Larry Bell

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  • Get NASA out of the climate alarm business

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    CFACT Advisor Dr. Larry Bell reports that the highly publicized claim by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies is bogus — that other studies, for example, work done by the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project, come to very different conclusions about the significance of the GISS findings, and others have questioned GISS director Gavin Schmidt about why his team ignored very accurate satellite data which have been available since 1979. Schmidt, of course, declined to answer, and now major media outlets are backtracking from their original reporting.

  • New EPA ozone rules could shutter businesses

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    Once again, the EPA is emerging as a chief jobs killer for the Obama Administration (which apparently wants most Americans unemployed and dependent upon government for their very existence). The proposed new ground-level ozone standard — whether it is 60, 65, or even 70 parts per billion, will kill jobs, weaken our national and local economies — and increase the power of the Executive Branch to rule as a dictatorship.

  • Spending bill brings relief to rural America

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    While the so-called “Cromnibus” spending bill has its detractors on both sides of the political aisle, the devil is always in the details. And this bill, for the first time in years, did contain some items that will lead to cheering in rural and western America (and by right-minded people all over). Among them: the EPA is barred from cutting dairy CO2 emissions and from regulating farm ponds under navigable water legislation, and neither the greater sage grouse or its smaller cousin, the Gunnison sage grouse, can be officially listed as endangered until more studies are undertaken.

  • Special interests influence costly EPA regulations

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    The EPA has entered into more than 60 sue-and-settle agreements in just the last 4 years — as part of a widespread collusion with radical environmentalist groups who use this back-door process to avoid public scrutiny of their confiscatory plans until it is too late for the public, let alone lawmakers, to intervene to find a better solution to the alleged problems being addressed through such lawsuits. It is time to stop this incestuous relationship between federal employees and their once and future colleagues who currently work for radical environmental groups.

  • The EPA’s man-made cooling crisis

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    The United States is likely to see brownouts and blackouts thanks to the shuttering of coal-fired power plants (and who knows, maybe even gas-fired plants) that are part of an Obama Administration effort to depower the nation to satisfy environmental extremists and to satisfy his own desire to diminish the role of the United States in world affairs. The EPA is his tool of choice (along with other federal agencies whose policies rarely are blocked by either elected officials or the courts). And as the supply of electricity dwindles, the price of power will rise dramatically, with the greatest negative impacts on the poor, the elderly, and the disabled.

  • Shady circumstances cloud huge solar energy plant bailout

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    The giant Ivanpah solar array in California was financed with a $1.6 billion construction loan from the U.S. Treasury, but the plant has been so unproductive that its owners have successfully begged for loan repayment delays and now want a $539 million federal grant so they can make their first — already late — three payments on the initial loan. But prospects for long-term viability of Ivanpah remain poor, given that the plant’s poor performance and the fact that it is killing birds at an alarming rate. As Reason’s Julian Morris, says, “They’re already paying less than the market rate. Now demanding or asking for a subsidy in the form of a grant directly paying off the loan is an egregious abuse.”

  • Obama’s China climate deal is a manmade disaster

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    CFACT advisor Larry Bell says that the “deal” that President Obama struck with Chinese Supreme Leader Xi Jinping is a manmade disaster that “trades away near-term U.S. energy security and prosperity for vague and distant promises.” Rather than historic, the China climate pact is more accurately described as histrionic. The Chinese agree to do nothing they were not already planning — cutting air pollution by 2030 to address serious human health issues there. The U.S., by contrast, agrees to double the speed of its transition away from fossil fuels — at a huge cost to U.S. jobs and the U.S. economy.

  • Congress’ job: “Reins” in the runaway EPA

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    Now that he no longer has to face the public, President Obama may soon unleash a torrent of radical executive orders with far-reaching consequences, but his regulatory bodies are advancing an all-out war on the U.S. oil and gas industry that can only be curtailed through Congressional action (at least for now). The chief problem is that the EPA’s regulations constitute “s power without accountability — a useful formula politically but an abysmal one for policy-making.” The REINS Act would end this shell game.”

  • EPA hides science behind draconian regs

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    The EPA has virtually rewritten the Clean Air Act to suit its own ends, and while a divided Congress refuses to act to rein in the agency, the Supreme Court had a shot and even admitted that the agency had overstepped its boundaries, but still let the EPA embark on a mad race to destroy the nation’s foundational energy sources — coal, oil, and natural gas. Even worse, new EPA regulations, which will cost the U.S. economy nearly $3 trillion and innumerable job losses, are backed by
    “secret science” that the EPA will not even share with Congress.

  • UN climate protocols would ravage nations

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    The eco-imperialism of the West continues to plague the nations of Africa and other developing nations. Secretary of State John Kerry even told Africans not to create new (more efficient) farms because the rich First World does not want them to contribute to “carbon pollution,” as if that were something to fear. The shameless patronism of the new colonialist is dcirectly responsible for millions of deaths in Africa, india, and elsewhere, but in their own eyes the Green gurus believe their phony cause of “saving the planet” is more noble than saving human lives.

  • Forget ISIS — White House Declares War on CO2

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    World leaders — other than Barack Obama — are ignoring the United Nations as it tries very hard to promote the New York City climate conference as a major event. Meanwhile, President Obama and his coterie have been taking great pains not to alienate their antiwar base while plotting air strikes against the Islamic State that the President says is not Islamic.

  • Green energy more hype than benefit

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    CFAC advisor Larry Bell says that we ought to beware of marketing terms such as “clean,” “renewable,” and “sustainable.” While those words may seem very nice, they have routinely been co-opted and redefined through misleading “Green” messaging campaigns. For example, corn ethanol yields less energy than is required to grow and produce it. Wind turbines are bird and bat executioners. Solar plants take up so much land that reptiles and other animals suffer. Plus, solar and wind are inherently intermittent,

  • Sunspot trends suggest global cooling may be ahead

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    Leading European scientists are now predicting a long-term cooling trend will follow the past 17 years of relatively stable worldwide temperatures. Dr. Fritz Varentholt expects the world to get cooler in the future for three reasons: (1) we are or soon will be beginning on the downward flank of the Sun’s Gleissberg and Suess cycles; (2) solar activity during the next cycle may extend our current very weak one; and (3) ocean cycles will be in cooling phases over the next decades as well.

  • Attacks on carbon dioxide are political air pollution

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    Larry Bell finds that there is “not even a smidgen of evidence” to support the theory of climate change caused by carbon dioxide as a major threat to humanity. Indeed, an EPA internal report acknowledges that “there is no particular reason to rush into decisions based upon a scientific hypothesis that does not appear to explain most of the available data.”

  • Bush agencies got it right on EPA

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    Larry Bell recalls what Bush Administration officials said would happen if the Clean Air Act were extended to incorporate regulation of carbon dioxide — and none of it was good. In the words of CEQ chair James Connaughton, the “case-by-case application of old regulations to an entirely new set of circumstances and parties foreshadows unrelenting confusion, conflicts over compliance, and decades-long litigation windfall for attorneys, consultants, and activists, as communities and the courts strive to sort it all out.”