Environment

Solar farm in North Smithfield

One bill’s $55 million price tag is a small sample of the increased cost of mandated “renewables.”

By Justin Katz | July 19, 2021 |

Exactly this dynamic, which Alex Kuffner reports in the Providence Journal, apply (with exponents) to the entire push for “green energy” more broadly: How much money could Rhode Islanders have been on the hook for if Gov. Dan McKee had not vetoed a bill that shifted some of the costs of solar and wind projects from…

An electric car charging

An actual comparison of net CO2 emissions for electric cars may be beside the point.

By Justin Katz | June 26, 2021 |

According to an analysis by natural resource investors Goehring & Rozencwajg, electronic vehicles may not actually have a net benefit when it comes to carbon.  Note the bit I’ve emphasized, here: April 14th 2021, Jefferies published a research note entitled “Are EVs as ‘Green’ as They Appear?” in which they conclude an electric vehicle must…

A black bear

Speaking of the danger of doom and gloom and issue-based propaganda…

By Justin Katz | June 16, 2021 |

Assuming the Associated Press’s science writer, Seth Borenstein, is accurately conveying the methodology of a study proclaiming that 37% of “heat deaths” around the planet were “caused by higher temperatures from human-caused warming,” the project seems problematic on its face: Scientists used decades of mortality data in the 732 cities to plot curves detailing how…

Solar farm in North Smithfield

Something tells me public opinion on solar farms is going to involve a lot of “oops, we shouldn’t have done that.”

By Justin Katz | June 11, 2021 |

The people of West Greenwich are not happy that the giant solar farm in their town has not met the “you can only see it from an airplane” standard, according to Tolly Taylor, on WPRI: “Does it meet the standard of you can’t see it anywhere but an airplane?” [Town Administrator Kevin] Breene said. “No.…

Liquid pouring into an invisible glass

Here are some climate-change facts you may not know.

By Justin Katz | June 9, 2021 |

It’s interesting to see information like this, in the New York Post, coming from Steven Koonin, who was undersecretary for science in the Obama administration’s Department of Energy: … both research literature and government reports state clearly that heat waves in the US are now no more common than they were in 1900, and that the…

A man holding an incandescent bulb

Imagine having a political opposition with enough strength to push back on RGGI.

By Justin Katz | May 28, 2021 |

One of the many programs, regulations, and schemes that quietly weigh down Rhode Island’s economy with a seemingly mysterious drag is the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which is essentially the predecessor imposition that Gina Raimondo presumed to expand as the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI). Li Le reminds us in the Epoch Times that…

Man holds shoe at Uyghur protest

How long until we start hearing the protest chant that “Green Is Slavery”?

By Justin Katz | May 23, 2021 |

What makes this moment in history strange (well, one thing, anyway) is that at the same time we’re hearing of the need to purge and punish every American brand or institution that was at all associated with slavery — like the state name Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, which had nothing to do with Southern…

Kamala Harris disembarks from Air Force 2 in RI

Under RI’s Act on Climate, can I sue Kamala Harris for her strange visit to Rhode Island?

By Justin Katz | May 6, 2021 |

A photo that Governor Dan McKee posted on his Facebook page, shown as the featured image for this post, caught my eye.  That’s an awfully big plane to carry one person hundreds of miles for tarmac handshakes with VIPs, a photo op with some local professionals, and a quick run to a neighborhood bookstore.  How…

A solar farm in the forest.

“Green” solar has eaten up about 4,000 acres of private forest land in RI and MA.

By Justin Katz | May 5, 2021 |

When government creates incentives, even with good intentions, it has an effect on people’s behavior.  Clark University Geography Professor John Rogan tells Scott O’Connell of the Telegram & Gazette, out of Worcester, that his team was surprised by the extent of damage solar mandates have done in these parts: According to Rogan, through a combination of…

Mark Zaccaria on Rhody Reporter

We’re all just guessing at the many ways Act on Climate will bite.

By Justin Katz | May 4, 2021 |

Progressives touted the “teeth” that the Act on Climate bill gave RI environmental mandates, but it has fallen to the opposition to explain what that might mean. In his latest Rhody Reporter segment Mark Zaccaria on Ocean State Current, Mark Zaccaria lays out a scenario in which a local government loses complete control over its own…

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