In short, of the three favorite “Green” energy sources, solar provides about 0.08 percent, wind about 0.7 percent, and geothermal about 0.4 percent of total U.S. energy. Three others—biomass waste, biofuels, and wood—are carbon-based, meaning they emit carbon-dioxide when burned, which means Greens, if they're consistent, should oppose them. They account for about 0.48, 1.6, and 1.9 percent, respectively, of total U.S. energy.
Recent Significant Developments
Religion & EthicsThe Green Nazi Tycoon Alfred Toepfer
(Marc Musser, American Thinker
The history of environmentalism (or naturalism, as it was formerly called) is long and dirty. Most poignantly the Nazis took to environmentalism, both in their Lebensraum movement
, and their own naturalistic, German, pagan ethics, which were taught to German children. One man in particular, Alfred Toepfer, a German businessman, especially influenced both Nazi politics as an outside supporter and European politics until European Union. The connection between environmentalism and Nazism, as well as other statist movements, is born in materialistic, naturalistic Hegelianism (anti-rationalism), which influenced both lines of thought.
(Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post
The lack of coverage
on scientific skepticism of catastrophic, anthropogenic global warming by the media is appalling. James Lovelock’s retraction of his climate alarmist views was hardly noticed—and the media are doing it again. Henrik Svensmark, a noted astrophysicist, has released a study correlating astrophysical anomalies to spurts of evolution of life on Earth. The naturalistic scientific community would normally be buzzing with excitement, except that consideration of this theory on evolution requires accepting Svensmark’s well-known theory that the Sun and stars are responsible for climate change.
Law, Regulation, & LitigationUK Aid Helps to Fund Forced Sterilisation of India's Poor
(Gethin Chamberlain, The Observer
“Tens of millions of pounds of UK aid money have been spent on a programme that has forcibly sterilised Indian women and men, the Observer
has learned. Many have died as a result of botched operations, while others have been left bleeding and in agony. A number of pregnant women selected for sterilisation suffered miscarriages and lost their babies. The UK agreed to give India
£166m to fund the programme, despite allegations that the money would be used to sterilise the poor…. [A] working paper published by the UK's Department for International Development in 2010…. argued that reducing population numbers would cut greenhouse gases, although it warned that there were ‘complex human rights and ethical issues’ involved in forced population control.”
EPA Human Experiments Debunk Notion of "Killer" Air Pollution: Agency Hides Exculpatory Results
(Steve Milloy, JunkScience.com, 4/18/12)
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has conducted air pollution experiments on live human subjects that discredit its claims that fine particulate matter kills people.… Of the 41 human experiments, clinical effects were reported by the EPA in only two study subjects. Both of these were controversial.… The other 39 study subjects were exposed to PM2.5 levels up to 21 times greater… than the EPA’s own permissible exposure limit…. No clinical effects were reported for any of these exposures.… Given the significant actual costs of the EPA’s PM2.5-related regulations on society, it is incumbent upon Congress to conduct a thorough investigation of the agency and its PM2.5 claims.”
Politics & DebateIt’s Not Easy Fueling Green
(Lincoln Brown, Townhall.com
The Obama administration proclaims itself to be friendly to all energy, not just wind and solar, but its actions speak louder than words
. It has been antagonistic to fossil fuels, and even some forms of “renewable energy” are not acceptable to it. Take bio-diesel for instance: the Obama administration plans new regulations to hamper bio-diesel production while considering a 50% increase in ethanol fuel mandates, creating an E-15 gasoline
Will Mitt Romney Recycle George W. Bush's Global Warming Fiasco?
Patrick Michaels, Forbes
Environmental advisors to former President George W. Bush play leading roles in shaping Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s environmental policies. Those advisors steered the Bush Administrations into costly regulations, subsidies, and vacillating policy.
Food & AgricultureNatural Climate Change Does More Good Than Damage
(Randy Bright, Tulsa Beacon
“Aerospace engineer Robert Zubrin has posted an intriguing article on the National Review website entitled, ‘Carbon Emissions are Good.’ Zubrin makes that case that rising CO2 levels actually creates benefits for the planet. He writes, ‘… it is quite clear that they (humans) are raising atmospheric CO2 levels. As a result, they are having a strong and markedly positive effect on plant growth worldwide. There is no doubt about this. NASA satellite observations taken from orbit since 1958 show that, concurrent with the 19 percent increase in atmospheric CO2 over the past half century, the rate of plant growth in the continental United States has increased by 14 percent.’”
Science & EcologySun May Soon Have Four Poles
(Seiji Tanaka, The Asahi Shimbin, 4/20/12)
“The sun may be entering a period of reduced activity that could result in lower temperatures on Earth, according to Japanese researchers. Officials of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and the Riken research foundation said on April 19 that the activity of sunspots appeared to resemble a 70-year period in the 17th century in which London’s Thames froze over and cherry blossoms bloomed later than usual in Kyoto. In that era, known as the Maunder Minimum, temperatures are estimated to have been about 2.5 degrees lower than in the second half of the 20th century.”
Is Oil a Renewable Resource?
The traditional theory on petroleum is that it is a fossil fuel, but a countervailing theory states that it comes not from organic material, but is created abiogenically. The theory has sound critiques of the “fossil-fuel theory” while being scientifically consistent, if not yet proven. It states that heated magma melts rock, which reacts with water and carbon dioxide to make petroleum products. If the theory is true, oil is renewable.
Economics & EnergyRationally Green
(Paul Jacob, Townhall.com
Many people think environmental regulations are necessary—as if without them we’d be drinking sludge. Regulations have sometimes stopped unethical and harmful activities, but often at extreme cost. More often, the market will demand ethical action that protects the environment. People don’t want to drink sludge, so suppliers won’t provide it.
Cheap Fracked Gas Could Help Americans Keep on Truckin’
(David Biello, Scientific American
The overwhelming supply of natural gas in the United States and the ease of procuring it with hydraulic fracturing technology are raising questions about whether natural gas could be a transportation fuel of the future. Natural gas is not as powerful as gasoline or diesel, but improvements in technology may allow future generations to use it. It remains to be seen if it can compete on an open market.
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