• Californian Wildfires Were Much Worse In The Past

    • Date: 24/08/20
    • Michael Shellenberger, Forbes

    Scientists calculate that, before Europeans arrived, 4.4 million acres of California burned annually, which is 16 times larger than the amount that burned in 2019. Fires have burned 1.3 million acres of California’s forests over the last month. That’s one million acres more than burned last year, and is an unusually high number for this early in […]

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  • Why California’s Climate Policies Are Causing Electricity Blackouts

    • Date: 16/08/20
    • Michael Shellenberger, Forbes

    Two blackouts in less than a year are strong evidence that California’s renewables energy policy comes with high human, economic, and environmental costs. Millions of Californians were denied electrical power and thus air conditioning during a heatwave, raising the risk of heatstroke and death, particularly among the elderly and sick.  The blackouts come at a […]

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  • The Climate Left Attacks Nobel Laureate William D. Nordhaus

    • Date: 11/08/20
    • Benjamin Zycher, American Enterprise Institute

    Having received the 2018 Nobel Prize in economics largely in recognition of his economic analysis of climate policy—in particular the development and application of the Dynamic Integrated Climate-Economy (DICE) model—William D. Nordhaus now is under attack from the environmental left. This emerging criticism of Nordhaus’ analytic framework is curious at a minimum. After all, is […]

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  • After Backlash, German Research Foundation Regrets Censorship Of Science Statement

    • Date: 10/08/20
    • Eric Worall, Watts Up With That

    The German Research Foundation (DFG) has apologised for censoring a statement that science is not a religious belief system. The statement by satirist Dieter Nuhr which caused the censorship controversy (source NoTricksZone); Knowledge does not mean you are 100% sure, but that you have enough facts to have a reasoned opinion. But many people are offended when scientists […]

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  • About Those ‘Green Energy’ Unicorns…

    • Date: 04/08/20
    • Michael Walsh, The Pipeline

    You think those baby unicorns grow on trees? Better think again. “Green” energy, in fact, comes with a very high price tag as this report from the Manhattan Institute makes clear: As policymakers have shifted focus from pandemic challenges to economic recovery, infrastructure plans are once more being actively discussed, including those relating to energy. Green energy […]

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  • Another nail in the LNT coffin

    • Date: 30/07/20
    • Andrew Montford, GWPF

    A favourite lie of the environmental movement takes another blow A few weeks ago, we at GWPF published a paper by Ed Calabrese and Mikko Paunio, about the linear no-threshold (LNT) model as applied to the harms caused by nuclear radiation. The LNT model encapsulates the idea that there is no safe level of radiation […]

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  • Oh Dear: Plug Pulled On French Electric Car Which Nobody Wants To Buy

    • Date: 29/07/20
    • Car Advice

    One of Australia’s cheapest electric cars – the Renault Zoe – has had its plug pulled after just 63 were sold over the past three years. Indeed, over the same period, Australians bought two-and-a-half times more Rolls-Royces (158), seven times as many Lamborghinis (457), and 12 times as many Ferraris (818) than Renault Zoe electric cars. In an online briefing with media, Renault […]

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  • We Need Free and Honest Debate on Climate Change Policy

    • Date: 28/07/20
    • Bjorn Lomborg, Los Angeles Daily News

    For a proper discourse on society’s challenges, we have always needed public forums, from the Pnyx in ancient Athens to the Independent Journal publishing the Federalist Papers. For better or worse, the New York Times has long been one of these important forums. Unfortunately, in recent years, the viewpoints allowed in the paper have rapidly declined, […]

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