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Santa brings environmentalists oil and gas for Christmas

WASHINGTON, December 23, 2014 – In the 1970s, prognosticators predicted that he world’s then proven oil reserves would be exhausted by 2000; the most pessimistic predicted that oil shortages would be chronic until we exhausted the resource in the early part of this century. Since then, proven oil reserves have continued to grow. New technologies ...

FREEDOM: Fueling the discussion about Climate Change (Part 2)

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., October 17, 2014 — Nature abhors a vacuum, and so do our major political Parties. In the absence of a cogent resource policy, they rush to fill the void, not with long-term strategic plans, but rather with random musings that only have to survive an election cycle. We deserve better, but ...

FREEDOM: A resource policy for energy and the environment (Part 1)

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., October 13, 2014 – Energy and the environment are inextricably combined, yet they are rarely discussed within the context of a national resource policy. Then again, we really do not have a national resource policy or any other clearly articulated policy for that matter. Let’s fix that by crafting an intelligent ...

FREEDOM: A ‘Common Core’ enhancement for political leaders

RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., September 22, 2014 – Whether the Common Core State Standards Initiative is a success or failure, it was spawned by the plummeting performance of the public education system in the United States. Given the plummeting performance of our political leaders, perhaps it is time to consider establishing a set of expectations for those ...

With global conflict at the door, world leaders pursue futile climate efforts

CHICAGO, September 18, 2014– On September 23, representatives from 190 nations will gather at the Climate Summit 2014 at United Nations headquarters in New York City, including 125 heads of state. President Obama and other world leaders will attend to discuss the urgent problem of climate change, seeking common ground in preparation for a “meaningful ...

Russia, Ukraine fail to reach gas deal, Putin prickly

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2014 – Russia and Ukraine failed to reach a deal on payment of Ukraine’s unpaid gas bills, leading Russia’s gas giant Gazprom to cut gas supplies to Ukraine today. Gas continues to flow to Western Europe, and Ukraine has sufficient supplies to last until December. Ukraine is one of the most energy ...

Environmental groups have lost the war against fracking

CHICAGO, June 11, 2014 — Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a technique to remove natural gas and oil from shale formations, has been under withering assault from environmental groups for much of the last decade. Fracking has been blamed for contamination of drinking water, air pollution, earthquakes, water shortages, global warming, radiation discharge, and even cancer. ...

Climate change, high oil prices, coal pollution: Nuclear power is the answer

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md., May 8, 2014 — The media and the international community lament the evils of fossil fuel and the promise of renewable energy, but often ignore the obvious alternative. An energy source that is relatively cheap to use and that produces less environmental and public health impact than fossil fuels already exists: That ...

America’s power grid at the limit: the road to electrical blackouts

CHICAGO, April 23, 2014 — Americans take electricity for granted. Electricity powers our lights, our computers, our offices, and our industries. But misguided environmental policies are eroding the reliability of our power system. This past winter, bitterly cold weather placed massive stress on the US electrical system―and the system almost broke. On January 7 in the midst ...