Energy & Environment

Energy & Environment

Climate change

Note: The following is an excerpt from Mr. Williams's column on page A-4 of today's Washington Times. Ed.

For years, the left and environmental crusaders pilloried anyone who dared question the “science” behind their self-deemed irrefutable claims that global warming was real and pernicious. To anyone who publicly raised the notion, they were immediately dubbed a neanderthal, a flat-earth theorist who “still” believed in creationism. For its part, the media jumped all over the naysayers — using the “facts” to question the legitimacy of climate opponents’ arguments, ultimately undermining the otherwise strong standing of their skepticism writ large.

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Electric Cars vs. Latte-Sucking Yuppie Wimps

The Vancouver city council has unanimously approved new regulations for electric vehicle charging stations, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reports. Under the plan, approved Thursday, developers must include plug-ins for electric cars in at least 20 percent of parking stalls in new condominium and apartment buildings, along with some city-owned parking lots.

One commentator responded, “Yet another example of a Canadian special interest group of latte-sucking yuppie wimps that has taken over and obtained access to government policy.”
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Al Gore, Aware

"The only way politicians will act is if awareness raises to a level to make them feel that it's a necessity," former Vice President Al Gore recently told a group at Oxford University.

Is anyone unaware of global warming, or Al Gore's feelings on the matter? Frankly, it's hard to read the newspaper or watch television without having Al Gore's awareness thrown at you. Want to watch the Academy Awards? There's Al Gore, Oscar in hand, receiving a standing O while raising your awareness. Watching MTV? You may catch a glimpse of the global farce/awareness-raising Live Earth concerts. Ditto the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and countless other events. Not to mention Gore's own awareness-raisin' television network, Current — a veritable Fox News of Awareness.
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Can Cap-and-Trade Pass the Senate?

Much has been said about the ability of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to pass the cap-and-trade bill she had staked her reputation on. It was quite a feat indeed, as our terrific reporting team described in The Hill, following the vote.

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) was pulled out of rehab; Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) dragged himself in following back surgery. Even better was the contribution of now-former Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.). Tauscher had not only already been confirmed for a new job at the State Department and was supposed to have already resigned her House seat, but was getting married the following day. She stayed not only to vote yes on the bill but also to preside over the controversial debate in the Speaker's chair.
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Waxman Questions GOPers' Patriotism — Will Mainstream Media Go After Waxman Like They Did Limbaugh?

It was wrong, we were told, when Rush Limbaugh said he wanted President Obama to fail at raising our taxes, taking over sectors of our economy (be they specific companies or entire industries) and further entangling the government in the lives — and wallets — of everyday Americans.

Why, it was so wrong — dangerous, even — that news coverage on Limbaugh's comments dominated the airwaves. Limbaugh was news topic No. 1. For weeks, Republicans found themselves on the defensive, being asked incessantly, "Do you want President Obama to fail? Do you agree with this entertainer and want America to fail?"
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Thriller

As the national media fixates on the death of Michael Jackson, the House of Representatives is working on its own “Thriller.” (I stole that line from Antonia Ferrier of the minority leader’s office.) They are trying desperately to pass the so-called cap-and-trade climate change bill that is encountering fierce resistance from centrist Democrats and most Republicans.

The cap-and-trade bill will dramatically increase the rates the average family pays for their energy use, and will hurt our competitive position vis-à-vis the Chinese in the world of manufacturing. Since the Chinese are already kicking our butts when it comes to the manufacturing sector, you might wonder why we are going down this road to ruin.
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Congressional Poker: The Energy Bill Hits the House Floor

High drama on the House floor this afternoon.

In just a few hours we will know if Nancy Pelosi has the votes to pass the controversial so-called cap-and-trade energy bill.

Loads of questions at this hour. Are the votes there? Why is Pelosi putting some of her centrists in harm’s way with a vote like this when the Senate may not take the bill up until the fall? How many of her liberals have fallen off because they think the bill has been tweaked too much to appease the moderates? On and on.
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Pain at the Pump

Gas prices this summer continue to hover at abnormal highs, even as experts state the current election crisis in Tehran is having little impact.

What is the problem, then? Granted, we’re still a long ways from the $4 per gallon prices of this time last year, but Americans are still feeling pain at the pump, and the calls for alternative sources of energy renew once again.
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End of Oil Crisis Tsunami

America has dangerously increased its oil vulnerability because of oil’s precipitous drop to about $35 per barrel. Canada, supplying about 10 percent of our 20 million barrel daily use, requires $70 per barrel of oil to produce.

At $35, much of Canada’s fast expansion has been shut down. America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve carries only two months’ worth of unrefined oil. A protracted interruption of our oil supply would throw us into a “Mad Max” scenario.
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Obama Buys Environmentalist Love Without Spending Capital

The great thing about dating a girl who just ended a long relationship with a shitty boyfriend is even the smallest gesture registers. When a girl is used to insults and poor treatment, merely opening a door or not demeaning her in public makes you the greatest guy in the world. In the same way, the caring President Obama's environmental policy initiatives represent small changes sure to go a long way with environmentalists used to George Bush in his role of the emotionally abusive boyfriend.

According to The New York Times, President Obama will announce a series of environmental policy decisions this week.
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