Environment

Study looks at spending, strategy in cap and trade debate

While those who advocate cap and trade legislation charge that conservatives, particularly Charles and David Koch, have outspent them, a study finds the opposite. According to American University Professor Matthew Nisbet, in 2009 environmental groups spent $394 million on climate change and energy policy efforts such as promoting cap and trade. Opposition groups spent $259 million. Information like this helps place the reports of conservative spending, including that of Charles and David Koch, in perspective. Without this, we're left with the one-sided reports from Greenpeace and the New Yorker magazine, in which numbers are mentioned without -- or with little…
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More left-liberal environmental hypocrisy

This time it's Robert Redford caught in a few "do as I say, not as I do" moments. He opposes environmentally-friendly development near a vineyard he owns, as reported in the New York Times: "Robert Redford, the actor and environmental superhero, is a vocal supporter of renewable power and sustainable growth -- but it seems that doesn’t include a proposal for an ecofriendly housing development in his corner of the Napa Valley." But if you have $1,975,000 he'll sell you a lot for a luxury vacation home. He campaigns against the use of oil -- while at the same time…
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Global warming alarmism: the money motive

The motives of global warming alarmists, who insist that mankind must ratchet back economic progress in order to save the earth's climate: Are these motives pure and scientific, or are there other forces in play? Many have suspected that the global warming battle is more a war against capitalism than anything else. Now new information is revealed that reinforces these suspicions. As Investor's Business Daily tells it: "Ottmar Edenhofer, a German economist and co-chair of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Working Group III on Mitigation of Climate Change (say that twice), told the Neue Zurcher Zeitung last…
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Fifteen bad things with wind power — and three reasons why

Here's an article full of important observations about the drive to produce more of our electricity from wind power. For example, promoters of wind (and solar) say we can use it to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. But this article points out that only one percent of our electricity is generated from oil. Another important observation has to do with the high cost of electricity generated by wind: "Along the way, yet another claim has been made: that wind energy is low cost. This is surprisingly bold considering that if that was really true, then why would any RES…
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The Climategate Whitewash Continues

Last year's disclosure of email correspondence between climate scientists was a wake-up call to the world. The emails showed leading climate scientists exhibiting "professional misconduct, data manipulation and jiggering of both the scientific literature and climatic data." Since then, there have been several reviews of this episode, each finding there was no untoward behavior by the scientists. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Patrick J. Michaels takes a look at these reviews and finds that their purported independence is not as advertised. The Climategate Whitewash Continues Global warming alarmists claim vindication after last year's data manipulation scandal. Don't believe the…
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Global warming to be topic at Wichita presentation

This Friday (June 11) the Wichita Pachyderm Club features Mike Smith, C.C.M. of WeatherData Services, Inc. as its guest presenter. His topic will be "An Atmospheric Scientist Looks at Global Warming." I have seen this presentation, and it is very informative and should not be missed. This special presentation will end at 1:15 pm instead of the usual 1:00 pm ending time. All are welcome to attend Wichita Pachyderm Club meetings. The program costs $10, which includes a delicious buffet lunch including salad, soup, two main dishes, and ice tea and coffee. The meeting starts at noon, although it's recommended…
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Greenpeace climate change extremists are hot on the trail

Climate change -- its reality (or not) and man's response to it -- is an important topic and deserves serious discussion. The actions of one of the most prominent and vocal groups promoting a radical global warming agenda, however, aren't fostering greater understanding of the issue, much less an informed debate. Last month's attack on Koch Industries by Greenpeace used misleading information and exaggerated claims of uncovering purportedly "secret" information to advance its agenda. As people become aware of the shaky foundation of the climate science promoted by groups like Greenpeace, we can expect more attacks like this recent report.…
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Greenpeace report on Koch Industries criticized

Last week's report on Koch Industries by Greenpeace has sparked a bit of critical discussion beyond the usual news coverage. At Reason.com, the underwhelming nature of the report's revelations is noted: "The Greenpeace noise machine managed to persuade the Guardian to publish a 'shocking' article detailing the amazing fact that donors tend to support groups that advocate points of view with which they generally agree." The article also notes the tremendous amount of money given to causes purported to support environmental issues: "In 1999, individuals, companies and foundations gave an average of $9.6 million a day to environmental groups." To…
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Greenpeace attack on Koch Industries exaggerates, misleads

This week's release of a report by the extremist environmental group Greenpeace on Wichita-based Koch Industries contains claims that exaggerate the nature of the information contained in the report. These over-hyped "findings" are used to advance Greenpeace's global warming alarmist agenda, but should give us cause to examine Greenpeace and its agenda. The title of the report -- "Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine" is the first exhibit. The peculiar use of the term "climate denial" -- used in the report's title and repeated many times in the report -- makes it look as though the organizations named in the…
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Greenpeace report aims to stifle debate on climate science

Wichita's Koch Industries has come under attack from an environmental extremist organization for its support of open debate and dialog about the science of climate change. A report issued by Greenpeace uses inflammatory language and a one-sided view of the facts surrounding climate change in order to attack those it disagrees with. This comes at a time when scientists and the public are becoming increasingly skeptical of the claims of extremist organizations like Greenpeace -- and with good reason, too. Revelations such as the emails from the East Anglia Climate Research Unit, for example, have peeled back the veneer and…
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