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 |2017-06-07T13:50:13-04:00June 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 |2017-04-22T16:19:20-04:00April 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 |2017-04-21T16:42:32-04:00April 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 |2017-03-27T01:36:08-04:00March 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 |2017-03-22T19:32:59-04:00March 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 |2017-03-21T20:31:49-04:00March 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 |2017-03-21T16:43:27-04:00March 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 |2017-03-03T19:45:17-04:00March 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 |2017-01-20T15:40:13-04:00January 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 |2016-12-03T16:25:04-04:00December 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 |2016-10-30T13:01:34-04:00October 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 |2016-09-21T22:34:12-04:00September 21st, 2016|Guest Insights|3 Comments

Stealth advocacy on climate change: A catastrophic failure of science

By Calvin Beisner The planet is doomed unless humans achieve zero net “carbon” emissions within 40 years—and maybe even if we do. That’s the word from 11 co-authors, led by Johan Rockstöm of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, of a pseudo-scientific screed published August 24 in Earth’s Future, an open-access online journal of the American Geophysical Union. Here’s the abstract: The scale of the decarbonisation challenge to meet the Paris Agreement is underplayed in the public arena. It will require precipitous emission reductions and a new carbon sink on the scale of the ocean sink within 40 years. Even then, the world is [...]

By |2016-09-19T01:19:47-04:00September 19th, 2016|CFACT Insights, Guest Insights|37 Comments

A UN and tribal takeover?

By Lawrence Kogan A massive 792-page Senate Energy Committee bill threatens to authorize federal bureaucrats to cede extensive control over Western states' water and property rights, energy development, and forest management to Native American tribes, local UN sustainability councils, and radical environmentalist groups. Certain provisions could undermine the foundations of our nation from within our nation. S.2012, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016, incorporates some 393 amendments. Incredibly, it is being driven forward by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and other Members of Congress behind closed doors. Probably very few have read the bill in its entirety. Virtually [...]

By |2016-09-17T18:57:18-04:00September 17th, 2016|CFACT Insights, Guest Insights|2 Comments