The Trump Administration has proclaimed this week as "Energy Week" - a time to focus on pro-energy initiatives that can actually boost our economy, promote a message of U.S. "energy dominance" and highlight many disastrous Obama-era energy policies that helped stall the nation's economic recovery.
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Christopher C. Horner serves as a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. An attorney in Washington, DC Horner has represented CEI as well as scientists and Members of the U.S. House and Senate on matters of environmental policy in the federal courts and the Supreme Court.
He has been a contributor in the Washington Times, National Review Online and Washington Examiner opinion pages, a guest columnist for United Press International, Energy Tribune and Spain’s Actualidad Economica, and regularly contributed to the Brussels legislative news magazine EU Reporter. He has also written in Investor’s Business Daily’s opinion and the Wall Street Journal’s letters pages.
Mr. Horner has provided legal, policy and political commentary several hundred times each on both television and radio, in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia. Mr. Horner has also been a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
He has been a frequent contributor in the Washington Times, National Review Online and TechCentralStation.com opinion pages, is a guest columnist for United Press International and OpinionEditorials.com, and has regularly contributed to the Brussels legislative news magazine EU Reporter. Horner also regularly writes for Energy Tribune and Spain’s Actualidad Economica.
Horner has testified before the United States Senate Committees on Foreign Relations and Environment and Public Works, and works on a legal and policy level with numerous think tanks and policy organizations throughout the world. He has given numerous addresses to audiences in the European Parliament and before policymakers in multiple European capitals on topics ranging from rail deregulation and unfunded pension liability to all manner of energy and environment issues. Horner serves on the international law practice group’s executive committee for an internationally respected assembly of lawyers.
He received his Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis where he received the Judge Samuel Breckenridge Award for Advocacy.
Despite two weeks of posturing and haggling, negotiations for a successor treaty to the Kyoto Protocol here outside Paris ran, as has been typical throughout this process, into overtime. Amid the dismantling of much of the Le Bourget conference center’s elaborate infrastructure, late Saturday morning, the parties released the final, if annual “historic agreement."
A remarkable event occurred on Sunday at the Paris climate treaty negotiations. That is, it would have been remarkable in a time before corporate (including even media) sponsorship of treaty negotiations. That is, American utility companies' principal trade association and political lobby.
A hearty and collective Bonjour! from Paris, if I may speak for 10,000 functionaries of various governments, 7,000 NGO representatives (you might know them as “lobbyists”), and assorted media cheerleaders all of us eagerly awaiting Monday’s commencement of political-level talks for a successor to the Kyoto global warming treaty.
On Tuesday evening, ABC News reported that in his upcoming “jobs speech,” President Obama will call for more “green jobs stimulus” --- though this is now being called, in advance, “targeted infrastructure investment for clean energy projects.” It appears that he and his team have run out of ideas.
With Newsweek apparently unable, for some reason, to convince Rick Perry to sit for a photo shoot, Politico came up with an idea to knock him off stride. Specifically, this headline: “Rick Perry backed an already-climate-crusading Al Gore in ’88.” You see, like Tim Pawlenty --- whose campaign was doomed by his past advocacy of the “climate agenda” --- Perry, Politico implies, harbors a dark past as a “global warming” sympathizer. Or maybe he’s just something of a liar.
In today's Washington, both parties espouse reining in out-of-control spending, earmarks, crony capitalism and corporate welfare. Even once-sacrosanct ethanol subsidy schemes are teetering on the chopping block.
Remember that $100-billion-per-year “climate adaptation fund” that the Obama administration was so keen on at the amusingly disastrous Copenhagen Climate Summit in December 2009? The one that Senate Democrats bemoaned wouldn't have a funding stream with the collapse of Obama's cap-and-trade energy tax scheme?
Greenwire (subscription required) had an indignant piece yesterday noting that "Climate change is pestering the launch of Newt Gingrich's presidential bid as he faces what some analysts describe as a sharper standard from conservatives who doubt the world is warming." The piece reminds us that Gingrich views the state as the driver of innovation.
We've got a new entrant in the push to tie down the U.S. economy once and for all in the name of saving the environment, and skeptics of the green boondoggle could not have chosen a better advocate to make their case, however inadvertently.
In a media call this afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that he has seen the future, and it works. It’s “green energy” in Red China. That this green-energy absurdity continues to get so much play at such high policy levels is little short of terrifying.
Lee Casey and David Rivkin had a piece in yesterday's Wall Street Journal, "Climate Change heads to the Supreme Court." The subhead -- "Green activists hope to force electric utilities and many others to pay 'public nuisance' claims for emitting carbon dioxide" -- sets forth the basics of the case, which will be argued Tuesday to determine whether courts can assign individual liability for individual contributions to climate change (really), on the grounds of common law nuisance.
We have established that Obama's war on coal hinges on the assumption that 100 new nuclear reactors will be built in the U.S. in the next few years. Without the power from those 100 new nuclear reactors, Obama’s plan will cause the lights to go out. You cannot rule out half of our electricity supply and pretend otherwise.
Correction: Mann didn't "ask" Wahl to delete the emails, he just forwarded him a request to delete the emails.
Former Bush administration chief of the Council on Environmental Quality James Connaughton is now the government affairs head for an electric utility, Constellation Energy. But more than that, he is a media darling for his willingness to push the climate agenda on behalf of his company, which is hoping to profit from it -- at your expense -- via wealth transfers, taxes and other inefficiencies in the name of schemes that no one actually claims would detectably impact the climate.
There is not much mystery in the fact that Big Labor and Big Green are both hard-left. The labor and green political coalitions are called “watermelon” for a reason, even by their members.
Politico's “Morning Energy” update includes the following:
"Now, clean energy breakthroughs will only translate into clean energy jobs if businesses know there will be a market for what they're selling. So tonight, I challenge you to join me in setting a new goal: by 2035, 80% of America's electricity will come from clean energy sources. Some folks want wind and solar. Others want nuclear, clean coal, and natural gas. To meet this goal, we will need them all -- and I urge Democrats and Republicans to work together to make it happen." -- Barack Obama