Tag Archives: Paul Driessen

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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The Road to Serfdom – Your Property…Someone Else’s Benefit

With the millennial generation flocking to Bernie Sanders and Pied Piper socialism, a short course in basic Economic Literacy seems timely and necessary. While it is impossible to cover every detail, this article does provide intellectual ammunition on many of the most important aspects. Thank you for posting it, quoting from it, and forwarding it to your friends and colleagues. Best regards, Paul Economic Literacy 101 – Do Millennials really want the Big Government socialist policies Bernie and Hillary advocate? Paul Driessen America’s 18- to 34-year-old “Millennials” have been tutored in group-think schools that extol socialism. Now they lionize liberal politicians whose class-warfare prescriptions include taxing away all but maybe 1% of the nation’s 0.0001% billionaires’ wealth, then going after Wall Street, Big Business, millionaires and upper middle classes – and giving the “revenue” to those who “need” or “deserve” it more. The entire process revolves around three central questions. Which ruling class elites get to determine who loses, who wins, by how much? Who grants them the power to do so, and holds them accountable? And what happens when the inevitable discontent over their autocratic decisions boils over? Interestingly, many of the same generation have flocked to see films …

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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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Will U.S. Citrus Farming Survive the United States Enviro-Activism ?

Anti-pesticide environmental activists persuaded the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to disallow EPA’s approval of a insecticide that is one of the few measures citrus growers can take to prevent an insect-borne bacterial infection from destroying their remaining orange, grapefruit, lime and lemon trees. The court accepted the activists’ claim that the chemicals are deadly to honeybees, which are “dying at alarming rates.” In reality, neonicotinoid pesticides have not impacted honeybee populations, and both healthy hive numbers and US, Canadian and global bee populations are actually rising. Hopefully the court will ponder the rest of the citrus story, as it reconsiders its earlier decision. Thank you for posting my article, quoting from it, and forwarding it to your friends and colleagues. Best regards, Paul Endangering our citrus industry Appeals court decision makes it harder to protect trees from devastating citrus disease Paul Driessen Florida’s citrus harvest has plummeted 60 percent from ten years ago, because of citrus greening disease, a bacterial infection that causes trees to produce stunted fruit and eventually die. The disease has also been found in one Los Angeles area orchard, potentially putting California’s citrus groves at risk. Billions of dollars and thousands of jobs are …

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