Friday, November 18, 2016

Greenland Blowing Away All Records For Ice Growth

Greenland’s surface has been gaining about 3.5 billion tons of ice per day since the first of September. This is about 50% above normal.

Meanwhile government funded experts fraudsters are telling the press that Greenland is melting at catastrophic speed

One of the top priorities of the Trump administration should be to root those responsible for this fraud out of government.


Job one for Trump: Dismantle EPA regulatory assault on economy

President-elect Donald Trump must begin unraveling the Obama legacy immediately. As harmful regulations continue to cripple economic growth, rescinding EPA regulations on coal is the first necessary step for the Trump administration to get America back to work and end the big government policies Obama instituted.

Since the 2007 Supreme Court decision in Massachusetts v. the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that agency has been able to regulate carbon emissions as “harmful pollutants” under the terms of the Clean Air Act.

Under the Obama administration that is exactly what the EPA did with the 2009 Carbon Endangerment Finding. This rulemaking in turn has been used to justify the continual implementation of regulations that expand the agency’s power and wage a war on coal.

The Trump administration must now begin rescinding these regulations under the terms of the Administrative Procedures Act, a process that could take up to two years. Best to get started now.

Currently under the EPA’s regulations published at 80 Fed. Reg. 64,510 and 80 Fed. Reg. 64,662, the EPA has the ability regulate both existing and developing power plants for excessive carbon emissions. This overreach was granted by the Obama administration and has worked to make coal electricity uneconomical.

By rescinding these regulations, Trump could provide a tangible opportunity for blue collar job growth in by beginning the rebuilding of the American coal industry.

But this is only the start. President Obama did not only put in place regulations which cripple businesses and make coal uneconomical, he also put in place regulations which disempowered citizens and state government eager to push against the EPA’s interjection.

Using sue and settle arrangements, environmental groups sue the EPA or local governments demanding to have issues addressed. To avoid further litigation, the parties settle the suit and the EPA is given permission to address the issue with newly expanded powers, even if previously the EPA had not jurisdiction or authority over the issue. Sue and settle provides them with new oversight.

While the Obama administration has used sue and settle arrangements throughout the last 8 years to expand overreach, rescinding prior sue and settle arrangements under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act would prevent the EPA from continuing to destroy local employment opportunities. Stop it where it stands.

This could be the first show of unity by the Trump administration and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) after a hard-fought campaign where Trump and McConnell did not always see eye to eye.

Despite having control over both houses in Congress, Trump could face barriers to the implementation of his agenda with McConnell. At one point in the campaign Trump pegged McConnell as the “epitome of an establishment Republican.” However, now, with a narrow lead in the Senate, Trump must rely on McConnell to deliver his platform.

While the two have argued on issues such as immigration reform, ending the Obama administration war on coal has been a pillar for the McConnell Senate. And surely Congress can act, by defunding harmful regulations. Where that is not possible or fails, rescinding regulations via the executive process is up to Trump.

This is one area Trump will be able to work together with McConnell, making the most of Republican majorities in both houses of Congress the next two years.

Trump gained the support from Americans left unemployed from the regulations of the Obama Administration placed on industry growth, now he can show them why his win was worth it, by dismantling the EPA assault on the U.S. economy and getting the job-creating engine back up and running.

Through the rescinding and defunding of harmful regulations and the barring of sue and settle arrangements, Trump and Congress can rein in the EPA while promoting job growth and free enterprise; something the Obama administration could never accomplish.


Skeptics Thrown Out Of UN Climate Summit After Holding Pro-Trump Event

Three global warming skeptics were thrown out of the United Nations (U.N.) summit in Morocco after holding a pro-Donald Trump event where one of them tore up a copy of the Paris climate agreement.

“UN Security escorted three members of an Non-Governmental Organization called the Competitive Enterprise Institute off the premises today, and removed badges for the duration of the week, after an unregistered demonstration,” U.N. spokesman Nick Nuttall told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

One of those skeptics was Marc Morano, the publisher of Climate Depot, who was tossed out of the Marrakech summit after shredding a copy of a climate deal signed by nearly 200 countries last year. Morano was taken off the premises and won’t be allowed back in, the U.N. said.

Morano, wearing a red Trump hat, said “the delegates here seem to be in deep denial about President-elect Trump’s policies” before being escorted off the premises by security, according to ABC News.

The Rebel Media, a conservative Canadian news site, snapped a photo of Morano being forcibly moved by U.N. security guards.

Morano was holding an event near the U.N. summit’s media center that featured a giant poster of President-elect Trump behind him. Morano already made waves after publishing a lengthy report challenging the very foundation on which the U.N. summit was built: man-made global warming.

The U.N. apparently thought his “unregistered” demonstration went too far.

“Members of this NGO have attended previous UN climate conferences and there is a well-publicized code of conduct for NGOs,” Nuttall said. “This requires them to register a planned demonstration with UN security for approval. All peaceful demonstrations within the conference are approved and roughly 10-15 are happening every day at the Marrakesh conference. Approval is not based on the message demonstrators wish to send, political or otherwise, but on the safety of delegates. This is especially relevant with Heads of State still present on the premises.”

“The UNFCCC is one of the most tolerant UN bodies in respect to permitting demonstrations at its conferences but we need demonstrators to respect this well-established code for their own safety and the safety of all participants,” Nuttall said.

Morano’s event attracted a large crowd of reporters and photographers before being shut down.

U.N. delegates are in Marrakech to hash out an implementation plan for the so-called Paris agreement that was ratified by enough countries to come into effect this year. But delegates were disheartened by Trump’s recent election win.

President-elect Donald Trump vowed to “cancel” the Paris deal. Trump also promised to stop funding U.N. global warming programs, despite being called a “climate denier” by left-wing activists.


"PEAK" OIL? The USGS Just Found 20 Billion Barrels of Oil

Thanks in part to fracking

In what seems to becoming a weekly occurrence, the oil industry just produced another stunning example of its ability to find new reserves in the 21st century. A new assessment of the so-called “Wolfcamp shale” formation near Midland, Texas estimates that the region contains some 20 billion barrels of crude and another 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids. Take that, “peak oil” doomsayers. The Texas Tribune reports:

[The Wolfcamp shale estimation is] three times higher than the amount of recoverable crude the agency found in the Bakken-Three Forks region in the upper midwest in 2013, making it “the largest estimated continuous oil accumulation that USGS has assessed in the United States to date,” according to a statement.

“The fact that this is the largest assessment of continuous oil we have ever done just goes to show that, even in areas that have produced billions of barrels of oil, there is still the potential to find billions more,” said Walter Guidroz, program coordinator for the USGS Energy Resources Program.

The fact that the USGS is now—in 2016—making its largest-ever estimate of a single oil resource speaks volumes about the state of American energy security, and the speed at which our country’s oil landscape has changed over the past decade as a result of the shale revolution.

To be clear, without technological advances like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal well drilling—two practices that have only been deployed en masse over the past eight years or so—we wouldn’t be counting these 20 billion barrels of crude as recoverable.

While OPEC struggles to stay afloat in a market where crude struggles to break $50 per barrel, U.S. shale producers are surprising analysts and petrostates alike with their ability to keep the oil flowing at these bargain prices. This resiliency can largely be put down to their relentlessly innovative spirit and the dogged pursuit of technological advances to help streamline drilling processes and bring breakeven costs down. But new technologies aren’t just keeping shale firms afloat, they’re also uncovering new reserves of oil and gas that will continue to buoy America’s position as a major energy supplier for years to come.


Thanks to shale, the US is flush with a record amount of natural gas— just in time for winter

The United States has never entered a winter with more natural gas at the ready, according to the latest data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). During the warmer months of the year, countries pump drilled natural gas into storage, anticipating a cyclical spike in demand when temperatures start falling. As we head into those colder months now, the amount of natural gas in storage here in the United States has just hit an all-time high, as the EIA reports:

Working natural gas in storage reached a record high of 4,017 billion cubic feet (Bcf) as of November 4, according to EIA’s latest Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report. Inventories have been relatively high throughout the year, surpassing previous five-year highs in 48 of the past 52 weeks…The injection season for natural gas storage typically runs from April through October, although net natural gas injections sometimes continue for several weeks during November. In fact, the previous record for natural gas storage was set at 4,009 Bcf for the week ending November 20, 2015.

So what does this mean for American families looking to heat their homes with natural gas this winter? Well, as the EIA explains, that all depends on the weather:

Based on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) winter forecast, EIA expects U.S. average household natural gas consumption to increase 8% this winter, with the largest increases in the Northeast and Midwest census regions. Under this scenario, EIA expects inventories to end the winter at slightly below 1,900 Bcf. However, temperatures so far this winter have consistently been at or above weekly average normal levels, and NOAA’s latest three-month temperature outlook forecasts that December–February temperatures will be higher than normal. In a scenario with temperatures 10% warmer than forecast, U.S. average household natural gas consumption would be 1% lower this winter compared to last winter, with inventories at winter’s end near 2,300 Bcf.

But while the exact rate at which households and businesses consume natural gas in the United States this winter remains to be seen, we do know that we’ve never been in a better position with respect to natural gas. This abundance isn’t just a boon to energy security, it also corresponds to cheaper prices, a development that is especially helpful for poorer families for whom their heating bills make up a larger slice of the monthly budget.

We’d be remiss to not give credit where credit is due for this unprecedented hoard of natural gas: Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal well-drilling of shale formations around the country are entirely responsible for this resurgence in oil and natural gas production over the past eight years. It is hard to overstate the impact fracking has had on the U.S. energy landscape, and this latest glut of gas is just the latest example of its ability to shore up U.S. energy security.



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