Category Archives: Environment

How Green is RedState?

First, a story from The Guardian: Social media explosion powered by dirty energy, report warns … Amazon Web Services, which provides a cloud platform for Netflix, Tumblr and Pinterest, was singled out for being secretive about its energy use, and … Continue reading

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America’s Strange Love for Corn Ethanol

In 2007, before our domestic shale boom put a big dent in America’s reliance on foreign oil, the Bush Administration made a massive commitment to biofuels. The Renewable Fuels Standard mandated an ever-increasing consumption of ethanol as a motor fuel … Continue reading

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“Robbin’ the ‘Hood”: California’s Green Energy Schemes Benefit the Well-Connected

You know those odd little charges at the bottom of your utility bill? In California, electricity customers pay average fees of $24 per year, plus $12 per year if they also use natural gas, for the benefit of alternative energy … Continue reading

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Pakistan Earthquake Creates New Island (and Mass Confusion Among Journalists)

A new land mass formed off Pakistan as a result of the recent earthquake. Press reports, um, diverge as to the actual size and location of the new island. Granted, most of these estimates are based on eyewitness reports, but … Continue reading

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Tulsa Officials Cite ‘Environmental’ Reasons for Moving Football Games. Wait, what?

Tulsa Public Schools administrators moved the venue for two high schools’ future home football games. It’s for the children, after all. Oh, my gosh. We certainly would not want to expose student-athletes to “environmental elements”. The mind reels as it imagines … Continue reading

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The Bayou Corne Sinkhole, Part II: What’s Really Going On

In Part I: Ridiculing the Press, we looked at press coverage of the Bayou Corne Sinkhole, an ongoing environmental incident in Assumption Parish, Louisiana. That coverage has ranged from indifferent to uninformed to inflammatory. I decided I had to assess … Continue reading

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The Bayou Corne Sinkhole, Part I: Ridiculing the Press

Scientifically illiterate and agenda-driven journalists can ruin what is actually a valid story. Today’s example is the coverage of the Bayou Corne sinkhole, an ongoing environmental situation of considerable concern at the Napoleonville Salt Dome in Assumption Parish, Louisiana. About … Continue reading

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Interior: Keystone XL Pipeline will impact “cultural soundscapes” and “high quality night skies”.

As part of the State Department’s review of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, 1.2 million comments have been received from interested parties including environmental groups and the public at large. The Department of the Interior has commented too, expressing concern … Continue reading

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Poll: Do you support the Renewable Fuel Standard? #rsrh

In order to encourage the use for ethanol as a replacement for fossil fuels, Congress passed the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in 2005. The RFS mandates annual volumes of ethanol that are required to be blended into the nation’s gasoline … Continue reading

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Great Achievements in Central Planning: The Renewable Fuel Standard

In 2005, Congress, in its infinite wisdom, imposed the Renewable Fuel Standard on America.  The RFS mandates yearly increases in the amount of ethanol that must be used in motor fuel, on an ever-increasing schedule, through 2022. Problem is, nobody … Continue reading

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