Attacks on carbon dioxide are political air pollution

Larry Bell finds that there is "not even a smidgen of evidence" to support the theory of climate change caused by carbon dioxide as a major threat to humanity. Indeed, an EPA internal report acknowledges that "there is no particular reason to rush into decisions based upon a scientific hypothesis that does not appear to explain most of the available data.”

By |2014-07-15T19:14:12-04:00July 15th, 2014|CFACT Insights, Guest Insights|2 Comments

Science recommends climate model re-start

A brand-new study, reported in "Science" magazine, says the current climate models are “bloated with data,” but still cannot represent such huge variables as clouds and shifts in ocean currents. Statisticians are recommending a re-start. At the same time, other new studies are revealing that the sun has an even bigger role in climate than the current climate models understand. None of this makes any difference to ideologues -- or apparently to the Supreme Court, even though these new findings wholly refute the EPA's reliance on computer modeling to justify onerous regulations on carbon dioxide.

By |2014-07-09T00:05:07-04:00July 9th, 2014|CFACT Insights, Guest Insights|13 Comments

Bush agencies got it right on EPA

Larry Bell recalls what Bush Administration officials said would happen if the Clean Air Act were extended to incorporate regulation of carbon dioxide -- and none of it was good. In the words of CEQ chair James Connaughton, the “case-by-case application of old regulations to an entirely new set of circumstances and parties foreshadows unrelenting confusion, conflicts over compliance, and decades-long litigation windfall for attorneys, consultants, and activists, as communities and the courts strive to sort it all out.”

By |2014-07-01T18:31:03-04:00July 1st, 2014|CFACT Insights, Guest Insights|5 Comments

New Congress must rein in runaway EPA

With the President and the unaccountable regulatory agencies joined by the Supreme Court in declaring Congress to be irrelevant in governing America, it is time for Congress to raise itself up from the dead and reestablish itself as the sole creator of new laws. Given that too many in Congress have gone along with this massive Presidential (and regulatory) power grab, this may require sweeping out a lot of dead wood from both chambers.

By |2014-06-04T13:25:55-04:00June 4th, 2014|CFACT Insights, Guest Insights|3 Comments

Carbon benefits trump costs by up to 500 to 1!

EPA assumes zero benefits from the burning of fossil fuels while proclaiming heavy costs from increased carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. Now, as Greens push for increasing the alleged "social cost of carbon" from the current 36/ton (up from $22/ton back in 2010) to an astonishing $43/ton, Roger Bezdek and Paul Driessen show that EPA is violating federal law (including Executive Order 12866) by ignoring the massive benefits to society (some $70 trillion in the U.S. alone) from fossil fuels use.

By |2014-03-25T17:43:07-04:00March 20th, 2014|CFACT Insights, Op-Ed Articles|7 Comments

Carbon benefits exceed costs by up to 500:1

To justify their steady stream of anti-fossil fuel “climate change prevention” regulations, the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and other federal agencies have invented the “social cost of carbon” concept. It attaches arbitrary monetary values to the alleged impacts of using hydrocarbons and emitting carbon dioxide – and thereby enables government agencies to say the energy that powers 80% of our U.S. economy imposes enormous costs on society … which expensive, punitive regulations will prevent. However, the entire exercise is arbitrary, of questionable merit and validity, illegal, and even fraudulent. Most ridiculous of all, in violation of an important 1993 executive order, the federal methodology does not even consider one single aspect of the countless benefits that hydrocarbon energy provides to modern societies. In fact, if they considered both costs and benefits of carbon and carbon dioxide, federal officials would find that the benefits of carbon outweigh the costs by as much as 500 to 1!

By |2014-03-25T17:42:44-04:00February 16th, 2014|CFACT Insights|3 Comments

Hunger games and climate games

Virginia schools are now giving out awards for composting the very food that Michelle Obama has mandated be served at school to children who prefer just about anything else to eat. The cost of operating this awards program likely far exceeds any social or environmental benefits, but that is likely of little concern to educrats whose real mission is to turn children into subservient followers. One would hope these children would look to the heroes of "The Hunger Games" movies as role models -- young people who challenge a corrupt, oppressive state despite very long odds.

By |2013-12-16T17:52:31-04:00December 16th, 2013|CFACT Insights, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Hunger games and climate games

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.

By |2013-10-30T11:42:38-04:00October 30th, 2013|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on J’accuse! EPA’s carbon dioxide regulations would endanger public health and welfare

EPA admits no benefits from new coal plant rules

The EPA recently announced its first-ever rules on the amount of carbon dioxide that can be emitted from new power plants. But while many Green spokesmen and global warming believers hailed this as a major breakthrough, the EPA itself says the proposed rule will yield no actual emissions reductions or benefits whatsoever over the next 10 years.

By |2013-12-24T19:38:32-04:00October 23rd, 2013|Just the Facts Radio|Comments Off on EPA admits no benefits from new coal plant rules

Increasing clouds and thunderstorms for climate alarmists

"Climate scientists" and their political masters insist they are "right" about carbon dioxide being the precursor of "global warming" that is perhaps taking a pause but will surely return soon with a vengeance far more devastating than the same people predicted just a few years ago. Many go so far as to suggest that anyone who dares challenge them should be locked up or even tried for treason. Trouble is, Mother Nature is not cooperating with their scary scenarios. How long before people begin to notice that they are wearing no clothes in a blizzard?

By |2013-10-23T12:04:05-04:00October 21st, 2013|CFACT Insights|2 Comments

“Stop stalling on climate change” (before everyone catches onto the scam!)

Climate alarmists are trying to sucker, snooker, and stampede us into taking “immediate action” on job- and economy-strangling taxes and restrictions, before more people catch on to what’s really happening. This protection racket is one more example of passing a law, so that we can find out what’s in it. We simply cannot afford to let science continue being coopted to serve anti-hydrocarbon political agendas.

By |2013-09-03T12:04:05-04:00September 3rd, 2013|CFACT Insights|3 Comments

Carbon Dioxide: The Gas of Life

In this special report, CFACT senior policy advisor Paul Driessen examines carbon dioxide and its many benefits. While global warming alarmists rail against it, carbon dioxide is actually the "gas of life," without which life on earth would perish.

By |2013-09-04T16:07:56-04:00August 19th, 2013|Reports|4 Comments

Time to praise CO2 — the miracle gas!

The more CO2 there is in the atmosphere, the more it is absorbed by plants of every description – and the faster and better they grow, even under adverse conditions like limited water, extremely hot air temperatures, or infestations of insects, weeds and other pests. As trees, grasses, algae and crops grow more rapidly and become healthier and more robust, animals and humans enjoy better nutrition on a planet that is greener and greener.

By |2013-08-18T10:34:51-04:00August 18th, 2013|CFACT Insights|6 Comments