Paul Driessen

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 »

RICO for government climate deniers?

Paul Driessen and Ron Arnold April 17, 2016 How corrupt and fraudulent is the government “science” that denies natural climate change? A self-appointed coalition of Democrat state attorneys general is pursuing civil or criminal racketeering actions against ExxonMobil, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and other organizations. The AGs claim the groups are committing fraud, by “denying” climate change. The charge is ... Read More »

Methane mendacity – and madness

By Paul Driessen April 10, 2016 Radical green and government agitators slam methane in latest bid to terminate fossil fuel use Quick: What is 17 cents out of $100,000? If you said 0.00017 percent, you win the jackpot. That number, by sheer coincidence, is also the percentage of methane in Earth’s atmosphere. That’s a trivial amount, you say: 1.7 parts ... Read More »

Prosecuting climate chaos skeptics with RICO

By Paul Driessen April 3, 2016 Al Gore, Torquemada Whitehouse, Democrat AGs threaten to silence and bankrupt skeptics It’s been a rough stretch for Climate Armageddon religionists and totalitarians. Real World science, climate and weather events just don’t support their manmade cataclysm narrative. The horrid consequences of anti-fossil fuel energy policies are increasingly in the news. And despite campaigns by ... Read More »

Washington’s despotic lawlessness

By Paul Driessen March 23, 2016 We’ve had a “try and stop me” president. Now we need one who will invalidate those actions. Washington is out of control. Legislators, judges and unelected bureaucrats want to control our lives, livelihoods and living standards, with no accountability even for major errors, calculated deception, or deliberate, often illegal assaults on our liberties and ... Read More »

Banning fossil fuel benefits

By Paul Driessen March 12, 2016 Does their abysmal grasp of energy and economics make Hillary and Bernie unfit to govern? “Natural gas is a good, cheap alternative to fossil fuels,” former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi famously intoned. (Psssst. Ms. Nancy, natural gas is a fossil fuel.) “If I thought there was any evidence that drilling could save ... Read More »

Last-ditch assaults on affordable energy

By Paul Driessen March 6, 2016 Obama and allies double down on biofuels and climate, and against carbon-based fuels Separating reality from ideology and political agendas is difficult, but essential, if we are to revitalize our economy and help the world’s poorest families take their rightful places among Earth’s prosperous people. Energy reality is certainly in our favor. But ideological ... Read More »

Economic Literacy 101

By Paul Driessen Feb. 27, 2016 Do millennials really want the Big Government socialist policies Bernie and Hillary advocate? America’s 18- to 34-year-old “millennials” have been tutored in group-think schools that extol socialism. Now they lionize liberal politicians whose class-warfare prescriptions include taxing away all but maybe 1% of the nation’s 0.0001% billionaires’ wealth, then going after Wall Street, Big ... Read More »

Remember the Climate!

By Paul Driessen Feb.22, 2016 Obama orders Pentagon, generals and admirals to make climate change Job One Military triumphs and catastrophes have often hinged on how well (or luckily) armies and navies employed, avoided or benefited from weather and other natural events. Severe storms helped the British navy defeat Spain’s Armada in 1588. George Washington knew horrid weather meant the ... Read More »

Tax oil to subsidize wind?

By Paul Driessen Feb. 14, 2016 Obama wants to punish oil industry to advance climate agenda. So do Hillary, Bernie and Mike If you want more of something, mandate it, subsidize it and exempt it from regulations. If you want less of something, punish it with taxes and regulations. Put more bluntly, the power to tax and regulate is the ... Read More »

Profiteers of climate doom

by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley, Willie Soon and David R. Legates Feb. 10, 2016 Ten killer questions that expose how wrong and ideologically driven they are A century or so from now, based on current trends, today’s concentration of carbon dioxide in the air will have doubled. How much warming will that cause? The official prediction, 1.5-4.5 degrees Celsius (2.7-8.1 ... Read More »

Obama’s 0.7 percent “solution”

By Paul Driessen February 6, 2016 Obama, Democrats and bureaucrats bury America’s future under more federal regulations America’s abysmal 0.7% economic growth during the fourth quarter of 2015 meant the annual growth rate was an anemic 2.4% … and average annual growth for the six-year Obama era a pathetic 2.2 percent. This is “dead last compared to six other recession ... Read More »

Shafting taxpayers – promoting crony corporatism

By Paul Driessen Dec. 17. 2015 Omnibus budget deal ends oil export ban, perpetuates renewable subsidies, redistributes wealth President Reagan once said, “The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.” The omnibus budget package being negotiated on Capitol Hill is a perfect example. The wheeling and dealing is too complex and ... Read More »

Reprieve! Binding Paris treaty now voluntary mush

By Paul Driessen and Dr. Roger Bezdek But Obama still wants to send US energy use and living standards backward Paris climate talks this week descended into madcap all-night negotiations, as delegates desperately tried to salvage some kind of agreement beyond empty promises to do something sometime about what President Obama insists is the gravest threat to our planet, national ... Read More »

More outrages and insanities in Paris

By Paul Driessen Dec. 9, 2015 If alarmists get what they want at the climate gabfest, the consequences will be disastrous The Senate will not approve or appropriate money for anything President Obama might agree to in Paris, and developing countries will not (and should not) stop building coal-fired power plants and using fossil fuels to lift billions out of ... Read More »

A new strategy for tax cheats

By Paul Driessen Dec. 6, 2015 You can guess what would happen if you used the same tactics that climate alarmists employ Suppose you’ve been using some creative data, accounting and legal interpretations for years to reduce your tax bill – and the IRS suddenly flags you for a full-blown audit. Instead of trembling in your boots, shredding your records, ... Read More »

Turkeys we’re not thankful for

By Paul Driessen Nov. 28, 2015 The tasty birds are affordable. Government turkeys enrich crony corporatists, but cost us dearly. To commemorate Thanksgiving – and garner First Family photo ops – presidents often host Rose Garden ceremonies, where they “pardon” a turkey, before sitting down to dine on one of its cousins. In fact, Americans ate close to 50 million ... Read More »