Energy and the Environment
We have gathered here the opinions of several AEI experts on what they think the president should cover in his speech, as well as what we might expect him to actually say. They look at education issues, America’s foreign and defense strategies, health care, the US economy, and more.
With respect to climate change, Keystone XL would transport 830,000 barrels per day of Canadian crude oil, the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from which would be 147-159 million metric tons per year on a lifecycle basis. In the extreme case in which the oil does not displace any other crude oil production elsewhere in the world, the increase in GHG emissions would be about 0.4 percent of the world total.
The opposition to Keystone XL is one manifestation of the essential anti-human core of modern environmentalism that has become more prominent in the Democratic Party.
Despite concerns of environmentalists, Americans solidly support building the pipeline.
Falling oil prices have been called shocking, unprecedented, and (most incredibly) a highly regrettable development that will end the rise of American stock market and create unrest and uncertainty around the world. However, what we are experiencing is the eighth oil price decline of more than 30 percent during the past 30 years.
Should we take the US-China climate deal seriously? New data of US and Chinese carbon emissions estimate Chinese emissions are now 95% higher than American.
The conclusion that we need to harden the grid immediately is about as clear as anything can be, as a matter of elementary risk analysis. Yet our decision processes have become so sclerotic that we are unable to deal with this very clear mortal threat, and now we have put ourselves in a terrible strategic posture.
Any agreement between developed and developing nations over climate change transfer payments is unlikely to be put into practice due to high economic costs.
Hyperbole, scientists say, obscures the complex story of what’s really happening to bees and why—and the risks that advocacy groups and activist journalists risk of driving science and agricultural regulations into a policy ditch.
Reports that honey bees are dying in unusually high numbers has concerned many scientists, farmers and beekeepers, and gripped the public.