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An Energy Crisis Is the Latest Threat to Food Supplies

by Nicholas Larkin
Bloomberg

“In the U.K., it also raised the specter of an almost immediate shortage of carbon dioxide, a by-product of fertilizer production and widely by the food and drink industry.  A lack of CO2 would force slaughterhouses — which use the gas to stun animals — to close, at a time when staff shortages have left British farms crammed with roughly 100,000 extra pigs. It’s hitting grocery stores, too, because CO2 is used in packaging to extend the shelf life of food and for the “dry ice” that keeps items frozen during delivery, as well as giving soda and beer their fizz,” according to Bloomberg.

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How Biden’s America Last Policies Fuel Russian Energy While Boosting China’s Dominance Over Renewables

by Kevin Mooney
Real Clear Politics

“Members of the Biden administration from the president on down who peddled unsubstantiated allegations about Russian collusion with Donald Trump have some explaining to do.  That’s because Mother Russia is now benefitting from President Biden’s anti-energy policies in general, and from his hostility toward U.S. oil and gas, in particular.  Suddenly, Russia is the number two oil importer to the U.S. behind only Canada. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that U.S. imports of oil and refined petroleum products from Russia increased by 23% in May to 844,000 barrels a day from the prior month,” according to Real Clear Energy.

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Soaring Energy Prices Become Major Headache For China

by Irina Slav
Oil Price

“Europe is being ravaged by an unprecedented energy crisis, and it may already be spreading. Asia, the world’s biggest buyer of gas and coal, may be next, with China particularly vulnerable because of the size of its economy.  Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, the big problem for China is not natural gas. It’s coal, which powers the majority of its power plants, Bloomberg reported this week, citing state-run outlet China Energy News,” as reported by Oil Price.

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Climate as a Public-Health Issue Could Just as Easily Backfire

by Robert Hefner
Real Clear Energy

“In Norway, wind farms are starting to be treated as a public health issue by community organizers seeking to block them. The Norwegian Helsepartiet (‘Health Party’), for example, was founded in 2016 in direct response to the societal and environmental issues posed by wind farms, with one of their explicit policies being ‘no wind farms,’” according to Real Clear Energy.

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Climate Change Ate My Homework: Politicians Blame Climate Change for Bureaucratic Failures

by Jonathan Lesser
Real Clear Energy

“It’s true that damages caused by hurricanes and wildfires have increased. But the reasons are far from conclusive, and likely have far more to do with bureaucracy than with climate change. Regardless, the rhetoric from our political class should be exposed for what it is: a thin attempt to shift blame away from their own bureaucratic failures,” according to Real Clear Energy.

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Even With Climate Change, the World Isn’t Doomed

by Bjorn Lomborg
The Wall Street Journal

“The data show that humanity has overcome much larger threats over the past century. In 1900, if humanity had gotten rid of air pollution—mostly indoor pollution caused by smoky fuels like wood and dung—the benefit would have been equivalent to global gross domestic product rising 23%. To a young audience, that might look like an insufficient measure of well-being, but higher GDP means better health, lower mortality, greater access to education and in general a better standard of living. By 2050 the problem of air pollution will be mostly solved. And that’s only one of the many issues humanity has shorn down over the last 100 years, according to data 21 top economists and I gathered,” according to author Bjorn …

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Biden makes early gains eroding Trump’s environmental legacy

by Rachel Frazin and Zack Budryk
The Hill

“Thus far, the administration has reversed 42 actions and targeted 73, with no steps taken on another 122, according to a tracker from The Washington Post.  But the process for undoing some of the federal rules is lengthy, meaning it could be years before the Biden administration can undo some of former President Trump’s environmental actions, many of which focused on deregulation,” according to The Hill.

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Regulator sues Tesla Big Battery in Federal Court over power grid promises

by Nick Toscano
The Sydney Morning Herald

“The Australian Energy Regulator has filed Federal Court proceedings against the Tesla Big Battery, known as the Hornsdale Power Reserve, which is owned and operated by French renewable energy giant Neoen.  It is alleged the Hornsdale Power Reserve failed to provide ‘frequency control ancillary services’ – services used to maintain the safe operations of the grid following power disruptions – despite making offers and receiving payment from the market operator to be on stand-by to provide them,” according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

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UK meat industry warns of imminent threat to supplies from CO2 crisis

by James Davey
Reuters

“A jump in gas prices has forced several domestic energy suppliers out of business and has shut fertiliser plants that also make CO2 as a by-product of their production process.  The CO2 gas is used to stun animals before slaughter, in the vacuum packing of food products to extend their shelf life, and to put the fizz into beer, cider and soft drinks. CO2’s solid form is dry ice, which is used in food deliveries,” according to Reuters.

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UN climate talks and European energy crisis juxtaposed

by Josh Siegel
Washington Examiner

“‘The simple reality is you can’t achieve some of these ambitious, almost herculean, energy transition targets without imposing massive and abrupt increases in costs of energy,’ said Bob McNally, a former top energy official in the George W. Bush administration who now leads the research group Rapidan Energy. ‘How political leaders respond to the energy emergency in Europe this winter will offer some clues on whether they will be willing and able later this decade to accept massive transition costs,’ McNally told me,” according to the Washington Examiner.

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Natural-Gas Prices Surge, and Winter Is Still Months Away

by Ryan Dezember
The Wall Street Journal

“It is supposed to be offseason for demand, and prices haven’t climbed so high since blizzards froze the Northeast in early 2014. Analysts say that it might not have to get that cold this winter for prices to reach heights unknown during the shale era, which transformed the U.S. from a gas importer to supplier to the world,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Former EPA chief to chair pro-Trump think tank’s environmental center

by Zack Budryk
The Hill

“‘As we demonstrated during the Trump Administration, it is possible to have a clean environment without imposing government edicts or onerous, job-killing regulations,’ Wheeler said in a statement. ‘Other countries look to the United States for leadership on environmental issues, and we must do a better job of providing that leadership here at home,’” according to The Hill.

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Afghanistan and climate change: the West’s twin failures

by Rupert Darwall
The Spectator

“As siblings, the two share characteristics, most obviously an inability to confront unwelcome facts. In Afghanistan, there was a large constituency led by the Pentagon invested in the mantra of proclaiming progress in the fight against the Taliban. Climate has its own industrial complex of NGOs, climate scientists, renewable energy lobbyists profiting from the energy transition, eager helpers in the media, and politicians posing as world saviors,” according to The Spectator.

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