H.S. Football Games Moved for ‘Environmental’ Reasons. Wait, what?
Tulsa Public Schools administrators moved the venue for two high schools’ future home football games. It’s for the children, after all. Oh, my gosh. We certainly would not want to expose student-athletes to “environmental elements”. The mind reels as it imagines a football pitch-cum-Love Canal poisoned with pesticides, herbicides or (G_d forbid) “fracking chemicals“. As it turns out, this particular football suffered from environmental contamination, alright: | Read More »
‘The President’s All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy’ and Other Self-Delusions
We’ve been having area-wide lease sales over the same portions of the Gulf of Mexico for the last 30 years. Despite this week’s tepid response at the Western GoM Sale (shelf and deepwater offshore Texas, mostly), the press release from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management would have you thinking it was a smashing success. Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale Yields $102.4 Million in | Read More »
The Bayou Corne Sinkhole, Part II: What Really Happened
In Part I: Ridiculing the Press, we looked at press coverage of the Bayou Corne Sinkhole, an ongoing environmental incident in Assumption Parish, Louisiana. That coverage has ranged from indifferent to uninformed to inflammatory. As a citizen and resident of the state, I decided to assess it for myself.
The Bayou Corne Sinkhole, Part I: Ridiculing the Press
Scientifically illiterate and agenda-driven journalists can ruin what is actually a valid story. Today’s example is the coverage of the Bayou Corne sinkhole, an ongoing environmental situation of considerable concern at the Napoleonville Salt Dome in Assumption Parish, Louisiana. About 350 residents of the quiet community of Bayou Corne have been evacuated from their homes since the sinkhole’s sudden formation nearly a year ago. Local | Read More »
Al Gore Channels Nigel Tufnel
In a “lightly edited”* interview transcript with the Washington Post‘s Ezra Klein, Former Vice President and Nobel** Laureate Al Gore puts climate deniers on the same moral plane as supporters of slavery and apartheid. (Clear logical connection there, Mr. Vice-President.) Then Al disgorges this little chestnut of wisdom: Would there be hurricanes and floods and droughts without man-made global warming? Of course. But they’re stronger | Read More »
Interior: Keystone XL Pipeline will impact “cultural soundscapes” and “high quality night skies”.
As part of the State Department’s review of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, 1.2 million comments have been received from interested parties including environmental groups and the public at large. The Department of the Interior has commented too, expressing concern that TransCanada’s impact during construction and during pipeline operation will disrupt the “cultural soundscapes” and “high quality night skies” at national parks and recreation areas | Read More »
40% Growth in Oil and Gas Jobs Since 2007. #oilandgas
From FuelFix.com, the energy blog of the Houston Chronicle: Jobs in the oil and gas sector have grown 40 percent in the last five years, helping to counteract the tepid one percent increase in total U.S. employment. The oil and natural gas industry created more than 162,000 jobs from 2007 to 2012 in drilling, extraction and support services, according to a report by the Labor | Read More »
Did you know that you support the Renewable Fuel Standard?
According to a new poll from the folks at “Fuels America*“, 75% of Americans and 60% of conservatives support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the 2005 act of Congress which mandates how many billions of gallons of ethanol are to be included in motor gasoline for each year through 2022. What do you think, RedState reader? You can register your opinion on the RFS at | Read More »
Vladimir’s Guide to New Orleans #RSG13
I asked my good friend and erstwhile RedState diarist Vladimir to put together a quick list of recommendations and handy links for Gathering visitors. Vladimir and I are looking forward to seeing you at the RedState Gathering 2013. We hope you have fun and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of this wonderful, historic city.
R.I.P. George Mitchell, Father of the Shale Boom
George P. Mitchell, the son of a goatherd, master salesman and the Father of the Shale Boom, died Friday in Galveston at 94.
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Obamacare: The Law of Unintended (but Perfectly Foreseeable) Consequences
Under the guise of a health care fix, we’ve been sold a system that will convert legions of full-time burger-flippers with benefits into part-time burger-flippers with bupkis.
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Remember all the Green Jobs in our New Green Economy?
In the first four years of the Obama Administration, the Department of Labor spent $595 million training workers for the New Green Economy that President Obama promised. A recent Washington Post article (“Why it’s hard for the government to create green jobs“, July 21, 2013) says: Four years later, it’s still not clear what all the cash for green jobs achieved–and a Government Accountability Office | Read More »
Mary Landrieu: Party Girl
Mary Landrieu is taken to task in this recent op-ed by James Varney of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Ah, the challenges of being a Blue Senator, the only statewide elected Democrat, in what has become a very Red State. The 2014 elections loom just around the corner.
Great Achievements in Central Planning: The Renewable Fuel Standard
In 2005, Congress, in its infinite wisdom, imposed the Renewable Fuel Standard on America. The RFS mandates yearly increases in the amount of ethanol that must be used in motor fuel, on an ever-increasing schedule, through 2022. Problem is, nobody anticipated a crummy economy, high gasoline prices and shrinking consumption of motor fuel. But the RFS marches on.* As depicted in the video above (from our | Read More »
Sprechen Sie “Green Energy”? ¡No Más!
Consider the Green Energy experiments of Spain, Germany and Australia: Why would any thinking person follow down that same road?
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