With drilling activity slowing in America's oil patch, the effects will be felt throughout the economy.

The establishment media is once again further discrediting itself by hyping brazenly bogus “warmest on record” claims, this time arguing falsely that 2014 was the “hottest year ever.” In reality, it was not even close.

Experts also pointed out that the “pause” in global warming has now been ongoing for almost two decades, contrary to every United Nations prediction. However, desperate for some sort of scary “climate” story to generate some semblance of support for shackling humanity to a UN CO2 regime, the international press and global-warming theorists are citing the dubious data set from the Japan Meteorological Agency to make their case. More cooked government data and fear-mongering by the media claiming 2014 was the “hottest year ever recorded” is expected in the coming weeks. The biggest problem is that the claim is not true — just like the vast majority of the other times that tax-funded alarmists and the increasingly discredited media parroted the same claim.

Climate alarmists consistently ignore actual temperature data because it refutes their outlandish claims that mankind is destroying the Earth and undermines their goals of higher taxes, bigger government, and “alternative” energy.

Lower oil prices are not an unmixed blessing, especially with political maneuvering behind the scenes risking far more than just a shrinkage in the oil patch.

The Federal Communications Commission announced on Friday it will be introducing and voting on new net neutrality rules in February. The proposals are sure to set off another storm of controversy as net neutrality has long been a contentious issue for those who believe in the free market and free speech.