Climate Liars – Exposing Climate Change Denial in Politics

December 18, 2011

The KeyStone Pipeline: Will create tens of thousands of jobs and increase US oil independence

Category: Keystone pipeline – admin 3:09 am

The Bi-partisan lie of John Boehner, Rep. Dan Boren and  Jon Huntsman…

Lie: The Keystone Pipeline will create 20,000 or more jobs and increase American energy independence

Truth: The Keystone Pipeline would create about 5000 jobs and much of the oil would actually be exported

The U.S. State Department claims that the keystone pipeline would create 5,000 direct US jobs over a 2 year period.

TransCanada (the company proposing to build the pipeline running from Canada to the US) claims that building the Keystone pipeline would create 20,000 direct jobs over a 2 year period.

Needless to say, many politicians (largely Republican but some Democrats are complicit here as well) have run with TransCanada’s, with the misguided assumption that these would be 20,000 permanent US jobs (when in fact, TransCanada’s numbers include jobs in Canada).

What’s more is the pipeline may actually destroy more jobs than it creates (one of the most common tricks/fallacies in estimating job creation for a certain project is ignoring the jobs it may destroy).

Further Reading:

December 17, 2011

The Solyndra “Scandal” & Solar Industry Growth

Category: Solyndra and the Solar Industry – admin 10:07 pm

The solar industry continues to grow.  In fact, 3rd quarter for 2011 saw more solar power installations in the US than all of 2009.  As the industry continues to grow, solar technology becomes easier and less costly to replicate, bringing it closer to economic parity with traditional energy sources.

Yet renewable/alternative energy detractors continue to claim that there exists no market for solar technology, and point to the failure of Solyndra as proof.  Sadly, these detractors believe that merely injecting the word Solyndra into a sentence makes their case.  But a few simple facts disprove this:

All of these facts are easily obtainable.  Sadly, many politicians who have ties to dirty energy sources or are against government subsidies and regulations due to philosophical views merely assume Solyndra’s bankruptcy provides a smoking gun against solar technology (if not an outright Watergate against President Obama).  The real tragedy is the millions of Americans who follow along without due diligence on the subject.