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Philosopher and energy expert
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Jan 29 20 tweets 5 min read
Biden’s LNG pause: a deadly fraud

@JoeBiden has halted LNG expansion, which the world needs for low-cost, reliable, secure energy.

He pretends it's to lower prices or GHG emissions, but it will do neither.

Halting LNG is pure electioneering. And we'll all pay the price.
🧵👇 We live in a world that needs much more energy. Energy poverty is rampant, and even the wealthy world has chronic energy shortages.

Natural gas can dramatically help because it is low-cost, reliable, versatile, clean, and secure. And America can lead.
Jan 25 30 tweets 11 min read
The climate safety denial movement

For decades climate catastrophists have portrayed climate disasters as getting deadlier and deadlier.

Now that I and others have documented that we're safer than ever from climate, catastrophists are saying that disaster deaths don't matter! Image Reuters says “Drop in climate-related disaster deaths not evidence against climate emergency.”

But a drop in deaths from something—here, a 98% drop—is obvious evidence against it being an emergency.

Would Reuters say: “98% drop in flu deaths not evidence against flu emergency”?
Dec 26, 2023 26 tweets 9 min read
25 Holiday Power Facts about Energy and Climate

If this year's holiday discussions veer toward energy and climate issues, I've got you covered. Here are 25 facts that will make any honest person think twice about today's anti-fossil-fuel narrative. 1) Annual deaths from climate-related causes (extreme temperature, drought, flood, storms, wildfires) have declined 98% over the last 100 years, even as CO2 levels have risen.
Dec 1, 2023 8 tweets 3 min read
Answers to Gavin Newsom’s favorite myths about energy and climate

@RonDeSantis and @GavinNewsom only spoke about energy briefly in their @FoxNews hosted by @seanhannity, but in that time Newsom raised several of his favorite myths.

Here's answers to all of them. Myth: CA’s ICE ban is a model for the US.

Truth: 6 days after announcing this ban, CA, due to its shutdowns of reliable natural gas and nuclear plants, had to tell citizens there wasn't enough electricity for their EVs. Imagine what would happen if there were 10 times more EVs! Image
Nov 30, 2023 9 tweets 3 min read
The complete guide to the anti-human #COP28

The UN's celebrated COP (Conference of the Parties for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) 28 is an immoral and anti-science event.

Here's everything you need to know.
🧵👇 Why COP 28's hoped-for "aggressive climate action" = unprecedented death and destruction.
Nov 29, 2023 53 tweets 12 min read
Myth: UN COP climate conferences have been a force for good, but COP 28 must lead to far more “climate action.”

Truth: These conferences are immoral because they deprive billions of the energy they need to prosper.

They should be replaced by energy freedom conferences.

🧵 The leadup to the COP 28 climate conference has had a consistent theme: previous COPs have done an okay job of restricting fossil fuels in the name of reducing GHG emissions, but this one needs to restrict FF use far faster so as to reach net-zero by 2050.

This is 180° wrong. Image
Oct 17, 2023 40 tweets 9 min read
Today I will be addressing hundreds of African energy leaders at Africa Energy Week.

My message: for the sake of Africans and the rest of the world, African leaders need to confidently reject the net-zero movement and embrace energy freedom—including fossil fuel freedom.

🧵👇 Image Why African leaders need to confidently reject the net-zero movement

– Africa needs rapid growth in fossil fuel use, the opposite of net-zero, to develop and prosper.
– The morally bankrupt and weak net-zero leadership cannot withstand a confident African challenge.
Sep 21, 2023 42 tweets 10 min read
Myth: The best policy toward CO2 emissions is “net zero by 2050.”

Truth: NZ policies have been catastrophically destructive when barely implemented and would be apocalyptically destructive if fully implemented.

They should be abandoned in favor of energy freedom policies.
🧵👇 What are “net zero by 2050 policies”?

Government (coercive) actions whose primary and binding goal is the net-elimination of CO2 (and other GHG) emissions, whose number one source is fossil fuel use, by 2050.

In practice “net zero” means: *rapidly eliminate most FF use.*
Sep 7, 2023 48 tweets 11 min read
Maui's wildfire tragedy was caused by “green” policies, not warming

The unnecessarily large wildfires in Maui were not caused by the slow warming of climate but by “green” policies that prevented proper wildfire management.

Don't let the greens scapegoat fossil fuels.
🧵👇 Image How “green” policies caused the Maui tragedy
• Failure to actively manage flammable grasses and instead letting them grow “naturally”
• Spending $ on expensive “green” energy and not on power-line maintenance
• Deprioritizing water release in favor of “green” concerns
Aug 31, 2023 39 tweets 12 min read
25 myths in the media's Idalia coverage

The media are using Hurricane Idalia to spread the false narrative that fossil fuels make extreme weather danger worse.

In reality, FFs make us safer from extreme weather.

Here are answers to the media's top 25 extreme weather myths.
👇 Image Myth 1: The world is experiencing unprecedented danger from extreme weather thanks to fossil fuels.

Truth: The world is experiencing unprecedented *safety* from extreme weather thanks to FFs—because FFs' *climate mastery benefits* overwhelm any negative climate side-effects. Image
Aug 17, 2023 47 tweets 11 min read
Do Not Declare a “Climate Emergency”

Rising CO2 levels are:
1. Not dire: Humans are safer from climate than ever.
2. Not temporary: They will rise for decades.
3. Not in our control: We emit 1/7 of CO2—and falling.

“Climate emergency” declaration = endless dictatorship
🧵👇 Image As many leaders obsess about summer temperatures that are predictably a little warmer than they used to be—given the gradual warming trend and El Nino year—we are hearing more calls for the Biden Admin to declare a “climate emergency.”

This would be a catastrophic decision.
Jul 27, 2023 43 tweets 11 min read
Myth: This year's hot temps show that fossil fuels are already making Earth unlivably hot.

Truth: This year's hot temps are part of a slow warming trend on a planet where far more people die from cold than from heat, and where we need fossil fuels to protect us from both.

🧵👇 Image Leading media outlets are portraying this summer’s temperatures as unlivably hot, and offering the rapid adoption of anti-fossil-fuel policies as a solution.

In reality, cold is a far bigger problem than heat—and anti-FF policies will make us more endangered by both. Image
Jul 19, 2023 66 tweets 14 min read
Myth: Solar and wind are cheaper than fossil fuels

Truth: Solar and wind are only cheaper than FFs in *at most* a small fraction of situations. For the overwhelming majority of the world’s energy needs, S+W are either completely unable to replace FFs or far more expensive.

🧵👇 We incessantly hear claims that solar and wind are cheaper than fossil fuels:

@WEF characterizes “renewables” as “the world’s cheapest source of energy”

“Renewables: Cheapest form of power” says the UN.

All such claims involve a dangerous fallacy I call “false generalization.” Image
Jun 29, 2023 28 tweets 7 min read
How to answer loaded climate questions

As the Presidential race heats up, we’ll see candidates asked many “loaded questions” about climate—questions based on dubious assumptions that serve the questioner’s agenda.

Here are answers to 10 popular loaded climate questions.
🧵👇 1: Do you believe in “climate change”?

If by “climate change,” you mean some human impact on climate, yes.

But I don’t believe in “climate crisis.”

As the world has warmed ~1°C in the last century, climate disaster deaths have fallen 98% thanks in large part to fossil fuels.
Jun 1, 2023 28 tweets 7 min read
“Green energy” has 2 problems
1) It’s not really energy: It doesn’t provide reliable energy
2) It’s not really green: It has a huge “environmental impact”

The goal of “green energy” is to pretend to support abundant energy but to actually oppose it.…
🧵👇 The “green energy” movement claims that it wants cost-effective energy—affordable, reliable, plentiful—just without fossil fuels’ pollution or GHG emissions.

But this is contradicted by its hostility toward clean, non-carbon nuclear and hydro—the most proven alternatives to FFs.
May 16, 2023 82 tweets 20 min read
Myth: Fossil fuels would be used much less were it not for the disproportionately large subsidies they receive.

Truth: FFs would be used considerably more were it not for the disproportionately large *government punishments* that they receive.

🧵👇… Image Fossil fuel attackers claim that FFs are disproportionately subsidized by the US and other governments, and therefore new fossil fuel restrictions and solar/wind subsidies only level the playing field. If not for huge FF subsidies, they say, we’d rapidly stop using them.
May 4, 2023 67 tweets 17 min read
The IPCC's perversion of science

The IPCC's heralded Synthesis Report was supposed to accurately synthesize the best info about human beings' climate impacts in order to rationally guide policy.

Instead, it severely distorted science to advance a corrupt political agenda.

🧵👇 The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently published, to great fanfare, its "Synthesis Report" (SR)—the culmination of its lengthy 6th "Assessment Cycle" of reports on various aspects of human beings' climate impacts and their implications for policy.
Apr 12, 2023 26 tweets 6 min read
Biden's proposed mandate of 67% EVs in the 2030s is a dictatorial attack on American drivers and the US grid that will

1. Force Americans to drive inferior cars.

2. Create huge new demand for reliable electricity on a grid that is declining in reliable electricity supply.
🧵👇 Biden’s EPA is planning to dictate new emissions regulations for cars that will increase the EV market share of vehicles sold from currently 6% up to 67% by 2032.
Mar 31, 2023 32 tweets 7 min read
The limitless hidden costs of the IRA

We were told that the IRA would give us cheap “green” energy for “only” $400B in subsidies.

In reality, the IRA has a limitless price tag due to its 1) limitless # of years, 2) limitless $ per year, and 3) limitless harm to our grid.

🧵👇 The promise that for just $400B the IRA would give us cheap “green” energy never made sense.

If the “green” sources the IRA was subsidizing were actually on the verge of being cheap, they wouldn’t need to be subsidized.
Mar 30, 2023 13 tweets 3 min read
Where are the fact-checkers on this climate insanity by @JoeBiden on @TheDailyShow?

“If we don’t keep the temperature from going above 1.5 °C raised [since the 1800s] then we’re in real trouble. That whole generation is damned. I mean, that’s not hyperbole”

Totally false.
🧵👇 A goal of limiting warming to 1.5° since the 1800s never had any scientific basis whatsoever. The 1800s were a very cold time (Little Ice Age) and the 1°C warming since then has coincided with the greatest improvement in human life in history—in large part due to fossil fuels.
Mar 15, 2023 46 tweets 11 min read
We are in a global energy crisis.

As people look for solutions to this crisis, it is crucial that the right people get *implicated* (leaders of the anti-fossil-fuel movement) and the right people get *vindicated* (advocates of energy freedom).

Here's some ammunition
🧵👇 The causes of Europe’s energy insecurity…