Daily Caller rebuttal: 'But virtually all of the increased oil and natural gas production has come from private and state lands, where Obama has no jurisdiction over approving drilling permits. Meanwhile, oil production on federal lands has floundered under Obama. From 2009 to 2013 oil production on federal lands fell by 11 percent and natural gas production fell by 28 percent. During that time, oil and gas production on state and private lands surged. Oil production on non-federal lands rose 61 percent and natural gas production jumped up 33 percent.'
After years of suffering $3-plus-a-gallon gasoline, Americans have finally gotten a reprieve — one that will put about $200 billion in their pockets this year, at current prices. Now the federal government wants to grab that windfall for itself. Sorry, but the federal government routinely steals about 25% of our gas-tax funds for non-transportation uses. It's not a trust fund, it's a piggy bank. And adding to it is something the GOP will be wise to avoid.'
"In the last 80 years, as CO2 emissions have most rapidly escalated, the annual rate of climate-related deaths worldwide fell by an incredible 98%. This means the incidence of death from climate is 50 times lower than it was 80 years ago," writes Epstein.