Last fall the Presidential Election of 2016 played out in real time, right here in Louisiana. Down here, we called it the 2015 Gubernatorial Election. My takeaway: Given a unified party, any of the three Republican candidates would have beaten the sole Democrat in the race head-to-head. In retrospect, the leading Republican, Sen. David Vitter, had no chance of winning the general election because of | Read More »
Louisiana is disappearing!
Sea level rise! South Louisiana is disappearing — an area the size of a football field disappears every 15 minutes! Or so we’ve been told. The scapegoats range from the oil and gas industry to climate change to invasive species — feral hogs and the lowly nutria. The story fits well with environmentalist panic and the new geologic age, the Anthropocene. Geologist Chris McLindon has | Read More »
Memories of Katrina and Double-U Brooks (from 2010)
It was a sunny Friday afternoon just five years ago. My wife was in New Orleans helping her sister move into her new Warehouse District condo. At lunch, they noticed that a storm had moved into the Gulf, and was threatening the central Gulf Coast. It was the “K” storm, already 2005’s eleventh named storm, too many for late August.
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Ten Years at Redstate
My morning routine used to be coffee, bagel and a newspaper. When the scandal called Rathergate broke, the phrase "fake but accurate" jarred my brain. I fired most mainstream media in September 2004. That’s when I joined Redstate. As Vladimir, I lurked at Redstate for a while before contributing a few throwaway diaries. But I found my blogging voice when I realized that my petroleum | Read More »
Study Credits Volcanoes (and Other Stuff) for Saving Us From Climate Hell
As it turns out, the climate is a complex system, susceptible to influence from volcanoes, oceans, variable solar output, soot, etc., just as we have been saying all along.
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False Sense of (Energy) Security
Superficially, it would seem that the nation is successfully pursuing the Obama Administration’s stated energy goals of “increasing domestic oil production” and “reducing our dependence on foreign oil.” Domestic oil production has increased, but in spite of and not because of Administration policies. And while our overall oil import demand has declined, our imports from the Persian Gulf states, and Saudi Arabia in particular, have | Read More »
Does Drilling in ANWR Make More Sense than the Alaskan Offshore?
At this writing, Shell Oil is awaiting final permits from the Department of the Interior and EPA for drill two of five wells in the Arctic Ocean offshore Alaska that were originally planned for 2012. Later than normal breakup of pack ice also caused Shell some delays. According to Human Events: The company is now counting on operations beginning in early August, which gives them | Read More »
U.N.’s Carbon Credits Create Perverse Incentives
It seems harmless enough when an airline offers their customers “green indulgences” in the form of carbon credits when buying a ticket. The credits are intended to resolve the guilt the customer is supposed to feel for his wanton use of fossil fuels. In practice, the credits have become a perverse incentive for practices that are exactly opposite what the U.N. intended when it created | Read More »
Tags: Carbon Credits
, Carbon Trading
, Kyoto Protocols
2008 Obama Voter Interviews Her 2012 Self
A parody video that answers the question “How’s all that hopey-changey stuff workin’ out for ya?” A CO-PRODUCTION OF: http://www.republicanpartyanimals.org and http://houseofsunny.tv Nice work. Open thread.
Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA): Captain Ahab or Doctor Evil?
Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee, has a major obsession. Markey’s Great White Whale is called the Deepwater Royalty Relief Act of 1995 (details below the fold). In Markey’s mind, several deepwater Gulf of Mexico operators have gotten over on the government to the tune of several billion dollars in oil and gas royalties. The operators counter that | Read More »