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Tuesday
Jul082014

Rubens For US Senate - Latest Example of Shaheen Corporate Cronyism 

Rubens Statement on Shaheen/Steyer Climate Hypocrisy

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Jim Rubens today called out Jeanne Shaheen for her career record collecting direct and indirect campaign cash for doing political favors for big energy interests, her latest infusion from hedge fund billionaire and climate hypocrite Tom Steyer.

Steyer, founder and partner of Farallon Capital Management, is highlighted in a July 4 New York Times article for having simultaneously pledged to spend $100 million to defeat candidates opposed to action on climate change and for personally profiting from investments in coal mines and coal-fired power plants in South Asia and Australia.

Rubens issued the following statement:
"Jeanne Shaheen's lifetime political career is built on corporate cronyism with big energy interests. She has used her powers in elected office to enrich and protect the reputations of her corporate benefactors. Case in point being her constant catering to powerful energy interests to the detriment of energy consumers and the people of New Hampshire.

"Now, Jeanne Shaheen has cozied up to hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer in a calculated act of mutual greenwashing. Steyer gets cover for his coal profits. Shaheen gets Super PAC support from coal money. They are both using climate change as a partisan wedge issue to benefit Democrats and have frozen potential political progress on the issue."

Shaheen On Carbon
Both Steyer and Shaheen back President Obama's proposed EPA power plant carbon rule, which protects coal states and punishes New Hampshire. To reach the national goal of a 30 percent reduction in power plant carbon emissions by 2030, coal states West Virginia, Wyoming, and Kentucky are required to cut emissions by only 18-19 percent, with New Hampshire's mandated reductions at 46 percent.

Shaheen was a champion of the Kerry-Boxer cap & trade bill of 2009, a 1,758-page monster, written by industry lobbyists, chock-a-block full with special interest carve-outs and payoffs, and hyper-complex energy market distortions.

For the record, Jim Rubens is the single Republican candidate for U.S. Senate who accepts published climate science. He has proposed ending crony capitalism and Washington rent seeking by energy interests and instead allowing market forces to replace high-cost carbon based energy sources with lower cost, abundant and clean energy sources.

Shaheen on Northern Pass
Jeanne Shaheen has accepted campaign contributions from Northeast Utilities executives (see below), has straddled the Northern Pass transmission line issue and has failed to force a fair and open EIS scoping process so that all electricity supply alternatives are considered. Her failure to lead threatens the economy of the North Country, property values and, most importantly, property rights.

In contrast, Jim Rubens has taken an unambiguous position on Northern Pass. If it is to be built, it must be buried, preferably on state-owed rights of way with the ROW rental revenue benefiting New Hampshire taxpayers, not Northeast Utilities in Connecticut.

Shaheen on the PSNH Stranded Cost Bailout
As Governor, Jeanne Shaheen supported the PSNH stranded cost bailout of 2001, resulting in her electricity tax still being paid by PSNH ratepayers.

In contrast, Jim Rubens led the fight against this bailout while serving in the state senate.

Gregory B. Butler
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Northeast Utilities

Thomas J. May
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer
Northeast Utilities

Leon J. Olivier
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Northeast Utilities

Joseph R. Nolan
Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations
Northeast Utilities

Monday
Jun302014

Cooler Heads Digest 27 June 2014 

27 June 2014

Announcements

  • The Texas Public Policy Foundation this month published a new study by Kathleen Hartnett White titled, “Fossil Fuels: The Moral Case.” Click here to read the report.
     
  • The Digest will not be published next Friday, July 4. Happy Independence Day.

In the News

$10,000 Bet on Climate Change: Asking the Wrong Question
E. Calvin Beisner, Master Resource, 26 June 2014

ISIS and Doing Stupid S---
David Kreutzer, The Hill, 26 June 2014

House Committee Moves Secret Science Bill; Greens Fret
William Yeatman, Global Warming.org, 26 June 2014

EPA Employees Told To Stop Pooping in Hallway (actual title!)
Eric Katz, Fedblog, 25 June 2014

EPA Joins IRA Lost E-mails Club
Erica Martinson, Politico, 25 June 2014

On Climate Change, Who Are the Real ‘Deniers’?
Cal Thomas, Washington Examiner, 25 June 2014

Global Warming Believers Deny Reality
Richard Rahn, Washington Times, 23 June 2014

Greenpeace in Financial Disarray
Adam Vaughan, Guardian, 23 June 2014

Act Locally, Wish Globally
Kevin Williamson, National Review Online, 23 June 2014

News You Can Use
Poll: More Than Half of Americans Don’t Believe in AGW

Daily Caller’s Michael Bastasch this week reported on a new Pew Research Center poll showing that 35 percent of Americans say there is not enough solid evidence that mankind is warming the Earth, while another 18 percent says the world has warmed due to “natural patterns” and not human activity. That’s a 53 percent majority against AGW.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

Supreme Court Talks Tough, Then Turns EPA Loose

The Supreme Court on Monday, 23rd June, handed down its decision on the appeal of the EPA’s endangerment finding. The court’s decision was written by Justice Antonin Scalia.  He used very strong language several times to scold the Environmental Protection Agency for wanting to expand their regulatory authority beyond statutory limits.  For example, on page 19, Scalia writes:

“The fact that EPA’s greenhouse-gas-inclusive interpretation of the PSD and Title V triggers would place plainly excessive demands on limited governmental resources is alone a good reason for rejecting it; but that is not the only reason. EPA’s interpretation is also unreasonable because it would bring about an enormous and transformative expansion in EPA’s regulatory authority without clear congressional authorization. When an agency claims to discover in a long-extant statute an unheralded power to regulate ‘a significant portion of the American economy,’ Brown & Williamson, 529 U. S., at 159, we typically greet its announcement with a measure of skepticism. We expect Congress to speak clearly if it wishes to assign to an agency decisions of vast ‘economic and political significance.’”

That sounds good, and many opponents of the EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gas emissions using the Clean Air Act have hailed the decision as finally pushing back against the EPA.  The Wall Street Journal, for example, called the decision “a constitutional tutorial for Obama” and “a smackdown” and claimed that “the Justices feed several major climate regulations into the wood chipper.”

That is the rhetoric of Scalia’s majority decision, but the substance is quite different.  As Scalia notes, the Court’s decision allows the EPA to regulate 83% of greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources instead of the 86% that EPA proposed to regulate.  My CEI colleague, William Yeatman, offers expert commentary on GlobalWarming.org

The opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito, with the concurrence of Justice Clarence Thomas, is much more coherent and well-reasoned than Scalia’s decision.  It is worth reading and can be found at the end of the Supreme Court’s online post.

Obama Celebrates First Anniversary of Climate Plan

President Barack Obama marked the first anniversary of his climate action plan on 25th June by speaking at the annual fundraising dinner of the League of Conservation Voters.  It was a bland speech except for his excoriation of climate change deniers in Congress.  The president once again did not mention that he never mentioned that he would concentrate on climate policies in his second term during his 2012 re-election campaign.  

On the same day White House officials and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew met with Tom Steyer, the California billionaire who has spent millions opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline and promises to spend $100 million more to elect Democrats to the Senate this fall, and Hank Paulson, former Treasury Secretary and former head of Goldman Sachs. They discussed a new report that their group, Risky Business, released this week on the economic risks of global warming, particularly for big business.  The other principal in Risky Business is Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City. I never mention Paulson without pointing out that CEI actively opposed his confirmation as Treasury Secretary in the waning years of the George W. Bush administration. 

The visit by Steyer and Paulson to the White House was a bit too much even for Democrats in Congress who are trying to get re-elected by accusing billionaires Charles and David Koch of trying to buy the election for Republicans.  An unnamed House Democrat told the Washington Examiner, “It stinks.” 

House Passes Energy Bills for Senate to Ignore

The House of Representatives this week passed three access-to-energy bills.  H. R. 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act, was sent to the Senate, where it will die, by a vote of 229 to 185. The bill directs the Department of Interior to expand oil production in federal offshore areas and in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.

H. R. 6, the Domestic Freedom and Global Prosperity Act, was sent to the Senate on a 266 to 150 vote. The bill expedites the permitting process for liquefied natural gas export terminals.  It was sponsored by Representative Cory Gardner (R-Colo.).   He is running for the Senate against incumbent Mark Udall (D-Colo.).  After Gardner introduced his bill, Udall quickly followed by introducing a similar bill in the Senate. 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has been doing his best to keep his Democratic majority by not holding votes on anything, but he may have to allow a vote on Udall’s bill.  The Hill newspaper reported this week that Reid’s strategy may be starting to hurt endangered Democratic incumbents. It pointed out that Senator Mark Begich (D-Alaska), elected in 2008 and up for re-election this November, has never been allowed a floor vote on any amendment he has offered. Many other Senators have had the same experience. 

H. R. 3301, the North American Energy Infrastructure Act, was sent to the Senate, where it will die, by a vote of 233 to 173. The bill reforms the process for permitting pipelines that cross national boundaries by, among other things, removing the president from the decision-making process.

Across the States
Myron Ebell

Judge Requires Social Cost of Carbon in NEPA Analysis

According to a story by Manuel Quinones in Environment and Energy PM ($), a federal judge in Colorado has blocked the expansion of a coal mine operated by Arch Coal because the Bureau of Land Management did not give an adequate reason for not including an analysis of the social cost of the carbon dioxide emissions that the coal from the mine would produce in its Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act.  The suit was filed by Wild Earth Guardians, the Sierra Club, and High Country Conservation Advocates. 

Around the World
Patrick Hannaford

Australia Set To Repeal Carbon Tax

Australia has taken another step towards repealing its carbon tax, with the Liberal and National Parties Coalition government this week securing the votes for its signature legislation to pass the Senate.

Set to hold 33 out of 76 seats when the new Senate, which was elected last fall,  takes office in July, the Coalition will depend on the support of a collection of independent and minor party Senators in order to fulfil its election promise.

That support was secured on Thursday, with an agreement between Prime Minister Tony Abbott and newly elected MP, Clive Palmer, whose Palmer United Party (PUP) is set to control 4 votes in the Senate.

Mr. Palmer agreed to support repeal of the carbon tax, on the condition the legislation ensured that savings be passed on to consumers. However, in a characteristically inconsistent decision, Mr Palmer announced that the PUP will vote against the abolition of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the Climate Change Authority, and the Renewable Energy Target – all set up in conjunction with the carbon tax.

The Cooler Heads Digest is the weekly e-mail publication of the Cooler Heads Coalition. For the latest news and commentary, check out the Coalition’s website, www.GlobalWarming.org.

Wednesday
Jun252014

ALG's Daily Grind - McConnell-Reid fight over amendments on appropriations creates opportunity for GOP 

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June 25, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

McConnell-Reid fight over amendments on appropriations creates opportunity for GOP
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulls $180 billion appropriations bill off Senate floor after Senate Republicans demand simple majority amendments.

The rise of Climate Change-ism
Over a few decades modern climate science has evolved, or if you will, devolved from it's infancy, from scientific observation to dogma—or "Climate Change-ism."

Central planners take aim at motorists in Washington, D.C.
Throwing caution to the wind, a Washington, D.C. calls for toll lanes at major entry points into the city and other measures designed to keep automobiles off Washington's major thoroughfares—at a great cost to commuter motorists.

Klein: Still waiting for the most important Obamacare ruling --- and it isn't Hobby Lobby
"Health care policy watchers are still waiting for what could be the most important court ruling of the year on Obamacare -- but it isn't Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, the contraception mandate case."

Saturday
Jun212014

Cooler Heads Digest 20 June 2014 

20 June 2014

In the News

India Takes Action against Eco-Colonialism
Iain Murray, Open Market, 20 June 2014

John Holdren’s Bi-Polar Vortex, Part 2
Sam Kazman, WattsUpWithThat, 20 June 2014

Global Warming of the Earth’s Surface Has Decelerated
Matt Rogers, Washington Post, 20 June 2014

At VA, Solar Panels Are Priority #1
Washington Times editorial, 19 June 2014

Another Obama Policy Failure: Canada Approves New Oil Pipeline to Pacific Coast
Ronald Bailey, Reason Hit & Run, 18 June 2014

Attack of the Energy Snobs
Orange County Registereditorial, 18 June 2014

Fighting Executive Fiat on Climate
Paul Driessen, Master Resource, 17 June 2014

Obama Flunks Climate Science 101 at University of California, Irvine
James Delingpole, Breitbart, 15 June 2014

On Key Clean Air Act Interpretation, NRDC Cynically Reverses Itself
William Yeatman, GlobalWarming.org, 14 June 2014

News You Can Use
Greenpeace Gambles Away $5.2 Million in Donor Money

Greenpeace announced this week that it has lost $5.2 million in donations on currency speculation.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

House and Senate Committees Hold Hearings on EPA’s Power Plant Rule  

House and Senate committees held hearings this week on the EPA’s proposed rule to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.  On the House side, a subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee took testimony from Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator of air and radiation at the EPA. On the Senate side, a subcommittee of the Environment and Public Works Committee heard from four former administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency in Republican administrations who support the EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations.  

Republican members of the Energy and Commerce Committee tried several lines of attack with McCabe. She gave no ground, but she also provided very few direct answers.  McCabe insisted that the EPA was not waging war on coal.  This incredible claim was echoed in a video interview that EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy gave to Politico.  We shall see whether President Barack Obama repeats their denials of waging war on coal when he addresses the annual dinner of the League of Conservation Voters next week. 

It was slightly embarrassing to listen to former EPA Administrators William Ruckelshaus, Christine Todd Whitman, William K. Reilly, and Lee Thomas testify before the Senate. Congressional Democrats trot them out on a regular basis to try to embarrass congressional Republicans: “You see, even Republicans who ran EPA support EPA.”  The four Republican former administrators are pathetically eager to please because getting to testify makes them feel relevant.

By far the best testimony at the Senate hearing was given by Luther Strange, the attorney general of Alabama.  He laid out a compelling case for why the EPA’s regulation of carbon dioxide emissions under section 111d of the Clean Air Act is illegal.

Murray Energy takes up one of Attorney General Strange’s main lines of argument in a suit filed on 18th June in the federal DC Circuit Court of Appeals.  Murray Energy, a privately held company that has become one of the biggest coal producers in the U. S., argues that the Clean Air Act does not allow regulation of power plants under section 111d that are already being regulated under section 112.  Legal challenges to proposed regulations are not usually heard by federal courts because the regulations are likely to be modified as a result of expert comments received.  However, the Murray Energy filing argues that their appeal is ripe because whatever regulation is finally proposed will violate the law and that waiting until the rule is final will be highly damaging economically.

Landrieu Bill To Permit Keystone Pipeline Passes Committee, But Won’t Get Floor Vote

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on 18th June marked up a bill to cut President Barack Obama out of the decision-making process and permit construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline from Alberta’s oil sands to the U. S. The vote was 12 to 10, with all ten Republicans plus Chairman Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) voting yes.

Senator Landrieu, who is in a tough re-election race, vowed to push hard for a vote on the Senate floor.  Republicans pointed out that the fact that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is not going to allow a floor vote exposes how ineffective Landrieu is as chairman in promoting pro-energy policies in the face of her own party leader’s obstructionism.

Politico, also on 18th June, ran a big photo on its front page with the headline, “The Dark Side of the Oil Boom.”  The photo accompanied a long, investigative story by Kathryn A. Wolfe and Bob King about the safety threats posed by rapidly increasing rail transport of oil.  Curiously, the article considered the obvious alternative to rail—namely, building more pipelines—only in order to dismiss it:

“But environmentalists who warn about the dangers of crude-by-rail say it would be wrong to turn the issue into an excuse to approve Keystone.  For one thing, the Texas-bound pipeline would replace only part of the train traffic, which has spread its tendrils across the U.S.”

True, but building Keystone would solve part of the problem, and building other pipelines would solve the rest. 

Across the States

Energy Production on Federal Lands Down Again

Production of oil, gas and coal on federal lands and waters fell 7 percent last year, according to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Overall, domestic oil and gas production is at historical highs—this week, for example, North Dakota for the first time exceeded 1 million of barrels of oil produced per day—but production is taking place mainly on state and private lands, over which the federal government exerts less control.

Around the World

Green Energy Pause Started about Same Time as Global Warming Pause

BP this week released its annual world energy statistical review. Coal's share of world energy consumption topped 30 percent in 2013, the highest level since 1970. The report also shows that the global percentage of non-carbon energy has paused at around 13% since about 1995.

Cooler Heads Coalition

Ray Evans, RIP

With great sadness, we report the death of our long-time friend and colleague N. Ray Evans in Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday, 18th June, at the age of 79

Ray was for many decades one of Australia’s leading public intellectuals.  He became involved in a wide range of issues from labor market reform to climate policy.  Ray early saw the threat of international and national energy-rationing policies resulting from global warming alarmism. 

In 1997, Ray was the lead organizer of Countdown to Kyoto, the largest international conference on global warming before the negotiations in December 1997 that led to the Kyoto Protocol.  It was while working at Frontiers of Freedom that I was introduced to Ray by my friend (And now CEI colleague R.J. Smith), who asked us to help organize that conference, which I attended in Canberra, Australia in August 1997. 

Ray became one of the leading voices opposing global warming alarmism and energy-rationing policies, first in his position as an executive at Western Mining Corporation and later in “retirement” as founder and director of the Lavoisier Group. The Lavoisier Group is a member of the Cooler Heads Coalition and is the pre-eminent intellectual opponent of global warming alarmism in Australia.  But he made an impact in the United States and England as well.  The Cooler Heads Coalition assisted a bit when it sponsored a notable briefing by Ray in the U. S. Capitol on the threats to sovereignty posed by international environmental agreements, such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

For an example of Ray’s style of public advocacy, read his short pamphlet, Nine Facts About Climate Change.  Ray always expressed his thoughts with great clarity, vigor, and good humor.  

Here is a warm appreciation of Ray by columnist Andrew Bolt, which begins, “A very fine man has died.”  That sums up Ray.  I am one of many, many people who had the great good fortune to know him well and to work with him in a great cause.  Rest in peace, dear friend.

The Cooler Heads Digest is the weekly e-mail publication of the Cooler Heads Coalition. For the latest news and commentary, check out the Coalition’s website, www.GlobalWarming.org.

Saturday
Jun142014

Cooler Heads Digest 13 June 2014 

13 June 2014

In the News

The Poor Are Bearing the Cost of Solar
Monica Martinez, Forbes, 13 June 2014

How Can EPA’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ Deliver $ Billions in Climate Benefits If It Has No Detectable Impact on Global Temperatures, Sea-Level Rise, or Other Climate Indicators
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 12 June 2014

Obama & the EPA: It’s about Rewarding Friends and Punishing Enemies
Benjamin Zycher, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2014

Wind’s PTC: The Opposition Mounts
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 11 June 2014

Watchdog Rebuffed on EPA Data Turns to NSA
Stephen Dinan & Jim McElhatton, Washington Times, 10 June 2014

Chinese Official Plays Down Emission Cut Expectations
David Stanway, Reuters, 9 June 2014

News You Can Use
Antarctic Sea Ice Sets May Record

According to the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center, Antarctic sea ice reached its greatest extent for any May in the satellite record.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

Cantor’s Defeat Paves Way for McCarthy’s Move up to Majority Leader

The very surprising defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in the Republican primary election in Virginia on 10th June by David Brat means that House Republicans must elect a new majority leader.  Representative Cantor announced the next day that he will serve out his term, but will resign as majority leader on 31st July.  The House Republican Conference then announced that elections will be held on 19th June.

House Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) quickly drove potential conservative challengers out of the race.  Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.), chairman of the Financial Services Committee, sounded out his colleagues for support and announced that he would not run.  Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) announced that he would run and then withdrew when he discovered he could not beat McCarthy.  Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) then announced that he would run so that conservatives at least had a candidate.  Labrador is a solid conservative and clearly a potential future leader of his party in the House, but has little chance to defeat McCarthy.  Of course, no one thought that Brat would beat Cantor.

Pre. McCarthy probably has more windmills in his California district than any other House member and has supported the federal wind production tax credit.  Recognizing that one of Brat’s top issues was his attacks on crony capitalism, McCarthy in an interview with the Wall Street Journal indicated that, while he supports the wind industry, he no longer supports the wind PTC.

If McCarthy is elected majority leader, then House Republicans will vote on a new chief whip.  A leading candidate is the current chief deputy whip (an appointed position), Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.).  Like McCarthy, Roskam is a moderate, establishment Republican.  The other candidates are Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the current chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.), who was elected in 2010 with tea party support.  It has been reported that Scalise has more commitments so far, but has not yet secured a majority.  Members have been known not to keep their commitments in past leadership elections.     

White House Dismisses Petition to Correct Holdren’s Junk Science

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has dismissed a petition for correction under the federal Information Quality Act of a two-minute video that OSTP director John Holdren made in January, in which he explains that the very cold winter was caused by global warming.  In a letter dated 6th June to my CEI colleague Hans Bader, assistant OSTP director Tamara Dickinson states that Holdren’s claims were an “expression of Dr. Holdren’s personal opinion and expert judgment.”  In other words, the White House is claiming that the ridiculous public musings of a crank working at the White House are not covered by the Information Quality Act.  

This is extremely worrying.  President Barack Obama in an interview with Tom Friedman of the New York Times said this week that he gets frequent briefings from his top science advisor:

Every morning you get a security briefing from the intelligence community on global threats; do you now also get the same on environmental threats?  “I do,” said Obama. Science adviser “John Holdren typically makes presentations when there are new findings,” and his reports show that environmental stresses are now impacting both foreign and domestic policy.

A video of the interview was part of the final episode of Showtime’s “Years of Living Dangerously,” the most recent piece of global warming propaganda that no one watched. 

Across the States
William Yeatman

California Commits Cap-and-Trade Revenues to High-Speed Rail Boondoggle

California Governor Jerry Brown this week reached an agreement with Democratic leadership in the Legislature to spend up to $250 million of the 2014 proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade energy rationing program on a planned high speed rail in the hinterlands. Under the plan, many billions more would be spent on the project through 2020. Pacific Legal Foundation’s Harold Johnson told ClimateWire that the decision was a “gift” to opponents of California’s climate policy, and he is spot-on. The state’s high speed rail is the ultimate boondoggle, as has been reported by my colleague Marc Scribner. The first portion would connect Merced to the San Fernando Valley, at a cost of $31 billion. Anyone even remotely acquainted with California demography could tell you that this is an outrageous price to pay to connect these lightly populated regions.

Around the World
Myron Ebell

Australian PM Abbott Asks Canada To Join Coalition to Oppose Global Carbon Caps

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited Ottawa and Washington this week for talks with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama.  It was reported that Abbott talked to Harper about creating a coalition to oppose global efforts to conclude a new international agreement that puts a price on carbon dioxide emissions.  It was also reported that he hoped to recruit the prime ministers of the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and India to join the coalition.  British Prime Minister David Cameron seems an unlikely opponent of global energy-rationing policies, but China and Japan are in fact already allies, although their rhetoric is designed to conceal their opposition to new global carbon caps.    

White House press secretary Jay Carney confirmed that President Obama and Prime Minister Abbott did discuss climate policies during their meeting, but did not share any details.  Since Obama is creating an energy-rationing regime through executive fiat and Abbott’s government is moving to repeal Australia’s carbon tax and dismantle its climate bureaucracy, the lack of details almost certainly means that they found no common ground. 

The Cooler Heads Digest is the weekly e-mail publication of the Cooler Heads Coalition. For the latest news and commentary, check out the Coalition’s website, www.GlobalWarming.org.