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What natural disasters should teach us

Ugandan author Steven Lyazi scoffs at the chiding and covert racism of wealthy environmental advocates who live in luxury but demand a lower quality lifestyle for Africans. He points the finger at the Club of Rome for banning DDT once they realized that Africans not dying from malaria and other diseases would live longer and have more children. His words echo the toothless declarations that sustainable development restrictions should not apply to the very poor.

By |2017-09-29T12:47:45-04:00September 29th, 2017|Guest Insights|Comments Off on What natural disasters should teach us

Now it’s a war on pipelines

CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen calls out those who are protesting the shipment of oil and gas via pipeline as hypocritically favoring railcar transport even though railcar spills are much more commonplace and more dangerous -- and costly. Driessen notes that these same people have protested fracking and for that matter all use of fossil fuels -- even though they continue to rely on fossil fuel products for their own lifestyles.

By |2017-09-24T17:33:13-04:00September 24th, 2017|CFACT Insights|2 Comments

Hurricane illusions – and realities

CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen rebuts arguments from alarmists that recent hurricanes are evidences of the damages of global warming. Indeed, Driessen shows how the use of fossil fuels has dramatically reduced the cost in human life from hurricanes and other severe weather events.

By |2017-09-23T07:46:21-04:00September 22nd, 2017|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Hurricane illusions – and realities

Climate alarmists exploiting hurricanes are misguided

CFACT policy advisor Larry Bell refutes the claims of alarmist activists that hurricanes Harvey and Irma were "enhanced" as a result of climate change -- and shows that the same alarmists had made the same statements in prior years regarding prior hurricanes -- and then there was a 12-year lull.

By |2017-09-18T19:36:59-04:00September 18th, 2017|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Climate alarmists exploiting hurricanes are misguided

Finally, some common-sense Western fire policies

CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen reports on positive changes in forest management at two federal agencies -- Interior under Ron Zinke and Agriculture under Sonny Perdue. New policies will go a long way at reducing deaths of humans, animals, and plants from forest fires, and dramatically lower the costs of forest management while increasing the amount of forest land available for recreation and harvesting. As Driessen says, cleaning out dead, diseased, burned, overgrown trees would bring countless benefits -- and make our forests healthy again.

By |2017-09-18T08:31:45-04:00September 17th, 2017|CFACT Insights|3 Comments

No, hurricanes aren’t more frequent or severe

After all was said and done, neither Harvey nor Irma was the "worst" hurricane ever to hit the U.S. CFACT advisor Larry Bell recounts over a century's information on hurricanes in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea, noting that hurricane damages are al;ways catastrophic for those whose lives are uprooted by them.

By |2017-09-12T13:32:52-04:00September 12th, 2017|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on No, hurricanes aren’t more frequent or severe

The Hurricane Harvey hustle

CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen quotes multiple climate scientists who explain that high-rainfall tropical storms have battered the Texas coast (and Florida) for generations of recorded history (and likely long before). Thus, the efforts to tie Hurricane Harvey to "climate change" are "disgraceful" -- and ignore the reality that Houston was built on impermeable clays and reclaimed swamp lands with a history of subsidence.

By |2017-09-10T10:14:01-04:00September 10th, 2017|CFACT Insights|1 Comment

Revisiting wind turbine impacts

CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen corrects some assumptions in an earlier article about the energy, land, and materials requirements for creating a totally wind-powered United States. The numbers are staggering -- even though based on best-scenario assumptions. The real world situation would likely be much worse. Simply put, the goal of a 100% wind powered nation is a pipe dream.

By |2017-09-05T10:41:45-04:00September 4th, 2017|CFACT Insights|2 Comments

Callous CALAS activists against the poor

CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen recounts the terrible destruction of families through the forced closure of mining operations in Peru in the recent past and today in Guatemala -- led by a coalition of rich, mostly white liberal "social justice" warriors who fund radical activists to do their dirty work. Sadly, the courts in these Central and South American countries have allowed these protests with no input from the operators, the mine workers, or even fair-minded citizens.

By |2017-08-27T19:45:47-04:00August 27th, 2017|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Callous CALAS activists against the poor

Life in fossil-fuel-free utopia

CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen explains how life without fossil fuels will not be the utopian adventure that advocates for banning them claim. For starters, there would be no more wind turbines or solar arrays because fossil fuels are needed to construct, transport, and install them. Worse, the rest of the world will laugh as we turn backwards to the dark ages.

By |2017-08-16T17:09:48-04:00August 13th, 2017|CFACT Insights|8 Comments

Proposal for a most inconvenient movie on climate

CFACT policy analyst Larry Bell rehashes the Enron scandal and the linkage between chief climate alarmist Al Gore, Gore's fellow traveler Tim Wirth, and the late Ken Lay of Enron ... all of whom lost big when the U.S. Senate refused by a 95-0 vote to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. Despite the Enron failure, Gore managed to fearmonger his way into multiple millions for his own mammoth houses.

By |2017-08-07T11:09:34-04:00August 7th, 2017|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Proposal for a most inconvenient movie on climate

Shameless fear-mongering – versus reality

CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen champions a new book, for which he provided one essay, entitles, "Climate Change: The Facts 2017," which covers climate changes through the ages and reveals the devious tricks that alarmist "researchers" have used to modify and "homogenize" actual temperature data to fit their alarmist computer models. Driessen then points out the tremendous human cost of these foolish, people-killing policies that are insisted upon by the radical greens and are sadly being adopted in all too many places.

By |2017-08-07T10:50:04-04:00August 7th, 2017|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Shameless fear-mongering – versus reality

Biofuel justifications are illusory

CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen explains why the renewable fuel standard is out of touch with today's energy realities -- the ethanol mandates, including for cellulosic ethanol -- far exceed even the perceived need. Ethanol ruins gasoline mileage, and gasoline cut with 15% ethanol ruins older automobile and truck engines (pre-2007) and almost all small gasoline-powered engines (including outboard motors, lawnmowers, and more).

By |2017-08-04T14:24:38-04:00July 29th, 2017|CFACT Insights|11 Comments

Enemies of humanity

Ugandan activist (and student) Steven Lyazi writes passionately that the West is both hypocritical and imperialistic in dictating policies to Africans that were good enough for Western nations half a century ago and could save millions of African lives -- and generate up to $100 billion a year to the Afrcican economiy just from allowing the use of DDT to fight malaria. DDT use reduces death from malaria by 80% or more -- and Lyazi himself is a two-time malaria survivor who notes that most Africans lack the money to pay for the costly, time-consuming treatment for this killer disease that the West eradicated 70 years ago using DDT.

By |2017-07-26T18:12:44-04:00July 26th, 2017|Guest Insights|1 Comment