An Administration’s Green Fiascos Pile Up

Rich Trzupek is a veteran environmental consultant and senior advisor to the Heartland Institute. He is the author of the new book Regulators Gone Wild: How the EPA is Ruining American Industry (Encounter Books).


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Ironically, these green disasters are being revealed at a time when more scientific data and opinions are turning against the global warming alarmism that has driven the administration to make foolish green investments. Last Friday, in an Op-Ed published in the Wall Street Journal, sixteen prominent scientists took a strong stand against the alarmists. The signatories included luminaries like Richard Lindzen, professor of atmospheric sciences, MIT; Rodney Nichols, former president and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences; Burt Rutan, aerospace engineer, designer of Voyager and SpaceShipOne; and Harrison H. Schmitt, Apollo 17 astronaut and former U.S. senator. Among other things, the scientists said:

Perhaps the most inconvenient fact is the lack of global warming for well over 10 years now. This is known to the warming establishment, as one can see from the 2009 “Climategate” email of climate scientist Kevin Trenberth: “The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t.” But the warming is only missing if one believes computer models where so-called feedbacks involving water vapor and clouds greatly amplify the small effect of CO2.

On Sunday, a story in the Daily Mail pointed out the equally inconvenient fact that data published by the infamous Climate Unit at the University of East Anglia confirms that there has been no significant warming since 1997. The models that the IPCC rely upon predicted that average global temperatures should have climbed steadily over the last decade and a half. Why haven’t the predictions matched reality? Like many scientists, Dr Nicola Scafetta, of Duke University in North Carolina, believes that alarmists put too much emphasis on the role of greenhouse gases in the climate and not enough on solar activity. “If temperatures continue to stay flat or start to cool again, the divergence between the models and recorded data will eventually become so great that the whole scientific community will question the current theories,” he said.

Yet, in spite of the ever-increasing body of evidence that “climate change” is a figment of a computer’s imagination, the Obama administration continues to pour money into companies whose sole reason for existence is to battle the non-existent problem. Imagine where we would be today if the president hadn’t wasted that money and had instead stayed out of the way of development of cheap reliable sources of domestic energy. We would be so much farther along the way to energy independence if we were tapping our vast reserves of coal and oil and bringing more energy down across the border from our friends in Canada. Sadly, the net effect of Obama’s energy policies has been to increase our dependence of foreign oil while doing nothing to secure our economic future.

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  • pierce

    The Obama administration will continue down this misguided path because they have some very arrogant people who have some impractical ideas that are very expensive to implement.

  • Big Irish

    Keystone Pipeline….what an absolute shame – so much oil – so many jobs – so much $$$$….we offered it to BHO on a silver – GOLD! platter…and all he does this arrogant pathetic excuse – is to spit in Canadas face – and the face of every American – lets keep giving our money to Chavez and the muzzies he so loves in the middle east…..how friggin sad.

    • wsk

      Don't worry. Warren Buffett's railroad will transport that oil for us. never mind the increased transportation costs and the increased carbon output (trains).

      • Don from BC

        Not to mention the increased risk of an oil spill.

  • G Dub

    Why has no one called out the elephant in the room?
    Why do the critics of these mis-adventures not say the obvious?
    Let's see: have not all of these failed "green" companies had as a major investor an OBlabla bundler or doner? Have we not seen that these companies fail some few months after a major infusion of tax-payer dollars? Have we not seen, as in GM and Solyndra, investors turned upside down in bankruptcy court such that the taxpayers are the LAST to be cut a check?
    Hey! Wake up! Follow the money. This is GRAFT. This is CORRUPTION on a grand scale.
    I believe that it is time for America to send OBlabla on another vacation.
    Can you say Leavenworth?

  • RAS

    The sad truth is that the “Green Extremist Movement” has played a significant role in our current economic woes as well as the collapse of our once spectacular industrial base. As an engineer in R&D, I watched as silly regulation after silly regulation, spawned by both the EPA and OSHA, reduced our productivity and our ability to innovate. The technically unqualified leadership that we are saddled with today, along with their self serving technical sycophants, is destroying us. The first issue a new Congress and President should address is to curtail the hundreds of stupid restrictions and regulations preventing sensible domestic energy development, including nuclear, and get government agencies like the EPA out of the way.

    • pagegl

      So, you think that our goverment should heed the Constitution and only Congress should have the power to make laws, unlike our current state in which various bureaucracies are allowed to create laws and regulations without the oversight of Congress. I agree.

  • mrbean

    Marxism was a fiercely industrial-rationalist faith that by nationalizing capital, productivity could be unfettered, unleashing an era of abundance. Ludwig von Mises poured cold water on that pipe dream when he demonstrated irrefutably in "Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth" that nationalization of capital must lead inevitably to a crisis of capital consumption, progressive impoverishment and eventual collapse, as later happened in Eastern Europe. Environmentalism responds not by abandoning the command-economy model, but by abandoning the idea that productivity and abundance are good. If socialism produces penury, then penury is good, and prosperity will destroy the world. A fiercely industrial-rationalist faith has degenerated into mystical nature-cult, a kitchy romanticist holism of "Blood and Soil."

    • ISAIAH5417

      Marxism in all iterations equals a godless utopia of twisted faith in science, technology & death. 200,000,000 souls perished during the 20th century Marxist struggle against 'the man'. Now the Obama Cohort wants to give Marxism a head-start in the new millennium. How many more must perish? Historian Robert Conquest's "Reflections on a Ravaged Century" offers a precise description of Marxism's intellectual folly. The Obama cohort views men like Conquest as their enemies. Marxism is a sickness of the soul.

  • ISAIAH5417

    As I type these words Obama is making yet another "speech" in Falls Church, VA surrounded by an enthusiastic cheering audience of Federal Bureaucrats who have been turned out (or else!) to support whatever lies Obama tells today. I am sick and tired of the Obama/Trumka unionized bureaucrat put-up job. AFLCIO president Richard Trumka is all-in promoting bureaucracy as the new go-go Big Labor market. I know this post does not relate precisely to the article's topic but in the larger scheme of things Obama's plan is to make "government" the biggest business in the U.S.A. and the EPA is one of the Obama cohort's favorite "growth industries".

  • DrBukk

    It's incredible hubris to think a human could make computer models that imitate the atmosphere's infinite influences. If an experiment has no control, no conclusion can be made.
    Then, another layer of mysticism and indulgences is piled on the fraud. It is mysticism to predict bad consequences of global warming, heck it might be great! A northern passage might make the entire planet temperate. The indulgences are the billions they waste while enriching themselves.

  • Fred Dawes

    All that you see is part of the plan to take down the USA WE Now have a puppet government we now have incest between globalist bankers and our so called government; we see the move to removing our human rights and the total Globalization of our lives meaning the mass killing of most of the worlds population down the road and the removal of our national benefits for the old, in other words we our really our, F, THE GLOBALIST Will see to that 80 trillion now owned to the world bankers and the poloulation of this nation state is about to get the old F-UP THE OLD A.

  • Brujo Blanco

    This green energy mantra is about politics and not science. Fielding unprovens devices without proper testing is a waste of time and money.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The Obama administration will continue down this path because the money is
    going to their supporters and ideological friends. The green power is simply
    false, in the end people pay much more for much less…………………William

  • NTN

    I just want to correct a couple factual errors in the article as it pertains to one of the companies mentioned, Beacon Power. Beacon Power is a company that provides a service to the electrical utilities called frequency regulation which is necessary to prevent the type of huge catastrophic blackout that occurred in the Northeast in 2003. Frequency regulation service is required for ALL types of power generators, not just wind and solar. it provides the service through very high tech flywheel energy storage (kinetic energy), which is NOTHING like a battery in technology.

  • NTN

    Addendum to last post if anyone is interested in a little hope for the taxpayer in this situation:
    It does so with a much quicker response capability than any other frequency regulation service provider, in addition to being more efficient and non-polluting. The electrical grid's infrastructure is sorely in need of upgrading to meet our country's growing needs for electrical power. Unfortunately, Beacon Power got caught in the political crossfire when Solyndra went bankrupt. It's a highly respected company in the electrical utility industry, and it's a shame it was forced into bankruptcy in large part because the DOE Loan Program Office stiffened the terms of Beacon's loan when the administration was catching heat for Solyndra's bankruptcy. The company's storage plant in Stephentown, NY that was built with the DOE loan was fully operational ahead of schedule and under budget and had never missed a loan payment when the DOE loan program office stopped the loan disbursements. The company is still operating, as is the energy storage facility built with the loan, so unlike Solyndra, this one may pay off yet.

  • phillyfanatic

    Amazing that the MSM covers for Bama on not only these 11 plus green frauds but apparently the Fast and Furious scandal too. So, anything goes for Obama. With 48% approval, the guy is now flying high. So he is a tyrant. So what? Now we see in MSM comments, the GOP is worried about losing Congress; all of it in Nov. No one cares about the military when it needs real energy like oil and gas. So Solyndra, Fast, and no energy systems domestically, so what? Obama is magic and supposedly voters will just worry about how horrid the Pubs, Mitt, Newt or whoever is. Yikes.

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  • http://cybergatis.blogspot.com cybergatis

    Who believes our gov wants lower food an fuel costs or even more jobs? The job of gov is to grow and this man made disaster is growing it faster than ever. Would this not further increase prices at the pump in the US?