Recent Energy and Environmental News – 8/31/11

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John Droz JrBy John Droz, Jr.

Friends:

Some recent energy articles of interest —

One of my most important documents, What Not To Say, has been updated (especially the PS part): http://www.northnet.org/brvmug/WindPower/WhatNotToSay.pdf

This is a VERY significant story that gives us hope that sensibility and science may yet prevail: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11226/1167245-454.stm

One of the main strategies of non-science lobbyists is to justify their self-serving promotions (e.g. wind energy) as producing jobs. It should come as no surprise that “renewable” energy forces are proposing to congress to cut gas, oil and nuclear subsidies‚ but not any for renewables. http://www.energybiz.com/article/11/08/partisans-joining-forces-cut-energy-subsidies

Here are three recent articles that put the job claims into a more accurate perspective:

1) “The Green Job Loss Nexus” http://www.energytribune.com/articles.cfm/8304/The-Green-Subsidy-Job-Loss-Nexus

2) “Feeding the Masses on Unicorn Ribs” is a wonderfully insightful story about green jobs, etc http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2011/08/19/feeding-the-masses-on-unicorn-ribs/

3) “The Dirty Secret Behind Clean Jobs” http://cascadepolicy.org/pdf/pub/CleanJobsReport8.22.11.pdf

Beyond the site fight: can communities reclaim the right to say “no”? http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/the-right-to-say-no

A fine anergy article by attorney Dave Schnare, directed to our presidential candidates: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/aug/16/campaign-advice-for-all-of-the-abovers/

A new article about wind energy performance in Illinois (that applies almost everywhere) http://www.continentalecon.com/publications/nge/2011.9.pdf

“Eco-Fads: Feel-Good Policies Replace Science” Although this is not about wind energy, the same situation exists there:
http://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2011/08/18/eco-fads_feel-good_policies_replace_science_106249.html

The hypocrisy of wind energy bird kills http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/08/16/energy-in-america-dead-birds-unintended-consequence-wind-power-development/

A Carnegie Mellon study on shale gas http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/08/new_shale_study_refutes_cornel.html

On a related mater the US government revised their estimate of shale gas available, and now project it to be some 40 times higher than before http://articles.philly.com/2011-08-24/business/29922377_1_shale-drilling-marcellus-shale-natural-gas

GE’s laser advances in nuclear fuel is an informative article http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/21/science/earth/21laser.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

Some recent global warming articles of interest —

A very insightful article about some serious flaws in a major global warming paper http://pielkeclimatesci.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/a-new-agu-eos-article-titled-guidelines-for-constructing-climate-scenarios-by-mote-et-al-2011-which-inadvertantly-highlights-this-flawed-climate-science-approach/

US presidential candidate expresses skepticism about global warming http://news.yahoo.com/perry-says-doesnt-believe-global-warming-143259373.html

A new (major) example of how politics adversely influences scientific research http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=975f250d-ca5d-4f40-b687-a1672ed1f684

A CERN particle-physics study that may reveal that solar radiation is a major cause of global warming http://climatescienceinternational.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=537

A fine article discussing the fallacies of the “97% consensus” about AGW http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2011/08/30/rick-perry-neednt-sweat-his-global-warming-skepticism/

An intriguing exchange about the health benefits of global warming mitigation http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2011/8/29/health-co-benefits.html

A worthwhile film: The Great Global Warming Swindle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaTJJCPYhlk&hd=1

Some other recent articles of general interest —

A superior , must read article, about our education system — which explains a lot about what is happening with wind energy and the like http://thenewamerican.com/culture/education/8617-mainstreaming-progressive-education-a-scheme-hidden-in-plain-sight

This is a remarkable piece. It is a story about unnecessary spending in the US armed services — written by a high ranking (now a General) career soldier, who I happen to know http://www.military.com/forums/0,15240,86755,00.html

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Thank you for your support.

John Droz jr.,
Physicist and Environmental advocate
Fellow: American Tradition Institute .  http://www.atinstitute.org/