Climate Change

Democrats Struggle to Replace Climate Plan Manchin Rejected

by Ari Natter, Erik Wasson and Steven T. Dennis
Bloomberg

“Democrats struggled to fill the void created by Senator Joe Manchin’s opposition to a key climate program, with hopes fading that Congress will reach agreement on climate legislation before world leaders gather in Scotland for a summit on global warming,” according to Bloomberg.

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‘Brown recovery’ wipes out hopes that pandemic stimulus would drive climate spending

by Zack Colman
Politico

“While the analyses compiled by policy and energy experts looked at different sets of countries and used a range of methodologies, their conclusions by and large were the same: Global stimulus efforts have favored business-as-usual practices, including government support for fossil fuels, that will do little to constrain greenhouse gas emissions,” according to Politico.

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Rubio Calls on Biden to Fire Climate Envoy Kerry Over Chinese Investments

by Alana Goodman
The Washington Free Beacon

“Rubio’s comments came in response to a Washington Free Beacon report on Thursday that Kerry and his wife disclosed a stake worth at least $1 million in a Chinese investment group that is a top shareholder of a Chinese tech company blacklisted by the United States for human rights violations,” according to The Washington Free Beacon.

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China Backpedals On Climate Commitments

by Irina Slav
Oil Price

“In a statement, Premier Li Keqiang said that the stable supply of energy must be the foundation of any transition to a less emission-intensive future.  ‘Energy security should be the premise on which a modern energy system is built, and the capacity for energy self-supply should be enhanced,’ Li said as quoted by Bloomberg,” and reported by Oil Price.

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South Pole posts most severe cold season on record, an anomaly in a warming world

by Kasha Patel
The Seattle Times

“Amid a record hot summer in large parts of Northern Hemisphere, beset by devastating fires, floods and hurricanes, Antarctica was mired in a deep, deep freeze. That’s typically the case during the southernmost continent’s winter months, but 2021 was different.  The chill was exceptional, even for the coldest location on the planet,” according to The Seattle Times.

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From Covid to Climate, Take Nobody’s Word for It — Including the ‘Experts’

by Gordon J. Fulks
Real Clear Energy

“A gaggle of experts chosen by someone with political motives certainly has no monopoly on the truth. In fact, political motives usually guarantee that ‘the science’ is being so heavily misused as to be worthless,” according to Real Clear Energy.

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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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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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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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The Great Climate Health Scare

by Steve Milloy
Real Clear Energy

“‘Reflecting the severity of the moment, this editorial appears in health journals across the world. We are united in recognizing that only fundamental and equitable changes to societies will reverse our current trajectory,’ they wrote in their essay titled, ‘Call for Emergency Action to Limit Global Temperature Increases, Restore Biodiversity, and Protect Health.’  What could they be talking about? If only they knew,” according to Real Clear Energy.

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Climate Change Is Not a Crisis

by David Harsanyi
PJMedia

“This reality is probably difficult for a generation subjected to decades of fearmongering to accept, but climate anomalies are nothing new. When a freak snowstorm hit Texas earlier this year, the administration used it to push draconian policy ideas. But the Texas storm was no different than the rare 1973 blizzard that hit the South. It happens. And there’s nothing we can do about it,” according to PJMedia.

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Australia vows to keep mining coal despite climate warning

Phys.org

“Researchers warned in a study published in the journal Nature this week that 89 percent of global coal reserves—and 95 percent of Australia’s share—must be left untouched.  But Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday Australia’s energy exports were needed to power developing countries, and predicted technology would enable them to be burned ‘in a much more climate-friendly way’ in the future,” according to Phys.org

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Climate Policy Should Pay More Attention to Climate Economics

by John Cochrane
National Review

“Climate policy is ultimately an economic question. How much does climate change hurt? How much do various policy ideas actually help, and what do they cost? You don’t have to argue with one line of the IPCC scientific reports to disagree with climate policy that doesn’t make economic sense,” according to National Review.

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