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Paul Driessen's Past Articles

169 articles

Jobs, prosperity and security via oil exports


published: November 16, 2014


The midterm elections underscore how much Americans value energy, job and economic revival – and how much they want less Washington control of their lives, livelihoods, and dreams for their c...

The Obama war on pipelines


published: November 09, 2014


“This is not the same industry we had 15 years ago,” Natural Gas Supply Association VP Jennifer Fordham said recently. That’s an understatement. The oil, petrochemical and manufac...

It’s rarely about the environment anymore


published: October 27, 2014


Back in 1970, when I got involved in the first Earth Day and nascent environmental movement, we had real pollution problems. But over time, new laws, regulations, attitudes and technologies cleaned...

Curbing Obama power grabs


published: October 27, 2014


You’ve got to admire the sheer audacity: Democratic Senator Mark Begich telling Alaska voters that he stood up to President Obama and fought for oil drilling and jobs in his state. Maybe he h...

We need some regulatory patriotism!


published: October 26, 2014


“My policies are on the ballot, every single one of them,” he reminded voters on October 2.   It’s no mystery why American companies have stockpiled over $2 trillion of ove...

RFK, Jr. wants me jailed … as a war criminal!


published: October 12, 2014


The “people’s climate march” was notable for the amazing energy, economic and climate illiteracy displayed by the mostly young people parading along New York City streets Septembe...

Breaking Russia’s energy stranglehold


published: October 12, 2014


European Union nations want to impose tougher economic sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine and providing the missiles that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. However, they are worried ab...

Protect the poor – from climate change policies


published: October 12, 2014


In a more rational, moral, compassionate, scientifically literate world, this Cornwall declaration would not be needed. It assesses the “far-reaching, costly policies” that the world&rs...;

What really drives anti-fracking zealots?


published: October 05, 2014


Recent news stories underscore the tremendous benefits brought by America’s fracking revolution. * The shale oil production boom could boost US crude production to 9.5 million barrels of oil...

EPA’s phony “environmental justice” caper


published: September 21, 2014


When it comes to energy, climate change, justice and transparency, the Obama Administration and its Environmental Protection Agency want it every possible way. Their only consistency is their doubl...

Obama AWOL again – on energy terrorism


published: September 06, 2014


Four news stories in four days sum up the Obama presidency and help explain why the world and U.S. economy are in such a mess. President Obama just returned from his two-week beach and golf vacatio...

Trampling on Coal Country families


published: August 25, 2014


Between 1989 and 2010, Congress rejected nearly 700 cap-tax-and-trade and similar bills that their proponents claimed would control Earth’s perpetually fickle climate and weather. So even as ...

“Climate-smart” policies for Africa are stupid, and immoral


published: August 25, 2014


The 2014 US-Africa Leaders Summit hosted by President Obama this past week brought together the largest-ever gathering of African government officials in Washington, DC. They discussed ways to bols...

The hidden “persuaders” of the environmentalist elite


published: August 11, 2014


America’s Big Green environmental agenda is set by elite foundations that decide which activists get the money. They form “affinity groups” to collude with President Obama’s...

Who’s really waging the ‘war on science’?


published: August 11, 2014


Left-leaning environmentalists, media and academics have long railed against the alleged conservative “war on science.” They augment this vitriol with substantial money, books, document...

Killing marine life with ethanol


published: July 28, 2014


Ethanol and other biofuel mandates and subsidies got started when politicians bought into claims that we are rapidly depleting our petroleum, and fossil-fuel-driven global warming is boiling the pl...

Greenpeace showcases its anti-human side


published: July 21, 2014


It was a surreal experience. As the Heartland Institute’s hugely successful Ninth International Conference on Climate Change ended, I agreed to let Greenpeace activist Connor Gibson intervie...

Holding Greenpeace accountable


published: July 07, 2014


Fossil fuel and insurance company executives “could face personal liability for funding climate denialism and opposing policies to fight climate change,” Greenpeace recently warned seve...

Breaking EPA’s climate science secrecy barriers


published: July 06, 2014


Can you imagine telling the IRS you don’t need to complete all their forms or provide records to back up your claim for a tax refund? Or saying your company’s assurances that its medica...

Executive fiats in the other Washington


published: June 22, 2014


Progressives believe in free speech, robust debate, sound science and economics, transparency, government by the people and especially compassion for the poor – except when they don’t. ...

Fixing our dictatorial EPA


published: June 22, 2014


Last year, Congress enacted 72 new laws and federal agencies promulgated 3,659 new rules, imposing $1.86 trillion in annual regulatory compliance costs on American businesses and families. It&rsquo...;

Hollywood’s hydrocarbon hypocrisy


published: June 16, 2014


Several Hollywood elites were recently caught red-handed on videotape, agreeing to take money from a Middle Eastern oil sheikh for another anti-fracking movie. Their actions were shameful, but they...

Just assume we have a climate crisis


published: June 02, 2014


Climate modelers and disaster proponents remind me of the four guys who were marooned on an island, after their plane went down. The engineer began drawing plans for a boat; the lumberjack cut tree...

The loony anti-Keystone campaign


published: May 25, 2014


What is this incessant nonsense over Keystone XL? It’s a pipeline, for crying out loud. The United States already has 185,000 miles of liquid petroleum pipelines, 320,000 miles of natural ga...

Manmade climate disruption – the hype and reality


published: May 12, 2014


The White House has released its latest National Climate Assessment. An 829-page report and 127-page “summary” were quickly followed by press releases, television appearances, interview...

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Paul Driessen

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Paul Driessen is senior policy adviser for the Congress of Racial Equality, Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow and Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green Power - Black Death, which documents the harm that restrictive environmental policies often have on poor people, especially in developing countries. He writes and speaks frequently on energy, environmental, economic development, malaria eradication, human rights, global warming and corporate social responsibility issues. His website is



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