Category: Air Problems

Reality Smacks Down Ethanol

In recent days, the EPA has decided to cut the amount of cellulosic (non-corn based) ethanol refiners are required to blend into gasoline.  After fighting and ignoring court rulings limiting the amount of ethanol to what could actually be produced, the EPA has finally given into reality.  It cut the required use of cellulosic ethanol to 6 million […]

Cleaner Air, Stormier World?

It seems we’ve discovered one more confounding factor to an accurate appraisal of climate change. As reported in the NCPA’s Daily Policy Digest, researchers at the Met Office Hadley Centre in England believe that efforts in the U.S. and around the globe to improve air quality are contributing to greater numbers of tropical storms. Climate simulations (that is […]

President Obama’s Climate Plan makes Mayberry look Modern

It was not that long ago, that many of the modern electrical and/or electronic appliances and conveniences that the present generation takes for granted either did not exist at all or, if they did exist, that had yet to receive widespread adoption by the public either due to high prices or lack of familiarity. There […]

The Left’s War on, well, Everything! Science, the economy and humans

I don’t know if it is serendipity or what, but during the last week several articles have popped up on my computer with similar theme:  How liberals are increasingly shedding their humanist pretentions and showing (their true) misanthropic nature. The Scientific American brings us a story, “The Left’s War on Science,” in which Michael Shermer […]

Does Moneyball work for the EPA?: New EPA Particulant Regs Puffery?

Back in 2003, Michael Lewis wrote “Money Ball,” a book about how an Oakland, CA baseball team under head coach Billy Beane used player statistics to hire team members that gave them the greatest chance of a championship season at the lowest cost. So by 2009 it was pretty clear what was coming when President […]

America’s Love Affair with the Refrigerator

An article by Dan Neil in The Wall Street Journal takes the issue of driverless cars a bit further and concludes that it would make the nation more productive economically.  The one brilliant part of the U.S. economic profile is productivity. It turns out, Americans are a little nutty when it comes to work.  If autonomy […]

Obama’s EPA before the bar: People Two, EPA Zero

The EPA continues its terrible record in the federal courts this year.  On March 27, I noted a series of setbacks that the EPA suffered in the courts — instances where EPA zealotry led to insupportable overreach on the agency’s part. For the EPA the hits keep on coming.  In August alone two more appeals […]

ALEC’s Economy Derailed is a Disturbing Eye-Opener

Presidential Administrations come and go, and one thing they all have in common, even the most parsimonious of them, is that they enact thousands of pages of costly regulations that do little or nothing to protect the public’s health or enhance its welfare. The Obama administration, however, has put this trait in hyperdrive: pushing enormously […]

Riverkeepers Play Sleight of Hand on Fracking Impacts

This week, the Wall Street Journal is hosting its ECO:nomics conference, discussing the state of green business. One panel featured an exchange between Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon and Paul Gallay of Riverkeepers. Gallay calls McClendon’s support of natural gas fracking “snake oil.” One particular claim stood out at me. He first argues that the […]

How The Lorax Learned to Love Foresters

Tomorrow, the motion picture version of Dr. Seuss’s book “The Lorax” will hit the big screen and the reviews indicate it sticks to the original 1971 storyline. In “The Lorax,” a businessman, the “Once-ler,” moves into town, cuts down all the trees and destroys the forest, air and water in the process. A furry creature, […]