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.

Saturday, 24 October 2009 19:00 GFP Columnist - Paul Driessen

ImageIt’s time to reexamine far-fetched claims that drive US energy and global warming policy - As the 821-page Kerry-Boxer climate bill gets fast-tracked in the Senate, as a companion to the 1427-page House bill, it is critical that we reexamine the assumptions behind cap-tax-and-trade legislation.

The Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Information Administration and other optimistic analysts claim America can limit and tax hydrocarbon use, and switch to “ecologically friendly” renewable energy, with minimal harm to families, businesses and jobs. Their low-ball cost estimates are based on assumptions that can only have come from another planet:

Wednesday, 14 October 2009 19:00 GFP Columnist - Paul Driessen

ImageWhat if we applied corporate standards to the “science” that is driving global warming policy? - Imagine the reaction if investment companies provided only rosy stock and economic data to prospective investors; manufacturers withheld chemical spill statistics from government regulators; or medical device and pharmaceutical company’s doctored data on patients injured by their products.

Media frenzies, congressional hearings, regulatory investigations, fines and jail sentences would come faster than you can say Henry Waxman. If those same standards were applied to global warming alarmists, many of them would be fined, dismissed and imprisoned, sanity might prevail, and the House-Senate cap-and-tax freight train would come to a screeching halt.

Saturday, 19 September 2009 19:00 GFP Columnist - Paul Driessen

Dr. Norman Borlaug speaking at the Ministerial Conference and Expo on Agricultural Science and Technology in June 2003Saluting Norman Borlaug’s scientific, agricultural and humanitarian legacy - “Since when did you become a global warming alarmist?” I kidded Norman midway into our telephone conversation a few weeks before this amazing scientist and humanitarian died.

“What are you talking about?” Dr. Borlaug retorted. “I’ve never believed that nonsense.”

I read a couple sentences from his July 29 Wall Street Journal article. “Within the next four decades, the world’s farmers will have to double production … on a shrinking land base and in the face of environmental demands caused by climate change. Indeed, [a recent Oxfam study concludes] that the multiple effects of climate change might reverse 50 years of work to end poverty.”

Monday, 07 September 2009 19:00 GFP Columnist - Paul Driessen

ImageObama's global warming policies have few US followers and fewer on the global stage - Few challenges facing America  and the world  are more urgent than combating climate change, President Obama has asserted. We will make it clear that America is ready to lead.”

The President and Al Gore are certainly ready to lead. But how many will follow? Even in America, and certainly on the world stage, the two increasingly look like Don Quixote and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza. As they tilt for windmills, and against a monstrous giant of infamous repute climate disasters conjured up by computer models and Hollywood special effects masters their erstwhile followers are making politically correct noises, but running for the hills.

Sunday, 23 August 2009 19:00 GFP Columnist - Paul Driessen

ImageFirst cars, next power plants. Wasting natural resources to promote eco ideologies. - It’s finally been euthanized (or so they say). But in the minds of politicians and rent-seekers, the cash-for-clunkers program was so successful that it deserved billions in taxpayer money.

Pols got to strut their green credentials. Car makers got to sell cars, via yet another subsidy. Consumers got free cash from hapless taxpayers, for new cars many otherwise wouldn’t have bought.

It was all so socially responsible and win-win – except for those poor taxpayers, who got saddled with still more debt. The other big loser of course is the antiquated notion that public policies should be based on sound science and economics.

Thursday, 06 August 2009 19:00 GFP Columnist - Paul Driessen

ImageDemand answers from your Senators and Congressman during their August recess - Americans are justifiably wary about Congress rushing to overhaul our healthcare system – 17% of our economy – with little debate, analysis or bipartisan input. They worry that the legislation could affect their costs, free choice, doctor-patient relationships and access to quality care.

They should be even more concerned about complex, thousand-page legislation that would overhaul 100% of our economy – the energy system that powers and enables everything we eat, heat, cool, grow, make, transport, drive and do – to prevent hypothetical manmade catastrophic climate change.


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