People for the West -Tucson
Newsletter, July, 2021
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
STATE OF THE UNION
A View from an Arizona Rancher:
Reprinted from PNRCD newsletter
President Biden’s Agenda Will Have Adverse Consequences
by Jim Chilton, an Arizona Rancher and Chairman of Pima Natural Resource Conservation District
In my opinion, President Biden’s Executive Orders and policies will result in more federal regulations and actions impacting Pima Natural Resource Conservation District farmers, ranchers and other resource users. The following are three examples of President Biden’s anti-production initiatives:
The Biden 30 by 30 project advocates that 30% of the nation’s land be “protected” by 2030. Does the Biden policy mean additional government land purchases, new wilderness designations or just control of private and public property through forceful regulation by multiple government agencies? It is probable that all of the above will adversely affect production on private and federal land. Ranchers and farmers have traditionally been conservation leaders; however, there is a danger that the 30 by 30 environmental agenda will promote further moving the Nation, which was founded on private property principles, to an administrative state.
Expansion of the Endangered Species Act. Animal and plant endangered listings can adversely impact farmers’ and ranchers’ future productivity and sustainability. New species listings and the naming of critical habitat have in the past harmfully impacted farmers and ranchers on private, state and federal land. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s new listing process and changes in rules and regulations must be carefully monitored.
Rewriting the Navigable Waters Protection Rule to expand federal jurisdiction over land use will undeniably cause some farmers, ranchers, miners and other landowners a problem.
The current Navigable Waters Protection Rule recognizes that, in our area, a significant nexus with the navigable Colorado River does not exist. Very infrequent Altar Valley Wash and Santa Cruz River flood water spreads out and disappears in the flats south of Eloy approximately 68 miles distant from any possible confluence with the generally dry Gila River and about 150 miles more from the Colorado River.
In reality, Pima Natural Resource Conservation District lands do not have a “significant nexus with a navigable water.” An expansion of the Corps of Engineers’ and EPA’s current regulatory
jurisdiction back to the 2015 Rule or beyond can result in limitless control over dry washes and an expansion of federal bureaucracy.
For more information from Jim Chilton see:
More on Biden administration policies:
Biden Energy Policies Increase American Reliance on Russian Oil Exports
by Veronika Kyrylenko
President Joe Biden has been great for Russian oil and gas producers, and for Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose country’s energy dominance and political dominance go hand in hand. Within months of President Biden halting the Keystone Pipeline, pausing new oil and gas leases on federal lands, and imposing further restrictions on U.S. oil companies in the name of countering “climate change,” U.S. imports of crude oil and other petroleum products from Russia set a new record, reaching 22.9 million barrels in March, the highest level since August 2010. Biden’s policies have resulted in U.S. oil production falling by 1.715 million barrels per day from a year ago, a void in large part being filled by Russia. (See charts from the U.S. Energy Information Administration) ☼
Following the Scientists Who Were Destroying America Just to Spite Trump
By Brian C. Joondeph, MD
For the past year and a half of COVID, we have been told by those supposedly in the know, to “follow the science.” Those who question the science are at best called names, like “deniers” or “racists”, and at worst, lose their jobs and reputations, and are banned from social media.
One gets an appreciation for what scientists of centuries ago endured as they questioned science dogma of the day such as the Earth being flat or the Sun revolving around Earth. Such censorship was attributed to the medieval scientific mindset centuries ago long before the enlightened age of Facebook, Twitter, and CNN. (Read more) ☼
Biden uses prairie chicken as pretext to throttle U.S. energy
By Bonner Cohen, Ph. D.
With its decision to add the lesser prairie chicken to the endangered species list, the Biden administration is using the pretext of protecting a member of the grouse family to further curtail oil and gas development on private lands in five states.
Biden officials are seeking the listing of the prairie chicken as either threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), depending on the region the creature inhabits. States in the proposed listing’s bullseye include Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico. Not coincidentally, the area includes the Permian Basin in West Texas and Southern New Mexico, which contains the nation’s most productive shale fields.
For years, environmental groups – well-schooled in the art of using the ESA to snuff out any natural- resources development not to their liking – have been trying to get the prairie chicken added to the endangered species list as a way to go after oil and gas development in the Permian Basin and anywhere else where the chicken can serve their purposes. (Read more) ☼
Dems are terrified average Americans will realize Biden is not functional except as used for a ventriloquist dummy
By Kelly O’Connell
Recall on June 13 when Joe stated “I’m sorry, I’m going to get in trouble with my staff if I don’t do this the right way,” during an event. And what about in April, after taking questions about masks and meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Biden apologizes while saying, “I’m sorry, this is the last question I’ll take, and I’m really gonna be in trouble.” Then in March, the White House shocked viewers by suddenly cutting the live feed of an event after Biden shared, “I’d be happy to take questions if that’s what I’m supposed to do, Nance,” Biden told Nancy Pelosi. “Whatever you want me to do.” And the list goes on. Obviously Dems are terrified average Americans will realize Biden is not functional except as used for a ventriloquist dummy. (Read more) ☼
Police Data Debunks Joe Biden’s Push For Gun Control (Cities with strictest gun control laws have highest crime and murder rates) ☼
Extensive List of Trump Administration Accomplishments By the Thinking Conservative ☼
“Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of the truth.” — Albert Einstein
“Disarm the people- that is the best and most effective way to enslave them.” ~ James Madison
“When a government betrays the people by amassing too much power and becoming tyrannical, the people have no choice but to exercise their original right of self-defense — to fight the government.” ~ Alexander Hamilton ☼
The boogeyman of dangerous climate change is being used to justify drastic changes to our energy policies, but:
Western Drought Is Neither Historic, nor Linked to Climate Change
By H. Sterling Burnett
Yahoo News is promoting the false claim that human climate change is responsible for a historic drought covering California and the Western United States.
Although drought conditions have persisted for a couple of years now across portions of the Western United States, droughts in the dry West are common and research shows much larger, longer-term droughts have occurred there historically. Because current conditions are not outside the historic records of drought, there is no evidence human greenhouse gas emissions are contributing the current drought. (Read more) ☼
Several More New Studies Show Drought Is Now Less Common And Severe Than Centuries, Millennia Ago
By Kenneth Richard
Scientists continue to publish new drought reconstructions indicating there were far more frequent and severe drought periods in the past several thousand years than anything observed in the modern period. (Read more) ☼
There is no climate emergency
By Gregory Wrightstone, Washington Times
The science and data strongly support that our planet’s ecosystems are thriving and that humanity is benefiting from modestly increasing temperature and an increase in carbon dioxide. These facts refute the claim that Earth is spiraling into one man-made climate catastrophe after another.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is portrayed as a demon molecule fueling run-away greenhouse warming. If you get your news only from mainstream media, you would likely believe that CO2 levels are dangerously high and unprecedented. You would be wrong. Concentrations of this gas are slightly less than 420 parts-per-million (ppm), or one-sixth the average historic levels of 2,600 ppm for the last 600 million years.
Increases in carbon dioxide in the last 150 years, largely from the burning of fossil fuels, have reversed a dangerous downward trend in the gas’ concentration. During the last glacial period, concentrations nearly reached the “line of death” at 150 parts per million, below which plants die. Viewed in the long-term geologic context, we are actually CO2 impoverished.
Longer-term data reveal multiple warming periods since the end of the last major ice age 10,000 years ago, each warmer than today. There is a strong correlation between the rise and fall of temperature and the ebb and flow of civilizations. During the last three warm periods dating back 6,000 years to the advent of the first great civilizations, humanity prospered and great empires arose. Intervening cold periods brought crop failure, famine, and mass depopulation. History advises us to welcome warmth and fear cold.
Modestly warming temperature and increasing carbon dioxide lead to longer growing seasons and more productive harvests. The world’s remarkable ability to increase food production year after year is attributable to mechanization, agricultural innovation, CO2 fertilization, and warmer weather. Crop and food production has seen only positive effects from relatively small changes in the global climate. (Read more) ☼
New Study: Burden Of Proof Is On AGW Proponents As Ice Cores ‘Invalidate’ CO2-Driven Climate Change
By Kenneth Richard
A French physicist recounts the evidence affirming temperature changes are the cause of changes in atmospheric CO2 concentrations throughout the last 423 thousand years of the ice core record, thus invalidating the claims of more than a negligible role for CO2 in affecting climate changes. In a new study Dr. Pascal Richet re-emphasizes the “most fundamental tenet of science, the principle of non-contradiction” in reviewing the extensive ice core evidence showing CO2 changes lag behind temperature changes by as much as 7,000 years – the “opposite conclusion” of “a driving role [for] CO2 assigned by climate models”. (Read more) ☼
Paradigm-Busting New Study Affirms CO2 Doesn’t Drive Climate – Water, Clouds Do
By Kenneth Richard
A professor of hydrology from the University of Athens eviscerates the “naïve” paradigm that says the natural state of Earth’s climate is constancy and stability, only changing when an “external agent” (i.e., a rapid increase in fossil fuel emissions ) acts upon it. Instead, (a) water is the main element driving climate and (b) the alleged human contribution to heat exchange is 2100 times smaller than Earth’s natural energy fluxes.
Selected key points from Dr. Koutsiannis’ new paper in the journal Water.
1. The “naïve idea” or “wrong perception” that climate is generally constant unless an external agent changes it is the consequence of the “white noise paradigm” that has “misled climatologists” for the last two centuries. The “linear causality chain of the type: human CO2 emissions → increasing concentration of atmospheric CO2 → increasing temperature → changes in hydrological processes and water balance” does not “correspond to physical reality”.
2. The scientifically vacuous term “climate change” is a political construct designed to suggest climate variability has not occurred until last few centuries and therefore what is occurring in the modern era is unnatural.
3. Water is easily the main element driving Earth’s climate. CO2 is but a tiny bit player by comparison.
• The mass of the ocean is 260 times greater than the mass of the atmosphere and the ocean encapsulates 94% of the Earth’s accumulated heat energy (versus just 1% for the atmosphere). This is why water is the “thermodynamic regulator of climate”.
• Latent heat transfer from the surface to atmosphere is described as “the Earth’s natural locomotive”. The total energy involved in Earth’s hydrological cycle amounts to 1290 ZJ/year. Compare this to just 0.6 ZJ/year for the “human energy production” from greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, the “natural locomotive is 2100 times higher than that of the human locomotive”.
• A hypothetical 1/1000ths (1‰) change in the reflecting properties (albedo) of the water formations snow, ice, and clouds elicits an “imbalance” in the Earth’s energy budget of 0.34 W/m². This is effectively equivalent to the energy imbalance necessary to explain the 0.1°C ocean warming (0-2000 m) in the last 50 years (Levitus et al., 2012). Actually , in the last 40 years, albedo-forcing from cloud variability was 10 times greater than the hypothetical 1‰ change.
4. “Another misconception, common in nonexperts, is that atmospheric CO2; is the product of human emissions, while in fact the latter contribute only 3.8% to the global carbon cycle.”
5. “[U]sing reliable instrumental measurements of global T and CO2 concentration covering the time interval 1980–2019, a recent study found that in the relationship of CO2 and temperature, the dominant causality direction is T → CO2, rather than the other way round, despite the latter being the common perception. (Source) ☼
Bottom line: Man-made carbon dioxide emissions pose no danger regarding global temperature nor climate. All efforts to reduce emissions are futile and will impose massive economic self-harm to Western Nations. ☼
Washington Examiner: Climate activists invest in property on beaches they say are disappearing
by Eric Worrall
Utterly shameless – Washington Examiner has produced a list of climate hypocrites who spend millions buying exclusive beachfront properties, while telling everyone else that such properties will soon be destroyed by rising sea levels. (Read more) ☼
Climate Activists Are Coming for Your Kitchen
by Jane Shaw Stroup
“Major cities including San Francisco, Seattle, Denver and New York have either enacted or proposed measures to ban or discourage the use of the fossil fuel in new homes and buildings, two years after Berkeley, Calif., passed the first such prohibition in the U.S. in 2019.” ☼
“New all-electric homes are cost-competitive with those that use gas in many parts of the country, but retrofits can be considerably more expensive, depending on the existing heating and cooking systems and the cost of effectively converting them. A recent study by San Francisco found that retrofitting all housing units that now use natural gas would cost between $3.4 billion and $5.9 billion, costs that would fall on residents, the city or both.” And many people, including professional and amateur chefs prefer gas-fired stoves. (Source)
Lawmakers Break Free from Logic with Anti-Plastic, “Climate” Legislation
by Angela Logomasini
In an effort to address the so-called “climate crisis,” members of Congress have proposed legislation so extreme that it could destroy the entire U.S. plastics industry, forcing the United States to rely on China and other nations to meet demand for various plastic products. For U.S. consumers, that means fewer jobs, higher prices, and the potential for product shortages, including shortages of medical supplies and packaging necessary to protect our food supply. The bill’s supporters might call this interpretation extreme, but the details speak for themselves. Let’s take a look. (Read more) ☼
Bird names are now racist
By Eric Utter
“Bird Names for Birds (!)” is a grassroots initiative striving to change potentially offensive eponymous North American bird names. Bird Names for Birds, a name that is for the birds, believes that far too many of our avian friends have been named after problematic people…and, ergo, their names must be changed. Jordan Rutter, the group’s co-founder, says the initiative has identified a list of 150 birds in North America named after people and that it is attempting to get many of those names deleted from the lists. Schoolchildren used to say, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Now adult scientists are scarred by the name of a bird. (Read more) ☼
A 75-Year-Old Warning For Those Who Say ‘Listen To The Science’
by Jon Miltimore
On his first day as president, Joe Biden, flanked by a portrait of Ben Franklin, called on the federal government to “advance environmental justice” and “be guided by the best science.” He included the mantra in one of the first executive orders he signed, noting that it would be his administration’s official policy to “listen to the science.” The phrase seems harmless enough. The scientific method is highly trusted, and for good reason. It has been a boon to humanity and helped bring about many of the marvels of our modern world. Yet distinguished thinkers new and old have warned us to proceed with caution when confronted with pleas to “listen to the science.”
The economist Ludwig von Mises once observed the problem with using scientific claims to shape the modern world. He suggested that in many cases people invoke science simply to tell people what they must do. “The planners pretend that their plans are scientific and that there cannot be disagreement with regard to them among well-intentioned and decent people,” Mises wrote in his 1947 essay “Planned Chaos.” “Science is competent to establish what is.” “[Science] can never dictate what ought to be and what ends people should aim at. As Mises correctly saw, oftentimes when people say “follow the science,” they’re really saying “follow our plan.” (Read more) ☼
Blackouts Loom in California as Electricity Prices Are ‘Absolutely Exploding’
By Robert Bryce
June 24, 2021
Two inexorable energy trends are underway in California: soaring electricity prices and ever-worsening reliability – and both trends bode ill for the state’s low- and middle-income consumers. California policymakers are providing a case study in how not to manage an electric grid. Furthermore, that case study shows what could happen if policymakers at the state and federal levels decide to follow California’s radical decarbonization mandates, which include a requirement for 100% zero-carbon electricity by 2045 and an economy-wide goal of carbon neutrality by 2045. (Read more) ☼
California Dreamin’ Meets Reality: Don’t Charge Your Electric Vehicle During Heat Waves
By Anthony Watts
California’s “green dream” of going to 100 percent electric vehicles by 2035 is hitting a major reality roadblock. Last week, during a major heat wave, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the agency charged with managing the state’s electric grid, sent out a tweet suggesting electric car owners shouldn’t be charging their electric vehicles. Why? Because, like the power supply system in many third-world countries, California’s electric power generators can’t deliver enough electricity to CAISO to meet demand. California suffers from an electric grid problem, because the state has eschewed reliable fossil fuels in favor of unreliable green energy, such as wind and solar power. (Read more) ☼
The importance of American energy development
By Jim Lamon
The Biden energy policy is not just radically naïve and economically destructive; it’s also dangerous. From placing constraints on drilling for oil and gas to stopping pipelines, the Biden policy puts America’s critical infrastructure at risk and the safety and freedom of allies in peril, and it dismisses the importance of American jobs to appease environmental extremists. (Read more) Note: Jim Lamon is founder and chairman of Arizona-based DEPCOM Power, one of the fastest-growing solar power companies in the U.S. ☼
Wall Street Journal editorial board: Biden energy policy a gift to Russia, China
By Brandon Gillespie, Fox News
The Wall Street Journal editorial board argued President Biden’s energy policy to lead the U.S. in a retreat from fossil fuels would ultimately be a gift to adversaries Russia and China. In a Wednesday editorial, the board blasted Biden’s decision to suspend oil leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), and wrote that countries like Russia, China and Iran would exploit the gap left by the U.S. as it transitions to a more climate-friendly policy. “Mr. Biden’s anti-carbon fusillade will have no effect on the climate as global demand for fossil fuels will continue to increase for decades no matter what the U.S. does. Meantime, Russia, China and Iran will take advantage of America’s astonishing fossil-fuel retreat,” the board wrote. (Read more) ☼
Biden’s Green Agenda Meets Environmental Red Tape
by Shawn Regan, Reason
It’s a familiar story: A tangled web of environmental laws and regulations gives litigious groups ample opportunities to stall development projects or thwart them altogether. That strategy works well when environmentalists’ goal is to stop things from happening, but it’s likely to be a major obstacle to building the infrastructure and technological capacity to achieve Biden’s clean-energy vision, which will require many new mining operations, solar and wind farms, transmission lines, and other forms of development.
One test is unfolding in Nevada in a fight over a planned lithium mine and a rare desert wildflower. A mining company, ioneer Ltd. [sic], has proposed building a large-scale lithium-boron mine in western Nevada (the first of its kind in the United States) to supply materials for electric vehicle batteries, wind turbines, and other clean-energy technologies. If approved, the mine could quadruple domestic lithium production and help build 400,000 electric cars each year, according to the company’s estimates, helping to advance Biden’s goal “to win the EV market.”
But a rare plant may stop the project from breaking ground. The site is also home to Tiehm’s buckwheat, a pale yellow wildflower that is only found on a 10-acre patch of lithium-rich soil within the project area. Last year, the Center for Biological Diversity, a litigious environmental group, sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, demanding emergency protections for the buckwheat to block the mine. On Thursday, in response to a court order, the service proposed listing the buckwheat under the Endangered Species Act. The Biden administration now has until September 30 to issue a proposed rule to protect the plant, which could all but doom the lithium mine. (Read more) ☼
The Role of Critical Minerals in Clean Energy Transitions
by the International Energy Agency (IEA)
Intro: An energy system powered by clean energy technologies differs profoundly from one fuelled by traditional hydrocarbon resources. Building solar photovoltaic (PV) plants, wind farms and electric vehicles (EVs) generally requires more minerals than their fossil fuelbased counterparts. A typical electric car requires six times the mineral inputs of a conventional car, and an onshore wind plant requires nine times more mineral resources than a gas-fired power plant. Since 2010, the average amount of minerals needed for a new unit of power generation capacity has increased by 50% as the share of renewables has risen.
The types of mineral resources used vary by technology. Lithium, nickel, cobalt, manganese and graphite are crucial to battery performance, longevity and energy density. Rare earth elements are essential for permanent magnets that are vital for wind turbines and EV motors. Electricity networks need a huge amount of copper and aluminium, with copper being a cornerstone for all electricity-related technologies.
The shift to a clean energy system is set to drive a huge increase in the requirements for these minerals, meaning that the energy sector is emerging as a major force in mineral markets. Until the mid-2010s, the energy sector represented a small part of total demand for most minerals. However, as energy transitions gather pace, clean energy technologies are becoming the fastest-growing segment of demand.
In a scenario that meets the Paris Agreement goals, clean energy technologies’ share of total demand rises significantly over the next two decades to over 40% for copper and rare earth elements, 60- 70% for nickel and cobalt, and almost 90% for lithium. EVs and battery storage have already displaced consumer electronics to become the largest consumer of lithium and are set to take over from stainless steel as the largest end user of nickel by 2040.
As countries accelerate their efforts to reduce emissions, they also need to make sure their energy systems remain resilient and secure. Today’s international energy security mechanisms are designed to provide insurance against the risks of disruptions or price spikes in supplies of hydrocarbons, particularly oil. Minerals offer a different and distinct set of challenges, but their rising importance in a decarbonising energy system requires energy policy makers to expand their horizons and consider potential new vulnerabilities. Concerns about price volatility and security of supply do not disappear in an electrified, renewables-rich energy system.
This is why the IEA is paying close attention to the issue of critical minerals and their role in clean energy transitions. This report reflects the IEA’s determination to stay ahead of the curve on all aspects of energy security in a fast-evolving energy world. (Read full report 287 pages) ☼
The Dirty Secret of ‘Clean’ Energy
By Helen Raleigh
President Biden pledged to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by at least 50 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels. An estimate shows that to reach this ambitious goal, at least half of the U.S. power supply would have to come from clean energy such as solar and wind. However, one dirty secret that President Biden and his green allies don’t want to talk about is how “clean” solar energy is largely built on forced labor in Xinjiang, China, according to a new investigative report by U.K.’s Sheffield Hallam University.
China dominates the global supply chain for solar power and is the leading exporter of solar panels and critical components for making solar panels. For instance, about 95 percent of solar modules rely on one mineral — solar-grade polysilicon, and China produces 80 percent of the world supply of polysilicon. Xinjiang alone is responsible for 45 percent of the world’s supply of polysilicon. Such a high level of production requires a significant supply of labor.
The Sheffield Hallam University report, titled “In Broad Daylight: Uyghur Forced Labor and Global Solar Supply Chains,” shows how China’s booming solar industry has been tainted by the forced labor of Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang. (Read more) ☼
Points to Ponder:
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” —H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)
“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
“When the people are afraid of the government, that’s tyranny. But when the government is afraid of the people, that’s liberty.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
“The Left is openly flaunting their grip on our kids and has changed education’s three Rs into racism, reparations and revolution.” – Barney Brenner
“There are but two ways of forming an opinion in science. One is the scientific method; the other, the scholastic. One can judge from experiment, or one can blindly accept authority. To the scientific mind, experimental proof is all important, and theory merely a convenience in description, to be junked when it no longer fits. To the academic mind, authority is everything and facts are junked when they do not fit theory laid down by authority” – Robert A. Heinlein, Aeronautical Engineer and Science Fiction Writer (1907-1988)
“But freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it and then hand it to them with the well-thought lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same. And if you and I don’t do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.” – Ronald Reagan
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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.
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