In the Pipeline: 9/28/12

This is a short read, but it shreds the ridiculous idea that national security is somehow significantly tangled up with global warming. Marshall Institute (2012) reports: “There is no empirical proof for the causal connections between climate change and conflict.  For climate change to create security problems, a host of environmental, economic, social, and military steps must occur. The environmental conflict literature offers scant support for claims of droughts, floods, storms, or resource scarcities leading to conflict within or between states.”


I don’t get this at all.  If windpower is such a big winner and people love it so much, why is Governor King not embracing the idea that he helped make those turbines happen? Politico (9/27/12) reports: “Fed up with the ads, King’s campaign threatened Monday to sue if stations didn’t pull them, denying there was a “sweetheart deal” and insisting that he made just over $200,000 on the project.”


Apparently free speech is only tolerated when you support President Obama.  At least that is what my friend Lily thinks. Washington Examiner (9/26/12) reports: “Advocates of “clean coal,” hopeful of pushing their cause at Obama-Biden campaign events, say that organizers have confiscated T-shirts, hats and signs and harassed supporters.”


There are a lot of so-called “wars” being waged right now in the media. It’s unfortunate to see that the “war on the poor” is completely silent and completely deadly. Washington Examiner (9/25/12) reports: “With new data showing that low income-earners spent 24 percent of 2011 income on energy, up from 22 percent in 2010, it’s time to rethink government subsidies for alternative energy — wind, solar and biomass — and electric vehicles.


As you may have noticed, we are concerned about a carbon tax.  So, starting today and on each subsequent Friday, we are going to publish a list of those who run think tanks who oppose such a tax.  We leave it to you to make judgments about those not on the list.  Here’s who we have so far in opposition:

Tom Pyle, American Energy Alliance / Institute for Energy Research 
Myron Ebell, Freedom Action
Phil Kerpen, American Commitment
Fred Smith, Competitive Enterprise Institute 
Andrew Quinlan, Center for Freedom and Prosperity
Tim Phillips, Americans for Prosperity


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