The Heartland Institute podcast featuring scientists, authors, and policy experts who take the non-alarmist, climate-realist position on environment and energy policy.
Want to Go Green? Then You Need Nuclear (Guest: Amy Oliver Cooke)
As The Heartland Institute is getting ready for our big climate conference in Las Vegas October 15-17 (ICCC-14), we wanted to offer you some sneak previews of what the program will look like. And how better to do that than to invite our speakers to give previews of the presentations they are preparing?
In our fifth in this series, broadcast LIVE on YouTube Thursday, July 15, Amy Oliver Cooke, Chief Executive Officer of the John Locke Foundation, gave a sneak peek of her Las Vegas presentation. In this preview, Cooke will discuss "Want to Go Green? Then You Need to Go Nuclear."
Spoiler alert. If people want low carbon emissions from the electricity sector and still want to live in the 21st century, the affordable, reliable, environmentally friendly way to do it is nuclear power. Period. It’s that simple.
Learn more about the conference at this link.
The Benefits of Fracking (Guest: Elizabeth Stelle)
Pennsylvania has been at the forefront of the fracking revolution over the past decade and a half, producing energy that has benefitted the state, the region, and the nation. Despite the fact that fracking has proven safe, PA Gov. Tom Wolf has banned new drilling on state lands, supported decisions to ban production in the Delaware River Basin, and is attempting, through executive action, to force Pennsylvania into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). RGGI has resulted in higher energy prices and lost jobs in every state that joins it. Republicans and the Commonwealth Foundation are fighting Wolf's efforts, defending property rights and economic progress in the process.
The Fight For Sound Energy, Transportation, and Economic Policies (Guest: Ken Girardin)
The Yankee Institute was at the forefront of efforts to defeat the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) in Connecticut. TCI would have imposed a regionwide cap, trade, and tax system over Northeast states to force people out of their cars. It would have raised the cost of driving similar to the way the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has raised the cost of electric power. Connecticut is stagnating and losing population and businesses due, in part, to his high regulatory and energy costs. These programs have nothing to do with protecting the environment but a lot to do with paying off key constituencies. Politicians want to appear green without actually being green.
The SEC's Climate Risk Disclosure Proposal Is Dangerous, Woke Socialism (Guest: Luke Hogg)
The Biden/Harris administration are attempting to remake the U.S. economy in part by forcing all corporations, retirement, and portfolio funds to consider climate risks as fundamental considerations in their business decisions, investments and disclosures. To the detriment people’s retirement funds and investments, the SEC is proposing for considerations of climate risks to trump the pursuit of maximizing returns. Climate risks are uncertain, most businesses' success or failure won't be determined by climate risks, and government has no role in dictating what concerns businesses should account for when making investment decisions.
Poll Reveals How Liberal Media Misleads Americans on Climate Change
A new Rasmussen/Heartland Institute survey offers some absolutely incredible data that shows that people who watch left-leaning media are much more likely to be wildly incorrect about the facts related to important topics in the news. CNN and MSNBC viewers were way off on numerous factual questions.
If you're interested in seeing the full Rasmussen/Heartland survey results discussed in this video, go here: https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/rasmussenheartland-poll-climate-change
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The Politically Messy Road to Carbon Dioxide Limits (Guest: Todd Myers)
Fearing higher energy prices, voters in Washington state have twice rejected initiatives that would impose limits on fossil fuel use. Ignoring the majority of voters' wishes, Democrats who control the legislature imposed a carbon dioxide cap-and-trade plan contingent on an increase in the gas tax (which would have to be passed by a supermajority). This was part of a grand bargain to get moderate Democrats to sign onto legislation they had previously rejected. Gov. Inslee (D), in a potentially unconstitutional manner, line-item vetoed the tax. The law would limit carbon dioxide emissions and raise energy prices, but it may all be undone by the courts.
Burnett Is a Problem
Sterling Burnett is a smart guy but his interview skills, while much better than when he started, are still weak. He speaks too fast. He mumbles or drops his volume as he asks questions and speaks making it difficult to understand him. As do so many interviewers these days, he interrupts his interviewees after he asks them questions, asks a simple question then adds a longer question and provides his own answer to the question before allowing his interlocutor to answer the initial question, and often pontificates about the subject at hand rather than allowing the interviewee to answer. I listen to these podcasts to listen to the expert or scientist, not Sterling. If Sterling wants to express his opinions or his expertise, he should host a solo show without a guest or have a guest but frame the episode as a conversation between equals. The podcasts always provide good, useful, educational information. The interviewer gets in the way, though.
4 stars for the podcast (there is always room for improvement). 2 stars for Sterling’s interview technique.
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Push back the narrative
When you just listen to the science you like you are not using critical thinking. Just because a group disagrees doesn’t mean they are wrong. It mean the science is not yet fact it is just a theory and if you can’t prove your theory with facts it remains a theory not fact.