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Saturday
Jan232016

Cooler Heads Digest 22 January 2016 

22 January 2016

Announcements

The U. S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy has published an important new study titled, What’s in a Target?: How the Final ‘Clean Power’ Plan Uses Unreasonable Renewable Energy Assumptions To Increase the Stringency of State Emissions Requirements.

In the News

What Does the Peer-Reviewed Literature Say about Trends in East Coast Winter Storms
Roger Pielke, Jr., The Climate Fix, 22 January 2016

RFF Goes Nice on Renewables
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 21 January 2016

U.S. Fracking Shatters OPEC Oil Cartel
David Kreutzer, PoliZette, 21 January 2016

In 1997, NOAA Claimed That the Earth Was 3.83 Degrees Warmer Than Today
Anthony Watts, WattsUpWithThat, 21 January 2016

Senators Seek Federal Probe into Illegal EPA Propaganda
Devin Henry, The Hill, 21 January 2016

Big Ethanol’s War on Ted Cruz
Ed Kilgore, New York Magazine, 20 January 2016

Majority of Americans Don’t Buy Climate Change Threat; State Department Blames Polling
Penny Starr, CNSNews, 18 January 2016

Remember: That Snow You See Out of Your Window Is a Thingof the Past
James Delingpole, Breitbart, 17 January 2016

News You Can Use
Survey: Business Fears Overregulation, Not Climate Change

According to a survey of 1,400 CEOs from around the world compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and published this week, climate change ranked last among 11 potential business threats. Over-regulation was number 1.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

DC Circuit Refuses To Stay the “Clean Power” Plan

A three-judge panel of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on 21st January ruled against issuing a stay of the EPA’s greenhouse gas rule for new power plants until litigation is completed.  The panel also announced that they will expedite hearing the suit that seeks to overturn the so-called “Clean Power” Plan and scheduled oral arguments for 2nd June.

Murray Energy, one of the leading plaintiffs in the suit, announced that they will appeal the Circuit Court ruling to the Supreme Court.  West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said that the coalition of 27 States that he leads in the litigation is also considering appealing the ruling.  

Here is an Excerpt from the Murray Energy press release:

“[T]his lack of a stay sets up the same horrific scenario we saw in our Utility MACT lawsuit, whereby we won in the Supreme Court of the United States, but our victory was moot because the Utility MACT rule had already forced the closure of 411 coal-fired power plant units in America.  Frankly, our court system is far too slow to assure the checks and balances from the Judicial Branch over the Executive Branch that the Fathers of our Constitution envisioned, and the Obama Administration uses this to the fullest, destroying the jobs and family livelihoods of our coal miners in the process. This is an absolute tragedy for America.”

Department of the Interior Proposes New Methane Rule

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on 22nd January proposed new rules to reduce methane emissions into the atmosphere from oil and gas production on federal lands.  The Bureau of Land Management’s rules are intended to reduce venting, flaring, and leakage of methane (which is the principal component of natural gas) and will be phased in over several years.  The rules are part of President Barack Obama’s climate agenda to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025 and therefore are also part of the administration’s commitment in the Paris Climate Treaty. 

The Department of the Interior’s press release states:

“[T]he proposed rule would require oil and gas producers to adopt currently available technologies, processes and equipment that would limit the rate of flaring at oil wells on public and tribal lands, and would require operators to periodically inspect their operations for leaks, and to replace outdated equipment that vents large quantities of gas into the air. Operators would also be required to limit venting from storage tanks and use best practices to limit gas losses when removing liquids from wells. The new measures would also clarify when operators owe royalties on flared gas, and ensure that BLM’s regulations provide congressionally authorized flexibility to set royalty rates at or above 12.5 percent of the value of production.”

Links to the proposed rule, a “fact sheet,” the Regulatory Impact Analysis, and the Environmental Assessment can be found at the bottom of the press release

Across the States
Marlo Lewis

Gov. Brown Doubles Down on Deniers

In his State of the State speech on 21st January, California Gov. Jerry Brown gave “deniers” another tongue lashing: “Incredibly - though last year was the hottest on record - there are still those, particularly in Washington, who are in denial. But even the deniers can't deny the carbon pollution that exists all over the world. It is causing serious injury and respiratory disease to people of all ages, but especially the young and very old.”

Once again Gov. Brown peddles the two main propaganda points of the climate alarm playbook: (1) assert that global warming = catastrophe = moral imperative to put an energy-starved world on an energy diet, ignoring both the much slower-than-predicted rate of warming and the dramatic long-term decline in weather-related mortality; and, (2) conflate carbon dioxide with industrial air contaminants by calling both “carbon pollution.”

To cope with the California drought, Brown calls for investment in “new technologies—including desalination.” But desalination is expensive, one reason being it’s an “energy hog.” Cheap energy makes desalination more affordable. Climate policies like California’s make the state’s electric rates among the highest in the nation.

Gov. Brown took pride in the state’s memorandum of understanding with more than 100 other jurisdictions—a commitment to “bring per capita greenhouse gases down to two tons per person.” For perspective, the U.S. average is 17 tons per capita. Two tons per capita is roughly the average in India, a country where more than one-fifth of the population still has no electricity.

In Memoriam
Myron Ebell

Robert M. Carter, RIP

It is with great sadness that I report thedeath of Robert M. Carter on 19th January in Townsville, Queensland, Australia, several days after suffering a heart attack.  He was 74. The Heartland Institute has a tribute by Joe Bast plus tributes from many friends and colleagues. It also has videos of many of Bob’s excellent talks at Heartland International Climate Conferences.  A short, more formal obituary may be found here

Bob was a fine man, an outstanding scientist, and one of the leading climate realists in Australia and the world.  It was my good fortune to get to know Bob and his wife Anne over the last decade when he came to America to speak at Heartland’s climate conferences.  He was in good form at Heartland’s conference in Paris on 7th December. I and many, many people around the world have lost a good friend.  The Cooler Heads Coalition has lost an esteemed ally.  May he rest in peace.

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.

Monday
Dec072015

CEI Today: Global warming, sugar subsidies, sports betting, net neutrality, and more 

Monday, December 7, 2015
In the News Today

 

PARIS COP-21 CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT

President Obama Thinks Paris Climate Treaty Will Bind Next President

President Barack Obama confirmed in a press conference in Paris on 1st December that he intends for the Paris Climate Treaty to bind politically the next President, even if he is succeeded by a Republican who opposes the treaty and even if it’s not ratified by the Senate. > Read more

> Interview an expert


 

ENDING THE SUGAR SUBSIDY - FRANCES B. SMITH

Sugar Reform Coalition Letter

 

We believe that it is long past time to begin the process of removing this significant burden from consumers’ wallets and ending the special privileged status of the handful of domestic sugar processors. We urge you to include provisions in this year’s federal funding legislation to begin curbing the excesses of the sugar program.  > Read more


> Interview Frances B. Smith
 

SPORTS BETTING - MICHELLE MINTON

 

Austin American Statesman: No sports betting should be a crime


The aggressive advertising campaigns of daily fantasy sports betting sites has raised some eyebrows, and now one lawmaker is calling for an investigation into their legal status. > Read more


> Interview Michelle Minton
 

NET NEUTRALITY - RYAN RADIA

Washington Times: How to Keep the Internet Free and Innovative


Unless the courts or Congress rein it in, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) might soon transform itself into the Internet Regulation Commission. > Read the Washington Times commentary


> Interview Ryan Radia
 

 

 

    

 

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Tuesday
Nov102015

CEI Today: CFPB abuse of power, Big Labor's big perk, China and global warming, and more 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
In the News Today

 

CFPB ABUSE OF POWER - SAM KAZMAN
 

CEI’S Constitutional Challenge to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Finally Reaches the Merits
 
CEI filed its opening brief in its lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). “Dodd-Frank gave unelected bureaucrats Czar-like power over the financial system and has allowed the CFPB to inflict damage on huge segments of our economy,” said CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman. > Read more

BIG LABOR'S 'RELEASE TIME' PERK - TREY KOVACS

 

Police unions' lawsuit thumbs nose at taxpayers, constitution

 

Release time for public safety personnel is particularly egregious. Instead of fighting fires or protecting the public, firefighters and police officers are being paid to conduct union business. > Read the Las Vegas Review-Journal commentary 

 

> Interview Trey Kovacs

 

CHINA & GLOBAL WARMING - MYRON EBELL
 

China Burns 17% More Coal Than Reported

 

This is important news in at least three respects.  First, it means that global greenhouse gas emissions have been much larger during a period when the global mean temperature has not gone up as predicted.  > Read more


> Interview Myron Ebell
 

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Saturday
Oct312015

Cooler Heads Digest 30 October 2015 

30 October 2015

Announcements

On Wednesday, November 4th, from 2:30-4:00 PM, the Heritage Foundation and the Competitive Enterprise Institute will co-host a panel on “A Preview of the Paris Climate Change Conference.” Speakers will be: Senator Mike Lee, Harlan Watson, Chris Horner, and Nick Loris. RSVP or watch live here.

In the News

Dumbest Global Warming Study Ever Wins Raves from New York Times
Steve Milloy, PJ Media, 30 October 2015

Chevron and the Case of the Tainted Witness
Paul Barrett, Bloomberg, 29 October 2015

Murray Energy & 5 States File Suit against EPA’s Ozone Rule
Devin Henry, The Hill, 28 October 2015

Winemakers Will Adapt, International Body Says of Climate Change
Sybille de La Hamaide & Pascale Denis, Reuters, 28 October 2015

Did Federal Agency Commit Climate Fraud?
Investor’s Business Daily, 28 October 2015

Obama’s Greenhouse of Cards: Doomed to Collapse or Too Big to Fail?
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 27 October 2015

Hypocrisy at Universities over Oil Company Divestment
Judith Curry, Climate, Etc., 27 October 2015

Consumer Reports Rescinds Recommendation for Tesla’s Model S
Paul Chesser, National Legal and Policy Center, 27 October 2015

Is Tesla Doomed?
Bob Lutz, Road & Track, 26 October 2015

Did We Really Save the Ozone Layer?
Steve Goreham, Watts Up With That?, 26 October 2015

News You Can Use
Terrible Cost-Benefit Ratio of Obama’s Paris Promise

Meeting the climate change goals proposed by President Barack Obama for the upcoming United Nations conference in Paris will cost $38 to $45 billion annually and reduce global temperatures by less than two-tenths of one degree, according to a report released Thursday by the American Action Forum.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

Congressional Resolutions To Block EPA’s Climate Rules Are Introduced and Set To Move Quickly

Representative Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s energy subcommittee, introduced resolutions of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to block the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing its greenhouse gas rules for new and existing power plants on 26th October.  The subcommittee announced on Friday that it would mark up House Joint Resolutions 71 and 72 on Tuesday, 3rd November. Action by the full committee should quickly follow.  Votes on the House floor could then be held soon after the House returns on 16th November from its Veterans Day week-long recess.

On the Senate side, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) along with 47 co-sponsors introduced Senate Joint Resolution 23 to block the new power plant rule on 27th October.  On the same day, Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and 48 co-sponsors introduced S. J. Res. 24 to block the rule for existing power plants.  CRA resolutions can go to the Senate floor without going through committee, so it is likely that the Senate will vote on the resolutions before the House does.  Under the CRA, resolutions of disapproval are not subject to cloture votes and thus only require a majority of those voting to pass.

DC Circuit Won’t Decide on Stay of EPA’s Power Plant Rule until after Paris Climate Conference

A panel of three judges of the federal D. C. Circuit Court of Appeals have decided not to rule on the petition to stay the EPA’s greenhouse gas rule for existing power plants until well after the U. N.’s climate conference ends in Paris on 11th December.  The petitioners led by Patrick Morrisey, attorney general of West Virginia, had asked the court for expedited review of their request for a stay of the rule until litigation against it is completed.

The court instead agreed to the Environmental Protection Agency’s suggested schedule, which calls for briefs for all sides to be submitted by 23rd December. The court will then hear oral arguments before making a decision. My CEI colleague Marlo Lewis has an excellent summary of the arguments of the petitioners at GlobalWarming.org

Around the World
Myron Ebell

Christiana Figueres, Head of UNFCCC, Says Paris Treaty Is a “Down Payment” on Actions That Must Be Taken To Avoid Dangerous Climate Change

The national pledges that have been made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are to make up the forthcoming Paris climate treaty will reduce future global warming, but not enough, according to a report by the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.   

The secretariat’s analysis of all the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) concludes that if all commitments to reduce emissions are fulfilled, the rise in the global mean temperature will be kept under three degrees C, but will be more than the two degrees agreed upon as the safe upper limit of warming.

Christiana Figueres, executive director of the UNFCCC, said that the INDCs “represent a clear and determined down payment.” Figueres went on to say, “It is a very good step, it is actually a remarkable step, but it is not enough,” and that all countries will need to do more. The various drafts of the Paris climate treaty have all contained an automatic review of national commitments every five years that could require further actions to reduce emissions.

The UNFCCC’s conclusion that the INDCs will fail to keep future warming below the safety threshold is based on the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s model results.  The IPCC assumes that they can calculate how much warming will be caused by various levels of total emissions.  If actual temperature datasets are used instead, it appears that the increase in the global mean temperature since the beginning of the twentieth century will be below two degrees C well into the twenty-first century.  

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.

Sunday
Oct112015

Watchdog - Going green won't stop global warming