Posted tagged ‘Earth Day’

Must Reads For The Week 4/20/19

April 22, 2019

“The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

EARTH DAY

I have posted this video before. Haven’t found one that’s better.

 

On Earth Day, Let’s Celebrate The Benefits Of Fossil Fuels! at austrianaddict.com.

Earth Day 2016, at austrianaddict.com.

Climate Change: Religion? Economics? Science? at austrianaddict.com.

The Hidden High Cost Of Green Energy, at austrianaddict.com. Excerpt from the article: “Government politicians and bureaucrats have been pushing Green Energy for years. The reason these central planners are pushing this is because as Robert Bradley Jr. has stated, “When Government tries to pick winners and losers, it typically picks losers. Why? Because the free market consumers pick winners to leave the losers for Government.”

“Even with all the Government regulations on the fossil fuel industry, and with all the subsidies and breaks the green energy sector has received, what’s left of the free market has chosen fossil fuels. Fossil fuels produce the most efficient energy at the lowest cost, which is why the market has chosen them to power our world.”

Renewable Electricity Promos Are ‘Greenwashing’ Scams, at cfact.org. Excerpt from the article: “Michael Gillenwater, a Princeton researcher who co-developed the EPA’s carbon emissions tracking system saying that RECs (renewable energy credits) are mostly donating to a cause. “What you are doing is subsidizing the market for renewable energy.”

Big Green Inc. : The Money Fueling The Environmental Left, at institutefor enerrgyresearch.org. The only way green energy can become a viable energy source is through government mandated tax payer subsidies, and making government regulations so burdensome they force the fossil fuel industry to go out of business.  Excerpt from the article: “There are three important takeaways from the information presented in Big Green, Inc. First, environmental groups have crafted a narrative that depicts their efforts as a “David vs. Goliath” battle against those who would like to see U.S. energy policy move in a free market direction. This narrative is false. Environmental groups outpace conservative and free market groups both in terms of funding and organizational capacity. Second, Big Green, Inc. demonstrates the sweeping influence of environmental activism and provides insight into how groups target the gatekeeping institutions of our society. As the database illuminates, environmental funding has been directed toward policymakers, journalists, academic institutions, the offices of elected officials, government organizations like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as international institutions such as the World Bank. Finally, Big Green, Inc. demonstrates how this complicated system of financial transfers muddles efforts to reveal the sources of this funding, which has been linked to individuals who stand to benefit financially from the adoption of various environmental policies as well as foreign actors trying to influence energy policy within the U.S.”

OTHER STUFF

Act II Of The Most Important Political Event Of The 21st Century Begins In May, by Tom Luongo, at moneyand markets.com. The masses are rising up to overthrow the political establishment. Theresa May and the rest of the insiders have worked to betray and run out the clock on Brexit in order to get another national vote on the matter. She has thumbed her nose at the people, and they are not happy. Read Farage And The Charge Of The Brexit Brigade, by Tom Luongo, at tomluongo.me.

US Government’s Net Worth Is Now Negative $75 Trillion, by Simon Black, at thedailybell.com. It doesn’t matter which party is in control of congress or the presidency. The debt increases every year. Politicians and bureaucrats are spending $1 trillion more than they confiscate from the private sector via taxation. This will have to be dealt with at some point. Although I think that point has passed long ago. Raising taxes, printing money or defaulting are their only three options. That’s three bad choices.

Republicans’ Love Of Healthcare Socialism, by Jacob G. Hornberger, at mises.org. Why do Republicans, who are supposed to be for free markets, not want to overturn Obamacare? They fear the political back lash if they repeal it. After Medicare and Medicade, Obama care is just the next incremental step towards a government run single payer system, aka socialized medicine.

Socialism: Armed Robbery And Murder Based On Delusion And Profound Ignorance, by Gorege Reisman, at mises.org. No comment needed.

Paul Hollander Explained Why Smart People Support Totalitarianism, by Alexander Riley, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article: “How is it that cultural elites—people whose livelihood depends on a high level of intellectual performance—can so easily and so frequently fall into a form of political identity that involves championing ideas and regimes that produce massive human suffering?”

“His conclusion was that it is typically the combination of utopian idealism, an unrealistic view of human nature, and a deep resentment at the relative deprivation these radical intellectuals tend to suffer vis-à-vis other elites with less educational (but more economic capital) that explains the phenomenon.”

Nancy Pelosi Declares A ‘New Era’ Of Internet Regulation; E.U. Threatens Same, Nick Gillespie, at reason.com. Tyrants want to control information. The internet has been a thorn in the side of the leftist agenda. So the left is incrementally trying to stifle free speech on the internet.

China’s Social Credit System – It’s Coming To The United States, Marin Katusa, at internationalman.com. Tyrants have to control the masses. China has figured out how. Are we next?

How Empires Fall: Moral Decay, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. Excerpt from the article: “When a socio-economic system institutionalizes the extralegal privileges of wealth and power, that is moral decay. When government only responds in ways that first serve the interests of entrenched insiders, that is moral decay. When the financial system is rigged to sluice income and wealth to the top of the wealth-power pyramid while stripmining the productive class below via inflation and taxes, that’s moral decay.”

System D: 2.5 Billion People Can’t Be Wrong, at zerohedge.com. The black market, or System D, accounts for 20% of the worlds economic activity. Goverrnments can’t control black markets which is why they don’t like them. This is why governments around the world want to go to a cashless society. In an unrelated article, Canada’s Illegal Marijuana Market  Thrives Despite Legalization, by Jana Pruet, at theblaze.com. Is anyone shocked that people don’t want to pay a higher price for legal pot when they can get it cheaper on the black market?

MUELLER REPORT

If you are interested in this fiasco, here are some good articles.

Behind The Obama Administration’s Shady Plan To Spy On The Trump Campaign, by Andrew McCarthy, at nypost.com.

Robert Mueller Completely Dropped The Ball With Obstruction Punt, by Andrew McCarthy, at nypost.com.

CNN Op-Ed Admits “Mueller’s Report Looks Bad Fro Obama“, at zerohedge.com.

BuzzFeed Corrects Trump-Cohen Conspiracy Article After Mueller Report Rips It To Shreds, at zerohedge.com.

How Rachel  Maddow Turned Into Infowars, by Peter Van Vuren, at theamericanconservative.com.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Teen Driver Glances Up At Road, Nearly Misses Something Cool On Instagram, at babylonbee.com.

Justice Department Sends Trump Amazon Alexa Device As Peace Offering For Spying, at babylonbee.co,.

CNN: ‘God Allowed The Mueller Report To Test Our Unshakable Faith In Collusion‘ at babylonbee.com.

Unforgivable Sin Now Thought To Be Whiteness, at babylonbee.com.

Pope Francis Mourns Excess Carbon Emissions Given Off By Notre dame Fire, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

from theburningplatform.com.

Political Cartoons by Mike Lester

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

 

 

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Must Reads For The Week 4/23/16

April 23, 2016

EARTH DAY THOUGHTS

18 Spectacularly Wrong Predictions Made Around The Time Of The First Earth Day In 1970, Expect More This Year, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog.  How about this prediction; “Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….” The rest are also amusing.

On Earth Day, We Can Celebrate Being The Only Country To Significantly Reduce CO2 Emissions -Thanks To Fracking, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Natural gas from fracking is being used in power plants instead of coal. Natural gas burns cleaner than coal. This is a free market solution to pollution.

On Earth Day, Let’s Celebrate Fossil Fuels, at austrianaddict.com.

THE REST OF THE ARTICLES

Bernie Sanders Meets Pope Francis, at economicpolicyjournal,com. Bernie took some time off the campaign trail to travel to Italy and meet the Pope. These two Marxist central planners have a lot in common. If they could have had their meeting coincide with the Obama Castro meeting, they could have had one heck of a foursome.

More Than 3 Dozen Cuban Migrants Caught At Sea, at nbcmiami.com. The Coast Guard caught and turned back  39 Cuban defectors (lets say what they really are) in a boat on their way to the US. These defectors think there is the possibility of normal diplomatic relations between our countries, since Obama’s recent visit, which could mean  their status of automatic residency if they get to US soil might be a thing of the past. This has incentivized more Cubans to take the risk of crossing the ocean to get here.  I guess our government has to keep anyone who despises government central planning from entering the country. These people might be able to enlighten US citizens about what lies ahead as we travel down the current central planning road aka. the road to serfdom.

The Terrorist iPhone Snow Job, by Adam Dick, at targetliberth.com. This is another example of why we should be pushing back against government at every turn. Once they get their foot in the door, you’re freedom disappears.

Obama To Butt In To Britain’s Business, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Great Britain will decide in a couple of months if it will stay in The European Union. Obama is trying to persuade them to stay in the EU. Critics of Obama say Americans would never agree to an EU type of arrangement. What they don’t understand is that Obama would just make an executive order and bypass the American people.

Horror At A Maryland Barber Shop, by Thomas J. Dilorenzo, at targetliberty.com. I think this article shows the subjectivity of value. Different people place different levels of value on the same or different thing.

Emails Reveals AG’s Colluding With Al Gore And Greens To Investigate Climate Skeptics, at eelegal.org. This is what happens when scientific battles are fought in the political arena. Politics trumps facts.

The 50 Year Disaster Of Government Trains, Buses, And Street Cars, by Daniel Beir, at fee.org. This is a great article. Here is an excerpt from the article: “Ronald Reagan quipped that “government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. and if it stops moving, subsidize it.There in a nutshell you have a short history of mass transit in America.

Why Don’t Bernie And Progressives Live Communally Here And Now, by Jeff Deist, at mises.org. Bernie and his socialist supporters actually have a choice. They can build and move into their own socialist commune. No one is stopping them. They don’t have to win an election to start their socialist utopia. But you can bet the house that if Bernie was the President he wouldn’t allow us to opt out of social security, medicare, Obamacare etc.

Here is an excerpt from the article:  “So while pro-Bernie progressives are free to create their own communities in a libertarian world, libertarians are compelled by force to participate in Bernie’s world. That is the fundamental difference between liberty and socialism, between voluntarism and collectivism, between statism and private property. Nothing prevents progressives from living as they wish now, except the very things they viciously oppose: decentralization, secession, and local control.  Progressives hate hearing that taxation is theft, that government is force, and that every rule and regulation implies violence for noncompliance. It offends them on a visceral level, because their entire worldview hangs on the myth of social contract. But their currency is violence, and real contracts — in the form of voluntary, private communities — are not allowed.”

Earth Day 2016

April 22, 2016

On Earth Day 2016, let’s look at environmentalism, climate change and fossil fuels.

FOSSIL FUELS: THE GREENEST ENERGY, by Alex Epstein, from Prager University.

Some excerpts from the article:

“What if I told you someone had developed an energy source that could help us solve our biggest environmental challenges, purify our water and air, make our cities and homes more sanitary and keep us safe from potential catastrophic climate change? What if I also told you that this energy source was cheap, plentiful, and reliable? Well there is such a source. You probably know it as fossil fuel; oil, natural gas,and coal.”

Fossil fuels don’t take a naturally safe environment and make it dangerous. They empower us to take a naturally dangerous environment and make it cleaner and safer.”

CLIMATE CHANGE: WHAT DO SCIENTISTS SAY, from Prager University. MIT atmospheric physicist, Richard Lindzen, summarizes the science behind climate change.

Excerpt from the article:

Global warming alarmism provides politicians, environmentalists and media, more than any other issue, with the things they most want. For politicians its money and power. For environmentalists its money for their organizations and confirmation fo their near religious devotion to the idea that man is a destructive force acting upon nature. For the media its ideology, money and headlines, doomsday scenarios sell.”

RATIONAL DISCUSSION ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE? NO CHANCE

Alex Epstein spoke in front of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee which was holding a hearing examining the Role of Environmental Policies on Access to Energy and Economic Opportunity. If you want to watch his 5 minute speech click here It is definitely worth watching. What I want you to see is how Barbara Boxer acts when she gets to ask questions of the panel. Watch the video and compare her antics to the logical calm arguments made by the two gentleman in the first two videos in this post. Her actions are exactly what Richard Lindzen was talking about in the video above.

 

SAVING THE PLANET – GEORGE CARLIN

Senator Boxer, I know he is not a scientist, but he makes a lot of sense when talking about the possibility that man can destroy the planet. Not only is this really funny, but it will make you think.

 

Recycling: Uneconomic Is Wasteful, by Robert Bradley Jr, at masterresource.org. Excerpt from the article;

“…if costs are greater than the revenues of a produce, then economic value is lost: if revenues are greater than the cost, economic value is created. Enter Recycling, which has turned (even more so) into an economic loser in the current era of low commodity prices. What this means is that the cost of sorting and transforming trash into useful products is less than the revenue-and recycling should not be done.

Naive Environmentalism Is Like Religious Fundamentalism, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Economist Steve Landsburg tells how he dealt with his daughter being indoctrinated into environmentalism. Here is an excerpt from the article;

…my daughter’s teachers are honestly oblivious that there is a diversity in politics. Let me then make that diversity clear. We are not environmentalists. We ardently oppose environmentalists. We consider environmentalism a form of mass hysteria akin to Islamic fundamentalism or the War on Drugs. we do not recycle. We teach our daughter not to recycle. We teach her that people who try to convince her to recycle, or who try to force her to recycle, are intruding on her rights. The entire program of environmentalism is as foreign to us as the doctrine of Christianity ( Note: Landsburg is Jewish). We face no current threat of having Christianity imposed on us by petty tyrants; the same can not be said of environmentalism. My county government never tried to send me a New Testament, but it did send me a recycling bin.

Central Station Solar: Ivanpah Fail ($2.2 Billion Bust), by Stanislav Jakuba, at masterresource.org. It makes no sense to use a more expensive power source when there is less expensive power sources. Solar is not competitive even with government subsidies. Central station solar power is a scam. Solar will not be a viable alternative, until the real cost, without subsidies, is lower than the cost of power produced by fossil fuels or nuclear.

Natural Gas Use Slashes Air Emissions, by Joe Massaro, at energyindepth.org. The fracking boom has created a natural gas boom. Natural gas burns cleaner than coal. As power plants switch from coal to cleaner burning natural gas, CO2 emissions will start to decrease. But this isn’t why natural gas is being used. Natural gas is being used because it is simply cheaper. Lowering CO2 emissions is a serendipity phenomenon of using the cheaper alternative. Markets work.

RICO For Government Climate Deniers, by Paul Driessen, at cfact.org. When the left can’t convince people of its position on global warming, it will use RICO statutes to make you comply with their vision. This is what tyrants do.

On Earth Day, Let’s Celebrate The Benefits Of Fossil Fuels!

April 22, 2015

Alex Epstein gives us a different perspective on fossil fuels in this video from Prager University.

 

The video below is Alex Epstein wading through the People’s Climate March in NYC last September.

When you watch the video you literally see how you are swimming against the current of public opinion when you don’t agree with their environmental ignorance.

 

In this article by Alex Epstein titled, Making The World A Better Place By Using More Fossil Fuels, he says, “Without exception, anyone who lives a modern life is directly or indirectly is using large amounts of fossil fuel energy – it is that ubiquitous.

Most people don’t understand that 87% of the energy they use comes from fossil fuels. They also don’t understand that plastics, ink, dyes, resins, tires, tar, lubricants, cloths, lipstick, and much more (see list here), are made from oil.

People who don’t like the use of fossil fuels probably haven’t really thought about a world without fossil fuels, because they Were Born In The Middle Of The Story.

 

Related ArticleThe Hidden High Cost Of Green Energy, at austrianaddict.com.

Related ArticleClimate Change Religion? Economics? Science?, at austrianaddict.com.