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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 […]

Politicized sustainability threatens planet and people

Politicized sustainability threatens planet and people

. By Paul Driessen Sustainability (sustainable development) is one of the hottest trends on college campuses, in the news media, in corporate boardrooms and with regulators. There are three different versions. Real Sustainability involves thoughtful, caring, responsible, economical stewardship and conservation of land, water, energy, metallic, forest, wildlife and other natural resources. Responsible businesses, families and […]

Now it’s a war on pipelines

Now it’s a war on pipelines

. By Paul Driessen The radical environmentalist war on fossil fuels has opened a new front: a war on pipelines. For years, activist zealots claimed the world was rapidly depleting its oil and natural gas supplies. The fracking revolution (horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing) obliterated that argument, by sending US oil and gas production to new […]

Irma illusions – and realities

Irma illusions – and realities

. By Paul Driessen Hurricanes Harvey and Irma brought out the best in us. Millions of Americans are giving money, toil and sweat to help victims rebuild. Unfortunately, the storms also highlighted some people’s baser instincts. Some advanced ideological commitments to campaigns to “keep fossil fuels in the ground,” raise energy costs and reduce living standards. […]

Finally, some commonsense western fire policies

Finally, some commonsense western fire policies

. By Paul Driessen President Trump promised to bring fresh ideas and policies to Washington. Now Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue are doing exactly that in a critically important area: forest management and conflagration prevention. Their actions are informed, courageous and long overdue. Westerners are delighted, and I’ve advocated such reforms since […]

The Hurricane Harvey Hustle

The Hurricane Harvey Hustle

. By Paul Driessen “When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight,” English essayist Samuel Johnson observed 240 years ago, “it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” That’s certainly true in the climate change arena. After ending US participation in the Paris climate treaty and abolishing many government restrictions on fossil fuel use, the […]

Revisiting wind turbine impacts

Revisiting wind turbine impacts

. By Paul Driessen Erroneous recent calculation highlights need to assess renewable energy sustainability claims It’s amazing, though hardly surprising, how quickly some used Hurricane Harvey’s devastation to claim that fossil fuel emissions are driving catastrophic climate change and weather. Their proffered solution, of course, is to replace those fuels with “clean, sustainable, renewable” energy. I’ve […]

Yet another renewable energy boondoggle

Yet another renewable energy boondoggle

. By Paul Driessen 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 […]

Callous CALAS activists against the poor: Anti-mining groups “protect” local tribe against phony risks — Trample on Guatemalan workers

Callous CALAS activists against the poor: Anti-mining groups “protect” local tribe against phony risks — Trample on Guatemalan workers

. By Paul Driessen Not long ago, supposed “environmental justice” concerns at least involved risks to mine workers and their families. The risks may have been inflated, or ignored for decades, but they were a major focus. In one case, a state-run mine and smelter had fouled the air, land and water with toxic contaminants in […]

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