Paul Driessen

Paul Driessen is senior policy advisor for the Congress of Racial Equality and Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), which is sponsoring the All Pain No Gain petition against global-warming hype. He also is a senior policy adviser to the Congress of Racial Equality and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green Power - Black Death.

Monday, 31 May 2010 00:00 GFP Columnist - Paul Driessen

altLearning (the right lessons, hopefully) from the Gulf of Mexico disaster. 

Transocean’s semi-submersible drilling vessel Deepwater Horizon was finishing work on a wellbore that had found oil 18,000 feet beneath the seafloor, in mile-deep water fifty miles off the Louisiana coast. Supervisors in the control cabin overlooking the drilling operations area were directing routine procedures to cement, plug and seal the borehole, replace heavy drilling fluids with seawater and extract the drill stem and bit through the riser (outer containment pipe) that connected the vessel to the blowout preventer (BOP) on the seafloor.

Suddenly, a thump and hiss were followed by a towering eruption of seawater, drilling mud, cement, oil and natural gas. The BOP and backup systems had failed to work as designed, to control the massive amounts of unexpectedly high-pressure gas that were roaring up 23,000 feet of wellbore and riser.

Friday, 28 May 2010 00:00 GFP Columnist - Paul Driessen

altKerry, Lieberman and other congressional climate alarmists have some ‘splaining to do!

The new Kerry-Lieberman climate bill mandates a 17% reduction in US carbon dioxide emissions by 2020. It first targets power plants that provide reliable, affordable electricity for American homes, schools, hospitals, offices and factories. Six years later, it further hobbles the manufacturing sector itself.

Like the House-passed climate bill, Kerry-Lieberman also requires an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050. Once population growth and transportation, communication and electrification technologies are taken into account, this translates into requiring US emission levels last seen around 1870!

Thursday, 20 May 2010 00:00 GFP Columnist - Paul Driessen

altGlobal warming alarmists have chosen the wrong part of the climate cycle to head north.

First American Ann Bancroft and Norwegian Liv Arnesen trekked off across the Arctic in the dead of the 2007 winter, “to raise awareness about global warming,” by showcasing the wide expanses of open water they were certain they would encounter. Instead, icy blasts drove temperatures inside their tent to -58 F, while outside the nighttime air plunged to -103 F.

Open water is rare at those temperatures, the intrepid explorers discovered. Facing frostbite, amputated toes and even death, the two were airlifted out 18 miles into their 530-mile expedition.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010 19:00 GFP Columnist - Paul Driessen

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro on Capitol Hill on July 23, 2009 in Washington, DC.SEC says companies must disclose risks due to climate change. Seize the opportunity. - We are not weighing in on the climate debate. We are not opining on whether the world’s climate is changing, at what pace or due to what causes, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Shapiro insisted on announcing the SEC’s new 'interpretive guidance' on climate change.

The Commission’s two Republican members objected that the Obama Administration was using the Commission to promote its global warming and renewable energy agenda (along with the EPA, NASA, Defense and Interior Departments and others). It’s true, but irrelevant.

Environmentalists and 'ethical investing' groups had pressured the Commission for years to require corporate disclosure on climate matters. Now, as the SEC steps in, the Copenhagen treaty negotiations have collapsed in disarray. Cap-and-trade has bogged down over senators’ fears of further damage to the economy and their reelection chances. The Environmental Protection Agency has decreed that plant-fertilizing carbon dioxide is a 'dangerous pollutant,' because senators are increasingly reluctant to micromanage the economy, companies and families, but the regulations’ forward trajectory is uncertain. 

Saturday, 16 January 2010 18:00 GFP Columnist - Paul Driessen

The Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior ship goes past the city hall in Oslo December 9, 2009 on its way to Cophenhagen to demostrate at the Climate Change Conference.Unethical Greenpeace actions threaten the livelihoods and lives of millions - Should corporate ethics principles apply only to profit-making companies? Or should they also cover nonprofit corporations, especially those that badger for-profits to be more “socially responsible”?

Should corporations be judged partly on creating jobs, supporting communities, or improving and saving lives? And should nonprofit corporations be penalized for impeding the enhancement of human life?

The answers should be self-evident. But they’re not, as US nonprofits and politicians have repeatedly demonstrated.

Sunday, 27 December 2009 18:00 GFP Columnist - Paul Driessen

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer addresses delegates at the California Democratic Party Convention held in Sacramento, Calif. - AP Photo/April 25, 2009Senator Boxer is compounding the Climategate scandal with cover-up and obstruction - Aside from ideologues, hydrocarbon haters, Gaia worshipers, profiteers and power-grabbing politicians, most of the sentient world is beginning to realize that the hysteria over global warming disasters is based on dubious to fraudulent temperature data, analyses, models, reports and peer reviews.

Climate Research Unit emails, HARRY_READ_ME.txt computer memos, and blatant tampering with Australian, Russian, UK and US temperature data make the scandal impossible to ignore or explain away. They also helped ensure that Copenhagen descended into an expensive, carbon-emitting gabfest - and that China and India rejected any deal that would force them to curtail their energy generation, economic growth and poverty reduction programs.


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