Larry Bell

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  • 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.”

  • Study attributes Antarctic glacier melt to volcanoes

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    What do you know? Turns out the reason that the West Antarctic ice sheet is melting a bit is that there is a volcano under it that is active. So global warming is not to blame — which makes sense, given that the rest of the ice sheet in Antarctica is growing at a rapid pace. Of course, the warmists want us to ignore the rest of the story salivate on the icebergs breaking off from the Pine Island glacier (thanks to volcanic activity that they want to ignore).

  • Scientist reveals inconvenient truth to alarmists

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    Swiss geologist Dr. Christian Schluchter has found new evidence indicating that the Alps were pretty much glacier-free about 4,000 years ago, disproving long-accepted theories of climate alarmists that these glaciers only began retreating in the mid-19th Century. He also notes the Alps were nearly glacier-free again just 2,000 years ago, and notes that the current decline preceded the injection of extra carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. In response to negative reactions to his findings, Dr. Schluchter suggested that the reputation of science is becoming more and more damaged as politics and money gain influence over scientists.

  • New Congress must rein in runaway EPA

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    With the President and the unaccountable regulatory agencies joined by the Supreme Court in declaring Congress to be irrelevant in governing America, it is time for Congress to raise itself up from the dead and reestablish itself as the sole creator of new laws. Given that too many in Congress have gone along with this massive Presidential (and regulatory) power grab, this may require sweeping out a lot of dead wood from both chambers.

  • Obama climate report finds sky falling

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    The Obama Administration is used to lying about nearly everything, so why not lie and claim that recent weather events are unprecedented, the sky is falling, and the seas are rising? Surely no mainstream “journalist” will challenge any of these claims! But real scientists do! And people are beginning to believe the truth and to doubt the veracity and even the intentions of the liars.

  • Antarctic melting reports omit key facts

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    CFACT advisor Dr. Larry Bell is amused with the latest spin from the Obama Administration and its henchmen from the politico-scientific community — this time regarding the latest report on the relatively tiny West Antarctic ice sheet. Bell points to several key facts ignored by reporters and political hacks alike — notably, the recently discovered 1-mile-deep rift valley and volcanic activity under the West Antarctic ice sheet and the fact that the other 90% of the Antarctic ice sheet is experiencing record high ice levels. Just further evidence that you cannot believe the White House or the mainstream media.