Tag Archives: Energy

Shifting Gears – How to Restore Real Science vs. Faux Science Consensus?

Real science must guide policy Climate alarmists use faulty science and bald assertions to demand end to fossil fuels. ~ Paul Driessen All too many alarmist climate scientists have received millions in taxpayer grants over the years, relied on computer models that do not reflect real-world observations, attacked and refused to debate scientists who disagree with man-made climate cataclysm claims, refused to share their computer algorithms and raw data with reviewers outside their circle of fellow researchers – and then used their work to make or justify demands that the world eliminate the fossil fuels that provide 80% of our energy and have lifted billions out of nasty, brutish, life-shortening poverty and disease.  A recent US House of Representatives Science Committee hearing on assumptions, policy implications and scientific principles of climate change showcased this. Testimony by climate scientists Drs. John Christy, Judith Curry and Roger Pielke, Jr. contrasted sharply with that of Dr. Michael Mann. Christy noted that Congress and the public have been getting biased analyses and conclusions that begin with and attempt to confirm the belief that human greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions drive climate change. He said government should “organize and fund credible ‘Red Teams’ that look at issues …

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RE Sources Replaces Key Staff ‘and’ Opens New Office in Skagit County

This Email, received from Common Thread Northwest begs the question…what is happening at RE Sources? They’re replacing key staff members and set to open their new digs in Skagit County. They must be ringing in the do-rae-me to have so much movement and capital expenses in their hoppers. Watch out Skagit County…RE Sources has their eyes targeted on your economic industrial gem in Anacortes…their tactics are well-known in Whatcom County…just ask the Farmers, Businesses, and Industries how they feel about the 501c3 – nonpolitical activities of RE Sources. Then you too can become the 39th least affordable county to live in. There are only 39 counties in Washington State and we’ll likely be competing for the 38th and 39th spots unless we push back together and ensure that organizations like RE Sources are persona-non-grata.

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Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 23, 2016

Host Kris Halterman interviews Host Kris Halterman interviews Washington State Rep. Elizabeth Scott, 39th Dist. (R) as she seeks to win the seat for U.S. Congressional, District 1. Learn about Elizabeth, who she is and her goals to make Washington State great.     

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Gateway Pacific Terminal Project Suspends EIS

Gateway Pacific Terminal has suspended the Environmental Impact Statement process until after the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers come to a decision on whether they will allow the results and lawful process to proceed without interference from the request of the Lummi Tribe to “deny” them the permits necessary to develop and construct a dry bulk export facility at Cherry point, outside of the normal channels of science and law. The enormity of how the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers responds will forever be felt by the tax paying residents of Whatcom County. The industrial zoned lands at Cherry Point are under assault and could be turned from a postive revenue force in the county to another blood sucking, tax burden, as was done to the Bellingham Bay operations of Georgia Pacific. The tax payers will be the biggest winners or losers on this one.

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Seeking Answers: Are People and Mammals Suffering and Dyeing from Wind Farm Noise Pollution?

Are wind turbines killing whales? Environmentalists say navy sonar hurts whales, but ignore impacts of offshore wind farms. ~ Paul Driessen and Mark Duchamp Between January 9 and February 4 this year, 29 sperm whales got stranded and died on English, German and Dutch beaches. Environmentalists and the news media offered multiple explanations – except the most obvious and likely one: offshore wind farms. Indeed, that area has the world’s biggest concentration of offshore wind turbines, and there is ample evidence that their acoustic pollution can interfere with whale communication and navigation. However, Britain’s Guardian looked for answers everywhere but in the right place. That’s not surprising, as it tends to support wind energy no matter the cost to people or the environment. After consulting with a marine environmental group, the paper concluded: “The North Sea acts as a trap.… It’s virtually impossible for [whales] to find their way out through the narrow English Channel.” No it’s not. These intelligent animals would naturally have found their way to and through the Channel by simply following the coast of England or continental Europe. But the author seems determined to pursue his “explanation,” even when it becomes increasingly illogical. “The [trapped] whales …

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America’s Future Will Burn Less Brightly with a Hillary or Bernie Administration

Banning fossil fuel benefits Does their abysmal grasp of energy and economics make Hillary and Bernie unfit to govern? ~ Paul Driessen “Natural gas is a good, cheap alternative to fossil fuels,” former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi famously intoned. (Psssst. Ms. Nancy, natural gas is a fossil fuel.) “If I thought there was any evidence that drilling could save people money, I would consider it. But it won’t,” President Obama said in 2008. “We can’t drill our way out of the problem” of high energy prices and disappearing supplies, he still insisted two years later. How shocked he must be now. Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing – aka, fracking – has unleashed a gusher of oil and natural gas, sent oil prices plunging $100 a barrel since 2008, dropped US oil imports to their lowest level in 45 years, and saved American families tens of billions of dollars annually in lower energy costs. But if price and “peak oil” rationales fail, there is always “dangerous manmade global warming” to justify carbon-based energy and fracking bans, and renewable energy mandates and subsidies. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton contend that climate change is an “existential threat” to people and planet. Senator …

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#SAVEINTALCO…Intalco Families Reach Out to Local Leaders for Help

#SAVEINTALCO…Intalco Families Reach Out to Local Leaders for Help On November 2nd 2015 Alcoa announced plans to curtail Intalco by late January 2016. So, late on Nov 24th, I, a handful of employees, and some other wives and significant others of employees at Intalco were discussing the curtailment on our Intalco FB group page…we decided we couldn’t stand by after the Nov 2nd curtailment announcement and instead began writing, both email and physical mail, everyone we could think of who had power to keep Intalco open. We immediately began writing Governor Inslee, Senator Murray, Senator Cantwell, Suzan DelBene, Doug Ericksen, Vincent Buys, Luanne Van Werven, Kelli Linville, Jon Mutchler, Dave Gallagher at the Bellingham Herald, Alcoa officials, trending celebrities in the media who fight for American jobs, the Whatcom County Council, local political groups, local and state media outlets and even Presidential candidates. Soon after the letter writing began one of the Intalco spouses started the tagline #saveintalco to use on social media so we could utilize viewing traffic. The hashtag has been used on Facebook and Twitter both directly on elected official’s pages, and those in the media spotlight, their pages and groups that fight for blue collar workers, …

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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 23, 2016

Part 1: Host Kris Halterman interviews Krystal Garmon and Mike Hudson, about the needs of the mentally ill in Bellingham/Whatcom County and a new service available to all Whatcom County residents; the Compass Health – Crisis Prevention and Intervention Team. Part 2: Host Kris Halterman interviews Tony Larson about the importance of public participation in the 2016 Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan update, and the actions of RE Sources and the Lummi Nation to implement a moratorium on fossil fuel exports and industry expansion at the Cherry Point Industrial sites. Quoted from Cascadia Weekly’s Community Posting by, Matt Petryni, January 20, 2016 The comprehensive plan update is an opportunity to protect productive farmlands and beautiful forests from the destruction wrought by urban sprawl. Land is finite and we are in a position to use this resource well as long as we plan for the growth we are expecting. While it may not line the pockets of the real estate speculators that brought about America’s housing crisis, restricting the expansion of urban growth areas will serve the interests of the public and future generations. And then, there are fossil fuels. The fact that Whacom County is the prime location for exporting the continent’s …

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The Consensus of Climate Scientists, “That’s Mine and You Can’t Have It!”

Climate scientists are getting away with a clever gambit that we ordinary citizens better not try with the IRS. They tell Congress, taxpayers and energy consumers that all their “homogenized,” exaggerated, manipulated and fabricated data, their records and other documents, are their private property. Their analyses, computer codes and algorithms are proprietary. And when we get testy or threaten them with legal actions, they tell us they resent our “intimidation tactics.” My commentary this week examines this outrageous chutzpah in detail. Thank you for posting it for your Saturday readers. Best regards, Paul A new strategy for tax cheats You can guess what would happen if you used the same tactics that climate alarmists employ, by Paul Driessen Suppose you’ve been using some creative data, accounting and legal interpretations for years to reduce your tax bill – and the IRS suddenly flags you for a full-blown audit. Instead of trembling in your boots, shredding your records, calling a top-flight lawyer, and preparing for an extended jail visit, just do this: Patiently explain that your raw data, records and other documents are your private property. Your legal analyses, accounting methods, and unique computer codes and algorithms are proprietary. The IRS has …

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Saturday Morning Live for Nov. 21, 2015

Host Kris Halterman will interview Paul Driessen, of CFACT.org about his most recent article, “Terrorism and a cold winter refugee crisis.” Who or What is really responsible for the unrest and refugee nightmare occurring around the world?   

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