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The EPA chief explains the real reason for Obama’s Clean Power Plan

Summary: The head of the EPA makes an interesting admission in the Q&A at the House Joint Committee hearing about the Fiscal Year 2017 EPA Budget on March 22. She explains what she sees as the big gain from the CPP. Video below; this starts at 2:14. David McKinley (R- WV): “If it {Clean Power …

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Climate nightmares

Manufacturing climate nightmares: misusing science to create horrific predictions

Summary: Scientists and journalists bombard us with news about the coming climate catastrophe, described as certain unless we drastically change our economy. This has plunged many into despair. The hidden key to these forecasts is RCP8.5, the worst case scenario of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report — often erroneously described as the “business as usual” …

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The hidden but important IPCC foundation for Obama’s Clean Power Plan

Summary: The internet overflows with commentary about climate change, much by scientists. Yet all this talk generates more heat than light. Here’s a small but telling example, about an IPCC finding that should be a standard note in articles about Obama’s Clean Power Plan — but is ignored by journalists and so little known. “Ignorance …

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Burning Destroyed Earth

Is our certain fate a coal-burning climate apocalypse? No!

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris climate was preceded by a surge of studies and articles warning of a dismal future if we do not take strong policy action. One scenario in the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) provides the basis for these: RCP8.5. Even a casual examination of this shows it …

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Coal-to-liquids as a case study of how excessive optimism is our enemy

Summary:  Confidence provides strengths for a society, but only when coupled with clear vision.  Unfortunately modern America too-often sees the future only in terms of doomsters’ pessimism and advocates’ optimism.  Here we have a case study of the latter. In the run-up to the 2008 oil price spike optimists had extreme confidence in several advanced technologies …

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