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    • Solar flares up - 17 Apr 2014
      posted in Columns & Energy & Environment

      It is amazing that something that seems as upbeat as “free” electricity from the sun can have such a dark side. I started covering some of the shenanigans from the solar industry last summer when I wrote about the “Green Tea Party” in Georgia. I had no idea what a can of worms I’d opened. […]

    • Was stopping Nevada’s fracking rush behind the Bundy Showdown? - 14 Apr 2014
      posted in Civil Liberties & Columns & Property

      The story of rancher Cliven Bundy has captured an abundance of media attention and attracted supporters from across the West, who relate to the struggle against the federal management of lands. Bundy’s sister, Susan, was asked: “Who’s behind the uproar?” She blamed the Sierra Club, then Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), and then President Obama. She […]

    • If the goal is “energy independence,” what issues should be a priority in America? - 07 Apr 2014
      posted in Columns & Energy & Environment & Property

      Recently the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) sent out a “2014 Priority Issues Survey.” In addition to the obligatory tea party bashing: “help the Democrats protect the progress we have made from Tea Party radicals, deliver the positive changes America needs and help Democrats win a Majority in the U.S. House of Representatives!” and the […]

    • Clouds on the solar horizon - 31 Mar 2014
      posted in Columns & Energy & Environment

      Consumers considering installing solar panels on their rooftops have far more to think through than the initial decision to “go solar.” They may search for the best price, only to discover, as customers in central Florida did, that after paying $20,000-40,000 for their systems, they are stuck with installations that may be unusable or unsafe. […]

    • Learning from extremists’ tactics, job creators file a lawsuit against the federal government - 24 Mar 2014
      posted in Big Green & Columns & Environment

      For years environmentalists have usurped individual private property rights and thwarted economic development. Now, thanks to Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, it appears that the job creators may have finally learned something from the extreme tactics of groups, like the Wild Earth Guardians and the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), which have been using the […]

    • Three hours of Waterboarding - 17 Mar 2014
      posted in Columns

      On Thursday, February 27, I received an email that said: “I’m a producer at the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. We’re working on a segment about fracking & I wanted to reach out to see if you’d be interested in participating. I read your column in Town Hall a few months ago & it’s just […]

    • Wealthy environmentalists push Democrats to lean-in to green energy - 10 Mar 2014
      posted in Columns

      Democrats have decided to lean-in, not back-away, from so-called clean energy. Despite the embarrassing history of government-funded green-energy failures, “wealthy environmentalists are pushing Democrats to take bolder positions on climate change”—and global warming, as an issue, provides the impetus for more green-energy spending. The Boston Globe reported on a recent “summit between Washington’s liberal elite […]

    • He who controls the energy controls the people - 03 Mar 2014
      posted in Columns & Energy & Environment

      Like many conflicts before it, the current battle brewing between Russia and Ukraine has a strong energy component. Russia has a history of using its energy supplies as a control mechanism—such as the 2006 and 2009 gas wars when it cut natural gas supplies in the midst of winter and left many European nations, which […]

    • New noise on climate change—a winning issue for Republicans - 24 Feb 2014
      posted in Big Green & Columns & Energy & Environment

      The Democrats think that climate change is going to be a winning issue for them in 2014—and, if they handle it correctly, this could be a winning issue for the Republicans. You know, nothing comes out of the Obama White House by mistake. Everything is planned, analyzed, and focus group-tested. Last June when President Obama […]

    • What does Mexico’s president know that President Obama doesn’t? - 17 Feb 2014
      posted in Columns & Energy & Environment

      It is not often that Americans look south of the border for solutions, but Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto seems to have figured out a few things in his first year of power that has, in six years, eluded Obama. Late last month, Peña Nieto spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  There, […]