Dear Readers: We have documented excesses in policy and deficiencies in decision making owing to the 'global warming' faith crowd.
Still, we must prize facts and science over politics in our search for 'Endless Progress'. In this spirit, we ask our more knowledgeable friends to help us with a response or rebuttal to this reaction to Ferrara's commentary. -dh
(Our Comment: The Obama Administration departments -- including DOD -- base many changing policies on a bureaucratic faith in the siren calls of global warming.
Upon the "environmental protection/global warming" assumptions are based programs causing vast damage to American employment, economic health and national security--while building big government bureaucracies and political dependencies on the Executive branch.
This explains why the Administration and its allies will fight to the death to impugn the reputation of global warming critics. After all, if the climate is actually growing cooler or simply cycling through another historic period of 'cooling/warming', how can government justify its damaging policies?
Ferrara's Forbes column may represent an inconvenient truth to disciples of global warming--but integrity demands that we hear a response to the challenge laid out in the box above. After all, even if it can be shown that warming is a long term trend, we would still demand -- in the name of science -- proof that mankind (and not the oceans, etc.) were the major contributor of greenhouse gasses.
Then, if man is proved to be the principle cause, is America wisely adopting policies that are reasonable and do not threaten to bankrupt the country while major carbon producers in the developing world are making little to no effort to contain carbon output?
Lastly, even if the United States (i.e. with over $17 trillion dollars in short term debt and over $90 trillion in unfunded liabilities) bankrupts itself in search of the holy climate grail, will the end result of global domination by powerful green house gas emitters produce a more sustainable world?
We do not advocate one political position over another or one extreme view over another (i.e. except that as our dear readers know, we do not deny that we are dedicated to the intent and protections of the Constitution of the Unites States and its precedent, Declaration of Independence). And we do not seek compromise for the sake of 'getting along'. Instead, we search for reason, a place between excess of bureaucracy and deficiency of precaution -- which which Aristotle might still today characterize as the "Golden Mean". -dh)
Ferrara's words, continued: "...future generations of scientists will look back and say this is the moment when we took the political out of the political science of "climate change," and this is how we did it. Real scientists know that these 50 co-authors are real scientists. That is transparent from the tenor of the report itself.
"The publication is "double peer reviewed," in that it discusses thousands of peer reviewed articles published in scientific journals, and is itself peer reviewed. That is in sharp contrast to President Obama's own EPA, which issued its "endangerment finding" legally authorizing regulation of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, without submitting the finding to its own peer review board, as required by federal law. What were they so afraid of if 97% of scientists supposedly agree with them?
"The conclusion of the report is that the U.N.'s IPCC has exaggerated the amount of global warming likely to occur due to mankind's emissions of CO2, and the warming that human civilization will cause as a result "is likely to be modest and cause no net harm to the global environment or to human well-being." The primary, dominant cause of global climate change is natural causes, not human effects, the report concludes."
Clearly, Russia has leverage over Ukraine. Depriving Ukraine of energy supplies or reasonably priced energy could deal a devastating economic blow to the struggling country.
The map also illustrates the importance of the United States and Canada reasonably developing their own energy resources. Energy is the building block of an economy and all economic activity in modern societies is totally dependent on both the supply and the reasonable pricing of energy supplies--as we learned with the Arab Oil Embargo in the 1970s.
With continuing delay of the Keystone XL pipeline and continuous stalling of other energy and mining projects, America's leaders are preventing their citizens not only from having massive new employment, but from enjoying the energy independence and national security which they deserve and could so easily enjoy but for an obstinate Administration.
The map was created from data provided from National Gas Union of Ukraine by RIA Novosti. We display the map with appreciation, subject to permission requested from the owner. This and other similar maps are available to public viewing on Google. -dh
Governor Sean Parnell (NGP Photo) is former Chairman of the OCS Governor's Coalition. This week we learned that Virginia's new governor, democrat Terry McAuliffe, has joined the coalition. The governors are urging Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to open OCS areas for oil and gas leasing that the Administration has, to date, kept closed.
Our friends at the Resource Development Council (RDC) for Alaska have asked Alaskans (and our Canadian readers, too; why not?) to make their voices heard in support of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Because North American citizens in the US and Canada need to support proper development whether it be in our northernmost areas, or in the South.
A State Department evaluation of environmental impact of the Keystone XL Pipeline again finds the pipeline’s construction and operation will have minimal impact on the environment. Michael Whatley (NGP Photo), who has been following the Keystone XL Pipeline project for Consumer Energy Alliance, had this reaction:
If we expect support support from our friends in the South, we should support their projects as well. Enlightened self interest.
So, we urge our dear readers to join us in commenting on Keystone XL before the comment period ends and the opportunity fades into history.
Below is the RDC analysis. Please join us. Protect our nations' wealth and job producing energy sectors on both sides of the border! -dh
The U.S. Department of State is in the process of determining whether TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL) is in the national interest. The pipeline would run from the Canadian border to connect to a pipeline in Steele City, Nebraska. The Department’s determination involves consideration of many factors, including energy security, health, environmental, cultural, economic, and foreign policy concerns.
The public comment period on the national interest determination will close on Friday, March 7th. RDC encourages its members to send brief comments urging the Department of State to expeditiously approve KXL. There are two ways to submit comments. The public is encouraged to submit comments to regulations.gov. Comments may also be mailed directly to:
U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Energy Resources, Room 4843
Attn: Keystone XL Public Comments
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520
For those who prefer to send in a prepared letter to the federal agency (which you can edit), please click on the following link:
Click here to view RDC's comments.
Point to consider in your comments:
• By supporting domestic production and oil imports from our close ally Canada instead of politically unstable countries, we will strengthen both our national and energy security.
• The 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline is positive proof that a project the magnitude of KXL can be built and operated safely, putting tens of thousands of people to work and strengthening the economy.
• The Keystone XL Pipeline will have minimal impact on the environment. Studies have found KXL will be less invasive than if oil was transported by rail car or barge. The pipeline’s pumping stations are powered by electric motors which have little direct emissions.
• The U.S. Department of State found the KXL project would not cause “substantial impact on the rate of development in the oil sands, or on the amount of heavy crude oil refined in the Gulf coast area,” meaning the project would not have a direct effect on the greenhouse gas emissions from the production and consumption of oil.
• TransCanada has agreed to an additional 57 safety requirements and has routed the pipeline to avoid any potential environmentally-sensitive areas. In the U.S., over 170,000 miles of liquid pipelines transport 11.3 billion barrels of petroleum each year. American pipelines maintain the lowest spill rate per volume than any other transported method available.
• KXL will provide U.S. refineries with upwards of 830,000 barrels of crude each day, decreasing overseas imports by 43 percent and increasing the overall supply of oil.
• This stable long-term supply of energy from Canada would make the U.S. more energy self sufficient and help mitigate supply disruptions, which ultimately means greater price stability for American consumers.
• KXL is expected to create 42,000 manufacturing and construction jobs in the U.S., as well as provide billions of dollars in property tax revenue to Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. The project will add $3.4 billion to the U.S. economy, including over $2 billion in salaries.
• KXL will transport more than 830,000 barrels of oil per day from domestic and Canadian sources, resolving infrastructure constraints for Bakken oil in North Dakota.
Lindsay Williams alerts us that Alaska Senate Resources Committee Chairman Cathy Giessel (NGP Photo) will hold a hearing Monday morning from 8-8:50 a.m. on SB 138 Gas Pipeline, AGDC, Oil & Gas Production Tax.
Globe & Mail. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was again rebuffed in his bid to press U.S. President Barack Obama to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline when he raised the issue during a North American leaders’ summit in Toluca, Mexico. *** Globe & Mail.
Tracts of land that had been set aside for reindeer grazing in Canada’s North have instead been offered up by the Conservative government for oil and gas exploration, newly released documents show. (Comment: As we in Alaska have learned, oil development and caribou herd growth are compatible. -dh)
KETCHIKAN, Alaska, Senate Energy Committee – One day after sharing her concerns that the recently-announced 'Special Representative for the Arctic' position represents mere "window dressing" on Arctic engagement, Senator Lisa Murkowski (NGP Photo) called on Secretary John Kerry to meet with her and provide more information about the nature of the position -- and why he is declining to name an official to a full Ambassador position.
With Senator Murkowski having recently delivered the Keynote Address at the Global Arctic Symposium and planning to participate in this weekend's Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region (SCPAR) and meet with the Chair of the Arctic Council, she wants to be assured that the Obama Administration is truly raising the profile of its Arctic agenda.
In a letter to Secretary Kerry (attached), Murkowski writes:
“I am also pleased that the position will be filled by a high level individual of substantial stature and expertise. I am gravely concerned, however, that the Special Representative will not be on par with our Arctic partners at international bilateral and multilateral events, nor will it have the authority within the U.S. Government to direct resources to the Far North and I welcome the opportunity to engage with you on these issues.”
When the State Department announced its plans to name a 'Special Representative to the Arctic,' Murkowski first vocalized these concerns -- given that 7 of the 8 Arctic nations (and non-Arctic nations like Thailand) have appointed full Ambassadors -- since the United States should not relegate its Arctic involvement given the global attention and investment in the region.
Calgary Herald by James Wood. As Canada presses the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL project, the Alberta government has spent more than $2 million on U.S. lobbyists since 2008 on key issues such as the oil pipeline — although the flow of provincial money has dried up this year.
Bakken News: A year of records - 02/23/2014 It's hard to talk about North Dakota oil production these days without talking about setting records, and December production was no exception. But the record is not of the type people are used to seeing as a decline in output in December marks the largest single drop in average daily production in....
Houston Chronicle/AP by Becky Bohrer.
Federal agencies are ready to work on an Alaska liquefied natural gas project but don't want another false start, state lawmakers were told Wednesday.
In testimony submitted to the Senate Finance Committee, Larry Persily (NGP Photo), the federal coordinator of Alaska gas pipeline projects, said agencies would like to know a project has a real shot at making it this time.
Persily said this time could well be different than past efforts, like the proposed gas line ...
Deputy Revenue Commissioner Mike Pawlowski said AGDCis not just about the in-state line and ...
Sen. Hollis French (NGP Photo), D-Anchorage, asked whether the bill, which references the oil tax law, will have any impact on ....
(We found this way to support building of the Keystone Pipeline and encourage readers to review the website. -dh)
Alert the Federal Government You Support Building the Keystone XL Pipeline
|Today we'll be attending a CWN debate.
Be it resolved: The State of Alaska should take an ownership stake in a North Slope gas pipeline project.
The award - winning Seawolves will debate both sides of the issue followed by a vote of the audience.
More to follow....
Thousands of construction workers are waiting on President Obama to green light the final 875 mile leg of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Once they build it over 830,000 barrels of crude oil will be shipped each day to Gulf Coast refiners where it will be made into gasoline, diesel heating oil and jet fuel.
Top 5 Reasons to Build the Keystone XL Pipeline
- Over 40,000 jobs will be supported.
- 830,000 barrels a day of North American crude oil pumped into U.S. refineries.
- Pipelines are the safest way to transport energy resources.
- 43% reduction in overseas crude oil imports.
- Will help reduce gasoline prices.
Alaska Journal of Commerce by Tim Bradner. Flint Hills Resources will cease refining operations at its North Pole refinery near Fairbanks this spring, the company announced Tuesday in a press release.
Senate Energy Committee Spokesman, Robert Dillon, this morning provided us with an analysis of Keystone XL Pipeline labor benefits discussed during Bill O'Reilly's Super Bowl interview with President Barack Obama. (Dillon's analysis follows:)
In September 2009, President Obama declared, “I will not rest until anybody who’s looking for a job can find one – and I’m not talking about just any job, but good jobs that give every American decent wages and decent benefits and a fair shot at the American Dream…That's what I'm fighting for every single day.”
Fast forward to last week, when the State Department once again confirmed that the Keystone XL pipeline is a prime opportunity for President Obama to fulfill his commitment to American workers. State estimated that Keystone would create 42,100 jobs – and enable those workers to earn more than $2 billion in new wages – if the president finally, after more than five years, approves it.
So how did the president react? In an interview with Bill O’Reilly that aired shortly before the Super Bowl, the president somehow saw fit not to welcome, but to dismiss the good jobs Keystone would bring.
The president tried to correct Mr. O’Reilly and claim that “it’s a couple thousand to build the pipeline.” Yet State’s own analysis, pasted below, shows that it was Mr. O’Reilly who was correct, and Mr. Obama who was wrong.
We can assume the president was trying to refer to the construction jobs associated with Keystone, estimated by State at 6,800. We consider that an impressive number – especially in comparison to the construction jobs associated with each of the projects within the president’s much-touted energy loan guarantee program. The high-water mark under that program were an apparent 3,000 construction jobs for Solyndra – which quickly went bankrupt, leaving taxpayers on the hook for $535 million in losses. Next highest was a solar project with 1,700 construction jobs; most other projects reported no more than a couple hundred.
The math here isn’t hard: Keystone will create 42,100 jobs that are clearly needed. With unemployment at 6.7% and the last jobs report showing just 74,000 new positions created in December, this decision should be easy. It should already be made. The president needs to quit delaying, quit disparaging, and approve Keystone.