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BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Putin pals fund radical groups that interfere with US elections, energy, agriculture and economy~ Robert Mueller’s politicized investigation into allegations that President Trump or the Trump campaign or some Trump associate somehow colluded with Russians continues unproven but unabated. Many think partisan politics ensure it will not be...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Opponents make compelling case but can’t derail or even slow this well-protected industry~ Like most people I’ve spoken with, I have no innate, inflexible antipathy to ethanol in gasoline. What upsets me are the deceptive claims used to justify adding mostly corn-based ethanol to this indispensable fuel; the...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Radical environmentalists put people last, and destroy habitats and wildlife to end fossil fuels~ Third Reich Forest Minister Hermann Goering was an avid hiker and ecologist who once sent a man to a concentration camp for cutting up a frog for fish bait. In 1933 he and other...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Administrator Pruitt initiates overdue changes to bring transparency, integrity to rulemaking~ Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has proposed to end the longstanding EPA practice of using secretive, often questionable, even deceptive science to support agency policy and regulatory initiatives. His proposed rules will ensure that any science...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Boulder, CO wants oil companies to restore snowy winters of an idyllic past – and pay it billions~ 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...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~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...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Mileage standards and tariffs help some – while penalizing countless others, often severely~ (Oil field drilling pipe made in China - image courtesy of Shutter-Stock) 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...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~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...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Which aspects are most fraudulent? The cities’ lawsuits, junk science or bond offerings?~ The ultra liberal enclaves of New York City and San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Marin, and Imperial Beach, California all claim to be deeply worried about manmade climate cataclysms. They detest petroleum, oppose...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~House hearing investigates a UN cancer agency accused of misusing US taxpayer funds~ A growing problem for modern industrialized Western societies is the legion of government agencies and unelected bureaucrats and allied nongovernmental organizations that seem impervious to transparency, accountability or reform. Their expansive power often controls public...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Importing 65% of US oil in 2005 vs 100% of many key minerals now (from China and Russia)~ Oil and natural gas aren’t just fuels. They supply building blocks for pharmaceuticals; plastics in vehicle bodies, athletic helmets, and numerous other products; and complex composites in solar panels and...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Claims defy parody, as alarmists become more tyrannical and their policies wreak havoc~ Climate alarmism dominated the Obama era and run-up to Paris. But it’s at least as bizarre, dogmatic and intolerant now that: President Trump pulled the United States out of the all pain/no gain Paris climate...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~A subtle suggestion during a jazz concert got me thinking about history, politics and energy~ What a marvelous evening it was. World-class drummer Tommy Igoe and his Birdland All-Stars treated the George Mason University Center for the Arts audience to a joyous evening of jazz, funk, Brazilian and...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~An informed decision-making process will safely produce energy that belongs to all Americans~ Under the current offshore energy program developed during the Obama years, 94% of the nation’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) is off limits to leasing and drilling. Under the Draft Proposed Program (DPP) announced January 4...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Trump’s words are far less despicable than what Green-Democrat policies do to people~ By now, nearly the entire world has heard reports that President Trump referred to the origins of some immigrants as “sh**hole countries.” Democrats and their media allies spent an entire week castigating the president, calling him...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~From energy and spending, to climate and debate – silencing all dissenting voices is essential~ You’ve got to admire the full frontal audacity of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, and their union and pressure group comrades in arms. Their hypocrisy, fraud...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Ex-Grassley aide will now help Big Corn and Big Biodiesel retain their mandates and subsidies~ Yet another congressional aide is about to pass through Washington’s infamous revolving door to a lucrative private sector position. Kurt Kovarik, legislative director for Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), will become vice president of...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Tax bill provision opens ANWR, to bring more oil online and keep Alaska pipeline operating~ Way back in 1980, Congress passed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, establishing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and making numerous other land use decisions for our 49th state. Section 1002 of...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Special interests blatantly misrepresent President Trump and Interior Secretary’s actions~ Acting on recommendations by Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, on December 4 President Trump significantly reduced the size of two enormous areas in Utah that Presidents Clinton and Obama had set aside as limited-access, no-development zones...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Radical environmentalists prefer dangerous, inhumane, ecologically destructive alternatives~ The Nebraska Public Service Commission (NPSC) recently voted to approve the state’s segment of the 1,200-mile Keystone XL Pipeline. While that would appear to allow construction to move forward, more obstacles loom before KXL can finally bring North Dakota and...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~This Thanksgiving we should give thanks for fossil fuels – and promote them for rest of world~ This Thanksgiving weekend is a good time to express our gratitude for the jobs, living standards and life spans we enjoy today – largely because of abundant, reliable, affordable energy, 83%...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~State will defy Trump, double down on renewables and CO2 reductions – and hurt poor families~ Democrat Ralph Northam had barely won the Virginia governor’s race when his party announced it would impose a price on greenhouse gases emissions, require a 3% per year reduction in GHG emissions,...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Or at least by paper certificate, as St. Louis city council raises electricity costs for poor families~ In 2016, Missouri generated 96.5% of its electricity with fossil fuel and nuclear power, 1.6% with hydroelectric, and just 1.5% with wind and solar. The St. Louis Metro Area did roughly...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~They’re going for a knockout and jackpot on a farm chemical, a corporation – and science~ Legal and scientific ethics seem to have become irrelevant, as anti-chemical agitators, regulators and trial lawyers team up on numerous lawsuits against Monsanto. They’re seeking tens of billions of dollars in jackpot...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Senators and crony corporatists deep-six proposed EPA reductions in biodiesel mandates~ (Image courtesy of Wikipedia/Nate Beeler - Politicalcartoons.com) Despite what I thought were persuasive articles over the years (here, here and here, for example), corn ethanol and other biofuel mandates remain embedded in US law. As we have learned,...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~The agency’s carbon dioxide climate “endangerment finding” was a kangaroo court process~ Suppose a crooked prosecutor framed someone and was determined to get a conviction. So he built an entire case on tainted, circumstantial evidence, and testimony from witnesses who had their reasons for wanting the guy in...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~It drives anti-fossil fuel agendas and threatens wildlife, jobs, and human health and welfare~ Sustainability (sustainable development) is one of the hottest trends on college campuses, in the news media, in corporate boardrooms and with regulators. There are three different versions. (Image: The Crystal Ball by John William Waterhouse) Real Sustainability involves...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN With only so much taxpayer cash, what should our priorities be in this year of big hurricanes? A couple of friends recently said it was terrible that some in Congress and the White House could even consider reducing National Endowment for the Arts funding. It’s a critical program,...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Efforts to block and sabotage pipelines hurt jobs, economic growth, middle class, human safety~ The radical environmentalist war on fossil fuels has opened a new front: a war on pipelines. For years, activist zealots claimed the world was rapidly depleting its oil and natural gas supplies. The fracking revolution...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN If human emissions made Irma worse, did they also bring the 12-year lull in Cat 4-5 hurricanes? Hurricanes Harvey and Irma brought out the best in us. Millions of Americans are giving money, toil and sweat to help victims rebuild. Unfortunately, the storms also highlighted some people’s baser...