We need to focus on benefits of fossil-fuel energy, not negatives: Alex Epstein

An energy transition to less productive, unreliable and unproven energy sources is akin to asking populations—especially those in developing countries— to struggle with, perhaps regress or simply tolerate less prosperity

By Maureen McCall, BOE Report, August 29, 2023

Don’t look now energy deniers, catastrophists, and fossil fuel obstructionists, but Alex Epstein’s plain language, clear thinking talking points are coming for you. And no amount of trendy emotional plays will stand up against them.

Last week Alex Epstein returned to Alberta for the Canadian Energy Executive Association (CEEA 72) Energy Business Forum chaired by Brent and Allison Quinton to present his latest data and new insights into the future of energy in North America and the world.… Read more

‘Climate change’ isn’t setting the world on fire—wildfire trend is down, not up

It’s wrong to claim that climate policy is the ‘only way’ to reduce fires. Prescribed burning, improved zoning and enhanced land management are much faster, more effective and cheaper solutions for fires than climate policy

By Bjorn Lom­borg, Wall Street Journal, Aug. 1, 2023

One of the most common tropes in our increasingly alarmist climate debate is that global warming has set the world on fire. But it hasn’t. For more than two decades, satellites have recorded fires across the planet’s surface. The data are unequivocal: Since the early 2000s, when 3% of the world’s land caught fire, the area burned annually has trended downward.… Read more

Net-Zero may be the most ill-conceived national project Canada has ever pursued

Costs for Canadians will far outweigh any benefits to the planet

By Tristan Hopper, National Post, August 21, 2023

If everything goes according to the wishes of Canada’s net-zero planners, in just 27 years this country won’t emit a single stray molecule of carbon dioxide.

Canada burns an average 100 million litres of gasoline every single day; that’s about 40 Olympic-sized swimming pools’ worth. It burns another 49 million daily litres of diesel. The country has almost 25 million registered vehicles powered by internal combustion engines. … Read more

Net Zero plan isn’t just impossible, it’s absurd

Guilbeault’s attack on fossil-fuel-generated electricity will cost Canadians more for a lower standard of living and drag our federal finances further towards the abyss

By Adam Pankratz, Na­tional Post, August 22, 2023

Canada’s Minister of Environmental Magic, Steven Guilbeault, is at it again. His next trick, more daring than scaling even the tallest skyscraper, is to eliminate fossil fuels from Canada’s electrical grid by 2035. If rammed through, this latest government act of wand waving will cost Canadians more for a lower standard of living and drag our federal finances further towards the abyss. His plan is already encountering push back as it comes up against that which Minister Guilbeault hates most: reality.… Read more

Electric vehicles: ‘Biggest scam of modern times’

Disastrous road-trip experience with electric truck turns Winnipeger off EVs

By Bradford Betz, Fox News, Aug. 11, 2023

A Canadian man is calling electric vehicles the “biggest scam of modern times” after his frustrating experience with an electric truck

Dalbir Bala, who lives in the Winnipeg area, bought a Ford F-150 Lightning EV in January for $115,000 Canadian dollars (around $85,000 U.S. dollars), plus tax. Ford said the Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) on the vehicle is $77,495 U.S. dollars.… Read more

Net Zero electricity policy: high costs and high risk for Canada

The regulations reflect a government willing to fracture national unity, violate the constitutional division of powers, damage the economy and increase the cost of living of the public it was elected to serve

By Joe Oliver, National Post, Aug. 15, 2023

In March 2022, from its green perch high above us mere mortals, the federal government arbitrarily mandated a virtually unachievable net-zero national electricity grid by 2035, which will undermine electricity’s reliability and affordability and cost $54-billion.

With last week’s release of draft Clean Electricity Regulations (CER), Steven Guilbeault, minister of environment and climate change, supported by Jonathan Wilkinson, minister of energy and natural resources, set a policy table groaning with threats and only a few inducements.… Read more

What does it cost to run an electric vehicle? A lot more than you’d think!

‘Going Green’ is much more damaging to the environment than meets the eye

As a retired electrical engineer, I can tell you that unless your house has a 250 amp service entry cable and main breaker you have no business installing a 60 amp residential car charger. Typical line feeds are 100 to 150 amp service. In the summer with 60 amp Air Conditioning (2.5 tons and up) you could not charge your car and run your AC at the same time. Little would be left for appliances and lighting. That is the part they don’t tell you.

Tesla said it best when they called its battery an Energy Storage System.… Read more

Hawaii fire was ‘human-caused,’ but not by anthropogenic ‘global warming’

State government more interested in stopping ‘climate change’ than dealing with immediate dangers

By Connor O’Keefe, Austrian Mises Institute, August 17, 2023

The most destructive natural disasters are never 100 percent natural. Human choices, land use, and government policies play a big role in how harmful hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, flash floods, and wildfires are to the affected communities.

And after catastrophes like the wildfire that destroyed much of the historic Hawaiian city of Lahaina on August 8, it’s worth taking stock of how much of the disaster was the result not of natural or accidental factors, but of policies and institutions that can be changed.… Read more

UK shifting to ‘pragmatic’ climate policies—Canada should, too

After voters speak, PM Rishi Sunak pulling back on Boris Johnson’s aggressive phaseouts of natural gas boilers and gas-powered cars

By Jack Mintz, Financial Post, Aug. 11, 2023

Barely a nanosecond into our holiday trip to London last week, our airport cabdriver started telling us about the city’s “despised” Ulez (ultra-low emission zone) tax. Originally put in place in 2019 to curb pollution, it is being extended by the current mayor, Sadiq Khan, to include the outer boroughs and triple the area covered, effective Aug. 29.

A daily charge of £12.50 (roughly C$21) applies to each car and van that emits more nitrogen dioxide than allowed under an EU standard adopted in 2014.… Read more

Media-induced fear of global warming, not global warming, is damaging our mental health

Climate anxiety makes no sense—humanity has survived heat waves for thousands of years without air conditioning. We can adapt to current and future ‘climate change’ if we don’t lose our cool

By Allysia Fin­ley, Wall Street Journal, July 31, 2023

The media wants you to know it’s hot outside. “‘Heat health emergency’: Nearly half the US at risk,” CNN proclaimed last week as temperatures climbed above 90 degrees in much of the country.

If heat waves were as deadly as the press proclaims, Homo sapiens couldn’t have survived thousands of years without air conditioning. Yet here we are. Humans have shown remarkable resilience and adaptation—at least until modern times, when half of society lost its cool over climate change.… Read more