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  • Heartland Update: Anthropogenic Effects on Global Warming

    Anthropogenic, (processes derived from human activities) effects on climate change is the topic for the next panel. William Kininmonth, a consulting climatologist with the Australian Climate Research Institute, says that anthropogenic effects on climate change are very real. But his data and evidence suggest there is nothing to worry about. … More

    Heartland Update: The Problems with IPCC’s Conclusions on Global Warming

    As many know, much of the global warming hysteria around the world is derived from the conclusions of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which warns that human activity is causing the world to become dangerously warm. Al Gore, who projects 20-foot sea-level raises over an unspecified time … More

    Heartland Update: A Californian and an Environmentalist

    This morning’s breakfast had two very interesting speakers: climate skeptic Congressman Tom McClintock from California and Canadian author, columnist and environmentalist Lawrence Solomon. Solomon is a founder and managing director of the Energy Probe Research Foundation and is a strong advocate of renewable energy and written a book against urban … More

    Heartland Global Warming Conference 2009

    Last night, The Heartland Institute’s second annual International Conference on Climate Change kicked off where more than 70 scientists from around the globe specializing in climate issues will confront the subject of global warming. Joining the scientists will be economists, journalists, legal experts, bloggers, policymakers, and policy analysts to discuss … More

    Moral Hazards are Not Something to Toy With

    The recently enforced Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act created many unintended consequences for toy manufacturers and oddly enough, even for your local library, but most of which, blinded parents’ sense of caution when it comes to buying toys for their children. This regulation, which went into effect on February 10, … More

    Pelosi’s Big Bad Energy Idea

    Instead of a bunch of small, bad energy bills, why not have one, large bad energy bill? That seems to be the sentiment coming from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Cap-and-trade. A National Renewable Portfolio Standard. A New Smart Grid. Throw it all in there. Pelosi told reporters yesterday … More

    A Tax by Any Other Name

    Is still a tax. This notion is especially important now as more people are beginning to recognize what a cap-and-trade program to reduce carbon dioxide actually is: a heavy tax on energy consumption. The Wall Street Journal bluntly says, “If it brings in revenue that the government then spends, it’s … More

    Breaking Down the Energy Budget

    Looking at the energy sections of the budget blueprint released Thursday, two themes come to mind. Theme #1 Let’s give The Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) more money. DOE’s budget for the fiscal year 2009 is just shy of $34 billion, up dramatically from $24.1 billion … More

    The EPA, the Budget and Global Warming

    President Obama released his budget blueprint yesterday. Titled, “The New Era of Responsibility,” the full 140-page blueprint, broken down by department, can be found here. The Environmental Protection Agency’s budget, which balloons from $7.8 billion in 2009 to $10.5 billion in 2010, includes the following paragraph: After enactment of the … More

    Morning Bell: Free Our Energy

    Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is once again taking steps towards increasing our energy dependence. Just a few weeks after the Obama Administration unnecessarily slowed the process of leasing offshore areas to energy companies for drilling; Secretary Salazar is now rescinding leasing plans for oil-shale development on federal land … More