Earth Day’s anti-fossil fuel focus could plunge millions into green energy poverty

As European nations come to grips with the exorbitant costs of energy subsidies and over-reliance on "green" energy (and build new coal-fired power plants to offset those costs and address the intermittent nature of wind and solar energy), the U.S. has been heading in the opposite direction -- President Obama's onerous Clean Power Plan. Thankfully, the plan is held up in court, as the world is beginning to recognize the enormous costs of complying with the non-binding Paris Climate Agreement. The question remains, though, whether America will go the way of California, which already has electricity prices 40% above the national average and the highest retail gasoline prices in the U.S.?

By |2016-04-18T12:21:11-04:00April 18th, 2016|CFACT Insights|3 Comments

German scientist: Researchers fiddling with temperature data

A German scientist is raising serious questions as to whether government data-keepers have been tampering with scientific data to conjure up warming trends where none exist. "It is important to understand whether CO2 truly causes climate change," said Professor Dr. Friedrich-Karl Ewert, "We rely entirely on simulation models.  Reality looks very different from simulations." Dr. Ewert is professor emeritus of geophysics at the University of Paderborn.  He spoke at a scientific conference put on by EIKE, the European Institute for Climate and Energy in Essen, Germany that was co-sponsored by CFACT and the Heartland Institute. Ewert conducted exhaustive research comparing climate [...]

By |2015-12-12T08:53:58-04:00December 12th, 2015|Climate|102 Comments

The Fall of the Wall and All

A 1985 newspaper assignment took me from West Berlin, a rich, vibrant, noisy, stylish, all-night reveling open city with symphony concerts next to live nude girl shows and fancy eateries, like New Orleans’ Bourbon Street on steroids – a glittering capitalist island surrounded by drab communist mediocrity – into East Berlin where I was to report on how the Soviet puppet state really worked.

By |2014-11-17T20:22:53-04:00November 17th, 2014|CFACT Insights|2 Comments

Don’t give up America’s economic and competitive advantage

In the midst of beheadings, Russia's troop buildup inside Ukraine, and Ebola cases skyrocketing, Hillary Clinton made the claim that climate change “is the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and a world.” How bizarre! Even in Germany, where subsidies have built a gigantic solar industry, solar produced only 0.1% of the nation's energy in the month of January. America, notes Marita Noon, has abundant coal, oil and natural gas resources that we ought not squander.

By |2014-09-09T13:25:02-04:00September 9th, 2014|CFACT Insights, Guest Insights|Comments Off on Don’t give up America’s economic and competitive advantage

100 years ago: The Willy — Nicky telegrams

July 28th, 1914, Austria declared war on Serbia one month after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie. The great powers of Europe began to mobilize their armies. Two imperial cousins, Czar Nicholas II of Russia and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany engaged in a fascinating exchange of telegrams (in English) as their nations teetered on the brink of war.

By |2014-07-28T08:34:58-04:00July 28th, 2014|General Information|2 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