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CFACT Reports

Justice through Affordable Energy for Wisconsin

CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen’s Justice through Affordable Energy for Wisconsin analyzse why affordable energy is crucial to promoting justice and advancing civil rights, using Wisconsin as a case study. Driessen argues:

“Energy is the Master Resource – the foundation for everything we eat, make, ship and do. With abundant, reliable, affordable energy, almost anything is possible, and we can improve, enrich and safeguard countless lives. Without it, jobs, living standards, basic rights and modern civilization are imperiled.”

Driessen also notes that laws and policies that restrict access to America’s abundant energy resources “block the door to opportunity, creating unnecessary and unacceptable obstacles to the natural, justifiable desire of poor and minority Americans to share in the American Dream. They tarnish the golden years of senior citizens, forcing too many to choose between heating and eating.”

He also examines the oft-ignored risks of climate change policies, reveals the devastating economic effects of a cap-tax-and-trade system, and exposes popular renewable energy myths.

A Scientific Critique of the EPA’s Mercury Rule

Willie Soon, PhD, wrote “A Scientific Critique of the Environmental Protection Agency’s ‘National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants [NESHAP] from Coal- and Oil-fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units and Standards of Performance for Fossil-Fuel-Fired Electric Utility, Industrial-Commercial-Institutional, and Small Industrial-Commercial-Institutional Steam Generating Units’ Proposed Rule (March 16, 2011) – Focusing on the Mercury Emission Issues.”

This detailed 85-page report explains how the EPA failed to describe the scientific reality of natural processes and multi-factorial controls that govern the cycling of mercury (Hg) and the ultimate biomethylation and bioaccumulation processes for methylmercury (MeHg). Soon concludes that “EPA’s proposed NESHAP provides no detectable beneficial outcomes in the control of mercury emissions (even accepting EPA’s own risk-benefit analysis without a challenge). The new rules will result in a major economic impact, harm American public health by creating exaggerated and unfounded fears about eating fish that are beneficial in everyone’s diet, and further degrade the essential role of science in informing public policy.”

 

Recent Articles

Energy
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    Keystone is anti-hydrocarbon zealotry in microcosm

    CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen laments the long, arduous battle to open the Keystone XL pipeline — an action that would eliminate the need for eliminate the need for 1,225 railroad tanker cars per day (450,000 per year) or 3,500 semi-trailer tanker trucks daily (1,275,000 annually) that currently transport oil to refineries, saving lives and costs and creating jobs in rural America. Driessen also recounts the many ways that fossil fuels enrich humanity — from feed stocks for paints, plastics, pharmaceuticals, and other products to powering the manufacturing centers that create computers, smart phones, healthcare technologies, vehicles, and batteries.

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    Keystone advances

    The Keystone XL pipeline has passed every environmental and economic test, yet has been thwarted time and again. Barack Obama became Keystone’s obstructor in chief. CFACT’s Paul Driessen explains at The Hill that Keystone just took a giant step forward.

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    Nebraska approval means Keystone will finally be built – or not

    In an article published in The Hill, CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen reports that the 3-2 vote by the Nebraska Public Service Commission to approve a new route through the state for the long-delayed Keystone Pipeline may or may not signal completion of the pipeline is near. Read the excerpt here, and the full article in The Hill.

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    Virginia goes Don Quixote

    CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen, a Virginia resident, laments the direction that newly elected Governor Ralph Northam is taking the people of the state — into restrictions on carbon dioxide that include cap-and-trade emissions buying and selling — and other foolish schemes that will harm the poor and lower middle classes the most and do little or nothing to change the Earth’s climate.

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    As Trump ends the “War on Fossil Fuels,” we all win

    CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen lauds President Trump and his administration for rolling back Obama era restrictions on fossil fuels that had already hurt the U.S. economy — the rollbacks should unleash massive economic growth and create lots of jobs.

Coal

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Hydraulic Fracturing
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    Time to repeal America’s crude petroleum export ban

    Paul Driessen lays out the case for ending the ban on overseas shipment of crude petroleum, and in the process notes how shipping crude and refined petroleum overseas would be a boon to the U.S. economy and might also prod European nations to rethink their own policies towards energy production.

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    Defusing the explosive conversation on fracking

    The myths about hydraulic fracturing (fracking) are myriad and cynical — spread by haters of fossil fuels and by those who want to see the United States crippled as a result of shutting down the bulk of the traditional energy sector in favor of heavily subsidized “renewables” and forcing a massive shrinkage of living standards for most Americans (but not the elites). The truth is that fracking has evolved into a virtually benign operation that relies heavily on brackish water that is processed and often reused.

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    U.S. fast inflating supply of natural gas

    For decades, policymakers have been concerned about America’s over-reliance on fossil fuel imports from other parts of the world. But thanks to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, many of these concerns are now being alleviated.

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    Drillers gassed up over large U.S. shale reserves

    Finding affordable and abundant sources of domestic energy has become a big priority in recent years. And while many options are being looked at, one that has taken the nation by storm is the development of shale gas.

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Nuclear Power
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    True facts about ocean radiation and the Fukushima disaster

    The Fukushima disaster has “led to some wild speculation on the widespread dangers of Fukushima radiation on the internet… I’m here to tell you that these posts are just plain garbage. While there are terrible things that happened around the Fukushima Power Plant in Japan; Alaska, Hawaii and the West Coast aren’t in any danger. These posts were meant to scare people (and possibly written by terrified authors). They did just that, but there is a severe lack of facts in these posts. Which is why I am here to give you the facts, and nothing but the facts.”

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    Physicist: There was no Fukushima nuclear disaster

    Anti-nuclear activists do not want the public to know the truth. Fukushima showed that a nuclear plant can take the maximum punch of nature’s brutality. Yet the media and the anti-nukes enjoy stoking the fear.

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    Will cooling temperatures calm the European windstorm?

    After Denmark (Europe’s star wind energy performer), Germany boasts (sic!) the highest power costs in Europe — Danes and Germans alike pay about 300% more than Americans for electric power that is increasingly unreliable. The Australians, who had charted a similar course, threw out their Green government. But what will Americans do?

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    Report indicates no major health effects from Fukushima

    When the nuclear power plant at Fukushima, Japan was damaged by a major earthquake, many expected long-term radiation problems. But scientists recently brought together by a UN scientific committee found Japan’s general public and the vast majority of workers at Fukushima are unlikely to suffer any future health effects linked to small radiation leaks.

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    German media’s veer from green energy

    A few years ago, Germany was “fully committed” to the EU’s goal of ending fossil fuel use. It was building lots of wind turbines, and even some solar farms despite its often-cloudy skies. After the tsunami, Prime Minister Angela Merckel announced Germany would phase out its nuclear plants quickly, implying more power from renewables.

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    Fukushima fallout spurs safer nuclear design

    Like a phoenix rising from ashes, nuclear power has seen a renaissance in recent years after decades of bad publicity. And while the accident at Fukushima cast an ominous shadow over its future, experts are now applying some important lessons to new designs.

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    Dr. Kelvin Kemm on Kenyan TV

    Dr. Kelvin Kemm, a South African nuclear physicist and CFACT advisor, explains on Kenyan TV that Africans need to greatly increase the availability of affordable electricity and do not need Europeans telling them “No.”

Solar Power
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    Virginia goes Don Quixote

    CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen, a Virginia resident, laments the direction that newly elected Governor Ralph Northam is taking the people of the state — into restrictions on carbon dioxide that include cap-and-trade emissions buying and selling — and other foolish schemes that will harm the poor and lower middle classes the most and do little or nothing to change the Earth’s climate.

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    As Trump ends the “War on Fossil Fuels,” we all win

    CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen lauds President Trump and his administration for rolling back Obama era restrictions on fossil fuels that had already hurt the U.S. economy — the rollbacks should unleash massive economic growth and create lots of jobs.

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    Renewable energy – by royal decree!

    CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen exposes the shame of the city leaders in St. Louis, Missouri, who have sought to deflect from the city’s poor reputation for violent crime, high school graduation rates, and overall quality of life by declaring the city MUST transform its power base from 1.5% wind and solar today to 100% wind and solar within the next 18 years. The staggering cost of such a transformation, assuming it can even be done, will be borne by the very people who suffer from high crime, low-performance education, and a sense of hopelessness in the face of arrogant posturing.

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    The changing world energy economy

    West Virginia University professor James E. Smith and graduate student Alex Hatch report that the United States economy has begun to grow steadily despite falling oil consumption. Moreover, worldwide energy demand dropped significantly between 2013 and 2015 and the trend is continuing despite growing world populations and expanding energy availability. They note that , worldwide (not just in today’s rich countries), the only thing limiting our future progress and comity is our imagination and ingenuity.

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    Solar lies

    Wind and solar are in the subsidy business, not the electricity business.

Wind Power
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    Virginia goes Don Quixote

    CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen, a Virginia resident, laments the direction that newly elected Governor Ralph Northam is taking the people of the state — into restrictions on carbon dioxide that include cap-and-trade emissions buying and selling — and other foolish schemes that will harm the poor and lower middle classes the most and do little or nothing to change the Earth’s climate.

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    As Trump ends the “War on Fossil Fuels,” we all win

    CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen lauds President Trump and his administration for rolling back Obama era restrictions on fossil fuels that had already hurt the U.S. economy — the rollbacks should unleash massive economic growth and create lots of jobs.

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    Renewable energy – by royal decree!

    CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen exposes the shame of the city leaders in St. Louis, Missouri, who have sought to deflect from the city’s poor reputation for violent crime, high school graduation rates, and overall quality of life by declaring the city MUST transform its power base from 1.5% wind and solar today to 100% wind and solar within the next 18 years. The staggering cost of such a transformation, assuming it can even be done, will be borne by the very people who suffer from high crime, low-performance education, and a sense of hopelessness in the face of arrogant posturing.

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    The changing world energy economy

    West Virginia University professor James E. Smith and graduate student Alex Hatch report that the United States economy has begun to grow steadily despite falling oil consumption. Moreover, worldwide energy demand dropped significantly between 2013 and 2015 and the trend is continuing despite growing world populations and expanding energy availability. They note that , worldwide (not just in today’s rich countries), the only thing limiting our future progress and comity is our imagination and ingenuity.

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    Solar lies

    Wind and solar are in the subsidy business, not the electricity business.

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    Revisiting wind turbine impacts

    CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen corrects some assumptions in an earlier article about the energy, land, and materials requirements for creating a totally wind-powered United States. The numbers are staggering — even though based on best-scenario assumptions. The real world situation would likely be much worse. Simply put, the goal of a 100% wind powered nation is a pipe dream.