“Refocusing a Chicago water summit”: Thinking Globally, Clean Water and Reliable Electricity Make the Planet a Cleaner Place

Thought Piece Stella Artois/Anheuser Busch, with the aid of Matt Damon, has started a new ad campaign, "Help end the global water crisis at Water.org," that is likely to turn the current debate over climate change on its ear. It will likely become a rallying cry for the brewing and bottling industries throughout the entire world. With approximately 1.5 billions of people living [...]

CA Senate leader proposes big changes to carbon-pricing program: shaky carbon trading auctions have cut into “expected state revenues.”

Thought Piece  Yikes, there were so many flaws in the first CA Carbon-Trading Program, I will refrain from even discussing the additional complexity being proposed in the new CA Senate Bill. First, for my prejudices, I think that properly-done energy efficiency can play an oversized role solving electrical power generation problems while helping companies reduce their carbon [...]

By | 2017-05-07T22:30:15+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: |0 Comments

“F.C.C. Invokes Internet Freedom While Trying to Kill It”: This NY Times Editorial is a Backward Glance into the Future

Thought Piece [For the record, “Net Neutrality” is just another way of saying that the FCC should be micromanaging the Internet, including wired and wireless broadband. My first question for those parties, including the New York Times, who are advocating net neutrality: How can an agency regulate an industry, when it is five years or more behind [...]

Al Gore Wants $15 Trillion To Fight Off Apocalyptic 2 Degree Global Temperature Rise: For those of you ignorant, science-hating, climate-doubters….

Thought Piece [I have told Al Gore a quadrillion times not to exaggerate (or maybe it is a good thing), because otherwise he may have asked for $1 quadrillion. If Soren Kierkegaard is right that "life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards," then I wish Mr. Gore could remember how to [...]

“Fracking Wastewater is Mostly Brines, Not Man-Made Fracking Fluids”: “They are retained in the shale deep underground.”

Thought Piece  [The effect on ground water of horizontal drilling and fracking is de minimis, a new Duke University study has found. It is reasonable to expect the emerging Internet of Things and other environmental innovations in the shale reserves will continue to benefit American's private sector for many decades.  Steve].   Fracking Wastewater is Mostly Brines, Not Man-Made Fracking Fluids Published January, 2017 Contact: Contact: [...]

By | 2017-04-25T21:00:13+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

A ‘Red Team’ Exercise Would Strengthen Climate Science: Put ‘consensus’ to test and improve public understanding, through an open, adversarial process

Thought Piece [Paranoid politics almost never achieves its goal. The obvious prejudices, hyperbole, rhetoric, and shrillness gives it away. Name-calling, smearing, and sneering are not arguments. The idea of a Red Team Exercise--which will tolerate a loyal opposition, a civil debate, a thoughtful discussion, and a well-reasoned dissent—seems like a civilized idea for a civilized society. Steve]  [...]

By | 2017-04-22T22:29:52+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , |0 Comments

“Solar ovens and sustained poverty for Africa: African families and hospitals cannot rely on limited solar power, instead of electricity”

Thought Piece Introduction by Paul Driessen: "In his latest article, aspiring Ugandan college student Steven Lyazi explores efforts by a number of companies and entrepreneurs to bring solar ovens and photovoltaic panels to Uganda and other African countries. As Steven points out, these technologies are much better than the open fires Africans currently rely on. However, [...]

By | 2017-04-22T22:23:46+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

An Open Letter To Rick Perry On Natural Gas Exports: Natural Gas provides strong environmental and economic benefits.

Thought Piece [The following piece from James Taylor is spot on! While it is reasonable to expect a former Texas Governor to understand energy issues, this piece adds some intellectual firepower to the expansion of the whole hydraulic fracturing revolution. If it makes geopolitical and economic sense to export US oil (and it does), it certainly [...]

Real science must guide policy: Climate alarmists use faulty science and bald assertions to demand end to fossil fuels

Thought Piece [Paul Driessen recaps the testimony by four scientist witnesses at the recent House Science Committee hearings on assumptions, policy implications and scientific principles of climate change.  He makes a thought-provoking and compelling case that the supposed “consensus” or “settled” science on “dangerous manmade climate change” is still much in dispute and has been driven [...]

By | 2017-04-18T21:04:44+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Five Obama-era tech policies on the chopping block: Open and fair access can’t be far behind, if Net Neutrality is left far behind.

Thought Piece [As an Open Access warrior from the 1999-2001 era, I can honestly say that the "net neutrality" argument has always seemed as flawed as the Telecommunications Act of the 1930, on which the current sense of net neutrality is based. How can any set of telecommunication regulations written in the 1930's have anything to do with the Internet [...]