Climate change

Wind power: a wise investment for Wichita and Kansas?

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Robert Bryce explains the terrible economics now facing the wind power energy, with emphasis on T. Boone Pickens, who has made a big splash with his plans to invest in wind power. A few takeaways: Pickens' $2 billion investment in buying wind turbines has left him with "a slew of turbines he can't use."U.S. government subsidies amount to $6.44 per million BTUs generated by wind, but natural gas costs just $4 now. These low prices may be around for years, with gas market futures contracts below $6 through 2017.Even with the subsidy, gas can't…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Thursday December 2, 2010

Kansas lags in charter schools. It won't be a surprise to regular readers of this site, but Kansas is way behind most states in taking advantage of charter schools. This is a school reform measure that, while not perfect and doesn't succeed in all cases, provides a way to increase opportunity for often the most disadvantaged students. It also increases opportunity for those students who don't directly use them. Paul Soutar takes a look at how Kansas earns such a poor evaluation regarding charter schools in his article Weak Charter School Law Works Against Taxpayers' Interests. Bureaucrats Gone Wild in…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Tuesday November 30, 2010

AFP to host climate conference event. This week the United Nations Climate Change Conference meets in Cancun, and Americans for Prosperity is taking its Hot Air Tour there. There are two ways to view this event: online, or by attending a watch party. There's one in Wichita Thursday evening. Click on Hot Air Tour: Live from Cancun for more information and to register. Christmas organ concert tomorrow. On Wednesday December first, Wichita State University Organ Professor Lynne Davis will present the First Annual Christmas Organ Concert. This event is part of the "Wednesdays in Wiedemann" series. Tomorrow's program includes voice…
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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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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Wednesday November 17, 2010

Kansas Senator Lee to tax court. State of the State KS reports that Kansas Senator Janis Lee has been appointed by Governor Mark Parkinson to the Kansas State Court of Tax Appeals. Lee is a Democrat from Kensington in northwest Kansas. This action opens another position in the senate -- another three pending vacancies need to be filled due to senators who won election to other offices -- and others are likely to follow as incoming governor Sam Brownback fills his cabinet. Lee scored 13 percent on the Kansas Economic Freedom Index for this year, which is a voting record…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Thursday October 21, 2010

Honest journalist too much for NPR. Juan Williams has been fired by National Public Radio. His offense: He spoke in a not-politically-correct way about Muslims. On Monday's O'Reilly Factor Williams said: "But when I get on a plane -- I got to tell you -- if I see people who are in Muslim garb, and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous." According to Williams, NPR said this is a bigoted remark that "crossed the line." Across all forms of media, this is sure to be a big…
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New York Times’ criticism of Koch Industries

The anti-human agenda of the New York Times is on full display in its criticism of Charles Koch, David Koch, and Koch Industries regarding a contribution to the campaign against the AB32 ballot measure in California. To the Times, the question of man-made global warming and its purported harm is fully settled. Anyone who questions this is labeled a crank -- or worse. Slowly but surely, the contradictions of the global warming alarmists are being revealed. Writing in the Washington Times, Richard Rahn points out the conflict of interest inherent in many of the global warming alarmists: It is also…
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Kansas coal plant public hearings

This week the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will hold public hearings on the expansion of the coal-fired steam electricity generating unit at Holcomb. This plant became controversial when KDHE Secretary Rod Bremby denied a permit on the basis of the plant's carbon dioxide emissions. That was the first time a permit had been denied for that reason. While former Governor Kathleen Sebelius opposed the plant, one of the first things new Governor Mark Parkinson did last year was to negotiate a permit for a smaller plant than had been originally requested. According to a KDHE news release, here…
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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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