Paul Driessen

A 2019 resolution: Honesty in energy policy

Paul Driessen and Roger Bezdek Dec. 22, 2018 Virginia wind project highlights the need in climate, sustainability and renewable energy arenas   In this season of New Year resolutions, we should insist that governors, legislators, regulators, activists and their corporate allies resolve to be more honest, especially on climate and renewable energy issues. Here in Virginia where we live, Governor ... Read More »

“We are still in” totalitarians flunk basic reality

By Paul Driessen Dec. 16, 2018 They raged against energy and climate realists in Katowice, but should serve time for fraud The 30,000 alarmists gathered in Katowice, Poland expected to slam-dunk their report proclaiming a planet-threatening climate crisis, finalize rules for implementing the Paris accords, redistribute infinite billions of dollars from industrialized nations to “climate victim” countries, and solidify their ... Read More »

What next for U.S. climate and energy policies?

By Paul Driessen November 12 , 2018 2018 elections bring mixed messages and require climate and renewable energy reality check The “Blue Wave” never really reached shore, the U.S. Senate is still in Republican hands, the House of Representatives flipped to Democratic control, Trump era deregulation and fossil fuel production efforts continue, several governorships and state houses went from red ... Read More »

The IPCC’s latest climate hysteria

By Paul Driessen October 14, 2018 Realist experts show why $60-80 trillion over next 17 years would be wasted on imaginary crisis Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report 15 claims the latest disaster “tipping point” is just 12 years away. If governments around the world fail to make “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society,” human ... Read More »

Speculative climate chaos v. indisputable fossil fuel benefits

Paul Driessen and Roger Bezdek June 2, 2018 Federal judge tells climate litigants to tally the numerous blessings from fossil fuels since 1859 Judge William Alsup has a BS in engineering, has written computer programs for his ham radio hobby, delves deeply into the technical aspects of numerous cases before him, and even studied other programming languages for a complex ... Read More »

Real Russian collusion the Dems and MSM ignore

By Paul Driessen May 19, 2018 Putin pals fund radical groups that interfere with US elections, energy, agriculture and economy Robert Mueller’s politicized investigation into allegations that President Trump or the Trump campaign or some Trump associate somehow colluded with Russians continues unproven but unabated. Many think partisan politics ensure it will not be concluded or terminated before the fall ... Read More »

Climate adaptation, reparation and restoration

By Paul Driessen April 21, 2018 Boulder, CO wants oil companies to restore snowy winters of an idyllic past – and pay it billions This Earth Day (April 22) we need to ask whether environmentalism has gone completely bonkers. Back in the 1970s, I skied Colorado’s cross-country and downhill slopes pretty regularly. Some years were incredible: many feet of snow ... Read More »

Climate chaos claims continue causing consternation

By Paul Driessen April 3, 2018 From the Oakland v. oil company lawsuit to ridiculous “research,” the onslaught never ends Anyone who thought “manmade climate cataclysm” rhetoric couldn’t possibly exceed Obama era levels should read the complaint filed in the “public nuisance” lawsuit that’s being argued before Federal District Court Judge William Alsup in a California courtroom: Oakland v BP ... Read More »

Those fraudulent climate litigation shakedowns

By Paul Driessen March 8, 2018 Which aspects are most fraudulent? The cities’ lawsuits, junk science or bond offerings? The ultra liberal enclaves of New York City and San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Marin, and Imperial Beach, California all claim to be deeply worried about manmade climate cataclysms. They detest petroleum, oppose pipelines, fracking and onshore and offshore ... Read More »

Our next energy and security crisis?

By Paul Driessen Feb. 27, 2018 Importing 65% of US oil in 2005 vs 100% of many key minerals now (from China and Russia) Oil and natural gas aren’t just fuels. They supply building blocks for pharmaceuticals; plastics in vehicle bodies, athletic helmets, and numerous other products; and complex composites in solar panels and wind turbine blades and nacelles. The ... Read More »

Climate alarmism is still bizarre, dogmatic, intolerant

By Paul Driessen Feb. 19, 2018 Claims defy parody, as alarmists become more tyrannical and their policies wreak havoc Climate alarmism dominated the Obama era and run-up to Paris. But it’s at least as bizarre, dogmatic and intolerant now that: President Trump pulled the United States out of the all pain/no gain Paris climate pact; the US EPA is reversing ... Read More »

The biofuel crony capitalist revolving door

By Paul Driessen Jan. 7, 2018 Ex-Grassley aide will now help Big Corn and Big Biodiesel retain their mandates and subsidies Yet another congressional aide is about to pass through Washington’s infamous revolving door to a lucrative private sector position. Kurt Kovarik, legislative director for Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), will become vice president of federal affairs for the National Biodiesel ... Read More »

Virginia goes Don Quixote

By Paul Driessen Nov. 18, 2017 State will defy Trump, double down on renewables and CO2 reductions – and hurt poor families Democrat Ralph Northam had barely won the Virginia governor’s race when his party announced it would impose a price on greenhouse gases emissions, require a 3% per year reduction in GHG emissions, and develop a cap-and-trade scheme requiring ... Read More »

Agitators, regulators and predators on the prowl

By Paul Driessen Oct. 29, 2017 They’re going for a knockout and jackpot on a farm chemical, a corporation – and science Legal and scientific ethics seem to have become irrelevant, as anti-chemical agitators, regulators and trial lawyers team up on numerous lawsuits against Monsanto. They’re seeking tens of billions of dollars in jackpot justice, by claiming a chemical in ... Read More »

DC Swamp denizens strike back

By Paul Driessen Oct. 22, 2017 Senators and crony corporatists deep-six proposed EPA reductions in biodiesel mandates Despite what I thought were persuasive articles over the years (here, here and here, for example), corn ethanol and other biofuel mandates remain embedded in US law. As we have learned, once a government program is created, it becomes virtually impossible to eliminate, ... Read More »

The Obama EPA’s crooked prosecutors

By Paul Driessen Oct. 16, 2017 The agency’s carbon dioxide climate “endangerment finding” was a kangaroo court process Suppose a crooked prosecutor framed someone and was determined to get a conviction. So he built an entire case on tainted, circumstantial evidence, and testimony from witnesses who had their reasons for wanting the guy in jail. Suppose the prosecutor ignored or ... Read More »

Yet another renewable energy boondoggle

By Paul Driessen Aug. 31, 2017 Croplands, habitats, taxes, family budgets, safety sacrificed to enrich politically connected few? Wilkinson Solar has filed papers requesting permits for a 74-megawatt solar electricity facility about 35 miles east of Greenville, NC. If approved, 288,120 solar panels would blanket 600 acres (0.94 square miles) of now scenic, serene farmland next door to the Terra ... Read More »

Life in fossil-fuel-free utopia

By Paul Driessen August 13, 2017 Life without oil, natural gas and coal would most likely be nasty, brutish and short. Al Gore’s new movie, a New York Times article on the final Obama Era “manmade climate disaster” report, and a piece saying wrathful people twelve years from now will hang hundreds of “climate deniers” are a tiny sample of ... Read More »

Shameless fear-mongering – versus reality

By Paul Driessen August 7, 2017 Al Gore pedals climate and weather scam. CFACT film and Aussie book present Climate Facts. Before I could enjoy a movie last week, I was forced to endure five minutes of climate and weather fear-mongering, when the theater previewed Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Sequel.” His attempt to pin every weather disaster of the past decade ... Read More »

Biofuel justifications are illusory

By Paul Driessen July 30, 2017 The closest thing to earthly eternal life, President Ronald Reagan used to say, is a government program. Those who benefit from a program actively and vocally defend it, often giving millions in campaign cash to politicians who help perpetuate it, while those who oppose the program or are harmed by it are usually disorganized ... Read More »

Tesla battery, subsidy and sustainability fantasies

By Paul Driessen July 23, 2017 More subsidies from exhausted California taxpayers cannot compensate for hard realities The first justification was that internal combustion engines polluted too much. But emissions steadily declined, and today’s cars emit about 3% of what their predecessors did. Then it was oil imports: electric vehicles (EVs) would reduce foreign dependency and balance of trade deficits. ... Read More »

Monumental, unsustainable environmental impacts

By Paul Driessen July 1, 2017 Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy would inflict major land, wildlife, resource damage Demands that the world replace fossil fuels with wind, solar and biofuel energy – to prevent supposed catastrophes caused by manmade global warming and climate change – ignore three fundamental flaws. 1) In the Real World outside the realm of computer ... Read More »

We should be glad the US is out

By Paul Driessen and David Legates June 26, 2017 States that claim they’re committed to Paris do nothing for the climate and ill serve their citizens Ten states, some 150 cities, and 1,100 businesses, universities and organizations insist “We are still in” – committed to the Paris climate agreement and determined to continue reducing carbon dioxide emissions and preventing climate ... Read More »

Exiting the Mad Hatter’s climate tea party

By Paul Driessen June 3, 2017 Trump was 100% right (not just 97%) to show real leadership and walk away from Paris I can guess why a raven is like a writing-desk, Alice said. “Do you mean you think you can find out the answer?” said the March Hare. “Exactly so,” said Alice. “Then you should say what you mean,” ... Read More »

Dear Mr. President: Please Exit Paris

By Paul Driessen May 30, 2017 Are you are still wondering whether to Exit Paris? Overseas and US officials, environmentalists and bureaucrats urge you to Remain. But you promised voters you would Exit. Please keep your promises. Exit Paris isn’t about the environment. It’s about letting us utilize our fossil fuel energy to create jobs, rebuild our economy, and Make ... Read More »

Ignorance, intolerance, violence

By Paul Driessen May. 2, 2017 Using junk science marches, ignorant professors, resistance and violence to drive public policy Recent science and climate marches demonstrated how misinformed, indoctrinated, politicized and anti-Trump these activists are – and how indifferent about condemning millions in industrialized nations and billions in developing countries to green energy poverty. Amid it all, University of Michigan history ... Read More »

Real science must guide policy

By Paul Driessen April 16, 2017 Climate alarmists use faulty science and bald assertions to demand end to fossil fuels All too many alarmist climate scientists have received millions in taxpayer grants over the years, relied on computer models that do not reflect real-world observations, attacked and refused to debate scientists who disagree with manmade climate cataclysm claims, refused to ... Read More »

The social cost of carbon regulations

By Paul Driessen and Roger Bezdek March 18, 2017 Anti-fossil fuel SCC relies on garbage models, ignores carbon benefits and hurts the poor “If you could pick just one thing to reduce poverty, by far you would pick energy,” Bill Gates has said. “Access to energy is absolutely fundamental in the struggle against poverty,” World Bank VP Rachel Kyte and ... Read More »

Financial Stability Board climate deceit

By Paul Driessen March 17, 2017 FSB, Climate Cabal expand power and wealth, by targeting financial and insurance industries The $1.5-trillion Climate Crisis industry is not about to go quiet into that dark night, or to strut but an hour upon the stage, to then be heard no more. In these desperate times, it is unleashing even more sound and ... Read More »

GIGO-based energy and climate policies

By Paul Driessen March 4, 2017 It’s like formulating public safety policies using models based on dinosaur DNA from amber Things are never quiet on the climate front. After calling dangerous manmade climate change a hoax and vowing to withdraw the USA from the Paris agreement, President Trump has apparently removed language criticizing the Paris deal from a pending executive ... Read More »

The hidden agendas of sustainability illusions

By Paul Driessen Feb. 5, 2017 Absurd, impractical sustainability precepts are actually a prescription for government control As President Trump downgrades the relevance of Obama era climate change and anti-fossil fuel policies, many environmentalists are directing attention to “sustainable development.” Like “dangerous manmade climate change,” sustainability reflects poor understanding of basic energy, economic, resource extraction and manufacturing principles – and ... Read More »

Safe and healthy (not pristine) air

By Paul Driessen Jan. 16, 2017 Federal air quality rules must be based on science – not used to stifle energy and industry It’s called the Clean Air Act, but it was never intended to ensure pure, pristine air. Congress wanted America to have safe, healthy air, and regulations based on solid scientific and medical studies. The law says costs ... Read More »

Environmentalist insurance policies

By Paul Driessen December 19, 2016 Intellectual ammo for holiday party responses to claims that you need meteorite insurance Many liberals went into denial, outrage and riot mode after November 8. Now they’re having meltdown over President-Elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees with climate and environmental responsibilities: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry at Energy, Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt for EPA, Alabama ... Read More »

Sea level rise – or land subsidence?

By Paul Driessen Dec. 11, 2016 Alarmist claims about rising seas inundating coastal areas blame the wrong culprit In his 2006 Inconvenient Truth mockumentary, Al Gore infamously predicted melting ice caps would cause oceans to rise “up to 20 feet” (6.1 meters) “in the near future.” Kevin Costner’s 1995 “action thriller” Water World presumed totally melting planetary ice would almost ... Read More »

Five stages of climate grief

By Paul Driessen November 27, 2016 President Trump could help – and force climate alarmists to answer questions they’ve ignored Ever since the elections, our media, schools, workplaces and houses of worship have presented stories showcasing the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Liberal-progressive snowflakes are wallowing in denial, anger and depression. They cannot work, attend class ... Read More »

Pipeline anarchy

By Paul Driessen November 20, 2016 Trump win fuels more rampant theft and destruction – and North Dakota citizens pay the price Is this to be our future? Last week’s elections will soon end autocratic rule via executive fiat, the war on coal and hydrocarbons, IRS agents targeting conservative groups, government SWAT teams invading businesses and homes, and numerous other ... Read More »

Now comes the hard, fun and vital part

By Paul Driessen November 12, 2016 “Making America great again” requires deep-sixing punitive energy and environmental rules The American people have roundly rejected a third Obama term and legacy of deplorable policies that were too often imposed via executive edicts, with minimal attempts to work with Congress or the states. This election shows that hard-working Americans do not want their ... Read More »

Billionaire crony corporatist schemes

By Paul Driessen Oct. 31, 2016 Financing “green” companies and pressure groups, to get richer off taxpayers and consumers Shady cash from Vladimir Putin’s Russian energy oligarchs and other rich donors is being laundered through Bermuda-based lawyers and middlemen to “green” pressure groups, lobbyists and spinmeisters – to promote “green energy” schemes that bring billions of dollars from government agencies ... Read More »

Green pixie dust energy policies

By Paul Driessen October 3, 2016 Democrats fight climate change with renewable pixie dust, while rest of world burns fossil fuels “There’s been a record six straight years of job growth, and new Census numbers show incomes have increased at a record rate after years of stagnation,” NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt misinformed Americans, as he launched the first ... Read More »

Powering countries, empowering people

By Paul Driessen September 22, 2016 Affordable energy brings jobs, improved living standards and pursuit of happiness For 16 years, in a scene out of pre-industrial America, Thabo Molubi and his partner made furniture in South Africa’s outback, known locally as the “veld.” Lacking even a stream to turn a water wheel and machinery, they depended solely on hand and ... Read More »

Confusion, muddle, obfuscation and racism

By Paul Driessen September 11, 2016 As Obama, UN and EPA seek to dictate our lives and livelihoods, the real issue is green racism Winston Churchill called Russia a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. We could say Obama’s energy and climate policy is confusion wrapped in muddled thinking inside obfuscation – and driven by autocratic diktats that ... Read More »

Fuel me or fool me

By Paul Driessen July 9, 2016 America has centuries of fossil fuels, but hydrocarbon deniers want to strangle our future Fool me once, the adage says, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. The reality-based fossil fuel version states: Fuel me for 150 years, fuel me forever – or at least until creative, entrepreneurial spirits can devise reliable, ... Read More »

Brexit for America

By Paul Driessen July 3, 2016 Should we give Washington still more power over our lives – or “Take back control” Independence Day weekend is a perfect time to reflect on personal freedoms and responsibilities. The Magna Carta and Declaration of Independence were about overbearing, despotic kings. Brexit, Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, was much about overbearing bureaucrats ... Read More »

The Hillary treatment for climate fraudsters?

By Paul Driessen July 19, 2016 State AG actions reveal double standard for scientists who promote alarmist climate claims This past March, seventeen attorneys general launched a coordinated effort to investigate, pursue and prosecute companies, think tanks and other organizations who say there is little credible evidence that human “greenhouse gas” emissions are causing “dangerous” or “catastrophic” manmade climate change. ... Read More »

More job-killing rules from EPA

By Paul Driessen June 12, 2016 Social cost of methane regulations will further constrain energy production, for no benefit Having already done yeoman’s work stifling economic growth and job creation, President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is doubling down again. The United States created a paltry 38,000 new jobs in May: one for every 8,000 Americans. Its labor force participation rate ... Read More »

How the West got healthy and prosperous

By Paul Driessen June 5, 2016 Vital ingredients included the scientific method and fossil fuels – truths we forget at our peril Several years ago, physician, statistician, sword swallower and vibrant lecturer Hans Rosling produced a fascinating 4-minute video that presented 120,000 data points and showcased how mostly western nations became healthy and prosperous in just 200 years – after ... Read More »

SEC issues climate chaos “guidance”

By Paul Driessen May 29, 2016 What about risks from anti-energy policies imposed in the name of stopping climate change? President Obama continues to use “dangerous manmade climate change” to justify a massive regulatory onslaught that will “fundamentally transform” America’s energy, economic, business, industrial, social, legal and constitutional systems before he leaves office. The more science batters alarmist claims, the ... Read More »

Ben Rhodes spins climate change

By Paul Driessen May 16, 2016 “Climate refugee” claims reflect deliberate mendacity and belief that we and reporters are stupid Employing his college degree in fiction writing, White House communications strategist Ben Rhodes wrote deceitful talking points on the Benghazi attack and one-sided Iran nuclear deal – and later bragged about manipulating “clueless reporters.” Perhaps he’s also orchestrating administration climate ... Read More »

Inside climate propaganda

By Paul Driessen April 30, 2016 InsideClimate News excels at propagating environmentalist and Obama thinking and policies Have you ever wondered how the LA Times, Associated Press, Weather Channel and your local media always seem to present similar one-sided stories on climate change, fossil fuels, renewable energy and other environmental issues? How their assertions become “common knowledge,” like the following? ... Read More »

Smelling blood in the political water

By Paul Driessen April 23, 2016 Having destroyed US coal industry, Democrats and eco allies are now attacking all fossil fuels The great white environmentalist sharks smell blood in the water. It’s gushing from mortally wounded US coal companies that the Obama EPA has gutted as sacrifices on the altar of “dangerous manmade climate change” prevention and other spurious health, ... Read More »