People for the West -Tucson
Newsletter, January, 2020
PO Box 86868, Tucson, AZ 85754-6868
Real environmentalism can go hand in hand with natural resource production, private property rights, and access to public lands
Here are some important issues from 2019 that will carry over to 2020.
Keep them in mind when assessing proposed political policy
Most links are to articles on my Wryheat blog. These articles will help you fight the hype.
By Jonathan DuHamel
This page links to my 30-page essay covering all aspects of climate as well as an article debunking the alleged 97% consensus claiming that humans are the principle cause of global warming.
This article provides quick reference links to some of my articles dealing with climate so that you can cite facts to counter the ongoing scam.
Dr. Curry responds to the increasingly shrill rhetoric from Extinction Rebellion and other activists about the ‘existential threat’ of the ‘climate crisis’, ‘runaway climate chaos’, etc.
Spencer debunks global warming hysteria.
Even a complete elimination of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions would avert only 0.08°C to 0.17°C. A doubling of current atmospheric carbon dioxide will produce global warming of just over one degree Celsius. All climate policies by the US, China, the EU and the rest of the world, implemented from the early 2000s to 2030 and sustained through the century will likely reduce global temperature rise about 0.17°C in 2100. (China is building more coal-fired plants.)
The enormous land requirements for enough wind and/or solar to replace fossil fuel generation will wreak havoc with agriculture, and will destroy wildlife and their habitats.
The electricity comes mainly from fossil fuels which are also used to mine and manufacture EVs.
Fossil energy should be celebrated for enhancing life and improving the standard of living for humanity and the natural world, and they will continue to do so as more fossil fuels are used in the future. Consequently, efforts to restrict CO2 emissions or limit fossil energy should be avoided, as such actions will most certainly bring about adverse outcomes and unintended consequences that will harm humanity and nature.
From the Institute for Energy Research: Hard Facts 2019
Energy has been the driving force behind the massive improvements in human living standards that began nearly 200 years ago. Affordable, reliable energy is the foundation of a free and prosperous society because it is essential to everything that makes progress and opportunity possible.
Hard Facts is a comprehensive energy primer that provides an essential foundation for a more informed discussion about American energy policy. Americans must recognize that the United States has access to an abundance of energy resources that can continue to provide its citizens and allies around the world with reliable and affordable energy provided our policy framework emphasizes the institutions of a free society: private property, competitive market exchange, and the rule of law. (Download 63-page report)
Articles on solar and wind versus wildlife and humans:
Why Property Rights Matter
by Tom DeWeese, American Policy Center
Why Property Rights Matter shows how people today perceive property rights in a dramatically different way from the ideals held by our founders and early Americans. The result in that change is leading to a frightful loss of freedom and prosperity across the nation. Federal policies, armed with tax-payer funded grants, lead to local planning programs that are displacing people from their land, both in the cities as well as in the rural areas. Eminent Domain is the weapon of choice to destroy neighborhoods and small business.
Get a free 12-page pamphlet (you have to give them your email): https://americanpolicy.org/
2019 Congressional Pig Book
from the Citizens Against Government Waste
The Congressional Pig Book is CAGW’s annual compilation of the pork-barrel projects in the federal budget. A “pork” project is a line-item in an appropriations bill that designates tax dollars for a specific purpose in circumvention of established budgetary procedures. To qualify as pork, a project must meet one of seven criteria that were developed in 1991 by CAGW and the Congressional Porkbusters Coalition. Citizens Against Government Waste’s 2019 Congressional Pig Book exposes 282 earmarks, an increase of 21.6 percent from the 232 in fiscal year 2018. The cost of earmarks in FY 2019 is $15.3 billion, an increase of 4.1 percent from the $14.7 billion in FY 2018. Since FY 1991, CAGW has identified 111,144 earmarks costing $359.8 billion. (Read more and download report)
A Reminder: Capitalism is not a Zero Sum Game (Wryheat)
In game theory, a zero sum game is one in which the gains of one are exactly balanced by the losses of another. In economics, a zero sum game is aptly described by the saying, “As the rich get richer, the poor get poorer.” Many assume that our “economic pie” is static, so that if some take more of the pie, there is less for others to share. But capitalism increases the size of the pie, and although some may get bigger pieces than others, all gain. (Read more)
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1) Support private property rights.
2) Support multiple use management of federal lands for agriculture, livestock grazing, mining, oil and gas production, recreation, timber harvesting and water development activities.
3) Support a balance of environmental responsibility and economic benefit for all Americans by urging that environmental policy be based on good science and sound economic principles.
Newsletters can be viewed online on Jonathan’s Wryheat Blog:
See my essay on climate change:
The Constitution is the real contract with America.
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PO Box 86868
Tucson, AZ 85754-6868
Jonathan DuHamel, President & Editor
Dr. John Forrester, Vice President
Lonni Lees, Associate Editor
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