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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 […]

Climate Change: Last Bastion Of The Royalists

May 16, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ Of all tyrannies,  a tyranny sincerely exercised  for the good of its victims  may be the most oppressive. – C. S. Lewis Is it mere coincidence that the European nations leading the march toward all- electric vehicle fleets are still (at least symbolically) – or were for centuries – ruled by monarchies? […]

Is Big Wind Too Big For Its Britches?

May 10, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ The world-wide wind industry, says the Global Wind Energy Council, will create 3.3 million new “good-paying union jobs” by 2025, if it actually installs the planned 470 gigawatts of combined onshore and offshore wind capacity. Just in 2020, says the GWEC, 93 GW of new wind capacity was installed – doubling 2019 […]

Biden Closing The Door On U.S. Mining

May 3, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ Early on, President Joe Biden promised multitudes of “good-paying, union jobs” to fuel his massive push for wind and solar powered electric vehicles, EV charging stations, and the tiny portion of his “infrastructure” package that actually involves road and bridge construction. But it now appears many, if not most, of those “good-paying, […]

Africans Deflect Biden’s Demand To End Fossil Fuel Use

April 17, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ As the merger of climate change and COVID panic materializes in front of our eyes, “global leaders” have found plenty developing world voices to join the crusade to “save the planet” from carbon (dioxide) “pollution.” But like their Chinese and Indian counterparts, many Africans, from heads of state to captains of industry […]

China’s Strange Endorsement Of “Net Zero”

April 15, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ You have to hand it to Xi Jinping. The Chinese “president for life” last September schmoozed the royalty of the United Nations with his unexpected pledge that his country aims “to have CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality (Net Zero) before 2060.” Xi then urged other nations “to pursue […]

India Ignores Media Preaching On “Net Zero Carbon”

April 12, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ India is just one ”developing” nation that has recognized that the mad rush toward a “net zero carbon” economy does not serve the interests of its ordinary citizens. With that realization, they are also waking up to the fact that serving the public interest necessitates major increases in affordable, reliable energy to […]

In The Developing World, Coal Is Still The King

March 20, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ “The Western view of the world is centered around themselves. [Believing] the rose-tinted views [expressed by Western elites] that ‘the West would like India to succeed’ is plain naiveté.” – Krishnamurthy Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor, Government of India For decades, Western bankers, beholden to United Nations “sustainable development” goals, have held virtual […]

The Carbon Tax Shell Game

March 12, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ The oft-spoken premise that there is a “social cost of carbon” (SCC) has led to a myriad of proposals for taxing calculated carbon dioxide emissions from motor vehicles. The idea is to tax (and legislate) “carbon” out of existence by using those taxes to subsidize electric vehicles. The latest of these proposals […]

The Green Double Standard On Coal And China

February 26, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ Joe Biden said it best: “I’m not going to speak out against what [Chinese President for Life Xi Jinping] is doing in Hong Kong, what he’s doing with the Uighurs in western mountains of China and Taiwan.… Culturally, there are different norms that each country and they — their leaders — are […]

Biden Should Let Us Mine The Rare Earths His Energy Plans Depend On

January 25, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ As Joe Biden and Kamala Harris take the reins of government and launch their program to “transition” America away from fossil fuels, they need to consider some hard realities. Chief among them is that their green energy plans require major increases in U.S. mining and processing – unless they want to make […]

Banning Gas-Powered Vehicles Means A Crushing Change For America

January 19, 2021 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ The election of the Biden-Harris ticket will, we are told, hasten the death of the internal combustion engine in the United States. Once the sale of new gasoline engine vehicles is banned, the only question remaining is how long before driving them is also outlawed? Well, incoming Vice President Kamala Harris promised […]

Electric Vehicle Shock Treatment: Lessons From Britain

December 13, 2020 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ Joe Biden, and his fellow Democrats, apparently big U.S. automakers, have joined the rush to transform U.S. transportation to 100% electric vehicles (EV) whether We the People want it or not. During an October town hall, Biden asserted that his plan save “billions of gallons of oil” and help create 1 million […]

Out Of Africa An Entrepreneurial Society Emerges

November 5, 2020 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ “By their very nature, young Africans are some of the most entrepreneurial people in the world. Up until now, they just lacked opportunity, access to capital or even the courage to believe in themselves,” Ivor Ichikowitz said in a recent Zoom interview with me. The South African industrialist, social entrepreneur and philanthropist’s […]

The Carbon Versus Silicon Election

October 11, 2020 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ Last April, a Yale University report stated that “U.S. communities from California to Massachusetts are instituting bans on natural gas in new construction. Proponents say the measures are critical for speeding the transition to an all-electric future powered by renewable energy.” Dozens more U.S. [Democrat-run] cities are reportedly contemplating gas bans or […]

Solar Panels Generate Mountains Of Waste – And Heat The Planet

September 19, 2020 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ The problem of solar panel waste is now becoming evident. As environmental journalist Emily Folk admits in Renewable Energy Magazine, “when talking about renewable energy, the topic of waste does not often appear.” She attributes this to the supposed “pressures of climate change” and alleged “urgency to find alternative energy sources,” saying […]