Nearly doomed by too little CO2

Aside from protests by Al Gore, Leonardo Di Caprio, and friends, the public didn’t seem to raise its carbon dioxide (CO2) anguish much above the Russians-election frenzy when Trump exited the Paris Climate Accords. Statistician Bjorn Lomborg had already pointed out that the Paris CO2 emission promises would cost one hundred trillion dollars ($100 trillion) that no one has, and make only a 0.05º  C difference in Earth’s 2100 AD temperature. Others say perhaps a 0.2º C (0.3º F) difference, and even that would hold only in the highly unlikely event that all parties actually kept their voluntary pledges. What few realize, however, [...]

By |2017-06-30T17:59:51+00:00June 30th, 2017|CFACT Insights, Guest Insights|5 Comments

U.S. funding dubious science and unfounded fear

Well-known researcher Ron Arnold reports on the cosy relationship between the Italian research group Ramazzini Institute and various federal agencies during the Obama Administration to classify glyphosate and other chemicals as carcinogenic while hiding research results that exonerated the chemical from such claims. The EPA's own scientists have disputed Ramazzini research on methanol -- and now we have learned that the International Agency for Research on Cancer's chief research deliberately withheld findings from studies of 89,000 U.S. farm workers and family members that showed no link between cancer and exposure to glyphosate.

By |2017-06-28T11:04:12+00:00June 28th, 2017|Guest Insights|Comments Off on U.S. funding dubious science and unfounded fear

EPA’s suspect science

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 on toxicity, health impacts, and other factors. The ensuing caterwauling suggested that the EPA had no priorities since Bill Ruckelshaus (EPA’s first administrator, 1970-1975, at left). But consider some standard EPA practices:   1.  EPA advocates claim the U.S. is unhealthy and dirty. They won’t admit [...]

By |2017-06-22T08:05:35+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Guest Insights|Comments Off on EPA’s suspect science

Science, engineering, and leadership

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.

By |2017-06-07T13:50:13+00:00June 7th, 2017|Guest Insights|Comments Off on Science, engineering, and leadership

Solar ovens and sustained poverty for Africa

Ugandan activist Steven Lyazi argues that, while wind and solar and biomass energy do provide some relief for many Africans, they are not true substitutes for round-the-clock reliable energy such as is found in First World countries with electric power grids fueled by coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear energy -- all of which are in abundant supply in various African nations. Westerners tend to think it is just fine for Africans to live in poverty, especially energy poverty, while they enjoy the benefits of a fossil- and nuclear-fuel economy.

By |2017-04-22T16:19:20+00:00April 22nd, 2017|Guest Insights|1 Comment

Financial security versus independence

Entrepreneurship has been the backbone of the United States economy since its inception. The good news is that Americans are still entrepreneurial and willing to take risks in search of greater rewards both financially and personally. But the U.S. must ensure that its laws and regulations do not stifle innovation and entrepreneurship.

By |2017-04-21T16:42:32+00:00April 21st, 2017|Guest Insights|Comments Off on Financial security versus independence

Trumping the State Department

Former Reagan Administration official Scot Faulkner lauds President Trump's and Secretary of State Tillerson's plans to overhaul the U.S. State Department, which he calls not only one of the most bloated bureaucracies but also one of the least effective -- largely because of the internationalist -- almost anti-American -- attitude that prevails among senior officials. USAID alone has wasted over a trillion dollars on enriching dictators and useless projects that have not produced lasting results. It is way past time to clean house.

By |2017-03-27T01:36:08+00:00March 27th, 2017|Guest Insights|Comments Off on Trumping the State Department

The undeniable innovation-leadership impulse

West Virginia University professor James Smith shares insights about leadership -- and notes that leaders are sorely needed to help organize societies for the common good. Some leaders have very public faces, while others toil in near total anonymity, but both extremes are vital to the health of a society, Smith contends.

By |2017-03-22T19:32:59+00:00March 22nd, 2017|Guest Insights|Comments Off on The undeniable innovation-leadership impulse

The social cost of carbon (SCC) regulations

By Paul Driessen and Roger Bezdek “If you could pick just one thing to reduce poverty, by far you would pick energy,” Bill Gates has said. “Access to energy is absolutely fundamental in the struggle against poverty,” World Bank VP Rachel Kyte, and Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Amartya Sen agree. The UN Development Program also calls energy “central to poverty reduction.” And International Energy Agency Executive Director Dr. Fatih Birol notes that “coal is raising living standards and lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.” In fact, all fossil fuels are doing so. Indeed, fossil fuels created the modern world [...]

By |2017-03-21T20:31:49+00:00March 21st, 2017|CFACT Insights, Guest Insights|1 Comment

A serious climate opportunity

Greg Walcher, a former secretary of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, argues that forests provide the world’s greatest resource for cleaning CO2 out of the atmosphere. Rotting and fires themselves emit greenhouse gases, but atmospheric CO2 makes all plants grow faster and better and with improved tolerance to drought. Thus, it is vital that the U.S. must reverse policies that oppose logging, tree thinning, and other management necessary for healthy forests.

By |2017-03-21T16:43:27+00:00March 21st, 2017|CFACT Insights, Guest Insights|Comments Off on A serious climate opportunity

Science deniers in the wind industry

By Helen Schwiesow Parker, P.hD., LCP Like the tobacco industry before it, the wind industry has spent decades vehemently denying known harmful consequences associated with its product, while promoting its fraudulent feel-good image. Dismissing or denying the serious health impacts of industrial-scale wind turbines is wishful thinking, akin to insisting that tobacco is harmless because we enjoy it. The problem with wind energy is not just its costly, subsidized, unreliable electricity; the need to back up every megawatt with redundant fossil-fuel power; or its impacts on wildlife and their habitats. Infrasound (inaudible) and low-frequency (audible) noise (slowly vibrating sound waves collectively [...]

By |2017-03-03T19:45:17+00:00March 3rd, 2017|Guest Insights|11 Comments

Trumping the media

Scot Faulkner recounts the history of the rise of alternative media and how President Trump is fully utilizing new media outlets like Twitter to bypass the entrenched bastions of political correctness.

By |2017-01-20T15:40:13+00:00January 20th, 2017|Guest Insights|1 Comment

The world needs more energy!

It is more than hypocritical, says African writer Steven Lyazi, for rich Westerners to demand that Africa not develop and use its rich fossil fuels, hydro power, and nuclear energy resources but instead settle for intermittent, expensive, and insufficient "energy" from wind turbines and solar arrays. Those rich Westerners still get most of their energy from conventional sources -- and Africans, he says, are no longer going to tolerate this racism.

By |2016-12-03T16:25:04+00:00December 3rd, 2016|Guest Insights|3 Comments

The battle for our grasslands and livestock

Australian rancher Viv Forbes and some colleagues have published a report urging a climate exit (Clexit) to stop the insane assault on farming and ranching that is being orchestrated by billionaires in the name of saving the environment. The real goal is total control over all human activity.

By |2016-10-30T13:01:34+00:00October 30th, 2016|Guest Insights|3 Comments

The Experiment: Capitalism versus Socialism

There has been no clearer comparison between capitalism and socialism than the two Germanys that were created at the end of World War II -- socialist/communist East Germany, under Soviet hegemony, and capitalist West Germany, with strong ties to Western Europe and the United States. Clearly, West Germany's capitalist system produced better results for its people -- and only recently have East Germans begun to prosper after many years of freedom.

By |2016-09-21T22:34:12+00:00September 21st, 2016|Guest Insights|3 Comments
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