With the new year comes a new Congress, and, as always, energy policy will be a major priority for this 114th session. Now that Republicans have regained control of both the Senate and the House, and with President Obama looking to establish his legacy, there is a unique opportunity to build positive momentum on energy security and reduce America's vulnerability to the historically volatile oil market.
Oil prices are at their lowest in years, and Americans may be tempted to think we are entering a new era of stable, cheap fuel. Indeed, we find ourselves in a phase of temporarily low prices on the oil market rollercoaster. Unfortunately, those easily forgotten high prices will inevitably return, shocking the economy in the process and damaging U.S. productivity. This scenario will replay itself again and again, unless we take steps to avoid it.
Moving forward requires a new approach, one that focuses on addressing the national and economic security challenges that result from our near-exclusive reliance on oil to power American transportation. more >>
Pundits and prognosticators have but one goal: making fortune cookies and astrology seem respectable. Here are my annual predictions.
Weather will continue to plague Southern California, emboldening global warming advocates. Los Angelenos are willing to put up with earthquakes, crime, gangs, high taxes and mudslides just for a chance to see one of the Baldwin brothers at the grocery store.
The Left will continue its new mantra, "Climate Change." "Global Warming" confined advocates to one side of the argument. The Founding Fathers dropped the ball on this one, making no provisions in the Constitution for the weather (apparently they did not have weather back then). So executive action by an imperial president, who willfully ignores both prudent economics and the consumer, will continue. more >>
Religious Left icon Jim Wallis posted his ten 2015 New Year's resolutions in The Huffington Post. They are mostly admirable or benign if somewhat politically correct. Love more. Build racial bridges. Empower women. Embrace hope.
Question every act of war. Peacemaking is not finding another war to win, but getting underneath the conflicts to their causes. We must question each escalation of war and continue to ask our leaders why this keeps happening. more >>
Although man-made global warming has been thoroughly exposed as an embarrassing scam, the green movement is strangely expanding, not retreating. A member of Congress privately told me this is because the green movement is completely driven by money, not idealism. The rhetoric about saving the earth is nothing more than propaganda to pad the pockets of the one percent at the top who are profiting from it.
Last year, a committee in the U.S. Senate conducted an investigation and discovered that a handful of radical left-wing billionaires, millionaires and their foundations are behind the green movement. Contrary to the misperception manufactured about left-wing causes, the environmentalist movement is made up of mostly wealthy - not to mention white and male - Americans and Europeans who stand to make a profit from draconian regulations. This shouldn't be any surprise, considering the average American cannot afford a green lifestyle. These one percenters have gone to great lengths to keep their involvement hidden from the public, to avoid exposure of the movement as a "Billionaire's Club."
In order to set up this slush fund, wealthy activists pressured Congress and the EPA to pass environmental rules and regulations mandating easy sources of revenue for green companies. It has been even easier to do this under the Obama administration, since there is a revolving door between the environmental elite and EPA officials. The billionaires also lobbied Congress to establish thousands of grants for green organizations, which are nothing more than handouts of taxpayers' money. Incredibly, the Huffington Post and Mother Jones, left-wing media outlets, have even received these grants. Green organizations benefit from significantly less competition than other sectors of the economy, since most conservatives won't enter the green movement. more >>
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Editor's Note: Douglas Fox coauthored this piece.
In the "The Great Climate Change Denial Industry," University of Connecticut geology professor Robert Thorson sought to discredit all dissent about climate change by tying it (falsely in most cases) to funding from the fossil fuel industry—niftily adopting the logical fallacy of ad hominem circumstantial while ignoring the fact that advocates of global warming alarmism get hundreds of times as much funding from governments (with their own biases) and alternative-energy corporations, making them subject to the same critique (still fallacious, but sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander).
After sniping at religion (as if only fundamentalists are "climate skeptics"), bemoaning the decline in public fears of global warming but lacking the curiosity to ask whether there might be good reasons, and repeating the myth that polar bears are endangered, Thorson progressed to errors of fact and, well, more fallacious reasoning. more >>