• Financing Climate Crisis, Inc.

    CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen outlines six stratgegies through which the Obama Administration is using climate change to “fundamentally transform” America. THey are attacking dissenters, trying to censor skeptical speech, and worse.

  • Solar tax credits are not “conservative” or “free market”

    With Louisiana looking to trim a budget deficit (partly caused by Obama energy policies), the state legislature is considering a dramatic cutback in subsidies for rooftop solar installations — subsidies that in one documented case amounted to $33,000 of the cost of a $40,000 system. The customer was quite happy, noting that after a 5-year amortization for his $7,000 investment, his energy is now free. But who is amortizing the $33,000 that taxpayers paid for? If it took 5 years to amortize $7,000, then it must take nearly 30 years to amortize the true cost of the solar installation — longer than the lifespan of the solar units.

  • Deepwater Horizon five years later: lessons learned

    Five years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon fire and explosion, the Gulf of Mexico is recovering nicely, and so are the people of Louisiana whose livelihoods were impaired as much by President Obama’sm unnecessary drilling moratorium as by the oil that washed ashore following the incident. The industry, too, has tightened its rules governing offshore drilling, making it even safer than before.

  • The EPA and Obama blame asthma on “global warming”

    The EPA and the White House are once again bringing up the dead horse of “global warming” (aka “climate change”) to scare the American people into accepting their radical, job-killing, health-destroying bad ideas. The science does not align with their dictates, but until someone stops them they will continue to weaken and sicken America with wrong-headed policies that punish achievement and reward cronies.

  • The American people aren’t stupid enough to buy the manmade climate crisis narrative

    The American people are increasingly not buying into the global warming (er, climate change) scary scenarios, but the Green Left, led by Al Gore, is responding by turning up the heat — and increasingly seeking to silence opposition they cannot control. That this is a losing technique escapes notice because they believe that nobody cares enough about stopping them to resist and overcome the firings, threats of prison time, and even worse from the shrill sirens of statism.

  • EPA’s mercury rule statistics smell fishy

    Once again, the EPA has overreached in its attempt to regulate entire industries out of business. The new mercury rules, for example, which is facing Supreme Court scrutiny right now, would be the most expensive ever, disrupt U.S. energy supply, and provide miniscule real-world health benefits. The EPA, however, has concocted a scenario that claims huge benefits and low costs — based on “science” it will not share with Congress, let alone the public. Perhaps the Court will take a hard look at this “science” and decide it is insufficient to justify such draconian measures, perhaps not.

  • Shakeup at Virginia land trust makes waves

    Heather Richards may have resigned from her job with the Piedmont Environmental Council, but she is in a position of even greater authority now as chair of the Land Trust Accredication Commission — and one wonders whether other land trusts are also abusing power as the PEC clearly did. As for Richards, she cannot even seem to tell the truth about her upbringing.

  • A remarkable free speech code for higher education

    “The University has a solemn responsibility not only to promote a lively and fearless freedom of debate and deliberation, but also to protect that freedom when others attempt to restrict it.”

    Read the statement Princeton and the University of Chicago adopted to abandon political correctness and promote and defend free thought and speech. Forward it to your alma mater.

  • Clean Power Plan justification is hot air

    The climate change crusades are heating up, thanks to an irascible President Obama, who sneers at polls showing Americans no longer believe in the hobgoblin view of carbon dioxide spread by politicians who arrogated science as a tool to be manipulated rather than a guide to rational behavior. CFACT advisor Larry Bell notes that the EPA’s regulatory war on coal rampage will impose major utility cost hikes, with disproportionate burdens falling upon economically disadvantaged residents of colder northern states. But who will pay the political price for this skullduggery?

  • The sun and the wind are free, but …

    CFACT contributor Marita Noon points out that wind and solar power are free, but converting them to usable energy typically requires fossil fuel backup systems because neither wind nor solar is 24/7n reliable. Pointing out these facts — and the higher energy costs for the poorest among us — typically is met with ugly rhetoric, character assassination and such like, because wind and solar companies and the die-hard supporters of renewable energy cannot refute the facts.