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Folks around the world are becoming smarter regarding problems associated with wind energy, including noise pollution, h...
01/17/2021
Wind Power Problems Rise to Prominence

Folks around the world are becoming smarter regarding problems associated with wind energy, including noise pollution, health effects, destruction of scenery and expensive subsidies, and are fighting their construction. And, some are even winning.

People from California to New York and from France to Germany are becoming aware of the problems with wind power…

Biden’s climate and energy plans will benefit China and hurt U.S. families and businesses. China is allowed to grow its ...
01/16/2021
Biden’s Energy Plan Abets China

Biden’s climate and energy plans will benefit China and hurt U.S. families and businesses. China is allowed to grow its carbon dioxide emissions under Paris, while Biden will be cutting them here in the United States.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s climate and energy plans will further the aims of the Chinese government to and harm…

01/14/2021

If the U.S. were to implement taxes of this nature, Americans would be devastated financially. And, given that the U.S. emits about 15% of global carbon dioxide emissions, U.S. reductions would have little impact on global atmospheric concentrations. http://ow.ly/owGX50D6sYk

China is well-poised to become a major electric vehicle manufacturing center, since it dominates the supply chain for mi...
01/12/2021

China is well-poised to become a major electric vehicle manufacturing center, since it dominates the supply chain for minerals critical to modern technology, including electric vehicles. http://ow.ly/oL8R50D5GJ7

U.S. politicians are following a “green energy” agenda and ignoring the health and safety of the American public, someth...
01/12/2021
Wind Power Problems Rise to Prominence

U.S. politicians are following a “green energy” agenda and ignoring the health and safety of the American public, something which may come back to haunt them as consumers and voters become more aware of the impacts of #RenewableEnergy production.

People from California to New York and from France to Germany are becoming aware of the problems with wind power…

Artificially making gasoline six times higher than it is today would plunge the U.S. economy into a deep recession. Poli...
01/08/2021
Gasoline Prices Under the Green New Deal Would Reach $13 per Gallon

Artificially making gasoline six times higher than it is today would plunge the U.S. economy into a deep recession. Policymakers should understand the consequences of their proposals.

Many of the Democrats running for President in 2020 support the Green New Deal that was introduced by Representative Alexandra…

Consumers need to be aware of the real costs of these proposals before it's too late.
01/07/2021
The Insane Cost Of Biden's Fracking Ban

Consumers need to be aware of the real costs of these proposals before it's too late.

Hydraulic fracturing has made the United States the top oil and natural gas producer in the world and it has made the nation energy independent for the first time in 62 years. Yet, during stages in the campaign, potential Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris a...

Biden’s policies tend to be based on winning the support of those who oppose energy development on federal lands, althou...
01/06/2021
The Impact of Biden’s Pledge to Eliminate Permitting for Oil and Gas on Federal Lands

Biden’s policies tend to be based on winning the support of those who oppose energy development on federal lands, although the states which would lose this economic boon will be severely hurt, as would U.S. energy independence.

Mr. Biden pledged during the campaign to eliminate oil-and-gas permitting on federal lands; doing so would be devastating to Western states.…

The “green” policies of California are colliding with the reality of energy affordability and the growing concerns of Bl...
01/05/2021
Fighting Back Against California’s Natural Gas Bans

The “green” policies of California are colliding with the reality of energy affordability and the growing concerns of Black and Latino leaders about the cost impacts on their communities.

Some 40 communities in California have implemented bans or restrictions on the use of natural gas, which have ignited a…

If the U.S. were to meet its current electricity needs using wind power it would require covering one-third of the natio...
01/04/2021

If the U.S. were to meet its current electricity needs using wind power it would require covering one-third of the nation’s land mass with wind turbines. http://ow.ly/gdeL50CTn79

If the United States transitions to an all-electric fleet of buses, the country is likely to become reliant on China whe...
01/02/2021
Biden Promises to Transform Transportation; the Technology Is Not Ready

If the United States transitions to an all-electric fleet of buses, the country is likely to become reliant on China where the majority of manufacturing is taking place.

If the United States transitions to an all-electric fleet of buses, the country is likely to become reliant on China where the majority of manufacturing is taking place.

One of the biggest success stories of 2020, the coronavirus vaccines, would have been impossible to produce, transport, ...
01/01/2021
Oil and Gas Contributions to Coronavirus Vaccines Policy Brief

One of the biggest success stories of 2020, the coronavirus vaccines, would have been impossible to produce, transport, store and administer without the use of oil and gas.

Summary: The “miracle vaccines” for Covid-19 would not be possible without the huge contributions of America’s first-in-the-world supplies of oil…

The Paris Climate Agreement, which Biden wants to rejoin, allows China to receive grants from the Green Climate Fund as ...
12/31/2020
Biden’s Energy Plan Abets China

The Paris Climate Agreement, which Biden wants to rejoin, allows China to receive grants from the Green Climate Fund as a “developing country.” The Obama-Biden Administration directed $1 billion in U.S. revenue to the fund before President Trump withdrew.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s climate and energy plans will further the aims of the Chinese government to and harm…

Manufacturing #WindPower turbines is a resource-intensive process. A typical wind turbine contains more than 8,000 diffe...
12/30/2020
Big Wind’s Dirty Little Secret: Toxic Lakes and Radioactive Waste

Manufacturing #WindPower turbines is a resource-intensive process. A typical wind turbine contains more than 8,000 different components, many of which are made from steel, cast iron, and concrete.

The wind industry promotes itself as better for the environment than traditional energy sources such as coal and natural gas.…

Biden is promising to repeat the Obama-Biden legacy of failed green jobs, but this time he intends to spend much more ta...
12/29/2020
Biden’s Energy Plan Pushes Green Jobs—But He Has Already Failed There

Biden is promising to repeat the Obama-Biden legacy of failed green jobs, but this time he intends to spend much more taxpayer money in what will again likely be a failed enterprise.

Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden’s energy plan touts that his energy and climate agenda will create ‘clean’ energy jobs.…

Hydraulic fracturing and competitive energy markets have done more to reduce carbon dioxide emissions over the last deca...
12/27/2020
Biden-Harris Confused on How Best to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Hydraulic fracturing and competitive energy markets have done more to reduce carbon dioxide emissions over the last decade than government regulation and renewable subsidies.

Democratic Party running mates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have both declared that a Biden administration would make the United…

China is well-poised to become a major electric vehicle manufacturing center, since it dominates the supply chain for mi...
12/27/2020
China Needs Its Coal Fleet to Power Its Rising Electric Vehicle Fleet

China is well-poised to become a major electric vehicle manufacturing center, since it dominates the supply chain for minerals critical to modern technology, including electric vehicles. For example, China dominates the global lithium battery market.

China is building an enormous coal-fired fleet—more than the entire generating fleet of the United States from all sources, despite…

The energy enabling Christmas lights is becoming more sustainable, not less, despite myriad government interventions to ...
12/25/2020
Joyous Holiday Lighting Closes 2020

The energy enabling Christmas lights is becoming more sustainable, not less, despite myriad government interventions to force expensive, unreliable, infrastructure-intensive substitutes (think industrial wind turbines and solar arrays) into the mix. http://ow.ly/TD4750CTkAe

We love the holiday season — the decorations, starry lights, religious displays and multicultural celebrations that light up cities and…

The Coronavirus vaccines are only possible thanks to the tireless work of America's energy producers.
12/24/2020
Oil and Gas Contributions to Coronavirus Vaccines Policy Brief

The Coronavirus vaccines are only possible thanks to the tireless work of America's energy producers.

Summary: The “miracle vaccines” for Covid-19 would not be possible without the huge contributions of America’s first-in-the-world supplies of oil…

Despite recent recommitments to the #ParisAgreement, China plans to build 250 gigawatts of coal-fired generating capacit...
12/22/2020
China Needs Its Coal Fleet to Power Its Rising Electric Vehicle Fleet

Despite recent recommitments to the #ParisAgreement, China plans to build 250 gigawatts of coal-fired generating capacity to add to its current coal-fired fleet of over 1,000 gigawatts. These units can easily operate efficiently for 40 to 60 years.

China is building an enormous coal-fired fleet—more than the entire generating fleet of the United States from all sources, despite…

From illegal bird deaths to radioactive waste, wind energy poses serious environmental risks that the wind lobby would p...
12/22/2020
Big Wind’s Dirty Little Secret: Toxic Lakes and Radioactive Waste

From illegal bird deaths to radioactive waste, wind energy poses serious environmental risks that the wind lobby would prefer you never know about. This makes it easier for them when arguing for more subsidies, tax credits, and mandates.

The wind industry promotes itself as better for the environment than traditional energy sources such as coal and natural gas.…

Along with rare earth elements, #RenewableEnergy machines require enormous amounts of plastic, glass, steel and concrete...
12/20/2020
The Bitter Truth Behind The Biden-Harris Green Energy Future

Along with rare earth elements, #RenewableEnergy machines require enormous amounts of plastic, glass, steel and concrete. These conventional materials are mostly created through the use of fossil fuel.

Transitioning to 100% renewable energy sounds like a sweet deal, right? And, sure, who doesn’t like the idea of saving…

All 'politically correct' renewable technologies require minerals obtained almost entirely overseas, much of it from cou...
12/20/2020
Biden’s “Made in America” Does Not Jive With His Energy Policies

All 'politically correct' renewable technologies require minerals obtained almost entirely overseas, much of it from countries that are overtly or covertly hostile to our own with labor and environmental practices that are not permitted in the United States.

In Biden’s July 9th speech in Pennsylvania, he embarked on his “Build Back Better” campaign that includes retooling and revitalizing…

"Abusing a crisis (real or perceived) for political advantage is an old and sorry story...That Biden’s Climate Task Forc...
12/19/2020
Biden’s COVID Response and His Climate Advisory Panel

"Abusing a crisis (real or perceived) for political advantage is an old and sorry story...That Biden’s Climate Task Force has taken it to heart is a bad omen for what we might see in a Biden administration."

Along with other topics in his bunker reports, Joe Biden weighed in on President Trump’s prophylactic use of hydroxychloroquine. “It’s…

Increased U.S. energy self-sufficiency and the jobs created by #fracking have brought enormous benefits to all Americans...
12/18/2020
What a Biden-Harris Fracking Ban Would Mean

Increased U.S. energy self-sufficiency and the jobs created by #fracking have brought enormous benefits to all Americans.

Hydraulic fracturing has made the United States the top oil and natural gas producer in the world and it has…

If Biden's energy plan is enacted the US will become dependent on China for the resources needed for Renewable Energy.
12/17/2020
China’s New Export Control Law

If Biden's energy plan is enacted the US will become dependent on China for the resources needed for Renewable Energy.

China dominates the production and export of rare earth elements and other critical metals needed for renewable energy (solar and…

Biden's vision of American energy is one where air conditioning may not be available in the summer and heat may not be a...
12/14/2020
Biden Wants Renewable Energy, But It Can’t Do the Job

Biden's vision of American energy is one where air conditioning may not be available in the summer and heat may not be available during winter.

Joe Biden’s climate and energy plans mandate a carbon-free generation sector by 2035. Since new nuclear and carbon capture and…

Biden’s plan calls for spending $2 trillion over four years to eliminate carbon emissions from the power sector by 2035 ...
12/14/2020
Joe Biden Can’t Decide If He Supports the Green New Deal

Biden’s plan calls for spending $2 trillion over four years to eliminate carbon emissions from the power sector by 2035 through a set of mandates and to be carbon neutral by 2050, something which would entail much greater costs.

Biden waffled in the first presidential debate of the general election season on whether his climate plan was the “Green…

Unilateral disarmament for our energy producers and a commitment to purchase energy-related products controlled by China...
12/13/2020
Biden’s Energy Plan Abets China

Unilateral disarmament for our energy producers and a commitment to purchase energy-related products controlled by China are a recipe for American decline, which is what Biden’s plans are expected to do.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s climate and energy plans will further the aims of the Chinese government to and harm…

Being retrained for clean-energy jobs is far from energy workers' minds as the holiday season approaches and families wa...
12/13/2020
Biden’s Energy Plan Pushes Green Jobs—But He Has Already Failed There

Being retrained for clean-energy jobs is far from energy workers' minds as the holiday season approaches and families want to participate in traditional festivities and afford to put food on the table and gifts under the tree for their loved ones.

Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden’s energy plan touts that his energy and climate agenda will create ‘clean’ energy jobs.…

Most Americans want affordable electricity when they need it, for their homes and businesses and for hospitals and schoo...
12/11/2020
The Biden Energy Plan Is Like California’s—But Worse

Most Americans want affordable electricity when they need it, for their homes and businesses and for hospitals and schools and everything in modern life.

Former Vice President and Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden is setting aside $2 trillion for his “clean energy” plan…

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