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Methane Emissions Standards Take Effect

Posted in Climate Change, Environmental Policy, Regulations

Effective this past August 3, the EPA has new regulations for methane and volatile organic compound emissions from oil and gas operations  As you know, reducing methane emissions is a key component of the President‘s climate change agenda. Why should I care? Because if you own or operate an oil and gas production, processing, transmission or… Continue Reading

Fueling Freedom: Explaining the Value of Fossil Fuels

Posted in Climate Change, Energy Policy, Environmental Policy

Which of these statements makes sense to you: A. “Never before have the rulers of a society intentionally driven it backwards to scarcer, more expensive, and less efficient energy.” B. “Communism is the optimal system for avoiding dangerous global warming”. C. “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves… Continue Reading

More on the Moral Case for Fossil Fuels and Other Topics

Posted in Climate Change, Environmental Policy

My recent post about Alex Epstein and the moral case for fossil fuels told only part of his story. He also says that the global warming “alarmists” have it all wrong. He refers to “unambiguous” data that CO2 emissions have risen from an atmosphere concentration of .03% to .04%, while over the same period climate-related deaths have… Continue Reading

Is There Schizophrenia About Fracking?

Posted in Climate Change, Hydraulic Fracturing

Schizophrenia : A mental disorder characterized by a breakdown of thought processes and by impaired emotional responses. Common symptoms include delusions, such as paranoid beliefs; hallucinations and disorganized thinking. Somebody is crazy, or at least very, very wrong, about the hydraulic fracturing debate. Earthquakes and Fracking In the controversy over “frackquakes”, brave small-town citizens are standing up to the rapacious oil… Continue Reading

Technology Will Silence the Critics of Drilling

Posted in Climate Change, Hydraulic Fracturing

Technology and innovation will resolve the issues, real and imagined, that confront hydraulic fracturing. I arrive at that opinion because of history: Before 1914, France had three dozen airplanes, more than all other air forces in the world put together. Germany, Britain, Italy, Russia, Japan and Austria all had no more than four planes each… Continue Reading

Global Warming Threat is Worse Than Ever … Or It’s Not

Posted in Climate Change

Before we talk about global warming, which of these statements most matches your view of  politics and policy: “In all things the mean is praiseworthy, and the extremes neither praiseworthy nor right, but worthy of blame.” Aristotle. “There’s Nothing in the Middle of the Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos.” Title of a book  by Texas populist… Continue Reading