After having fun with the Associated Press war on “the,” Jim & Greg applaud Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for a 50-year low on crime and aggressive proposals to crack down on child predators and and fentanyl pushers. Jim also walks us through the major water dilemma facing western states and why government intervention is not inspiring a lot of confidence. And they shake their heads as a Biden judicial nominee can’t explain the subject of Article V or Article II of the Constitution.

What’s bugging Dennis Kneale this week? How about the recent riot in Atlanta? Let’s investigate Antifa as a terrorist organization.

Then ex-PriceWaterhouseCoopers CMO John Sviokla talks about the reported fusion breakthrough and why we won’t deliver on its promise without more government support.

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the impending resignation of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, whose years in power were most notably marked by draconian COVID policies and unilaterally outlawing the right to own many different weapons. They also shake their heads as some House Republicans propose a national 30 percent sales tax to replace all other federal taxes. They appreciate the effort to simplify the code and hope discussions continue but fear this plan will only be used by Democrats to hammer Republicans. Finally, they respond to former Vice President Al Gore bellowing about boiling oceans and a billion climate refugees.

Join Jim and Greg as they cringe at reports that December’s illegal border crossings will hit a record high and possibly reach 250,000, and Jim wonders why the numbers keep coming out later and later. They also shake their heads as White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre keeps dodging questions about the Biden classified documents or referring people to sources she knows won’t say anything. Finally, they marvel as Biden climate envoy John Kerry publicly hails himself and others in a “select group of human beings” who are in position to “save the planet.”

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome new developments in two key Senate races. First, they are intrigued by popular GOP West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice seriously considering a challenge to Sen. Joe Manchin in 2024. They also discuss Indiana Rep. Jim Banks announcing he will seek the open U.S. Senate seat in Indiana, which is already held by Republicans. They also fume as multiple school districts in Northern Virginia fail to tell National Merit Finalists of their awards out of fear of making those who didn’t receive the honor feel badly. But they do cheer Gov. Glenn Youngkin for blasting the administrators in three separate districts for their decisions. Finally, they shudder as the supposed elites gather at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to decide what sacrifices we’re supposed to make in order to advance their global agenda.

 

Host Joe Selvaggi talks with Cato Institute research fellow Colin Grabow about the failure of the Jones Act, a law that sought to protect the U.S. shipbuilding and merchant marine capacity, and examine its downstream effects on inflation, supply chain fragility, and energy access that directly affect every American.

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Join Jim and Greg as they are pleasantly stunned by CNN’s Don Lemon telling Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that he seems more measured in his reaction to Biden possessing classified documents than he did to the Trump case. They also roll their eyes at the organization behind the “study” suggesting gas stoves are bad for respiratory health – and wonder if the 3 Martini Lunch is indirectly responsible for this nonsense. Finally, they go through the latest lies uncovered about Rep. George Santos, whether we know anything about this guy, and whether he can stay in Congress.

Join Jim and Greg as they assess the news that another classified document was discovered at Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware, home. They also groan as New York Gov. Kathy Hochul plows forward with plans to ban gas appliances or gas hookups in construction in the coming years – even in the face of massive public backlash to the Biden administration’s agenda on gas stoves. Finally, Jim comes ready to mock the latest lefty speech banning into oblivion as the University of Southern California and the State of Michigan decide that “field” – as in “field work” – is racist and offensive to people of color. And just when we thought today’s podcast was over…it wasn’t.

Join Jim and Greg as they serve up two good martinis and a very bad one. First, they cheer House Republicans for making good on their promise to pass legislation repealing funding for 87,000 new IRS agents and building a campaign issue against every Democrat who voted against it – which was all of them. They also shudder at the Biden administration’s attempts to demonize gas stoves as increasing the odds of developing asthma and other ailments, but they are glad to see the intense pushback that appears to have forced the government to back down. Jim also notes an annoying and tedious tactic employed by Democrats on issues like this. Finally, they not only wonder about the health of our aviation sector after today’s major computer problem triggered a ground stop across the nation, but are increasingly sure Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg is simply not up to the job.

The year 2022 ended without an energy crisis. And that’s a good thing.  But now, for 2023, the gap is widening between ambitions and possibilities for one key reason: The world isn’t mining or planning to mine enough materials to build the quantities of “green” machines imagined.

Eventually the world will equilibrate around what’s possible, i.e., an “all of the above” energy strategy, rather than what’s imagined—a “transition” away from hydrocarbons—because, well, that’s what’s possible.

Join Jim and Greg as they are not only glad there is a Speaker of the House but that the deal got done because Rep. Chip Roy and others demanded a more conservative rules package – that hopefully can pass. They also enjoy watching Mayors Lori Lightfoot of Chicago and Eric Adams of New York City feuding with fellow Democrat Gov. Jared Polis over Polis sending migrants to their cities. And they do a double take at the news President Biden plans to run for re-election as a moderate.

More year-end awards today!  Jim and Greg embark on the second half of their six-episode saga known as the 2022 Three Martini Lunch Awards. Today, they offer up their selections for the best political idea, worst political idea, and boldest political tactics for the year. Their selections range from the campaign trail to the halls of Congress to the biggest land war in Europe in more than 75 years.

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This is interesting and unexpected. Net Metering is one of two major subsidies to solar energy, the other being the 30% federal tax credit. So why did California end this major subsidy? Perhaps the incumbent politicians feel so secure in their positions that they can do the right thing and ignore the industry lobbyist? https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2022/11/11/california-introduces-rooftop-solar-net-metering-3-0-an-industry-reacts/ […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they offer the second installment of their highly coveted year-end awards. Today they remark on the people connected to politics that they’re most sorry to see pass away in 2022. They also share their choices for rising political stars and the political figures who appear to be fading into oblivion – rarely to be heard from again.

Hydrocarbon Deliverance

 

Imagine an alternative present. The details are in the next paragraph, but let me warn you up front it won’t be entirely self-consistent or believable. I’m trying to explain a liberal pathology here; you’re going to have to ride with it.

Imagine a world similar to ours today, except that they never discovered petrochemicals. No oil, coal, or gas. Instead, they (somehow) developed collectors to harvest wind and sunlight (it’s ok to leave this part vague.) They store the energy as compressed hydrogen and in electrochemical batteries. In this alternative present, battery tech is very good, because they’ve spent exorbitantly on research. Most of their batteries are about twice as efficient as a Duracell, and they have a million times more of them than we do.

Join Jim and Greg as they discuss only good things today! First, Jim describes his wide-ranging interview with Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin about his plans for the coming year, what issues matter most, and whether he’s thinking about running for president. They also welcome the Supreme Court issuing a temporary stay that keeps the “Remain in Mexico” policy in place until a formal decision is in place. Finally, they dive into why “Die Hard” is obviously a Christmas movie and share other thoughts about what makes it such a great film.

Ricochet.com Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel is in for Jim. Today, Jon and Greg shake their heads as President Trump’s big announcement turns into a promotion for digital trading cards of himself. They also cringe as the Biden administration prepares to make the border crisis far worse by lifting Title 42 and ending the “Remain in Mexico” policy. Finally, they roll their eyes at research suggesting people who didn’t get the COVID shot are more dangerous drivers – meaning vaccination status could impact your insurance rates.

It’s the time of the year for the lollapalooza of retrospectives. On the energy front, the electric vehicle (EV) was at the top of the year’s obsessions. As a foil for framing an exploration of the state-of-the-EV, we’ve chosen a recent column by Dan Neil, the Wall Street Journal’s automobile reporter, and graded the answers he’s offered to that column’s title question, “Should You Buy An EV Now?”

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the news that a key terrorist suspect in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland. They also wonder why Trump HHS Secretary Tom Price was forced to resign for taking private jets at taxpayer expense but Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg can do it and almost no one cares.  Finally, they sigh as the New York Times fawns over Pennsylvania Senator-Elect John Fetterman for his fashion statement of hooded sweatshirts and cargo shorts.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the DNC planning to shake up the order of the early primaries and enjoy watching the fight among states and political figures about what the order ought to be. They also sigh as Switzerland makes plans to restrict use of electric vehicles to essential activities if there is a major power emergency this winter. And they have plenty to say about the Kanye West debacle over Hitler and the Nazis.