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Voice for Liberty Radio: Hydraulic fracturing: A conjured-up controversy?
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Voice for Liberty Radio: Hydraulic fracturing: A conjured-up controversy?

In this episode of Voice for Liberty Radio: Dwight D. Keen is former chairman of the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association. He spoke to the Wichita Pachyderm Club on the topic "Hydraulic Fracturing: A Conjured-up Controversy" on August 8, 2014. In the shownotes for this episode you can find the link to the short video that was shown as part of his talk. Also, you will find links to the handouts he distributed. Here's Dwight Keen at the Wichita Pachyderm Club on August 8, 2014. Shownotes Link to video shown during the presentation: Hydraulic Fracturing Handout: A fluid situation: Typical solution used in hydraulic facturing Handout: Gasland debunked Wichita Pachyderm Club
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Misguided faith

A big "thank you" to Mike Smith for his rebuttal to an op-ed printed in today's Wichita Eagle. In the commentary, which was signed by more than 60 members of the clergy from across the state, the writer states: "As people of faith, we believe it is our moral responsibility to care for all that has been entrusted to us." I think the moral responsibility of people of faith is to refrain from telling lies. And while we're at it, people of faith should stop using the coercive power of government to force others to conform to their prescriptions for life. God doesn't do that, and neither should they. Here's what meteorologist Smith has to say: Today's Wichita Eagle has a terribly unfortunate editorial letter from the Kansas Interfaith Power & Light, an advocacy group on the subject of glo...
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Are you worried about global warming?

To the extent that global temperatures are rising, and the extent that mankind is the cause, we should be concerned about global warming. Climate change I meant to say, please excuse me. It's no wonder that the term global warming has been replaced by climate change. As the following two charts show, the models that are in common use by climate scientists have predicted rising temperatures, but actual observations of temperatures have not conformed to predictions. Temperatures have been level in recent years. Here's a simplified chart of the temperatures predicted by climate scientists compared to actual temperatures. A more complicated version follows. Click on either chart for a larger version. As you can see, actual temperatures have not risen as they should have, if only the ...
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Recycling debate short on reason

Responses to a news story on recycling indicate that the issue is driven more by emotion and misinformation than reason. Recently I was interviewed by Carla Eckels of KMUW radio for a story titled Recycling: Is It Really Necessary? (Audio is available at that link.) The story was based on my research and opinion that in some cases, recycling is an economically beneficial activity. But for the household setting, it is not. (One point I meant to make, but forgot to, was that how wonderful it is that we have enough wealth that we don't have to recycle household waste. We are free to recycle if we want, but also free to make a personal decision to spend time on activities other than recycling.) Comments left to the story illustrate just how difficult it is to think about and de...
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For Gasland 2, there will be no dissent allowed

The maker of FrackNation writes "Our mistake was to believe the Tribeca Film Festival’s claims to want diversity of opinion and people who are passionate about film." Documentary filmmakers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney made FrackNation in response to the errors and lies in the anti-fracking film Gasland. Now there is Gasland 2, and McAleer and a group of farmers tried to see the film. It didn't go well. In January, as FrackNation was being released, I interviewed McAleer. You can read my report at FrackNation to tell truth about fracking. I asked this question: "So why are progressives and liberals opposed to fracking?" Perhaps tellingly, McAleer replied "Fracking brings economic boom to rural America, and many people view rural America as a backdrop, as something to be used...
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FrackNation to tell truth about fracking

Documentary filmmakers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney have produced a feature film that will help America understand the truth about fracking. Fracking -- short for hydraulic fracturing -- is a method of oil and gas production by injecting pressurized fluid into rock formations. Along with horizontal drilling, this technology has lead to a rise in the production of natural gas, leading to much lower prices for consumers, and to the possibility of U.S. exports. FrackNation, the film that McAleer and McElhinney made, is set for premier on AXS TV on January 22, 2013 at 9:00 pm eastern. I spoke to McAleer on the telephone last week. I asked is fracking really a big deal for America? He answered:"The word game changer is much overused, but this really is a game changer. It's going t...
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Occupy Koch Town protestors ignore facts

Below, Paul Soutar of Kansas Watchdog provides more evidence that the campaign against Wichita-based Koch Industries regarding their alleged involvement in the Keystone XL pipeline is not based on facts. Besides this article, U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo of Wichita has also written on this issue in The Democrats continue unjustified attacks on taxpayers and job creators. Another inconvenient fact is that if the Canadian oil is not sold to the U.S., it will be sold to and consumed in China. If we are concerned about greenhouse gas emissions leading to climate change, it should be noted that it doesn't matter where the greenhouse gases are produced. The effect is worldwide. But as we know, the radical environmental movement cares nothing for facts in their war on capitalism and human ...
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Fracking movie proposed

Americans are just starting to become aware of the tremendous potential of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as a method of producing oil, and especially, natural gas. Kansas has recently seen a flurry of activity in this area, and fracking is expected to provide many thousands of jobs for Kansas, along with cheaper energy. Filmmakers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer produced the 2009 film Not Evil Just Wrong that uncovered the myths and misinformation spread by radical environmental extremists. Now the two have looked at fracking and hope to produce a documentary film on this topic. They hope to use a new method of financing the film -- crowdfunding. Following is a press release announcing this effort. The link to the funding page is FrackNation: A documentary project in Los Ange...
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CSAPR not friendly, not a ghost

The following piece by Kansas Representative Dennis Hedke (district 99, Andover and parts of far east Wichita) illustrates another way in which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) overreaches. Hedke is a geophysicist by training and profession. Every citizen on the planet bears a responsibility toward stewardship of the environment. In the United States we have been blessed by much improved air and water quality over many decades of dedicated effort. There are, however, practical limits as to how far to push the envelope of "clean." The article presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Wichita Eagle on December 4, 2011 spoke to newly created rules placed on utilities, primarily targeted at coal-burning power plants. These new regulations fall with...
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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback on wind energy

Recently Kansas Governor Sam Brownback wrote an editorial praising the benefits of wind power. (Gov. Sam Brownback: Wind offers clean path to growth, September 11, 2011 Wichita Eagle) Brownback has also been supportive of another form of renewable energy, ethanol. But not everyone agrees with the governor's rosy assessment of wind power. Paul Chesser of American Tradition Institute offers a rebuttal of Brownback's article, which first appeared in a Bloomberg publication. Chesser writes: "Apparently Gov. Brownback has overlooked the horrid results of efforts in recent years to spur the economy and employment with government renewable energy 'stimulation' from taxpayer dollars. ... The lessons of failure with government mandates in pursuit of a renewable energy economy are not hard to...
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Study looks at spending, strategy in cap and trade debate

While those who advocate cap and trade legislation charge that conservatives, particularly Charles and David Koch, have outspent them, a study finds the opposite. According to American University Professor Matthew Nisbet, in 2009 environmental groups spent $394 million on climate change and energy policy efforts such as promoting cap and trade. Opposition groups spent $259 million. Information like this helps place the reports of conservative spending, including that of Charles and David Koch, in perspective. Without this, we're left with the one-sided reports from Greenpeace and the New Yorker magazine, in which numbers are mentioned without -- or with little -- context. Nesbit's report is Climate Shift: Clear Vision for the Next Decade of Public Debate. The report also looks a...
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More left-liberal environmental hypocrisy

This time it's Robert Redford caught in a few "do as I say, not as I do" moments. He opposes environmentally-friendly development near a vineyard he owns, as reported in the New York Times: "Robert Redford, the actor and environmental superhero, is a vocal supporter of renewable power and sustainable growth -- but it seems that doesn’t include a proposal for an ecofriendly housing development in his corner of the Napa Valley." But if you have $1,975,000 he'll sell you a lot for a luxury vacation home. He campaigns against the use of oil -- while at the same time being paid by United Airlines to create advertisements encouraging flying. Filmmakers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer have put together a short film that illustrates. View it below or in glorious high-definition at Rob...
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Global warming alarmism: the money motive

The motives of global warming alarmists, who insist that mankind must ratchet back economic progress in order to save the earth's climate: Are these motives pure and scientific, or are there other forces in play? Many have suspected that the global warming battle is more a war against capitalism than anything else. Now new information is revealed that reinforces these suspicions. As Investor's Business Daily tells it: "Ottmar Edenhofer, a German economist and co-chair of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Working Group III on Mitigation of Climate Change (say that twice), told the Neue Zurcher Zeitung last week: 'The climate summit in Cancun at the end of the month is not a climate conference, but one of the largest economic conferences since the Second World Wa...
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Fifteen bad things with wind power — and three reasons why

Here's an article full of important observations about the drive to produce more of our electricity from wind power. For example, promoters of wind (and solar) say we can use it to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. But this article points out that only one percent of our electricity is generated from oil. Another important observation has to do with the high cost of electricity generated by wind: "Along the way, yet another claim has been made: that wind energy is low cost. This is surprisingly bold considering that if that was really true, then why would any RES be necessary? For some reason all 'calculations' showing wind to be low cost conveniently ignore exorbitant subsidies, extra backup and balancing costs, additional transmission costs, etc." That's a simple and brilliant...
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The Climategate Whitewash Continues

Last year's disclosure of email correspondence between climate scientists was a wake-up call to the world. The emails showed leading climate scientists exhibiting "professional misconduct, data manipulation and jiggering of both the scientific literature and climatic data." Since then, there have been several reviews of this episode, each finding there was no untoward behavior by the scientists. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Patrick J. Michaels takes a look at these reviews and finds that their purported independence is not as advertised. The Climategate Whitewash Continues Global warming alarmists claim vindication after last year's data manipulation scandal. Don't believe the 'independent' reviews. Last November there was a world-wide outcry when a trove of emails were re...
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Global warming to be topic at Wichita presentation

This Friday (June 11) the Wichita Pachyderm Club features Mike Smith, C.C.M. of WeatherData Services, Inc. as its guest presenter. His topic will be "An Atmospheric Scientist Looks at Global Warming." I have seen this presentation, and it is very informative and should not be missed. This special presentation will end at 1:15 pm instead of the usual 1:00 pm ending time. All are welcome to attend Wichita Pachyderm Club meetings. The program costs $10, which includes a delicious buffet lunch including salad, soup, two main dishes, and ice tea and coffee. The meeting starts at noon, although it's recommended to arrive fifteen minutes early to get your lunch before the program starts. The Wichita Petroleum Club is on the ninth floor of the Bank of America Building at 100 N. Broadway (...
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Greenpeace climate change extremists are hot on the trail

Climate change -- its reality (or not) and man's response to it -- is an important topic and deserves serious discussion. The actions of one of the most prominent and vocal groups promoting a radical global warming agenda, however, aren't fostering greater understanding of the issue, much less an informed debate. Last month's attack on Koch Industries by Greenpeace used misleading information and exaggerated claims of uncovering purportedly "secret" information to advance its agenda. As people become aware of the shaky foundation of the climate science promoted by groups like Greenpeace, we can expect more attacks like this recent report. Groups that promote an extremist view of climate science as does Greenpeace need to deflect attention from the facts. Personal attacks are one way...
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Greenpeace report on Koch Industries criticized

Last week's report on Koch Industries by Greenpeace has sparked a bit of critical discussion beyond the usual news coverage. At Reason.com, the underwhelming nature of the report's revelations is noted: "The Greenpeace noise machine managed to persuade the Guardian to publish a 'shocking' article detailing the amazing fact that donors tend to support groups that advocate points of view with which they generally agree." The article also notes the tremendous amount of money given to causes purported to support environmental issues: "In 1999, individuals, companies and foundations gave an average of $9.6 million a day to environmental groups." To place that number in context, Greenpeace is creating an issue over Koch donations of $25 million given over three years. A Scientific Am...
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Greenpeace attack on Koch Industries exaggerates, misleads

This week's release of a report by the extremist environmental group Greenpeace on Wichita-based Koch Industries contains claims that exaggerate the nature of the information contained in the report. These over-hyped "findings" are used to advance Greenpeace's global warming alarmist agenda, but should give us cause to examine Greenpeace and its agenda. The title of the report -- "Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine" is the first exhibit. The peculiar use of the term "climate denial" -- used in the report's title and repeated many times in the report -- makes it look as though the organizations named in the report deny the existence of climate itself, which is, of course, nonsense. Even the term "climate science denial," which is also used, is misleading. We've seen in recent ye...
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Greenpeace report aims to stifle debate on climate science

Wichita's Koch Industries has come under attack from an environmental extremist organization for its support of open debate and dialog about the science of climate change. A report issued by Greenpeace uses inflammatory language and a one-sided view of the facts surrounding climate change in order to attack those it disagrees with. This comes at a time when scientists and the public are becoming increasingly skeptical of the claims of extremist organizations like Greenpeace -- and with good reason, too. Revelations such as the emails from the East Anglia Climate Research Unit, for example, have peeled back the veneer and revealed extremists who have more than the pure pursuit of science as their agenda. This Greenpeace report is another example. As an example of the way the repor...
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