My grandmother passed away a decade ago. Yet I can still remember her warm smile. She and most of my dad’s side of the family lived in a small village in East China. I first visited her back in 1983. By then, China had started limited economic reform for three years. People’s living standards had improved, but life in a village was still very hard.
As a single mom budgeting for energy costs, my blood pressure just went up a little higher. The Farmer’s Almanac recently released its latest prediction: This winter will be colder, and the 2015 summer will be hotter. That means higher energy costs in my family budget.
The boom in American natural-gas production during the past several years, and the consequent crash of domestic natural-gas prices, has caused many to call for the liberation of U.S. natural-gas exports.
The first Earth Day in 1970 came to pass with a plethora of statements from the usual alarmist suspects (e.g., Paul Ehrlich, Dennis Hayes, U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, et al) that, in hindsight, should make any sane person laugh out loud. The fact making these a lot less funny is that similarly outrageous statements are being made today by the likes of Al Gore & Co. A sampling of the 1970 stuff appears at the end of this commentary. The fatal fault underlying much said by these disciples of Thomas Malthus is their apparent ignorance of history.