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 »
Obama to Super Bowl Champs: ‘You Didn’t Build That’
No, of course he didn’t say that. But what if he had? And why is it any less appropriate to tell a sports hero that than a small business owner? Imagine for a moment an alternate universe where the President talked smack to the Giants … “..Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own.” | Read More »
Deconstructing the American Dream
I sat down this morning to write about teachers and bridges, about motivation and inspiration. Upon rereading the President’s Roanoke remarks, however, my focus shifted away from my planned topic of entrepreneurial outrage (“You didn’t build that!”). Reading deeper, a more alarming theme emerged: Now, we don’t need more top-down economics. I’ve got a different view. I believe that the way you grow the economy | Read More »
I Do Not Like It, Uncle Sam! I Do Not Like Your Clean Green Scam!
Will government ever learn? Every time they try to fool the market with some cockamamie attempt at central planning, they create a discontinuity in the market. These discontinuities can often be exploited for gain. That’s when the jackals rush in. The EPA runs a program that is supposed to ensure 36 billion gallons of biofuels are blended into the gasoline supply by 2022. Every gallon | Read More »