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CFACT Reports

Justice through Affordable Energy for Wisconsin

CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen’s Justice through Affordable Energy for Wisconsin analyzse why affordable energy is crucial to promoting justice and advancing civil rights, using Wisconsin as a case study. Driessen argues:

“Energy is the Master Resource – the foundation for everything we eat, make, ship and do. With abundant, reliable, affordable energy, almost anything is possible, and we can improve, enrich and safeguard countless lives. Without it, jobs, living standards, basic rights and modern civilization are imperiled.”

Driessen also notes that laws and policies that restrict access to America’s abundant energy resources “block the door to opportunity, creating unnecessary and unacceptable obstacles to the natural, justifiable desire of poor and minority Americans to share in the American Dream. They tarnish the golden years of senior citizens, forcing too many to choose between heating and eating.”

He also examines the oft-ignored risks of climate change policies, reveals the devastating economic effects of a cap-tax-and-trade system, and exposes popular renewable energy myths.

A Scientific Critique of the EPA’s Mercury Rule

Willie Soon, PhD, wrote “A Scientific Critique of the Environmental Protection Agency’s ‘National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants [NESHAP] from Coal- and Oil-fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units and Standards of Performance for Fossil-Fuel-Fired Electric Utility, Industrial-Commercial-Institutional, and Small Industrial-Commercial-Institutional Steam Generating Units’ Proposed Rule (March 16, 2011) – Focusing on the Mercury Emission Issues.”

This detailed 85-page report explains how the EPA failed to describe the scientific reality of natural processes and multi-factorial controls that govern the cycling of mercury (Hg) and the ultimate biomethylation and bioaccumulation processes for methylmercury (MeHg). Soon concludes that “EPA’s proposed NESHAP provides no detectable beneficial outcomes in the control of mercury emissions (even accepting EPA’s own risk-benefit analysis without a challenge). The new rules will result in a major economic impact, harm American public health by creating exaggerated and unfounded fears about eating fish that are beneficial in everyone’s diet, and further degrade the essential role of science in informing public policy.”

 

Recent Articles

Energy
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    Time to repeal America’s crude petroleum export ban

    Paul Driessen lays out the case for ending the ban on overseas shipment of crude petroleum, and in the process notes how shipping crude and refined petroleum overseas would be a boon to the U.S. economy and might also prod European nations to rethink their own policies towards energy production.

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    The methane hoax cranks up!

    What with the failure of the war on carbon dioxide to take hold, anti-energy zealots had to find another enemy — and this time, the enemy is methane from cow farts. The U.S. dairy industry is about to be besieged as viciously as the coal and oil and gas industries have been smeared and demonized even since the U.S. Senate rejected the Kyoto protocols. This war will get ugly before most Americans even realize it is happening, or that their prosperity is the chief target.

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    Big Green’s “sue-and-settle” strategy draws pushback from states, Congress

    When the lesser prairie chicken was listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a threatened species, it was the last straw for Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. The State of Oklahoma, and likely several other states, has filed a lawsuit against the Interior Department for collusion in violating federal law. Meanwhile, four separate bills have been filed in Congress to limit attorney fees for endangered species litigants and address three other ESA concerns.

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    Clouds on the solar horizon: Scams, fraud are rampant

    Marita Noon reports on some of the vagaries faced by buyers of rooftop solar panels. Florida purchasers were stuck with bills of up to $40,000 for systems that may be unusable or unsafe installed by now-bankrupt companies who will not honor warranties. Elsewhere, firefighters have discussed the risks (electrocution is just one) from fighting fires in buildings with rooftop solar installations. Other solar companies mislead customers or even take their money and disappear.

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    More fraudulent science from EPA

    The EPA is at it again — using fraudulent science to justify lowering automotive sulfur content from 30 ppm to 10 ppm — after already reducing the sulfur allowable from 300 to 30 ppm just since 2004. EPA makes the bold, fraudulent claim that the rules will cost consumers less than a penny a gallon. Meanwhile, EPA has doled out $181 million to 15 of its Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee members in grants since 2000, which hardly makes them independent. CFACT’s Paul Driessen makes a strong case for ending million-dollar payoffs to advisory groups and much more effective legislative and judiciary oversight of unaccountable government agenices like the EPA.

Coal
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    Obama’s war on America Killing coal to kill U.S. electrical power

    The presumption that carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants are so dangerous that we have to shut them all down to save the planet is ludicrous, says Alan Caruba. Citing CFACT advisor Bonner Cohen’s data, Caruba notes that jhuman activity accounts for just 4% of worldwide atmospheric CO2, and the U.S. contribution to that total is dwarfed by emissions from new power plants in China and India. Six unions have joined with CFACT to fight these rules, which threaten 37% of the current U.S. electricity market that relies on coal.

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    Dirty science in EPA’s war on coal!

    When it comes to science policy, the EPA has one simple rule: Don’t let the truth get in the way of our political intentions. Perhaps the primary example of this hostile attitude toward the American people is the new EPA proposal to demand that coal-fired power plants reduce harmless carbon dioxide emissions by at least 50% more than is currently technically feasible (and achieving that level is not necessarily commercially feasible). Moreover, the EPA and other federal agencies are also waging war on oil and gas drilling through a variety of mostly indirect methods.

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    Poland saying “Nie” to Green demands

    You’ve heard us say the UN’s decision to have a climate conference in Poland was a big mistake. Poland is not only a nation highly skeptical of climate alarmism, but also one that is supportive and heavily reliant on coal and fossil fuels. Poland was probably not going to offer them the reception they were looking for.

    Now it appears some Greens are coming to a similar conclusion.

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    CFACT provides expert testimony at EPA coal hearings from coast to coast

    EPA has been holding public hearings on coal energy around the country. CFACT’s Duggan Flanakin, Bonner Cohen, and Paul Driessen took the microphone in Dallas, Washington, D.C., and Chicago.to ensure some hard facts make into EPA’s record. CFACT Collegians brought the fight to sessions in Atlanta and Seattle. EPA’s new rules which, which effectively shut down every coal-fired power plant in the country at a cost of hundreds of thousands of jobs and forcing electricity rates to skyrocket — are a very bad investment and should be thrown down the toilet.

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    J’accuse! EPA’s carbon dioxide regulations would endanger public health and welfare

    At an October 23 hearing in Atlanta called by EPA to solicit public comments about “reducing carbon pollution” from existing stationary power plants, Dr. James Rust of the Heartland Institute joined several CFACT Collegians in providing testimony. Dr. Rust noted that these EPA rules would be both damaging to the economy and dangerous to public health and welfare — and are wholly unneeded.

Hydraulic Fracturing
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    Time to repeal America’s crude petroleum export ban

    Paul Driessen lays out the case for ending the ban on overseas shipment of crude petroleum, and in the process notes how shipping crude and refined petroleum overseas would be a boon to the U.S. economy and might also prod European nations to rethink their own policies towards energy production.

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    Defusing the explosive conversation on fracking

    The myths about hydraulic fracturing (fracking) are myriad and cynical — spread by haters of fossil fuels and by those who want to see the United States crippled as a result of shutting down the bulk of the traditional energy sector in favor of heavily subsidized “renewables” and forcing a massive shrinkage of living standards for most Americans (but not the elites). The truth is that fracking has evolved into a virtually benign operation that relies heavily on brackish water that is processed and often reused.

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    U.S. fast inflating supply of natural gas

    For decades, policymakers have been concerned about America’s over-reliance on fossil fuel imports from other parts of the world. But thanks to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, many of these concerns are now being alleviated.

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    Drillers gassed up over large U.S. shale reserves

    Finding affordable and abundant sources of domestic energy has become a big priority in recent years. And while many options are being looked at, one that has taken the nation by storm is the development of shale gas.

Natural Gas
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    Was stopping Nevada’s fracking rush behind the Bundy Showdown?

    There are a lot of theories as to the real reason the Bureau of Land Management has chosen this time to try to seize Cliven Bundy’s cattle and shut down his ranch. The most easily disproven theory is that the cattle are threatening the desert tortoise. Others suggest that Senator Harry Reid, whose lieutenant now runs the BLM, has a secret deal with the Chinese to build a huge solar array on the property. Marita Noon believes she has uncovered a third possibility — that the BLM wants to control the mineral rights to oil and natural gas in the area.

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    Putin’s gift to America’s energy independence

    James Rust, taking a note from Peter Glover’s article about Russian energy imperialism, suggests the U.S. should step up its own energy production and liberalize our oil and gas export laws to provide Europe with the means to thwart Russia’s bold geopolitical strategy. Of course, the Europeans might do well to reverse their own anti-energy-production policies. The key is to remember that fossil fuels production is a manufacturing process that drives economic growth.

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    U.S. energy, Ukraine, and Russia

    Russia’s seizure of the Crimean peninsula in the Black Sea only heightens that nation’s energy grip over much of Europe — thanks in large part to European foolishness over so-called renewable energy. The U.S. could step in with natural gas to supply the Europeans, but long ago the nation made it difficult to sell domestically produced crude oil overseas. Coupled with other current energy policy decisions, Europe’s dependence on Russia for energy may grow as its freedom to act to protect its neighbors dissipates.

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    America in lockdown

    CFACT Senior Advisor Paul Driessen documents how the Obama Administration has put the lid on economic growth by locking down oil and gas and minerals production on federal lands and watyers, then imposing heavy burdens on existing and planned operations — all the while promising jobs creation only through federal subaidies for so-called “clean” energy that in fact has its own downsides (dead eagles and other birds, the need for rare-earth minerals that must come from China since he has locked down U.S. deposits from production, etc.). Moreover, his EPA is on a mad mission to control nearly every aspect of American society. Things must change if the youth of America can rekindle real (rather than false) hope for their future.

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    Dirty science in EPA’s war on coal!

    When it comes to science policy, the EPA has one simple rule: Don’t let the truth get in the way of our political intentions. Perhaps the primary example of this hostile attitude toward the American people is the new EPA proposal to demand that coal-fired power plants reduce harmless carbon dioxide emissions by at least 50% more than is currently technically feasible (and achieving that level is not necessarily commercially feasible). Moreover, the EPA and other federal agencies are also waging war on oil and gas drilling through a variety of mostly indirect methods.

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    Obama’s war on U.S. energy

    The U.S. is sitting on an estimated $119.4 TRILLION in oil resources and $8.6 TRILLION in natural gas resources just on federal lands — but the Obama Administration would rather invest taxpayer dollars to shut down coal plants, find reasons to veto the Keystone Pipeline, burden Americans with higher energy bills from heavily subsidized wind and solar projects, and keep Americans unemployed.

Nuclear Power
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    True facts about ocean radiation and the Fukushima disaster

    The Fukushima disaster has “led to some wild speculation on the widespread dangers of Fukushima radiation on the internet… I’m here to tell you that these posts are just plain garbage. While there are terrible things that happened around the Fukushima Power Plant in Japan; Alaska, Hawaii and the West Coast aren’t in any danger. These posts were meant to scare people (and possibly written by terrified authors). They did just that, but there is a severe lack of facts in these posts. Which is why I am here to give you the facts, and nothing but the facts.”

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    Physicist: There was no Fukushima nuclear disaster

    Anti-nuclear activists do not want the public to know the truth. Fukushima showed that a nuclear plant can take the maximum punch of nature’s brutality. Yet the media and the anti-nukes enjoy stoking the fear.

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    Will cooling temperatures calm the European windstorm?

    After Denmark (Europe’s star wind energy performer), Germany boasts (sic!) the highest power costs in Europe — Danes and Germans alike pay about 300% more than Americans for electric power that is increasingly unreliable. The Australians, who had charted a similar course, threw out their Green government. But what will Americans do?

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    Report indicates no major health effects from Fukushima

    When the nuclear power plant at Fukushima, Japan was damaged by a major earthquake, many expected long-term radiation problems. But scientists recently brought together by a UN scientific committee found Japan’s general public and the vast majority of workers at Fukushima are unlikely to suffer any future health effects linked to small radiation leaks.

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    German media’s veer from green energy

    A few years ago, Germany was “fully committed” to the EU’s goal of ending fossil fuel use. It was building lots of wind turbines, and even some solar farms despite its often-cloudy skies. After the tsunami, Prime Minister Angela Merckel announced Germany would phase out its nuclear plants quickly, implying more power from renewables.

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    Fukushima fallout spurs safer nuclear design

    Like a phoenix rising from ashes, nuclear power has seen a renaissance in recent years after decades of bad publicity. And while the accident at Fukushima cast an ominous shadow over its future, experts are now applying some important lessons to new designs.

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    Dr. Kelvin Kemm on Kenyan TV

    Dr. Kelvin Kemm, a South African nuclear physicist and CFACT advisor, explains on Kenyan TV that Africans need to greatly increase the availability of affordable electricity and do not need Europeans telling them “No.”

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    U.S. nuclear plants still dependable

    The headlines this week deal with the North Anna nuclear plant in Virginia and the earthquake that struck nearby. Earlier in the summer, it was the Fort Calhoun and Cooper nuclear plants in Nebraska and the encroaching Missouri River floodwaters. Before that it was Japan’s earthquake and tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear complex.

Solar Power
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    Clouds on the solar horizon: Scams, fraud are rampant

    Marita Noon reports on some of the vagaries faced by buyers of rooftop solar panels. Florida purchasers were stuck with bills of up to $40,000 for systems that may be unusable or unsafe installed by now-bankrupt companies who will not honor warranties. Elsewhere, firefighters have discussed the risks (electrocution is just one) from fighting fires in buildings with rooftop solar installations. Other solar companies mislead customers or even take their money and disappear.

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    U.S. electricity system in regulatory and terrorist crosshairs

    Nero fiddled while Rome burned, we are told. Will President Obama be playing golf when terrorists attack the U.S. power grid so as to force a massive, multi-state blackout? Or will he and colleagues like Secretary of State Kerry and EPA Administrator McCarthy remain wholly focused on their own efforts to shut down the power grid through regulations and (as they did with BenGhazi and the Fort Hood shooter) refuse even to brand such an act as terrorist?

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    Solar and wind subsidies: a massive failure!

    Try as he might, President Obama is not going to turn the sow’s ear of renewable energy into a silk purse that provides adequate electric power for U.S. homes and businesses — and government agencies — at an affordable price. That’s the message conveyed by CFACT contributor Alan Caruba in a copyrighted article reprinted with permission by CFACT.

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    Greens exploit widespread science ignorance

    Alan Caruba laments that so many on the Left who rail about environmental causes are so poorly educated — no wonder, he says, they are so gullible. Meanwhile, U.S. farmers are efficient producers of food, fiber, and fuel and good stewards of our natural resources.

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    Green power gridlock: why renewable energy is no alternative

    President Obama pledged that under his administration electricity prices would necessarily skyrocket — presumably so that wind and solar could become more acceptable financially as alternatives. The problem, notes Professor Larry Bell, is that renewable energy does not work that well with the existing power grid system in the U.S. To accommodate increasing wind and solar, Germany will have to spend up to $96 billion in transmission and distribution system upgrades in the next decade. Imagine what the cost would be for the U.S., with is massively larger population and acreage.

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    Death by renewables

    Existing wind turbine technology may provide intermittent electric power that, with huge subsidies, can be “competitive” in price with coal and oil – but the turbines chop up bald and golden eagles and other endangered bird species like Cuisinarts. Solar arrays can confuse migratory water birds, including the brown pelican, into thinking they are flying into a water body but instead have their feathers fried or their heads damaged. Meanwhile, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has just authorized a 30-year take permit to protect wind farms from liability under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. In a world where the President “pardons” the Thanksgiving turkey (though we doubt he eats tofurkey!), this is borderline schizophrenia.

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    Subsidizing green energy is like supporting operator-assisted telephones with party lines

    With domestic oil and natural gas production soaring thanks to fracking, the nation is taking a harder look at subsidies and mandates for so-called “Green” energy. EPA for the first time proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol that has to be added to gasoline. An Arizona state agency just added a $5.00 monthly fee for solar customers to help pay for use and maintenance of the state’s power grid. And 52 House members have signed a letter calling for the end of the wind production tax credit just as the sixth 20,000-pound turbine blade broke off in Illinois and sent shrapnel 1,500 feet away from the turbine hub — two to three times the legal setbacks for homes and highways.

Wind Power
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    Wind farms to get free pass on eagle kills

    The bald eagle, a bird which serves as our nation’s symbol, has long enjoyed special protection under the Migratory Bird Treaty and Bald Eagle Protection Act. These permits, unlike previous ones, will allow for the killing of eagles for a lengthy 30 years.

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    U.S. electricity system in regulatory and terrorist crosshairs

    Nero fiddled while Rome burned, we are told. Will President Obama be playing golf when terrorists attack the U.S. power grid so as to force a massive, multi-state blackout? Or will he and colleagues like Secretary of State Kerry and EPA Administrator McCarthy remain wholly focused on their own efforts to shut down the power grid through regulations and (as they did with BenGhazi and the Fort Hood shooter) refuse even to brand such an act as terrorist?

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    Solar and wind subsidies: a massive failure!

    Try as he might, President Obama is not going to turn the sow’s ear of renewable energy into a silk purse that provides adequate electric power for U.S. homes and businesses — and government agencies — at an affordable price. That’s the message conveyed by CFACT contributor Alan Caruba in a copyrighted article reprinted with permission by CFACT.

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    Loss of production tax credits brings big wind chill to the cooling subsidy-dependent market

    The recently ended wind power production tax credit was costing the U.S. taxpayer at least $12 billion a year — and if the claimed number of jobs was indeed created by these subsidies, they were underwritten at about $32,000 per job. By contrast, so-called subsidies (which are actually tax preferences) for fossil fuel production cost about $2,100 per job. Meanwhile, wind power is now an average $54 per megawatt-hour — up from $37 in 2005, and much higher than fossil fuel power. There is good news: We are nowhere near as bad off as many European countries that have subsidized wind power production.

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    “Eco-friendly” wind turbines kill 600,000 bats

    While many see wind power as a renewable source of earth- friendly energy, increasing numbers of conservationists are taking a dimmer view of them because of their impact on wildlife – particularly bats.

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    Green power gridlock: why renewable energy is no alternative

    President Obama pledged that under his administration electricity prices would necessarily skyrocket — presumably so that wind and solar could become more acceptable financially as alternatives. The problem, notes Professor Larry Bell, is that renewable energy does not work that well with the existing power grid system in the U.S. To accommodate increasing wind and solar, Germany will have to spend up to $96 billion in transmission and distribution system upgrades in the next decade. Imagine what the cost would be for the U.S., with is massively larger population and acreage.