In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan. 26, 2011 / 21 Shevat, 5771

Greening America will soon turn the folks red

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The price of oil is approaching $100 a barrel, which probably means gasoline prices between $4 and $5 a gallon this summer.

The chief reason why the price of oil and most other commodities has been soaring is because the Federal Reserve has been printing tons of money. More dollars chasing fewer goods means higher prices for those goods.

And the Obama administration has all but shut down drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and has cancelled four oil lease sales in Alaska. There were fewer new wells drilled for oil on public lands in 2010 than in any other year in the past decade.

This is costing thousands of Americans their jobs, costing the Treasury hundreds of millions of dollars from lease fees and in tax revenues, and is driving the price of oil higher.

The president imposed a drilling moratorium in the Gulf after BP's Macondo well exploded last April, killing 11. The moratorium has done more economic harm to the U.S. than the oil spill did to the environment. Sea life in the Gulf has tripled since before the spill, according to a study released in November by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, a consortium of 22 colleges and universities in Alabama.

BP has by far the worst safety record of any major oil company. It's refineries in Texas and Ohio accounted for 97 percent of the "egregious, willful" violations handed out in the last three years by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

BP cut corners in the days before the oil spill, according to company documents obtained by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The British company was aided in evading safety rules by lax oversight by the Minerals Management Service.

Yet when the Oil Spill Commission President Obama appointed issued its report Jan. 11, it blamed the entire industry, not this one rogue company. Could this be because BP has contributed more money to Barack Obama than to any other politician?

There were politicians, academics and environmental activists on the seven member commission, but not a single expert from the oil and gas industry.

Environmentalists claim we could replace oil and coal with "green" energy sources. But renewable resources (except for dams, which environmentalists don't like), account for less than two percent of the electricity generated in the United States. Only those who slept through physics class in high school think they could contribute much more.

Wind and solar power, the president's favorites, are enormously expensive. According to the Energy Information Administration, the cheapest way to generate a kilowatt hour of electricity is by burning natural gas in a combined cycle unit. Wind is 88 percent more expensive; solar 399 percent more expensive. They can compete only when government mandates their use, or provides massive subsidies.

Jeffrey Leonard founded the Global Environment Fund, which invests in "green" energy projects. But he thinks all energy subsidies should be eliminated.

"Major changes in...domestic energy supply make it possible to sweep away decades of subsidies without seriously threatening the affordability of energy," Mr. Leonard wrote in the Washington Post Jan. 14.

The "game changer," he said, is the discovery of vast new fields of exploitable natural gas. In addition to being the cheapest way to generate electricity, natural gas can -- with only modest adjustments to our carburetors -- replace gasoline in our fuel tanks.

Natural gas is by far the cleanest of fossil fuels. The principal byproducts of its combustion are carbon dioxide and water vapor. But to produce an equivalent amount of energy, emissions of CO2 from burning natural gas are only 71 percent of oil, 56 percent of coal.

Extreme environmentalists call carbon dioxide a pollutant, but it is perverse to describe plant food -- which is what CO2 is --that way. They claim CO2 emissions dangerously warm the planet. But with much of the world shivering with record cold, and with real world data conflicting with computer models that predict global warming, few see this as much of a threat.

Our budget deficit would be smaller, our economy stronger, and our environment cleaner if markets, and not politicians, determine from what sources we get our energy, Mr. Leonard thinks.

"The U.S. energy market, if left to its own devices, without distortions or subsidies, will provide plentiful and affordable energy while gradually evolving away from oil and coal as primary fuel sources," he said.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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