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People for the West newsletter for August 2018 now online

The August 2018 of the People for the West newsletter is online at:


This issue examines “The Danger of Renewable Energy”

Renewable energy for generation of electricity (solar and wind) is the politically correct panacea to fight the bogeyman of global warming. However, experience has shown that replacing electrical generation by fossil fuels with wind or solar generation makes the power supply unreliable and leads to electrical grid instability, much higher electricity costs, environmental problems, and very little decrease in carbon dioxide emissions. The renewable energy industry would probably not exist without mandates and subsidies.

There is currently a campaign by the Arizona Corporation Commission to mandate that 50 percent of electricity be generated from renewable sources. This is very dangerous as noted by articles in the newsletter.


People for the West newsletter for June-July 2018 now online

The June-July, 2018, issue of the People for the West newsletter is now online at:


Major topics are:

Local control for Conservation

This article highlights the The Pima Natural Resources Conservation District, a local branch of a state agency for conservation and property rights. I am one of the supervisors of Pima NRCD.

The Real State of Climate Science – A rebuttal of Climate Alarmism

This article summarizes and links to several past articles which review climate science and brings together some main points on the state of the climate debate. These articles show that the politically correct, carbon dioxide driven climate claim is wrong. These articles should provide you with ammunition to counter climate alarmism.

Abuse of the Endangered Species Act

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was passed with good intentions, but in practice it has many problems. The ESA actually encourages private property owners to rid their properties of endangered species and their habitats because of the restrictions in beneficial use the Act imposes on property owners. The ESA is very expensive to taxpayers (regulatory costs exceed $1.2 billion per year). Besides trampling on property rights, the ESA destroys industries (remember the timber industry in the northwest?).

Forest Thinning Needed to Save Water

Dense forests suck up surface and groundwater and dump it into the atmosphere through the process of evapotranspiration. This means that there is less water for other uses.

People for the West newsletter for May 2018 now online

The People for the West May 2018 newsletter:


Some of the subjects covered:

Renewable energy mandates and politics versus science

How Bad Is the Government’s Science? (It’s worse than we thought.)

The Parade of Impending Catastrophes

Yes, NOAA must adjust data — but its climate record really is quite wrong

Confronted With Severe Climate Change, Ancient Britons Kept Calm and Carried On

Green Shock: Entire Forests Being Murdered to Produce Wood Pellet Biomass

New Study: Battery Storage “Not an Economic Prospect”

People for the West Feb 2018 newsletter now online

The People for the West newsletter for February, 2018, is now online at https://wryheat.wordpress.com/people-for-the-west/2018-archive/2018-02-February/

The lead article is titled “Climate Craziness, Politics, and Hypocrisy.” It begins:

In my opinion, the greatest danger we face from global warming is that politicians think they can stop it. Politicians decree that we must reduce carbon dioxide emissions from use of fossil fuels even though there is no physical evidence that those emissions play a significant role is controlling global temperature. (See: Evidence that CO2 emissions do not intensify the greenhouse effect)

Some items from that article:

The elites of the world used 1,000 private jets to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where they told us to cut our “carbon footprints.”

Back in the year 2000, Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, predicted that within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event.” Davos attendees had to contend with six feet of newly fallen snow.

Researchers at The University of Manchester have carried out the first ever study looking at the carbon footprint of sandwiches, both home-made and pre-packaged.

Researchers at the University of Arizona set out to learn more about how people’s perception of the threat of global climate change affects their mental health.

And now there is the threat of mutant transgender turtles caused by global warming.




People for the West newsletter for January, 2018 now online

The January, 2018, issue of the People for the West newsletter is online here:


This issue begins with several articles on the often adversarial relationship between property rights, the Endangered Species Act, and conservation.

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) should be repealed because it provides no positive incentive for conservation, it tramples on property rights, it destroys industries, it is very expensive, and it is ineffective. The ESA should be replaced with a voluntary, non-regulatory, incentive-based act. Make conservation profitable. The fundamental political problem with the act is that its incentives don’t match its ethics. Conserving endangered species benefits everyone in society, but a small number of people bear the cost , usually the landowners whose property use could be restricted if a protected species turns up.

We also look at the “Core of climate change is in the real-world data” and show that carbon dioxide is definitely not a principal driver.

Finally, we look at Rights vs Benefits – What’s the difference.