The green lobby’s energy obsession is harming the world’s poorest

Access to an abundance of clean water has been pivotal for the public health miracle that has taken place in rich countries.

The western world’s water supply infrastructures enable people to get the water they need to stay healthy and has undoubtedly played a big role in life expectancy shooting up in the last century.

But in the developing world, adequate water supply has completely fallen off the agenda. Instead, environmental health for poorer countries has come to mean the provisioning of some clean drinking water and latrines.

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Anti-Pipeline Activist Who Shot At Police Avoids Life Sentence

Attorneys for an anti-oil pipeline activist accused of shooting at police officers reached a deal with prosecutors that would allow the woman to avoid a lengthy prison sentence.

Red Fawn Fallis will plead guilty later this month to civil disorder and gun possession if a judge in the case agrees. Prosecutors are expected to drop more serious charges that carry a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and the possibility of life.

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Looking to the sun to create hydrogen fuel

When Lawrence Livermore scientist Tadashi Ogitsu leased a hydrogen fuel-cell car in 2017, he knew that his daily commute would change forever. There are no greenhouse gases that come out of the tailpipe, just a bit of water vapor.

The market for hydrogen cars is growing. According to a recent report by the California Energy Commission and the California Air Resources Board, the state is now home to 31 hydrogen fuel stations.

The next challenge is making hydrogen fuel cost-effective and sustainable.

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Twenty-Six States Urge Trump To Scrap Obama’s Global Warming Rule

Obama’s regulation only targets CO2 emissions from power plants, a harmless trace gas intentionally conflated with black soot.

Twenty-six states and state agencies signed onto a letter asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to repeal former President Barack Obama’s global warming regulation for power plants.

The coalition, led by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, filed comments in support of the EPA repealing the Clean Power Plan (CPP) on the grounds it’s an “unlawful” federal power grab and violates the Clean Air Act.

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Global Temperature In 2017: Not A Resurgence Of Global Warming

It is clear that 2017 was a very warm year.

Tomorrow, NOAA, NASA and the UK Met Office will announce by how much.

Global temperature data for the last 12 months refutes the idea that the warmth of 2017 was due to a resurgence of global warming. In fact, the world has been cooling. –David Whitehouse, The GWPF Observatory, 17 January 2018

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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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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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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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Blue State Policies Leaving Taxpayers Poorer

You’ve got to admire the full frontal audacity of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, and their union and pressure group comrades in arms. Their hypocrisy, fraud, and tyranny are boundless, especially on fiscal, energy and climate change issues.

Amid the seventh year of a “New York is open for business” advertising campaign that has spent $354 million thus far, they are presiding over tax and regulatory regimes, mountains of debt, intransigent public sector unions, anti-nuclear, anti-fossil fuel energy policies that are anything but business-friendly – and press conferences that promise more of the same for state businesses, taxpayers, and pensioners.

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Green Energy Revolution A Flop: Fossil Fuel Share Of Total Energy Use Unchanged in 40 Years

The green energy revolution of the past 30 years has resulted in practically nothing. It’s been a flop. Fossil fuels remain as wildly popular as ever. In the 1970s, the big worry was that fossil fuels would soon run out, and so we should “use them wisely.” But in the 1980s, the risk changed to one of an overheating planet, and so we should not use them at all. —P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, 12 January 2018

Cuadrilla’s controversial bid to frack for shale gas in Lancashire has struck a rare gush of good luck after tests unearthed “excellent” conditions for fracking. The tests also suggest a high natural gas content in the core samples, Cuadrilla said. —Jillian Ambrose, The Daily Telegraph, 13 January 2018

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Enviros Freak Out As Germany Makes About-Face On Anti-Coal Campaign

Cheers to Germany’s ‘climate chancellor’ for making a mess of a once well-oiled country.

Environmentalists are bemoaning Germany’s decision to abandon a nearly impossibly lofty goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent within the next two years.

Germany’s new coalition agreed to drop plans to cut emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2020, according to a report Monday from Reuters. Some critics believe the move is an embarrassing development for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was once dubbed the “climate chancellor.”

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New York City mayor seeks billions from oil companies, blames them for climate change

A week after a brutal snowstorm froze New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered a one-two punch Wednesday in the name of climate change, announcing he will seek billions in damages from five major oil-and-gas companies while moving to divest from fossil fuels.

“It’s time for them to start paying for the damage they have done,” Mr. de Blasio said at a press conference at the Manhattan Youth Center. “It’s time for Big Oil to take responsibility for the devastation they have wrought.”

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