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Russia Moves Into The Arctic As The U.S. Withdraws

January 23, 2022 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ The Biden Administration is proving to be the willing lackey of Russian President Vladimir Putin. At his January 19 press conference, Biden, perhaps aware that Putin’s forces have already surrounded Ukraine, acknowledged that Russia is very likely to undertake a “minor incursion” into the country where his son once held a powerful […]

The View From Mount Olympus

January 17, 2022 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ Time flies. Mount Olympus has become hideaway retirement home for retired Greek gods. It’s not that they got old. They are, after all, immortal. Nah. They got hooked on Saturday Night Live, then realized the show was getting boring. The “real” world is much more laughable. More tragi-comedic, really. But the Greeks […]

Europeans Clash Over Nuclear Energy

January 16, 2022 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ Even as construction of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) is nearing completion in nuclear friendly France, their German neighbors have declared all nuclear energy technology to be “dangerous.” Moreover, the Germans, along with Austria, Portugal, Denmark, and Luxembourg, are loudly objecting to a proposal by the European Commission to allow nuclear technology […]

Biden Policies Unnecessarily Pit Development Against Nature

January 9, 2022 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ The Biden Administration, in a mad and ineffective rush to stave off climate catastrophe, is confounding those who seek protection of threatened and endangered species and habitat. Two recent federal agency decisions champion “sustainable” development over species and habitat protection; an appeal of a third may yield the same result. In a […]

China Laughs As The “Woke” West Self – Implodes

January 7, 2022 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ As China builds more and more coal-fired power plants, consolidates its stranglehold on rare-earth metals vital for 21st century economies, and extends its influence into America’s backyard, “woke” Westerners are marching like lemmings toward the energy poverty cliff. CNBC reports that climate activists and campaign groups are demanding an immediate end to […]

ZEV Subsidies Fail Equity, Economics, And Environmental Tests

December 20, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ Many have been saying for years that subsidies for zero emissions (electric) vehicles pose unfair burdens on working Americans. Subsidizing (and mandating) an unwanted switch away from internal combustion vehicles (ICVs) while imposing diktats that have brought higher gasoline prices and record inflation also seems out of kilter with the widely championed […]

Fusion Is Not Just A Culinary Treat

December 18, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ Harnessing pollution-free energy from nuclear fusion is described by The New York Times as “the ultimate moonshot.” In the Western world, obsessed with phasing out the production of energy from fossil fuels, but aware of the limitations of wind and solar technologies, nuclear energy, and particularly nuclear fusion, just might, one day, […]

When The “Climate Catastrophe” Levee Breaks

December 15, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ How long will it be before the World Economic Forum crowd realizes that Western elites no longer control the world’s future? How long before they lose their anti-growth influence that has brought energy production to a standstill (or worse) in the U.S, and across much of Europe? The climate crowd (Al Gore, […]

Coal Is The Fuel Greens Cannot Kill

December 12, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ The West’s war on coal reminds me of Wile E. Coyote and the roadrunner. The harder he tries to catch the speedy bird, the more frustrated he becomes. Bloomberg reported in October that, “Never in human history has a ton of coal cost more,” simply because “governments and utilities worldwide are willing […]

Net Zero: Shattering Economies, Shattering Dreams

November 17, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ Joe Biden fell asleep (not even his most embarrassing moment!) at the Glasgow climate conference. And for good reason. It’s over. Net Zero by 2050 is dying a slow, painful death. President Xi Jinping said so. So did India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. So did Africa. Good riddance. Oh, they are still […]

Biden Escalates His War On Oil And Gas

November 14, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ Headline: “Senate Democrats on Monday begged President Joe Biden to lower seven-year high gas prices by releasing emergency oil reserves.” – Breitbart News. And here’s another one. Headline: “White House Begs OPEC To Increase Oil Production Again Amid ‘Supply Issues’, Soaring Energy Prices.” – Epoch Times. One more for the road. Headline: […]

Nature Calls But The World Is Not Listening

October 14, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ Remember that historic battle over teaching sex education in the public schools? One side demanded that any teaching on sex other than “Just say No!” was outside the lines, while the other side argued that too many teens were saying “Yes” anyway. Today’s green police believe they have the moral authority to […]

Old King Coal Still Rules The Land Down Under

October 11, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ Politics makes strange bedfellows and even stranger divorces. Take the Chinese boycott of Australian coal, which began about a year ago. China is upset over Australia’s assertions that China was at fault for the COVID-19 pandemic and egregious human rights violations. [China in response accused the U.S., Australia, and NATO of human […]

Biden And Boris: The Bad News Bears

October 3, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he is comfortable working with Joe Biden on climate change issues. At the United Nations Johnson days ago praised Biden’s promise to double the U.S. contribution to imposing climate rules on developing nations, remarking that, “It’s fantastic to see the United States really stepping up and […]

Joe Biden’s Policies Increase U.S. Dependence On China

September 28, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ At a time when the global supply of semiconductor chips is falling behind global demand, President Joe Biden is pushing heavily for massive changes to the U.S. economy that require near-geometric increases in our reliance on technologies that require chips and the rare-earth metals that make them work. Chinese President Xi Jinping […]

Burning Batteries Pose A Huge Risk To EV Mandates

September 11, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ After a Volkswagen Golf (not an electric vehicle) caught fire in the underground car park in Eku-Platz, Germany, the city’s civil engineering department closed the car park for five months. Damages (all eventually paid for by insurance) amounted to 195,000 euros. As a condition for the reopening, however, the insurance company forbade […]

Oregon Activists Ramp Up War Against Meat, Dairy

August 7, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ People laughed back in May when citizens in five mostly rural eastern Oregon counties voted to join two others in an effort to secede from Oregon and become part of a greater Idaho. The city slickers in Portland and Eugene have the votes to keep them hostage forever, or so it seems. […]

A Low Grade For Subsidized Battery Electric Buses

August 5, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ Headline, July 15, 2021: Report: Philadelphia’s Proterra fleet in complete shambles; $24 million worth of Proterra buses taken off the road due to problems Headline, July 23, 2021: Proterra bus fire prompts California agency to consider shelving electric bus fleet; electric buses are melting in sun, too expensive to fix, transit official […]

Solar Magnate Melone Challenges Big Wind

August 2, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ We’re not going to let NIMBYism shut this [offshore wind] down – New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney Funny, isn’t it? Statists at the EPA can unilaterally decide to cripple the auto racing industry in the United States without even a public hearing. Statists at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can […]

Africans, Others Incredulous At IEA’s “Net Zero” Blueprint

July 24, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ The International Energy Agency may have started a firestorm with its blueprint for achieving “Net Zero by 2050.” Its measures demand a swift and immediate shift from petroleum to energy provided through sources such as wind, hydro, and solar power. To avoid what it considers an impending climate “disaster,” the IEA has […]

The Downside Of Electric Vehicles

July 19, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ If you listen to the “woke” futurists, or even to the majority of auto companies pledging to stop manufacturing gasoline and diesel vehicles, it might be time to sell your auto stocks. Do you really think the U.S. is about to build 280 million electric vehicles to replace the 270 million internal […]

Maine Bars Offshore Wind In State Waters

July 15, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ The Maine legislature just went all out for offshore wind – just not in their own back yard. Maine Governor Janet Mills cited the value of the state’s fisheries and marine recreational areas as she signed legislation to impose a 10-year moratorium on offshore wind in state waters. Federal waters, however, begin […]

Must Only The Free World Ban Fossil Fuels?

July 12, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ I hesitated to bring up this ticklish issue, but cancel culture requires that all of the sins of Western civilization  be exposed and expunged. And the greatest sin is the fossil fuels that created the modern economy. Though the cancel culturalists cloak this truth with code words, it may be that others […]

New Fuel Technologies Offer Hope For The Future

June 17, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ Fear not, fearful ones. There is yet hope for an energy-rich future even if we give up on wind and solar as well as fossil fuels (as currently delivered). A quick review of the literature reveals that actual scientists, engineers, and visionaries are hard at work creating new fuels and new techniques […]