In the Pipeline: 8/3/12

It is sad that we have to run this.  But the Sierra Club is sort of a collection of nitwits.  So . . . IER (8/2/12) reports: “In response to an error-filled report released today by the Sierra Club, entitled “Clean Energy Under Siege,” the Institute for Energy Research released the following statement and brief fact check that raises serious questions about the quality of scholarship and careful research that went into the report… “Sloppy ‘scholarship,’ half-truths, and outright fabrications fill the Sierra Club’s report. The donors who support the Sierra Club deserve better, and the careless way this report was written, proofed, and published lays bare the nakedly partisan agenda behind the Sierra Club.”


Alexa Marrero gets it.  No other way to say it. Energy & Commerce (8/2/12) reports: “Schultz’s and Carney’s surprisingly out of touch responses comes on the heels of Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal report on Solyndra’s chapter 11 plan, that warned, “there’s bad news for U.S. taxpayers: Estimates are $24 million of a $527 million government loan will be repaid, and that’s not a sure thing.”


It would be good if people stopped treating the symptoms and started treating the disease. Slate (7/31/12) reports: “Every day that the drought continues garroting the American Midwest, the lunacy of turning corn into motor fuel becomes ever more obvious and ever more outrageous.”


Maybe my English is a little rusty, but I think this article is positing the idea that Jacob Lew did something that his staff told him would violate the law.  Which seems pretty bad. Washington Post (8/1/12) reports: “Its report, parts of which were obtained by The Washington Post, suggests that then-OMB Director Jack Lew let the refinancing move forward without intervening, even though some OMB analysts thought a refinancing plan that favored private investors might violate the law. Lew is now White House chief of staff.”


You know the bad guys are finished when they start offering up these sort of issues. Energy & Commerce (8/2/12) reports:

Keep in mind, this is the guy that the environmentalists keep trying to tell us is just a mild-mannered professor without any ideological predilections.  When people don’t tell the truth, that makes them liars, right? Texas Tribune (8/2/12) reports: “In his first public interview since stepping down, Armendariz spoke with The Texas Tribune about his decision to resign, his work at the Sierra Club and why climate change is the biggest environmental problem facing Texas.”


Please read the summary.  It is a very good summation of relevant points about global warming.  And Matt Dempsey worked hard to post it. Environment & Public Works (8/1/12) reports: “It is popular again to claim that extreme events, such as the current central U.S. drought, are evidence of human-caused climate change.  Actually, the Earth is very large, the weather is very dynamic, and extreme events will continue to occur somewhere, every year, naturally. The recent “extremes” were exceeded in previous decades.”

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