Saturday, December 17, 2011

This Week With Steve Milloy

By Rich Kozlovich

The problem with posting article links from Steve's website is that there is so much stuff there that it is impossible to link it all.  So I pick a few that really interest me.  If you really want to get a flavor of what he has accomplished please go to his site....Junkscience.com!

House GOP wastes year: No significant EPA riders in budget omnibus
We’ve failed. Congrats to Lisa Jackson. The House GOP get an “F-” for effort in reining in the EPA. As Steve Milloy worried about earlier this week in his Washington Times op-ed, House Republicans have squandered an entire year.  Politico reports.....

Light bulb ban NOT repealed
There has been no repeal of the light bulb ban.  The deal agreed to in Congress merely deprives the Department oF Energy the funds to enforce the ban for 2012. The ban is still on the books — so the DOE may very well get the money next year or the year after or who knows when.  Moreover as the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy points out,

… Five manufacturers are now producing and selling efficient incandescent bulbs that meet the standards. With the new budget provision, the law is still in effect, but the Department of Energy cannot spend money to enforce it. Law-abiding companies will follow the law. Less scrupulous companies will take advantage of the lack of enforcement, selling products that waste energy and increase energy costs for consumers….

It is not at all clear whether light bulb manufacturers and sellers will be willing to break the law simply because there is no money to enforce it.

Climategate Bombshell: Did U.S. Gov’t Help Hide Climate Data?
Are your tax dollars helping hide global warming data from the public? Internal emails leaked as part of “Climategate 2.0” indicate the answer may be “Yes.”  The original Climategate emails — correspondence stolen from servers at a research facility in the U.K. and released on the Internet in late 2009 — shook up the field of climate research.

UN says Canada can’t quit Kyoto
Welcome to the UN’s Hotel Kyoto. Lorne Gunter writes in the National Post. After federal Environment Minister Peter Kent announced Monday that Canada would be withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol on carbon emissions, the head of the UN agency that administers the protocol said she would not permit Ottawa to do so.

Who blew up the ‘bridge to the future’?
Environmentalists are not playing it straight on natural gas. Until recently, they have been amongst its most aggressive promoters, even coining the phrase “bridge to the future.”

The Real Story of Air Pollution
Indur Goklany argues that the United States’ economic gains improved not only their wealth, but also their environment, and primarily without government intervention.

Goklany: The Real Story of Air Pollution –
The real engines for progress on the urban smoke problem in the United States as well as in England were economics and technological change—forces that began in the late 19thcentury and have continued, for one reason or another, to the present day. New, cleaner energy sources such as natural gas, oil, and electricity became increasingly available as substitutes for coal and wood in homes, businesses, and industries. Urbanization, while responsible for many environmental woes, accelerated the process of substitution because higher population densities reduced access to wood and increased cost-effectiveness and economics of distribution systems for natural gas and electricity. (Cooler Heads)

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