Frigid cold is why we need dependable energy

The white stuff billowing out is steam.

Recent record-setting low temperatures have underscored the creature comfort and often the life-saving importance of abundant, reliable, affordable energy.

They also reminded us how appropriate it was that America’s 2017 National Security Strategy (NSS) emphasizes energy security – and was released on December 18, three days before this extra chilly winter officially began.

This first Trump Administration NSS identifies four vital national interests. Two of them – “promoting American prosperity” and “advancing American influence” – require that the United States “take advantage of our wealth in domestic resources.”

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De Blasio’s Global Warming Lawsuit Is Riddled With Factual Errors

It’s only been about a week since New York City filed suit against five major oil companies, and one economist has already found basic factual errors in the city’s legal filing.

The city’s narrative of a grand conspiracy by fossil fuel companies to silence well-meaning climate scientists has run into reality. One of the climate researchers Mayor Bill de Blasio’s legal team attacked has fired back, pointing out factual errors in the suit.

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Cash-Strapped L.A. Joins Craze To Hold Exxon Accountable For Bad Weather

Los Angeles could join New York City and other California cities in a lawsuit targeting Exxon Mobil for supposedly contributing to global warming and rising sea levels.

Two Los Angeles city council members want the city to use the courts to fleece fossil-fuel producers to mitigate the effects of global warming. They are hoping to join the likes of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who announced earlier this month that his city will take Exxon to court.

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Science, optimism, and the resilience of polar bears in an ever-changing Arctic

Optimism in conservation science — which the Smithsonian says we desperately need (Earth Optimism Summit 21-23 April 2017, apparently a huge success) — means it’s time to acknowledge and celebrate real conservation success stories.

The Smithsonian folks probably won’t say it but I will — one of those successes is the recovery of polar bears.

It’s time to abandon the focus on prophesies of impending loss and accept that recovery of polar bears from the over-hunting of last century has continued despite a decade of low summer sea ice (Aars et al. 2017; Crockford 2017; Dyck et al. 2017; SWG 2016; York et al. 2016).

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The Children’s Climate Lawsuit Against The Children

At least Hansen knows his way around the legal system.

Litigation may be as American as apple pie, but some lawsuits are so destructive that they stand out even among the hugely expensive wreckage wrought by our legal system.

The most prominent current example is the “children’s” climate lawsuit (Juliana v the U.S.): A group of kids, including “future generations, through their guardian Dr. James Hansen,” claim that the government’s actions and failures to act have caused climate change, thus violating the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, and have failed to protect essential public trust resources.

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Winter Storm Inga Barrels East And Dumps More Snow And Ice

Winter Storm Inga is dumping snow, sleet, and ice throughout the Northeast and South Tuesday and Wednesday, creating icy conditions and hampering travel through a significant portion of the U.S., according to the National Weather Service.

While parts of Kentucky have already received nine inches of snow, most areas can expect just enough to cover and close roads in the South. Snowfall in the Northeast is expected to be no worse than normal, anywhere from two to six inches in most areas.

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Ten easy lessons on climate alarmism

A new lesson set called the Climate Change IQ (CCIQ) provides a good skeptical critique of ten top alarmist claims.

The format is succinct and non-technical. Each alarmist claim is posed as a question, followed by a short skeptical answer, which is highlighted with a single telling graphic.

Then there is a link to a somewhat longer answer, which in turn includes links to a few online sources of more information. Each lesson is also available in a printable PDF version, suitable for classroom use. This compact format is potentially very useful.

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Weather events behind late-2015 Arctic warmth, not global warming

Melting sea ice can form puddles on its surface. NASA

CCD Editor’s note: For those that don’t remember, many alarmist news outlets blamed the late-2015 warmth in parts of the Arctic on global warming. They even quoted climatologists who said this had climate change written all over it.

In the winter of 2015/16, something happened that had never before been seen on this scale: at the end of December, temperatures rose above zero degrees Celsius (32°F) for several days in parts of the Arctic.

Temperatures of up to eight degrees were registered north of Svalbard. Temperatures this high have not been recorded in the winter half of the year since the beginning of systematic measurements at the end of the 1970s.

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Climate Activists Suffering From Factophobia…Host Of Studies Show No Drought/Forest Fire Trend

Not climate change: forest fires in the USA controlled by El Nino, arson, and land use changes

By Dr. Sebastian Lüning and Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt
(German text translated/edited by P Gosselin)

Droughts increase the risk of forest fires; that’s logical. However, it is false to reflexively assign every forest fire to climate change. There have always been droughts and forest fires. Anyone wishing to shift the blame over to climate change first has to show that the trend has already deviated from the range of natural variability. For many, that is simply too much work.

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US Shift From Coal Is Eroding Job Opportunities In Rural America

The number of workers at rural coal and nuclear power plants is dwindling as energy companies face pressure from natural gas and green energy producers, according to a report Monday from The Wall Street Journal.

Utility employment is falling at unprecedented rates and eroding a stable source of well-paying jobs in rural areas, and placing more pressure on President Donald Trump as he attempts to fulfill promises to save blue-collar jobs.

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NAACP Says MLK’s Vision Can’t Be Achieved Without Fighting Global Warming

This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the NAACP wants man-made global warming to be seen as a civil rights issue, arguing King’s vision of a society free of racial injustice can’t be achieved without addressing warming.

“We see climate change as a civil rights issue,” Jacqueline Patterson, head of the NAACP’s environmental and climate justice program, said in an online radio spot for the Yale Center for Environmental Connection.

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