• Joel Kotkin: The Spread Of ‘Debate Is Over’ Syndrome

    • Date: 22/04/14
    • Joel Kotkin, Orange County Register
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    Climate change is just one manifestation of the new authoritarian view in academia. Like medieval dons, our academic worthies concentrate their fire on those whose views offend the new canon. The ongoing trial involving journalist Mark Steyn – accused of defaming climate change theorist Michael Mann – reflects an increasingly dangerous tendency among our intellectual classes to […]

  • Julian Simon: Happy Earth Day (1995)

    • Date: 22/04/14
    • Julian Simon, Earth Day: Spiritually Uplifting, Intellectually Debased
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    “[It] is very frustrating that after 25 years of the anti-pessimists being proven entirely right, and the doomsayers being proven entirely wrong, their credibility and influence waxes ever greater. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there is every scientific reason to be joyful about the trends in the condition of the Earth, and […]

  • Matt Ridley: The Richer We Get, The Greener We’ll Become

    • Date: 21/04/14
    • Matt Ridley, The Times
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    The world’s climate change experts are now saying that strong growth doesn’t hurt the environment, it protects it In the past 50 years, world per capita income roughly trebled in real terms, corrected for inflation. If it continues at this rate (and globally the great recession of recent years was a mere blip) then it […]

  • Christopher Booker: The BBC’s Groupthink Is An Enemy To Free Speech

    • Date: 20/04/14
    • Christopher Booker, The Sunday Telegraph
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    On pretty well every issue, the BBC has its ‘party line’, dictating what can and cannot be said   When Jeremy Paxman joins the growing chorus of those who criticise the way the BBC has become a “smug”, dysfunctional, over-blown bureaucracy, run by overpaid unaccountable apparatchiks, one might think that they are describing the European […]

  • Green Opposition To Shale Gas Drives Europe Deeper Into Coal Consumption

    • Date: 17/04/14
    • Karel Cool, Knowledge Insead Blog
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    The shale gas boom in the United States has made domestic power producers cleaner and turned coal producers into major exporters. A weak Europe, anxious about fracking, is becoming reliant on cheap U.S. coal to fuel its power stations, trapping it in a vicious cycle. The ongoing European trepidation towards shale gas is putting Europe […]

  • Lennart Bengtsson: The Science And Politics Of Climate Change

    • Date: 15/04/14
    • Lennart Bengtsson, Neue Zürcher Zeitung
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    The science isn’t settled and we still don’t know how best to solve the energy problems of our planet. Since the end of the 19th century, we have known that the Earth’s climate is sensitive to greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. At that time, the Swedish chemist Svante Arrhenius showed that an increase in CO2 […]

  • Christopher Booker: No A-Level For Climate Change Sceptics

    • Date: 14/04/14
    • Christopher Booker, The Sunday Telegraph
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    Brainwashing about global warming percolates throughout the education system Schoolchildren are taught a one-sided Greenpeace-type view of the global warming scare Photo: ALAMY Not often does a senior Cabinet minister declare that a policy long pursued by his own department is “against the law”. But that was the response of Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, to […]

  • Editorial: Energy Security Is Europe’s Top Priority

    • Date: 11/04/14
    • Editorial, The Times
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    Energy security must be the main issue at the June EU summit, top of the in-tray for the European Commission and be part of the deliberations at the Nato summit in September. Russia is applying a pincer movement against Ukraine, With one claw it is seeking to destabilise the government in Kiev by encouraging separatists […]

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