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Whatever happened to peak oil?

The above now published here at Energy Tribune (US) and here at The Commentator (UK). Peak oil alarmists have started running for cover as increasing finds make a nonsese of their predictions. As some of us have been saying for years: for all practical pursposes, oil and gas resources are limitless.


Worstall, Carbon Tax and Floating Polar Bear Syndrome

Tim Worstall strikes again - in his Telegraph blog pushing the 'alternative' idiocy of a carbon 'poll' tax instead of the current raft of green taxes. We need rid ourselves of both, in truth.

For the full article go here at The Commentator (UK) or here to Energy Tribune (US). But here's a taster:

Worstall’s case is that a simple bureaucratic change of tack to manipulate the free marketplace is the way to go to achieve the goal: state manipulation of the climate.

Not exactly the kind of argument I ever expected a committed free marketeer to make. No wonder University of Houston Professor, Larry Bell, commenting on the new bipartisan mood for compromise among some conservatives in the U.S., tags Carbon Taxomania: “stupidity-on-steroids”.

The fact is that we need to rid ourselves entirely of a plague of green taxes which are having zero impact in the pointless war on a harmless trace and minor greenhouse gas.

Arguing for a state intervening substitution of one failed bureaucratic tax system for another merely avoids facing the real scientific conundrum Warmists are avoiding: How is it that CO2 emissions have continued to rise exponentially while the global average temperature has not risen for 15 years?

Ah, the floating polar bear

But I must mention one other thing in connection with Worstall’s Telegraph missive. Next time such a piece is in the offing, it might be an idea to ensure that it isn’t totally undermined by a dim-witted sub-editor including the iconic green propagandist tool: the image of a polar bear ‘cast adrift’ on an Arctic ice floe.

Yes, his piece is captioned with riotous pomposity: “The man from Whitehall cannot protect this polar bear”.  Ah yes, FPBS – floating polar bear syndrome! The fact is that polar bears can swim. There’s nothing the cuddly imps love more than jumping onto and riding around on ice floes. It’s what polar bears do for fun.


Climate Activist Nitwits Think There Are Polar Bears in Antarctica

You'd think that when they are trying to get their sensationalist claims about alleged global warming (which actually hasn't happened at all in 15 years now) they would at least illustrate their case with a fact or two. Unfortunately, so intent are they on their fact-less ideological spin they locate polar bears in the wrong hemisphere. Check it out for yourself herePriceless!

And just in case you think me uncaring about polar's just one of the photos greensists and dim-witted news editors like to wheel out to illustrate the alleged plight of polar bears.


Aaah....but, unfortunately for greens polar bears are actually thriving as countless reports have shown since the first green  alarm sounds a decade ago alerted us to the facts that they were no longer in one Arctic bay; it turned out they'd simply adapted and moved elsewhere, sadly, too late to quell the senasationalist headlines that persist to today.

Oh, and one other thing they omit to mention: polar bears can swim. And one of their favourite pastimes? Jumping on to ride on passing ice floes. But hey, let's not facts get in the way of a good story.

Cuddly aren't they? Polar bears,that is, not greens - they're downright  dangerous.  


UK's Energy Policy 'Schizophrenia' Spreads to Europe

A new energy realism is being forced onto only on the UK, but on Europe, too. Here's my piece spelling it the chagrin of Greenpeace and its journo acolytes.

Published here at The Commenatator (UK) and here at Energy Tribune (US). And sorry about the 'frigthening' graphic above...none of my doing!


Debunking the Great Carbon Tax Hype

The above article from me now published here at Energy Tribune (US), here at The Commentator (UK) and here at the Canada Free Press.

It reveals how the alleged 'third way' carbon tax- as proposed by those like the Adam Smith Institute's Timw Worstall - is just another climate alarmist 'Warmist' hype. Here's a taster:

Britain (and Germany’s) anti-carbon war has actually succeeded only in hiking taxes, providing a windfall for government, driving up energy costs, hobbling industry competitiveness, costing jobs and dumping half a million people into fuel poverty while having precisely zero impact on carbon emissions. Tim Worstall’s ‘solution’ proposes the assimilation of the pestilence of (failed and financially sapping) green taxes into a socially ubiquitous carbon ‘poll’ tax toward, as even Worstall admits, is an entirely “uncertain” end of ‘man-made’ climate manipulation.

Or put more succinctly: translate the unworkable into the unacceptable to achieve the delusional.


Irony of Ironies: Europes Switches to Coal as US Switch to Gas Drives Down Emissions

Just published at The Commentator (UK), Energy Tribune (US) and Canada Free Press my piece on how (once again) European politics - this time on the key issue of energy - achieves the exact opposite of its goal as the Law of Unintended Consequences kicks in.


Fracking The Movie(s)

A plethora of fracking movies is highly revealing that shale fracking is now frontline in the energy - environment debate. But checking the fare on both sides, it quickly becomes apaprent which is innuendo and pure propaganda and which is more concerned for hard facts.

The full article is published at Energy Tribune (US), The Commentator (UK) and Canada Free Press.

Here's a taster:

But Gasland’s scary image of ‘setting water on fire’ via a domestic faucet displays a gullible naivity in failing to understand how the natural phenomenon was present way before energy companies ever set foot on the land. Just for good measure, one local farmer demonstrates how methane in water is perfectly common and harmless drinking a glass of water from an aquifer where fracking is currently taking place.

When it comes to Fracking The Movie then, you can be sure of two things. First, the average media hack will likely characterize the pro and anti-fracking ‘movies’ as ammunition in a ‘propaganda war’. That may be the case with theanti-fracking movies, but it is far from the case with the pro-fracking responses. The fact is that Fox’s Gasland is replete with gross misrepresentations which both Truthland and Not Evil, Just Wrong have each labored to correct.


Obama's LOST Legacy: A new world order

President Obama is determined ot leave a lasting legacy - even if it is one that puts in place an anti-democratic new world order via US ratification of (that which Reagan rejected) the UN's Law of the Sea.

For the full story go to The Commentator (UK) or Energy Tribune (US).


UK Coalition on Energy: Dumb and Dumber


My article as titled above published here at The Commentator (UK) and here at Energy Tribune (US).

Here's a taster:

UK Energy plc is not in the best of hands. Quite honestly, the Muppets could have come up with a more coherent script than that contained in the coalition’s new energy bill.

With investor interest in developing North Sea oil and gas fields running at an all-time high, and parts of the UK onshore and offshore sitting on potentially world class shale gas reserves, it beggars belief that David Cameron’s coalition partners could end up presenting UK energy as a bad news story.

Somehow they managed it.


How NOT to do a Public Protest

The Occupy Protest nitwits should read this (if they can read). How NOT to do a p[ublic protest. Brilliant.Go here for the full article, but here's the last four of seven hints on how to protest:

4.      If you bring together five or more environmental activist groups and publicly announce a joint protest to show the full force of public fury against a science conference, a free enterprise group or some other undesirable entity, try to show up with at least 40 protesters.

5.      If you bring fewer than 40 people to a protest, you probably don’t want to chant “We are the 99 percent!” It simply makes you look foolish.

6.      If there are 40 or less of you chanting in the street, and you really do comprise 99 percent, that means there are only 41 people in the world who agree with you, giving you the benefit of the doubt and rounding up the 99-percent figure.

7.      When your protest leader is a troll-looking creature wearing a long, black rubber boot on his head and holding a megaphone with the self-identifying words “Vermin Supreme” written on it, you may wish to call off your protest after all.



Europe's Other Power Crisis: Energy

Just published here at The Commentator (UK) and here at Energy Tribune (US). Here's a taster:

What’s the difference between the European Union and the Titanic? Answer: the Titanic was holed by a single immovable object and took minutes to sink. The EU, another allegedly “unsinkable” project, is taking a little longer. As if Eurozone crisis and keeping Greece afloat wasn’t threatening enough, the next crisis is looming: energy – a crisis entirely of the EU’s own policy-making.

The EU’s ideologically-driven Energy Road Map prioritized ‘green’ renewable energy, diverting away from Russian natural gas dependency and harmonizing energy and environmental needs. The result: a devastatingly inept screw up that threatens continent-wide power outages even, as Die Welt recently reported, in Germany as early as next winter.

In short order, EU energy policies have created an unsustainable, publicly-subsidized, market-skewing ‘green’ energy bubble, eschewed a cheap fossil fuels policy and realistic alternatives to Russian gas imports. Together those failed policies have resulted in the double double-whammy of soaring of energy prices and, as is now being reported, diminishing European industrial competitiveness.


Ehrlich, False Prophets and the 'Futures' Market

Time we held the false prophets of environmental alarmism accountable for their abysmal failures. My artilce published here at Energy Tribune.  Here's a taster:

When Elijah stood on Mount Carmel he faced a formidable array of 950 prophets (I Kings 18:19). All were resolute in their populist ‘consensus’ theory about a troubling environmental matter. But Elijah didn’t mind the odds. He wasn’t interested in predictions and theory, just hard facts. The issue on Carmel was one that countless would-be prophets throughout the ages have played on: weather (no rain) and climate change (a three-year drought).

It didn’t end well for the false prophets on Carmel. And it was faith in their theoretic sacrificial solutions that proved to be their downfall. These days, of course, we don’t put false prophets to the sword. Instead we put them on the public payroll, give them status awards and grant them high-profile media prestige, no matter how pathetic their prophetic insight may have been. Take Paul Ehrlich, for example.

Ehrlich came to prominence in 1968 with the publication of his environmental blockbuster The Population Bomb. The book’s central Malthusian thesis is that a growing population is unsustainable in a world of dwindling finite resources. As Malthus’ scenario failed to materialize, so too Ehrlich’s apocalyptic vision of hungry and dead bodies on the streets in the 1970s proved a total fiction. Not that this has deterred Ehrlich. He has continued to make a healthy living from a litany of population predictions – not one of which has come to pass.


The Sheer Idiocy and Folly of Theoretic Climate Alarmism

Another short video and as good as it gets in summing up all the nutjob theories of the end-is-nigh climate alarmists - and the damage it is doing to common sense, intellectual thought and to humankind per se. 

Made by the good people at Free Market America - good job.


The Rise of Leftist Eco-Fascism

My article (as titled above) published at here at The Commentator and here at Energy Tribune compelete with 'green police' video (see previous blog blog).

This is where we are heading as the climate alarmists (while losing the scientific case) still hold sway over governments.

Here's a taster:

"Fascism per se has its roots in the beliefs and ideology of the radical Left, not as is often portrayed, the Right, radical or otherwise. German National socialism (it still exists), communism, even Islamism, all favor Big Government, centralized power and control, the subversion of democratic processes and, especially, the restriction of liberty and free speech.

If fascism in any guise doesn’t get what it wants, it has always sought ways of grabbing power first by bullying others to keep silent, then asserting the need to “put democracy on hold”. We can all understand the extreme need in times of war. But as Lovelock says, we have no idea what the climate is doing. Yet the eco-fascists are gaining social headway imposing their will through regulatory ‘laws’ often emanating from unaccountable quangos (quasi-non-governmental organizations), unelected czars and other un-democratic agencies.



US Green Police to Enforce "Environmental Justice"

If you're wondering how far eco-fascism has got...wonder no more.

The US Homeland Security Dept, has just announced it is setting up local law enforcement "green police" to enforce "environmental justice". I kid you not. And Audi are already using the reality to help sell their cars as per this Super Bowl ad.


UK Goes for Shale-fuelled 'Gold'

My article on the bonanza available from world class shale gas reserves for the UK - and the idiot green  fact-free fractivists that would prefer we went back to live 'quaintly' in the dark ages.

For the full article go here. Here's a taster:

While Eurocrats and eco-fractivists remain captivated by the synchronized stupidity of anti-fossil fuel policies and the precautionary principle, some UK officials, at least, perceive 2012 as the time to go for what promises to be an Olympian-scale prize: shale-fuelled economic ‘gold’.


Big Oil, Big Profits, Big Green Lies

The above article from me is published this weekend here at The Commentator (UK) and here at Energy Tribune (US).


Climate Dissent Launches at NASA

My article (as titled above) published at here Energy Tribune (US) and here The Commentator (UK). Here's a taster:

That’s the thing about flying to the moon. It gives you an untrammelled perspective and respect for the real world, facts and hard data. In a blast worthy of a rocket launch, 49 former NASA scientists, astronauts and engineers have finally had enough of NASA’s climate advocacy role. Going public with a letter to Chief NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, the group pull no punches in asserting the lack of empirical evidence in support of the agency’s “extreme position” as a bastion of climate change alarmism.

The letter’s co-signatories “respectfully request” that both NASA and its Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) – the latter run by the high priest of climate alarmism James Hansen – refrain from making “unproven remarks in public releases and websites”.

Claims that man-made CO2 is having a catastrophic impact on global climate change are “not substantiated, especially when considering thousands of years of empirical data.” And, alluding indirectly to the high-profile headline grabbing alarmism of James Hansen and his GISS team, the letter emphatically states “the science is NOT settled”.



Houston, We Have a Climate Alarmist Problem

Finally, a bona fide rebellion of the real scientists at NASA at the end-is-nighism peddled for years by James Hansen. Here's the full text of the letter signed by 49 NASA scientists and astronauts to the NASDA CEO over NASA's stance on anthropogenic global warming. For the full article go here

Dear Charlie,

We, the undersigned, respectfully request that NASA and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) refrain from including unproven remarks in public releases and websites. We believe the claims by NASA and GISS, that man-made carbon dioxide is having a catastrophic impact on global climate change are not substantiated, especially when considering thousands of years of empirical data. With hundreds of well-known climate scientists and tens of thousands of other scientists publicly declaring their disbelief in the catastrophic forecasts, coming particularly from the GISS leadership, it is clear that the science is NOT settled.

The unbridled advocacy of CO2 being the major cause of climate change is unbecoming of NASA’s history of making an objective assessment of all available scientific data prior to making decisions or public statements.

As former NASA employees, we feel that NASA’s advocacy of an extreme position, prior to a thorough study of the possible overwhelming impact of natural climate drivers is inappropriate. We request that NASA refrain from including unproven and unsupported remarks in its future releases and websites on this subject. At risk is damage to the exemplary reputation of NASA, NASA’s current or former scientists and employees, and even the reputation of science itself.

For additional information regarding the science behind our concern, we recommend that you contact Harrison Schmitt or Walter Cunningham, or others they can recommend to you.

Thank you for considering this request.


(Attached signatures)

CC: Mr. John Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator for Science

CC: Ass Mr. Chris Scolese, Director, Goddard Space Flight Center

Ref: Letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, dated 3-26-12, regarding a request for NASA to refrain from making unsubstantiated claims that human produced CO2 is having a catastrophic impact on climate change.

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    The Left's Big Lie About Big Oil's "Excessive" Profits Exposed

    We hear it so often from the activist lefties that we perhaps take it for granted. It's the one asserting that Big Oil needs its "excessive" profits taxed away. This good article in the US Investors Business Daily is highly revealing however. 

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