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A little slice of Alaskan tundra is finally open for drilling

A little slice of Alaskan tundra is finally open for drilling

. By Paul Driessen Way back in 1980, Congress passed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, establishing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and making numerous other land use decisions for our 49th state. Section 1002 of the act postponed a decision on managing ANWR’s 1.5-million-acre coastal plain, which has enormous oil and gas potential […]

Reducing Antiquities Act land grabs

Reducing Antiquities Act land grabs

. By Paul Driessen Acting on recommendations by Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, on December 4 President Trump significantly reduced the size of two enormous areas in Utah that Presidents Clinton and Obama had set aside as limited-access, no-development zones under the 1906 Antiquities Act. Mr. Trump’s action reduced the Grand Staircase Escalante […]

Keystone is anti-hydrocarbon zealotry in microcosm

Keystone is anti-hydrocarbon zealotry in microcosm

. By Paul Driessen The Nebraska Public Service Commission (NPSC) recently voted to approve the state’s segment of the 1,200-mile Keystone XL Pipeline. While that would appear to allow construction to move forward, more obstacles loom before KXL can finally bring North Dakota and Canadian crude oil to Texas refineries. Commissioners who voted against approval […]

UN agency to Congress: Drop dead

UN agency to Congress: Drop dead

. By Paul Driessen The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in France has received over $48 million from America’s National Institutes of Health (NIH), to determine whether various chemicals cause cancer in humans. Of more than 900 chemicals it has reviewed, only one was ever found non-carcinogenic. The latest substance to face IARC […]

Sharing our blessings: This Thanksgiving we should have given thanks for fossil fuels – and promote them for rest of world

Sharing our blessings: This Thanksgiving we should have given thanks for fossil fuels – and promote them for rest of world

. By Paul Driessen This Thanksgiving weekend is a good time to express our gratitude for the jobs, living standards and life spans we enjoy today – largely because of abundant, reliable, affordable energy, 83% of it still because of fossil fuels. As my CFACT colleague Craig Rucker suggests, we should also be grateful that […]

Virginia goes Don Quixote

Virginia goes Don Quixote

. By Paul Driessen 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 polluters to buy credits for emitting carbon dioxide. Meanwhile, liberal governors from California, […]

Renewable energy – by royal decree!

Renewable energy – by royal decree!

  By Paul Driessen In 2016, Missouri generated 96.5% of its electricity with fossil fuel and nuclear power, 1.6% with hydroelectric, and just 1.5% with wind and solar. The St. Louis Metro Area did roughly the same. But now, by royal decree, the St. Louis City Crown has made it clear, the climate must be […]

Agitators, regulators and predators on the prowl

Agitators, regulators and predators on the prowl

    By Paul Driessen 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 the company’s popular weed killer RoundUp causes cancer. A key basis for […]

DC Swamp denizens strike back: Crony corporatists deep-six proposed EPA reductions in biodiesel mandates

DC Swamp denizens strike back: Crony corporatists deep-six proposed EPA reductions in biodiesel mandates

    By Paul Driessen 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, revise or even trim fat from it. […]

The Obama EPA’s crooked prosecutors

The Obama EPA’s crooked prosecutors

. By Paul Driessen 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 hid exculpatory evidence and colluded with the judge to prevent […]

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