Politicians must consider unintended consequences.
CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen warns that the impending lawsuits against oil and gas companies -- created by corrupt city governments as a last-gasp hope for escaping bankruptcy -- pose grave danger for the U.S. economy should these cities succeed. Yet, says Driessen, the very premises of these suits suggests they should be thrown out of court.
CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen exposes the unscientific shenanigans of the International Agency for Research on Cancer that are under Congressional investigation for scientific bias, secrecy, and corruption -- and how the IARC, much of whose funding is from the U.S. Congress, has arrogantly obfuscated, stalled, and even demanded immunity.
Oil and natural gas aren’t just fuels. They supply building blocks for pharmaceuticals; plastics in vehicle bodies, athletic helmets, and numerous other products; and complex composites in solar panels and wind turbine blades and nacelles. The U.S. was importing 65% of its petroleum in 2005, creating serious national security concerns. But fracking helped cut imports to 40% and the U.S. now exports oil and gas. Today’s vital raw materials foundation also includes exotic minerals like gallium, germanium, rare-earth elements, and platinum-group metals. For the U.S., they are “critical” because they are required in thousands of applications; they become “strategic” when we don’t [...]
CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen strongly recommends reading geologist Gregory Wrightstone's new 123-page book, "Inconvenient Facts: The Science That Al Gore Doesn't Want You To Know" as a tool for refuting the wild claims of climate alarmists and their minions.
CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen sings an ode to the benefits of federalism and other gifts from the founders in an article inspired by a jazz combo. He reports that the 2016 election was swung in "flyover country" out of a growing frustration with an ever-expanding federal government that had largely discarded the concept of federalism and was dictating too many aspects of our lives.
As CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen explains, federal revenues from offshore drilling fell from $18 billion in 2008 to just $2.5 billion in 2016 thanks largely to Obama era policies while state revenues from closer-in rigs went up. The Trump-Zinke proposal would open federal waters (outside the 3-mile limit) to drilling, with huge potential revenues and contributions to national security. The planning and evaluation process, Driessen argues, should not be impeded.
From energy and spending, to climate and debate – silencing all dissenting voices is essential.
Blue State residents are turning blue from the cold that their solar heaters and wind turbines cannot rescue them from -- but Blue State politicians insist on blaming fossil fuels for making their residents cold (global warming actually means colder winters, right?). CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen points out the hypocrisies of the leftists who seek to win through censorship of factual information and opinions not in alignment with their fantasized story lines about climate and more.
CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen pulls no punches, calling today's ethanol and biofuels mandates and subsidies a fascistic scheme that harms both the economy and the environment and does nothing to conserve domestic energy while doing a lot to stifle economic growth. He urges the swift repeal of ethanol and biofuels mandates.
CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen warns that a pending Supreme Court case could leave property owners at the mercy of federal bureaucrats who would have absolute authority to order them to renovate their property to welcome endangered species -- at their own expense, even if the species was not native to the property.
CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen extols the benefits of the opening some 2,000 acres of the huge Arctic National Wildlife Reserve to exploration and drilling for oil and gas. The potential for the region is at least 15 billion gallons of oil a year - more than enough to keep the Trans-Alaska Pipeline up and running for a long time to come.
CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen recounts the damage done to the Utah economy by the rash designations of huge portions of the state as national monuments -- and the efforts by the current administration to roll back these designations to only the amount of land necessary to protect national treasures -- and leaving the rest of the land under more permissive management structures.
CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen laments the long, arduous battle to open the Keystone XL pipeline -- an action that would eliminate the need for 1,225 railroad tanker cars per day (450,000 per year) or 3,500 semi-trailer tanker trucks daily (1,275,000 annually) that currently transport oil to refineries, saving lives and costs and creating jobs in rural America. Driessen also recounts the many ways that fossil fuels enrich humanity -- from feed stocks for paints, plastics, pharmaceuticals, and other products to powering the manufacturing centers that create computers, smart phones, healthcare technologies, vehicles, and batteries.
CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen weighs in on the attempt by the International Agency for Research on Cancer to shut down sales and use of glyphosate despite numerous studies showing that the world's most commonly used herbicide does not cause cancer. Indeed, Driessen notes, even the process by which the IARC made its determination is fatally flawed.