James Taylor - Writer, Policy Analyst, Radio Host, Public Speaker

  1. Colorado Voters Recall Renewable Power Zealots

    September 14, 2013 by James

    Two of the Colorado legislature’s most aggressive advocates of renewable power mandates lost their Senate seats last night in a historic recall election. Gun control legislation took center stage in the national media coverage of the recall election, but Sens. John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) strongly alienated voters earlier this year championing costly renewable power mandates.

    Legislators’ Activist Credentials
    Morse, the sitting Senate President, sponsored Senate Bill 252, which doubled the percentage of costly power rural electric customers are required to purchase. The bill, which the Senate passed on a party-line vote, pleased environmental activist groups and liberal elites in Denver and Boulder while alienating Democratic, Republican, and independent voters in the rest of the state. Even the very liberal Denver Post urged the Colorado legislature to reject the bill.

    Giron took Morse’s bill and ran with it, frequently championing the electricity restrictions and related global warming claims in public events. For example, Giron spoke in favor of electricity restrictions and posed for photographs last month at a rally held by the environmental activist group I Will Act on Climate.

    Strong Message Delivered
    The recall of Morse and Giron sends a particularly strong message given the strong Democratic majorities in their respective districts. In Morse’s Senate district, registered Democratic voters outnumber registered Republican voters by a 56-to-44 percent margin. In Giron’s Senate district, registered Democratic voters outnumber registered Republican voters by a greater than 2-to-1 margin. Blue collar Democrats in large numbers joined independent and Republican voters to defeat Morse and Giron.

    Morse and Giron benefited from a massive advantage in campaign funds, outspending recall supporters by a 6-to-1 margin. Wealthy out-of-state liberal activsts such as Michael Bloomberg donated heavily in support of Morse and Giron, but the Democrats’ wealth disparity over recall supporters did them little good at the polls.

    With the defeat of Morse and Giron, Democrats now hold a razor-thin 18-to-17 majority in the Colorado Senate. Prior to the recall elections, the Democratic 20-to-15 edge gave the party a substantial cushion to ram through controversial legislation such as stringent gun control laws and costly renewable power mandates.

  2. Video: Taylor Debates Proposed Carbon Taxes

    June 15, 2013 by James

    Heritage Foundation senior fellow David Kreutzer and I debated the issue of a carbon tax against former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis and R Street senior fellow Andrew Moylan.

    No matter how a carbon tax is presented, it would be a nightmare for consumer living standards and the American economy. Importantly, I backed Inglis and Moylan into a corner where they conceded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must repeal all carbon-related regulations and Congress must repeal all “green” subsidies before they would support any carbon tax.

    The debate took place June 13, 2013 and appears in its entirety here.

  3. Video: Taylor Debates Ethanol, Energy Issues on Stossel

    by James

    John Stossel has posted full video of my May 23, 2013 appearance on Fox Business News’ Stossel show. In first segment of the show I discuss energy myths. In the third segment of the show I debate Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association, on the topic of ethanol. In the fifth segment of the show I answer audience questions.

    Video of the full show is available here.

  4. Tornado Activity at All-Time Record Low

    May 5, 2013 by James

    The next time you see an assertion by global warming alarmists or the leftist media that global warming is causing more extreme weather events, consider the following.

    Fewer tornadoes have struck the United States during the past 12 months than in any other 12-month period in U.S. history, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports.

    The past 12 months not only broke the previous record, it blew the old record away. During the past 12 months, merely 197 tornadoes struck the United States. Prior to this past year, the fewest tornadoes striking the United States during a 12-month period occurred from June 1991 through July 1992, when 247 tornadoes occurred.

    The new tornado record is particularly noteworthy because of recent advances in tornado detection technology. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is able to detect more tornadoes in recent years than in prior decades due to technological advances. Even with such enhanced tornado detection capability, the past 12 months shattered all prior records for recorded tornadoes.

    NOAA posted a list of the five “lowest non-overlapping 12 month counts on record from 1954-present.” Notably, each of these low-tornado periods occur since 1986, precisely during the time period global warming alarmists claim global warming is causing more extreme weather events such as tornadoes. According to NOAA, the lowest non-overlapping 12 month counts on record from 1954-present, with the starting month, are:

    197 tornadoes – starting in May 2012
    247 tornadoes – starting in June 1991
    270 tornadoes – starting in November 1986
    289 tornadoes – starting in December 2001
    298 tornadoes – starting in June 2000

    Read my full article here at the Heartland Institute.

  5. Video: Taylor Beats Down Renewable Power Mandates

    April 20, 2013 by James

    Earlier this month I testified in a Joint Committee hearing in the Arkansas Senate and House of Representatives regarding renewable power mandates. A renewable power activist apparently filmed my testimony, which is fine by me! In this video I explain why renewable power punishes our economy and harms our environment.

    Before these hearings, the Joint Committee appeared evenly split on the issue, with a very real chance that Arkansas would enact renewable power mandates. After my testimony, the bill’s sponsor could not get a single Joint Committee member to second a motion to bring the bill up for a vote. Ah, the power of truth!

    Check this testimony out, and share it with your friends and neighbors. Watch the video here.

  6. State Dept Says Minimal Environmental Impact for Keystone XL

    March 5, 2013 by James

    The proposed Keystone XL pipeline is “unlikely to have a substantial impact” on global climate, the U.S. Department of State concluded in a 2,000-page draft review issued March 1. In addition to having no substantial impact on global climate, the pipeline will have no substantial impact on U.S. aquifers or Canadian oil sands production, the State Department reported.

    The State Department report throws cold water on environmental activist assertions that the Keystone XL pipeline will create substantial environmental harm. Notably, the State Department is an executive agency overseen by John Kerry and, ultimately, President Obama.

    My full article on the State Department report is available here at the Heartland Institute’s Environment & Climate News.

  7. Obama Chooses Extremist to Lead EPA

    March 4, 2013 by James

    President Barack Obama told reporters this morning he is choosing EPA Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy, the architect of unprecedented restrictions on energy use and power generation, to become the new head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    McCarthy is a longtime advocate of energy restrictions that she says are necessary to stop global warming. She also says government should actively seek to transform energy production in the United States away from affordable conventional sources and toward more expensive renewable alternatives.

    “We must transform the power sector in a way that meets the needs of the 21st century,” McCarthy argued at the 2011 Energy, Utility & Environment Conference (EUEC) in Phoenix, Arizona. She repeatedly used the word “transform” to describe EPA’s goals for the nation’s energy use.

    Read my full article, documenting in detail McCarthy’s extremist vision, here at the Heartland Institute’s Environment & Climate New website.

  8. Natural Gas, Not Renewables, Reduces CO2 Most Effectively

    February 27, 2013 by James

    Environmental economist Bjorn Lomborg may foolishly agree with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change regarding many speculative and discredited global warming claims, but he does understand the compelling economic reasons not to buy into the alarmists proposed solutions. In a compelling article published in Slate, Lomborg explains how natural gas production through hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is doing more to reduce U.S. carbon dioxide emissions than all of the nation’s wind farms and solar panels put together.

    It is still more expensive to generate electricity from natural gas rather than coal, but natural gas dramatically reduces carbon dioxide and pollutants much more affordably than wind power and solar power.

    “Carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. are at their lowest level in 20 years. It’s not because of wind or solar power,” writes Lomborg.

    Slate published the article in September, but it is available here and is well worth reading today.

  9. Biofuel Programs Destroying America’s Grasslands

    February 20, 2013 by James

    Government biofuel programs are causing the destruction of America’s grasslands, scientists report in a newly published study in the peer-reviewed Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Spurred on by biofuel programs encouraging the development of grasslands and marginal croplands, America’s grasslands are disappearing at a pace comparable to deforestation rates in Brazil, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Read more here in my article for the Heartland Institute.

  10. James Taylor’s Testimony on Kansas Renewable Power

    February 19, 2013 by James

    Renewable power mandates are punishing the Kansas economy and providing little if any environmental benefit, I told the Kansas legislature in February 14, 2013, testimony in the House Energy and Environment Committee. My full testimony is available at the link below.

    James Taylor testimony Kansas renewables