Cooler Heads Digest 3 June 2011


Marshall Institute Chairman Will Happer, the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics at Princeton University, this week released an excellent new paper, The Truth about Greenhouse Gases, in the journal First Things.

The Heartland Institute's Sixth International Conference on Climate Change will be held in Washington, DC on June 30 - July 1, 2011. Visit the event's Web site at for more information or to make your reservations.

In the News

Don't Look Behind the Green Curtain
James Taylor, Washington Times, 3 June 2011

The President's 2012 Strategy: Forsake the Lost Causes, Fool the Rest
William Yeatman,, 3 June 2011

Do GOP Hopefuls Trust Al Gore?
Steve Milloy, Washington Times, 3 June 2011

Watchdog Questions GM Bailout Repayment
Dave Boyer, Washington Times, 2 June 2011

Recently-Released Documents Reveal Obama Administration's Complicity in Bailout Duplicity
Hans Bader,, 2 June 2011

How Many Distortions Can a Wind Lobbyist Cram into One Talking Point?
William Yeatman,, 2 June 2011

Big, Bad Wolf Romm
Robert Bradley, Master Resource, 3 June 2011

Sigourney Weaver: Climate Change Is Sexist
Noel Sheppard, News Busters, 2 June 2011

A Request for Light Bulb Sanity
Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Real Clear Markets, 2 June 2011

Twisted Scripture and Science
Paul Chesser, American Spectator, 2 June 2011

Michigan Target of EPA Diktat
Henry Payne, The Michigan View, 1 June 2011

Free up Oil Drilling in Alaska
James Baker, USA Today, 1 June 2011

Everything You've Heard about Fossil Fuels May Be Wrong
Michael Lind, Salon, 31 May 2011

What with Immelt Sounding a Little Squishy
Chris Horner, AmSpecBlog, 31 May 2011

Palin: Eliminate All Energy Subsidies
Scott Conroy, Real Clear Politics, 31 May 2011

On Global Warming, Gov. Christie Needs To Visit a Doctor
Paul Mulshine, New Jersey Star Ledger, 30 May 2011

The Great Tornadoes of 2011 Put in Perspective
Patrick Michaels, Forbes, 26 May 2011

The Problems with the Precautionary Principle
Jonathan Adler, The American, 25 May 2011

News You Can Use
Brian McGraw

International Carbon Market Collapses

As went the Chicago Climate Exchange, so goes the international carbon market: with low expectations of a renewed Kyoto Protocol, only $1.5 billion in credits were traded in 2010, down from $2.7 billion in 2009. Andrew Steer, envoy for climate change at the World Bank, told the Guardian that, \223The [carbon] market is failing us.\224

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

Obama Nominates Cap-and-Trader John Bryson to be Commerce Secretary

President Barack Obama this week nominated John Bryson to be Secretary of Commerce.  Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) immediately announced that he would try to defeat Bryson's confirmation by the Senate. It's easy to see why Inhofe didn't have to spend much time weighing Bryson's qualifications.  Bryson is a model crony capitalist, lifelong professional environmentalist, and leading promoter of cap-and-trade legislation to raise energy prices.

Here is what Bryson said at a symposium at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2009: \223Greenhouse gas legislation - either with a tax or with a cap and trade, which is a more complicated way of getting at it, but it has the advantage politically of sort of hiding the fact that you have a tax, but at the same - you know that's what you're trying to do, trying to raise price of carbon\205.\224  He went on to say that the Waxman-Markey and other cap-and-trade bills in Congress would not raise energy prices enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the required amount, so that he also favored federal regulations, such as renewable requirements for electric utilities, on top of cap-and-trade.  Later, Bryson referred to Waxman-Markey as a \223moderate but acceptable bill.\224

As a new graduate of Yale Law School in 1970, Bryson was one of the founders of the Natural Resources Defense Council and served as legal counsel in the group's early years.  From 1976 to 1979, he was chairman of the California State Water Resources Control Board.  And from 1979 to 1982, he was chairman of the California Public Utilities Commission.  He was appointed to both positions by then-Governor Jerry Brown.  After practicing law, he then spent 18 years at Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison.  He retired as chairman and CEO in 2008.  In recent years, Bryson has served as an official adviser on energy and environmental issues to the Secretary General of the United Nations. 

Across the States

New York

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) this week announced that he is suing the federal government for failing to conduct an environmental analysis on the impacts to drinking water caused by \221fracking,' a.k.a. hydraulic fracturing, the American-made technological miracle in natural gas production that has roughly doubled known North American gas reserves in only the last 5 years. New York stands to benefit a great deal from fracking, as much of the State is situated above the Marcellus Shale, an enormous gas deposit in the American Northeast that can be tapped only with this new technology.

But environmentalist special interest groups oppose the practice, because it would expand America's supply of hydrocarbon energy, and they have whipped up alarm among Manhattanites by alleging that fracking would pollute New York City's water supply. In fact, these allegations are false, as Mr. Scheniderman would have learned if he had consulted New York State Geologist Dr. Taury Smith, a self-described liberal Democrat, who told the Albany Times Union that the State's natural gas deposits are \223a huge gift.\224 Dr. Smith dismissed the environmentalists' allegations about water contamination as being \223exaggerated,\224 and \223the worst spin.\224

In any case, the Attorney General's request ignores the fact that the Environmental Protection Agency already is conducting a high-profile, comprehensive study on fracking's impact on water, due in 2012. As such, his demand is already being met.

Around the World
Brian McGraw

Kyoto Is Dead

France, Russia, Japan, Canada and the United States announced this week at the G8 summit that they would not participate in an additional round of carbon emission reductions under a renewed Kyoto Protocol, which had been set to expire at the end of 2012. The five countries indicated that they would not continue their support primarily because developing countries are not required to meet any emission reductions.

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