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Paul Driessen

Paul Driessen

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Paul Driessen is a senior policy advisor with the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow and Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, nonprofit public policy institutes that focus on energy, the environment, economic development and international

Paul Driessen is a senior policy advisor with the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow and Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, nonprofit public policy institutes that focus on energy, the environment, economic development and international affairs. He is the author of Green Power, Black Death (Merril Press, 2010) and coauthor of Energy Keepers, Energy Killers (Merril Press, 2008).

During a 25-year career that included staff tenures with the United States Senate, Department of the Interior and an energy trade association, he has spoken and written frequently on energy and environmental policy, global climate change, corporate social responsibility and other topics. He’s also written articles and professional papers on marine life associated with oil platforms off the coasts of California and Louisiana – and produced a video documentary on the subject.

A former member of the Sierra Club and Zero Population Growth, he abandoned their cause when he recognized that the environmental movement had become intolerant in its views, inflexible in its demands, unwilling to recognize our tremendous strides in protecting the environment, and insensitive to the needs of billions of people who lack the food, electricity, safe water, healthcare and other basic necessities that we take for granted.

Driessen received his BA in geology and field ecology from Lawrence University, JD from the University of Denver College of Law, and accreditation in public relations from the Public Relations Society of America.

Recent Articles and Publications

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June 20, 2019
By Paul Driessen
Gavin Schmidt’s spat with Steve Koonin underscores why we need to debate climate change.
June 19, 2019
By James Taylor, Tim Benson, H. Sterling Burnett, Anthony Watts, Eric Eisenhammer, Isaac Orr, Bette Grande, Paul Driessen, Tom Harris
“This new EPA rule demonstrates that draconian government impediments are not necessary for sound environmental stewardship.” - James Taylor
June 17, 2019
By Paul Driessen
Tallying its huge impacts on our energy, industries, living standards and personal freedoms.
June 14, 2019
By Paul Driessen
From Biden to Warren, Democrat president wannabes push job-killing pseudo-green policies
August 26, 2015
By Paul Driessen, Ron Arnold
A handful of doomsaying bestsellers has made possible today's politically powerful environmental movement.
September 24, 2014
By Paul Driessen
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy has said that climate change laws, clean air laws, clean water laws, etc. . . are all aimed at bringing about "environmental justice.
August 26, 2014
By Paul Driessen
EPA actions to fight global warming are destroying jobs and crushing lives in the 21 states that rely on coal to produce 40% to 96% of their electricity.
June 23, 2014
By Paul Driessen
Pressure from the United Nations, U.S.

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