Boulder, CO wants oil companies to restore snowy winters of an idyllic past – and pay it billion
This Earth Day (April 22) we need to ask whether environmentalism has gone completely bonkers.
Back in the 1970s, I skied Colorado’s cross-country and downhill slopes pretty regularly. Some years were incredible: many feet of snow as glorious to behold as to ski on. Other years, like 1977, I’d come around a bend on my XC skis, see nothing but rock in front of me, and just ditch. Continue reading
Oregon owns 1.5 million acres of School Trust Lands that must be managed for the benefit of public education. When profits are earned, the money goes into the Common School Fund, an endowment. Last year, the Fund distributed more than $70 million to local schools.
The Trust Lands are managed by the State Land Board, comprised of the Governor, the State Treasurer, and the Secretary of State. By policy, they are supposed to sell money-losing lands and keep the profitable ones. Continue reading
Concerns over impacts from energy projects disappear where “green” energy is involved
It’s a good thing environmentalists have double standards – or they wouldn’t have any standards at all.
Empire State legislators worry that anything above the current 0.0001% methane in Earth’s atmosphere will cause catastrophic climate change, and that pipelines will disturb wildlife habitats. So they oppose fracking for natural gas in New York and pipelines that would import the clean fuel from Pennsylvania. Continue reading
Author and media consultant Peter Leyden and political commentator Ruy Texeira have declared all out war against conservatives. These regressives (they think they are “progressives” but they are not – they are dragging us backwards toward the Dark Ages) argue, quite correctly in my view, that America is currently divided into two camps, and one camp or the other must prevail.
In their view, co-existence or bipartisanship is impossible. “At this juncture in our history, there’s no way that a bipartisan path provides the way forward.” In other words, you can forget all that nonsense about crossing the aisle and finding common ground, because there isn’t any common ground. Continue reading
Mileage standards and tariffs help some – while penalizing countless others, often severely
It’s become a recurring, frustrating pattern, as legislators and regulators ignore the immutable laws of unintended consequences, to drive political agendas or aid favored constituencies, while harming others.
A good example is corporate average fuel economy (CAFÉ) standards on vehicles. Originally enacted in 1975 to offset the impacts of the OPEC oil embargo and US oil price controls, and slow the rapid depletion of oil reserves, the mileage standards grew increasingly stringent. During the Obama years, the earlier justifications were replaced with claims that a vastly tougher 54.5 mpg standard would somehow help prevent “dangerous manmade climate change.” Continue reading
The island’s demise was a human and Little Ice Age tragedy, not “ecological suicide”
In a recent New York Times column, Nicholas Kristof misleads us about the awful history of Easter Island (2,300 miles west of Chile), whose vegetation disappeared in the cold drought of the Little Ice Age. In doing so, he blinds modern society to the abrupt, icy climate challenge that lies in our own future. Continue reading
Those who can remember a half century back will recall these words, spoken by Captain James Kirk of the starship Enterprise at the beginning of each episode of Star Trek:
“Space—the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission—to explore strange new worlds—to seek out new life and new civilizations—to boldly go where no man has gone before.”
Although the original series lasted only three years and 79 episodes, it spawned follow-on series and has become a cult classic.
But this essay is not about classic science fiction, the starship Enterprise, or Captain Kirk. Yet it is about science that has some of the elements of science fiction. It is about a starship going where no man has gone before. And it is about Captain Kirk, played by Canadian actor William Shatner. Yes, Shatner is still alive at almost 88 and promoting the latest NASA spacecraft mission to touch a star.
That star is our Sun and the mission is called the “Parker Solar Probe.” At the size of a small automobile, the unmanned probe is hardly a giant starship. But it will have to endure heat and radiation greater than any encountered by the Enterprise. Although hardly traveling at “warp speed,” it Continue reading
How often have you heard that assault rifles should be banned because they are not intended for hunting? Invariably, in the face of that argument some well-intentioned patriot will attempt to persuade us that such weapons are sometimes used to hunt. And that is true only in the sense that one might attempt to eat Jell-O with chopsticks. Because by definition assault weapons are not intended for hunting. That is the point of them. The Second Amendment to our Constitution does not guarantee the right to hunt. Rather, it secures our natural right to “keep and bear arms.” Continue reading
From the Oakland v. oil company lawsuit to ridiculous “research,” the onslaught never ends
Anyone who thought “manmade climate cataclysm” rhetoric couldn’t possibly exceed Obama era levels should read the complaint filed in the “public nuisance” lawsuit that’s being argued before Federal District Court Judge William Alsup in a California courtroom: Oakland v BP and other oil companies. Continue reading
The Oregon Legislature has adjourned. What is left in its wake is a sludge of bills that go against most Oregonians. Here is an example. DACA and TPS enrollees get Oregon ID, permits and driver cards now sanctioned by Oregon Revised Statutes. Thats even after Measure 88 failed. (Measure 88 also tried to give ID and licenses to illegal aliens in 2014) Measure 88 was defeated by 66% of the vote.
DMV Administration used their rule-making process in 2014 to give driver cards to DACA and TPS registrants. Although the Oregon Department of Transportation says that only citizens and those with legal presence are allowed to get Oregon ID, permit, or license, it is a fact that whether DACA enrollees have a legal presence is in debate. It is before the courts awaiting rulings. So, claiming that DACA enrollees have legal status is jumping the gun in their favor and short-changing citizens expressly voted wishes. Continue reading