Cooler Heads Digest, 20 February 2009

by William Yeatman on February 23, 2009

in Cooler Heads Digest


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In the News

Don’t Count on ‘Countless’ Green Jobs
Max Schulz, Wall Street Journal, 20 February 2009

Will Lisa Jackson Turn the Clean Air Act into a De-Stimulus Package?
Marlo Lewis,, 19 February 2009

Debate Heats Up as Climate Cools Down
S. Fred Singer, Investor’s Business Daily, 18 February 2009

Obama’s Climate Plan Could Trigger a Trade War
Mark Drajem and Catherine Dodgem, Bloomberg, 20 February 2009

Take Climate Change Off the Agenda
Chris Horner and Maureen Bader, Financial Post, 18 February 2009

Gore’s Global Warming Riff Keeps Melting
Chris Horner, Human Events, 18 February 2009

Is Obama Planning To Sneak Kyoto Past Congress?
Chris Horner, the Federalist Society Policy Series, 16 February 2009

So What Does He Think of a Cap-and-Trade?
Iain Murray, Open Market, 20 February 2009

The War on Coal
Alan Caruba, Warning Signs, 18 February 2009

Thomas Edison to Henry Ford: Forget Electric Cars
Robert Bradley, Master Resource, 19 February 2009

News You Can Use

Leading Alarmist Defers Crisis to 2040

Sir John Houghton, Britain’s leading global warming alarmist and lead editor of the IPCC’s first three assessment reports, told an interviewer recently that major effects of global warming will not be seen for 20 to 30 years. Apparently, Sir John has not heard from Al Gore, IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri, NASA’s James Hansen, and President Obama’s pick for White House Science Adviser, Dr. John P. Holdren, that the impacts of global warming are they’re here, they’re now, and boy are they big.

Inside the Beltway

CEI’s Myron Ebell

EPW Stacks the Deck Against Common Sense

The good news is that the Congress is not in session this week.  But they’re back next week. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has scheduled a hearing at 10 AM EST on Wednesday, 25th February, titled, “Update on the Latest Global Warming Science.”  The first witness will be Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  Pachauri is an engineer and economist.  He regularly misrepresents climate science and smears scientists who disagree with the alarmist consensus that the IPCC supposedly represents.  Among the other witnesses, the witness invited by the Republican minority is Dr. William Happer.  He is Professor of Physics at Princeton University.  Notably, the Clinton Administration fired Happer in 1993 from his position as Director of Energy Research at the Department of Energy for disagreeing in public with then-Vice President Al Gore’s alarmist views on global warming.  The hearing should be available at the committee’s web site for viewing online.

EPA Reconsiders

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson has been making news this week with announcements about re-considering decisions taken by her Bush Administration predecessor, Stephen Johnson.  On Tuesday, EPA announced that Jackson would grant a petition from the Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund