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02-12-16 -- Donn Dears - Scott Horton - Karen Kwiatkowski (MP3s & VIDEO LOADED)

Donn Dears (Retired GE Executive; Energy Expert; Author: Nothing to Fear: A Bright Future for Fossil Fuels) on why we have nothing to fear from Global Warming - Scott Horton (Scott Horton Radio) - Karen Kwiatkowski
Media Type: Audio • Time: 211 Minutes and 0 Secs
Guests: Donn Dears
Media Type: Audio • Time: 60 Minutes and 00 Secs
Guests: Scott Horton
Media Type: Audio • Time: 92 Minutes and 00 Secs

Hour 1 - 3

Media Type: Audio • Time: 211 Minutes and 0 Secs
Guests: Donn Dears

Hour 1 -- Donn Dears (Retired GE Executive; Energy Expert; Author: Nothing to Fear: A Bright Future for Fossil Fuels) on why we have nothing to fear from Global Warming

Hour 2 -- Scott Horton (Scott Horton Radio) on various foreign policy/civil liberty issues, summary of New Hampshire Primary and looking forward to South Carolina, etc...

Hour 3 -- Karen Kwiatkowski on women being drafted for the military - War & Rumors of Wars & POTUS 2016

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February 12th, 2016

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Hour 1

Donn Dears

Member of the Heartland Institute

Author of Nothing to Fear: A Bright Future for Fossil Fuels



Donn began his career at General Electric testing large steam turbines and generators used by utilities to generate electricity; followed, by manufacturing and marketing assignments at the Transformer Division. Later he led an organization servicing these and other GE products in the United States. He then established facilities around the world to service power generation, transmission and other electric equipment. Donn was involved with the work done at customer locations; steel mills, electric utilities, refineries, oil drilling and production facilities and open pit and underground mining operations. At every opportunity, he learned of the needs of these industries.

Donn has toured Saudi Arabia including a close-up inspection of the eastern province with its oil producing and shipping facilities. He has investigated many of the other oil producing countries in the Mideast and Northern Europe, as well as examining iron-ore mining locations and major shipping centers in Europe and Asia. All told, Donn has visited over 50 countries and has knowledge of their need for the technologies that can improve their well being and their use of equipment manufactured in the United States.

Following his retirement as a senior GE Company executive, he continued to study and write about energy issues. Before retiring as president of TSAugust, a 501 (C) 3 think tank comprised entirely of volunteers, he wrote

He has written two books as well as various papers and articles. He also speaks about energy issues at professional meetings, at conferences, and on cruise ships.

Donn has been active in the community, serving two terms on the board of the Reston Association, the second largest such association with over 60,000 residents.

Donn is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and served on active duty in the U.S. Navy.


About the Book - Nothing to Fear: A Bright Future for Fossil Fuels

Nothing to Fear explains why mankind has the ability to withstand nearly everything mother nature may throw at it, so long as mankind doesn t institute policies that cripple its ability to respond to potential threats.

Mankind needs the availability of more energy that s both affordable and reliable, if it is to have the ability to respond to severe weather, heat or cold, rising seas, drought or any of the other conditions that could afflict people worldwide.

The terrible conditions that plagued mankind in the past, when it lacked the energy to protect itself, included famines, starvation, death from freezing cold, and death from diseases that are now largely under control.

Recently, policies have been implemented that undermine mankind's ability to withstand threats Mother Nature may thrust upon it.

These policies have been instituted as the result of an unreasonable fear of carbon dioxide, an invisible harmless gas released when fossil fuels are burned, and an unjustified terror of climate change.

Unreasonable fear and unjustified terror were phrases used by president Roosevelt in his inaugural address to highlight that fear itself is a threat.

Today, we face a threat conjured up from questionable science that uses fear to promote policies that undermine mankind s ability to react to events.

These policies are failing, and more importantly, crippling our ability to fend off any problem that might result from changes in our natural world, whether it be higher temperatures, colder temperatures, drought or sea level rise.

The fact is, fossil fuels provide the affordable and reliable energy needed to protect mankind from Mother Nature s whims.

Nothing to Fear explores the flawed science behind the social movement that blames humans for global warming and climate change. Discrepancies with the science are discussed in Chapter 4, and the status of CO2 emissions is summarized in Chapter 5. The problems and limitations of wind and solar energy are presented in Chapters 6,7 and 8.

Chapter 9 shows how increased reliance on renewable fuels between now and 2020 will undermine the grid that collects and distributes energy to our homes and businesses.

Chapters 10 and 11 address the false hope of biofuels and how taxpayer-funded subsidies grossly distort energy markets. Chapters 12, 13 and 14 explain why carbon capture and sequestration lacks credibility, how the Waxman-Markey proposed legislation foretold the implementation of extreme EPA regulations, and why efforts to substantially reduce carbon dioxide emissions are futile.

To be complete, any book on energy must also discuss possible alternatives to the hypothesis that climate change is caused by carbon dioxide emissions. While there are several such hypotheses, the sun is singled out in Chapter 15, along with the possibility that mankind may be faced with a new Little Ice Age.

Chapters 16 describes the damage that will be done to society, and the harm that will befall millions of people around the world if governments adopt policies that attempt to drastically cut carbon dioxide emissions

Chapter 17 and 18 examine why energy, primarily from fossil fuels, will allow mankind to eliminate the scourges of poverty that remain in dark corners of the globe, and why energy will allow mankind to protect itself from nearly anything mother nature may conjure up in the future.

Obviously, little can be done if an asteroid hits the Earth, or if the Yellowstone caldera erupts, but even in these dire situations energy might prove to be mankind s salvation.

My hope is that people will again start to use critical thinking.


Donn's Other Book:

Carbon Folly describes the various proposals for cutting CO2 emissions. It provides Americans with the information they need to make a judgment about cap & trade legislation. Carbon Folly does not address global warming per se, but asks the question: Is it possible to cut CO2 emissions by 80%? The United Nations has declared that the United States and other developed countries must reduce their CO2 emissions 80% by 2050. Carbon Folly looks at each of the technologies being discussed for achieving this requirement, including nuclear, carbon capture and sequestration and conservation. The second edition is expanded and updated. It includes a discussion of the proposed Waxman-Markey cap & trade legislation, a review of the slippery slope that started with the 1990 Rio conference, and a description of the pipeline network needed to transport liquid CO2 from coal fired power plants. There are tables showing the source of CO2 emissions, the levels that must be attained to cut them by 80% and a map of the pipelines needed to transport over 30 million barrels of liquid CO2 each day to geologic formations that may be able to sequester CO2. Carbon Folly asks the question: What happens in a few years if cap & trade legislation is enacted and it is determined we are not able to drastically cut CO2 emissions? Carbon Folly establishes that a combination of nuclear generated electricity and electric vehicles could achieve such an objective, but explores whether building over 300 nuclear power plants is feasible by 2050. Without nuclear power, electric vehicles do not significantly reduce CO2 emissions. But, what about wind, solar and other alternatives? Each is examined so Americans can make judgments about them in the context of cutting CO2 emissions.



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Hour 2

Media Type: Audio • Time: 60 Minutes and 00 Secs
Guests: Scott Horton

Hour 2 -- Scott Horton (Scott Horton Radio) on various foreign policy/civil liberty issues, summary of New Hampshire Primary and looking forward to South Carolina, etc...


Hour 2

Scott Horton



Scott Horton (Scott Horton Radio) on various foreign policy/civil liberty issues, summary of New Hampshire Primary and looking forward to South Carolina, etc...


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Hour 3

Media Type: Audio • Time: 92 Minutes and 00 Secs

Hour 3 -- Karen Kwiatkowski on women being drafted for the military


Hour 3

Karen Kwiatkoswki

Retired Lt Colonel

Karen Kwiatkowski (Retired Air Force Lt. Colonel, Former Pentagon Officer, Professor)

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