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On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare

On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening. It’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem.


The author in Maranhão, Brazil, 1995

I may seem like a strange person to be saying all of this. I have been a climate activist for 20 years and an environmentalist for 30.

But as an energy expert asked by Congress to provide objective expert testimony, and invited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to serve as Expert Reviewer of its next Assessment Report, I feel an obligation to apologize for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public.

Here are some facts few people know:

    - Humans are not causing a “sixth mass extinction”
    - The Amazon is not “the lungs of the world”
    - Climate change is not making natural disasters worse
    - Fires have declined 25% around the world since 2003
    - The amount of land we use for meat — humankind’s biggest use of land — has declined by an area nearly as large as Alaska
    - The build-up of wood fuel and more houses near forests, not climate change, explain why there are more, and more dangerous, fires in Australia and California
    - Carbon emissions are declining in most rich nations and have been declining in Britain, Germany, and France since the mid-1970s
    - Netherlands became rich not poor while adapting to life below sea level
    - We produce 25% more food than we need and food surpluses will continue to rise as the world gets hotter
    - Habitat loss and the direct killing of wild animals are bigger threats to species than climate change
    - Wood fuel is far worse for people and wildlife than fossil fuels
    - Preventing future pandemics requires more not less “industrial” agriculture

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Energy Department Backs Coal-Based Products

The Department of Energy has announced it plans to provide $122 million in funding for the manufacturing of coal-based products. The announcement called for the establishment of "coal products innovation centers" in major basins across the country, including Appalachia and the Powder River Basin.

Coal-based products, like carbon fiber and graphene, would ideally be used in high-tech industries, from 3-D printing to aerospace engineering. The announcement is the latest and largest step the federal government has taken toward funding the emerging industry.

Angelos Kokkinos, Assistant Secretary for the DOE's Office of Clean Coal, said the coal-to-products industry could prove a large economic opportunity for mining communities. These technologies, Kokkinos said, "can provide a substitute to the high revenue that communities were getting when they were mining coal for power production."

Randy Atkins has advocated for the coal-based products industry for the last decade. Atkins serves as Vice Chair of the National Coal Council, and his company Ramaco was the recipient of $5 million in DOE grants last year. Ramaco currently has plans to open a mine and a coal-to-products manufacturing center near Sheridan, despite facing permitting issues and local pushback.

Atkins said he believes that the DOE's announcement is confirmation that his work is garnering mainstream support. "There are an explosion of things that you can use coal for," he said, "And it's really just now becoming recognized."

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RECLAIM Act To Boost Coal Communities Passes House As Part Of Infrastructure Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday passed a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that includes two provisions that would specifically help coal-reliant communities in the Ohio Valley.

The bill, called the Moving Forward Act, includes funding for roads and bridges, rural broadband, drinking water system repairs, renewable energy, and affordable housing, all of which Democrats say would create millions of jobs and help the economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

But Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky indicated he would not bring the bill to a vote, calling it “political theater” too focused on cutting carbon emissions.

“That kind of rhetoric from our senator is really damaging to years of collaboration across party lines,” said Rebecca Shelton, the coordinator of policy and organizing for the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, which represents coal miners. “Ultimately, failure to move these bills forward in the Senate would be of true detriment to Kentuckians.”

The components specifically geared towards coal communities are the RECLAIM Act and the reauthorization of the Abandoned Mine Lands Fund, both of which have long been on the wish list for regional advocacy groups. The RECLAIM Act would invest $1 billion in cleaning up land and water polluted by coal mining, and would help turn old mine lands into economic engines in a region long marked by poor job prospects. The RECLAIM Act has passed the House in previous years with bipartisan support, but has stalled in the Senate.

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Second Newcastle Max Calls at Port of Mobile Sets Export Metallurgical Coal Loading Record

The Alabama State Port Authority received another Newcastle Max bulk carrier loading a record 135,484 short tons (122,909 metric tons) of export metallurgical grade coal at its McDuffie Coal Terminal. The Newcastle Max class bulk carrier, NSU VOYAGER, matches the previous record bulk ship to call the port measuring 984.2 feet (300 meters) in length overall (LOA) and has a width of 164.3 feet (50 meter beam). All of her cargo loaded at McDuffie consisted of Alabama metallurgical grade coal bound for Asian markets.

NSU VOYAGER loads over 135,400 net tons of Alabama metallurgical grade coal.

Rick Clark, deputy director and chief operating officer for the Port Authority, noted the increased Newcastle Max calls match increasing Post-Panamax vessel calls into Mobile, in part due to ongoing infrastructure investments. “We’re rapidly achieving our goal to deepen the channel to -50 ft. draft, and shippers are seeking ports where they can soon leverage capacity opportunities.” The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Port Authority recently signed the project agreement to let channel construction contracts by year-end 2020. “When our channel is deepened, the Newcastle Max will be able to load far more tonnage, generating more capacity and better rates to service international market opportunities,” said Clark.

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 New Dem Climate Plan Disaster

On Tuesday, Nancy Pelosi's House Democrats unveiled a terrible climate plan modeled after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal." It's a terrible plan, one that would devastate the economy and sacrifice vast areas of unspoiled natural land to industrial wind and solar.

Ironically, Michael Shellenberger also posted a dramatic apology this week on behalf of environmentalists (like him) that have been misleading the public about climate change. His post has been mysteriously appearing and disappearing at Forbes. He then posted a second hard-hitting piece at Forbes that details the tremendous cost and dirty ecological footprint that could be a consequence of ramping up renewable energy use along the lines the Democratic plan imposes. It would mean rough times for the energy poor and devastation for endangered species, particularly birds:"

Michael Shellenberger, this week posted a dramatic apology for the climate scare on behalf of environmentalists that has been mysteriously appearing and disappearing at Forbes.  He posted another hard-hitting piece at Forbes that details the tremendous cost and massive  dirty footprint from wind and solar that the Democratic plan to force us to use 100% "renewable" energy would impose.  This means rough times for the energy poor, and devastation for endangered species, particularly birds:

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