothless declarations that sustainable development restrictions should not apply to the very poor.

  • Transparency critical to getting science, regulations right

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    CFACT science and policy advisor H. Sterling Burnett of the Heartland Institute reports that the EPA (and other federal agencies) skew the real cost-benefit numbers in promoting massive regulations. One example: While the Obama Clean Power Plan might have saved 21,000 lives (as the EPA claimed), the rules would also also resulted in from 102,500 to 164,000 early deaths. The HONEST Act hopes to correct these discrepancies.

  • Enemies of humanity

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    Ugandan activist (and student) Steven Lyazi writes passionately that the West is both hypocritical and imperialistic in dictating policies to Africans that were good enough for Western nations half a century ago and could save millions of African lives — and generate up to $100 billion a year to the Afrcican economiy just from allowing the use of DDT to fight malaria. DDT use reduces death from malaria by 80% or more — and Lyazi himself is a two-time malaria survivor who notes that most Africans lack the money to pay for the costly, time-consuming treatment for this killer disease that the West eradicated 70 years ago using DDT.

  • Debunking the EPA’s fake accounts of the Gold King mine disaster

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    The EPA inspector general’s report is full of lies and misrepresentations, says Heritage Foundation senior research fellow Rob Gordon. The whitewashed report claims that the dam failure came after EPA contractors “inadvertently … initiated an internal erosion failure.” But Gordon notes the IG report omits the critical fact that the EPA crew reburied the natural plug; ignores the EPA’s wrongful assumption that the floor of the mine was 6 feet lower tghan the ground outside when in fact the adit’s entire purpose was to drain the mine; and that the EPA failed to follow its own instructions that did not include excavating the blockage.

  • REAL climate science shows Trump was right to Exit Paris

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    Eight top scientists responded to complaints by Massachusetts Institute of Technology President Rafael Reif and others condemning President Trump for withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate accords, stating strongly that he had done the right thing for America. The authors cite temperature and other climate data that are at odds with the computer modeling upon which the global warming theory is founded — and show that myriad claims by warmists are either false or misleading. Number one with a bullet is that carbon dioxide is a killer when in fact is is the life-giving catalyst for plant growth.

  • EPA’s suspect science

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    By John Rafuse   President Trump’s budget guidance sought to cut $1.6 billion from the Environmental Protection Agency’s $8.1 billion expectation. Shrieks of looming Armageddon prompted Congress to fund the EPA in full until September 2017, when the battle will be joined again. Then EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said he would prioritize Superfund cleanups based […]

  • Science, engineering, and leadership

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    West Virginia University professor James E. Smith argues that, without a basic understanding of the scientific process that has been so successful and useful in getting us to this point in our collective histories, we can hardly expect to see a better future if similar men and women are not at the helm. Maybe a little less pandering and a lot more proper decision-making based on scientific facts will make the governance process more attractive to professionals for whom a future legacy of successful advancements is a valued outcome – and thus better for our future.