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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 […]

”Smart Growth” Harms Minorities, Rural America Most

September 7, 2020 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ “Smart Growth,” a “progressive” approach to urban planning attributed to Jane Jacobs (author of The Life and Death of Great American Cities) and canonized by EPA Administrator Carol Browner in 1995, was touted as a way to meld economic opportunity, environmental responsibility, and livable communities. For decades, urban planners have championed “smart […]

Reuse, Recycle, Or Just Reduce Solar Panel Waste?

August 30, 2020 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ Is solar power truly Green? This question is important, because in today’s world, that which is Green is favored even if it is more expensive and less reliable. We have been taught that solar is Green. But does it pass the Three R’s Test that for 50 years has been the Green […]

Fusion And Fission Both: The U.S. Re-enters The Nuclear Energy Universe

August 16, 2020 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ Now that the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor [ITER] is under construction, the playing field for the planet’s energy future has shifted. Given even the most promising lead time for fusion viability is decades ahead, nuclear fission will have to compete with both fossil fuels and so-called renewables for market share. So where […]

Bjorn Lōmborg’s New Book Says Climate Panic Is A “False Alarm”

August 13, 2020 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ “Skeptical environmentalist” and creator of the Copenhagen Consensus Bjorn Lōmborg has a new book, False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet. Lōmborg contends that there are far better ways to build a healthy, prosperous future than the panicked efforts led by […]

The High Costs And Low Benefits Of Electric Vehicles

August 7, 2020 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ The rush to decarbonize every nation in the world in one or maybe two decades reflects the “I want it all NOW!” philosophy imbued through modern education systems. Current and recent former students – and their teachers – demand a perfect world (since they can envision one) and exhibit zero patience (hence […]

USMCA: Cleaning Up The Tijuana River

July 13, 2020 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement went into effect on July 1, and right away the benefits of this new trade deal are showing up. A massive cleanup of the Tijuana River on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border is being $300 million commitment in the USMCA by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to […]

Review: Rex Fleming Calls Carbon Dioxide Fear A “False Alarm”

July 6, 2020 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ This summer there are two new books and an older one newly relevant today with the same title: False Alarm. Though physician Dr. Marc Siegal wrote False Alarm: The Truth about the Epidemic of Fear back in 2008, right now Amazon Kindle has the book in heavy promotion. Kindle boasts, “More relevant […]

The Fusion Race

June 18, 2020 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ The worldwide race to achieve affordable, functional nuclear fusion is rolling along, with new players popping up all over the map seeking a slice of what promises to be an unlimited energy pie that could pave the way to interplanetary travel (among many other things). As human engineering, aided by artificial intelligence […]

Modular Nuclear Reactors For Defense And Disasters

May 13, 2020 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ While there has been little interest of late in developing new-generation nuclear reactors to power the U.S. electric grid, some new initiatives at the Department of Defense – spurred in part by complaints of dumping by U.S. uranium miners – may just be the spark needed to move the U.S. back into […]

With Coal In Decline, How Will We Pay To Reclaim Abandoned Mine Lands?

April 20, 2020 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ While Congress has focused much of its attention of late on saving the nation from the COVID 19 virus, other critically important legislation has languished in committee. One of those bills, H.R. 4248, is bipartisan legislation, passed via voice vote in the U.S. House on January 15 but not yet taken up […]

Robert Bryce: Responding To The Terawatt Challenge

April 18, 2020 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ “Electricity has become a human right.” – Robert Bryce In chapter 16 of his seminal book, A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of Nations, Austin-based futurist Robert Bryce speaks of “the Terawatt Challenge” – a term coined by the late Nobel laureate Richard Smalley. Smalley posited that if we can […]

Energy Poverty In The Pandemic Age

April 15, 2020 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ In a recent article, International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birol asserted that the “huge disruption caused by the coronavirus has highlighted how much modern societies rely on electricity.” Also adding that in many countries, electricity is critical for operating the ventilators and other medical equipment in the hospitals treating the soaring […]

The Unholy Crusade Against Gas Appliances

March 11, 2020 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ When Berkeley, California, last year became the first U.S. city to ban the installation of natural gas lines to new homes, Mayor Jesse Arreguín proudly stated, “We are committed to the Paris Agreement and must take immediate action in order to reach our climate action goals. It’s not radical. It’s necessary.” For hardliners whose […]

Climate Fear Of (Everyone Else) Flying

March 5, 2020 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ Just over a year ago, newly elected U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D, NY) and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey (D, MA) shocked the world by proposing a Green New Deal. One of its more controversial provisions was a proposal to “build out high-speed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary.” […]