• Richard Curtis And The Ritual Slaughter Of Children: Welcome To The Bloodlust Of The Apocalyptic Imagination

    • Date: 04/10/10

    People who believe that humanity is heading towards destruction as a consequence of its misdeeds often take quiet pleasure in imagining the bloodshed to come. That, at least, is my explanation for Richard Curtis’s decision to make a short film for the 10:10 pressure group of climate change fanatics in which he depicted – with […]

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  • Scotland’s Climate Folly

    • Date: 03/10/10

    LAST YEAR Holyrood, unanimously, passed the most restrictive “Climate Change” law in the world. Together with the closure of our nuclear plants this means that over the next 10 years we have to close down half, far and away the least expensive half, of our electricity production. This unanimity was largely reflected in the Scots media with […]

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  • Is Windpower The Ethanol Of Electricity?

    • Date: 28/09/10

    Repeating past mistakes is an unfortunate but common part of federal policy, and perhaps no more so than with  energy. Indeed, much of the Obama administration’s “clean energy economy” and “energy independence” agenda is a virtual repeat of the follies from the 1970s – failed attempts by Washington to pick winners and losers amongst alternative […]

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  • Nature Behaving Badly – Again

    • Date: 27/09/10

    I was invited by Nature magazine to write a Letter in response to the September Exeter meeting  http://www.surfacetemperatures.org/home, and have been working with a member of their staff on edits over the past two weeks. This morning, I received the startling e-mail below from Nature’s Chief Commissioning Editor. Quite frankly, the only way I can interpret this behavior is […]

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  • Stephen Budiansky: The Teflon Doomsayers

    • Date: 26/09/10

    In The Rational Optimist, Matt Ridley offers example after spectacular example of a phenomenon that has baffled me ever since I began covering environmental issues in my first job in journalism thirty years ago: to wit, that while the entire presumable goal, purpose, and raison d’être of applied environmental science is to solve environmental problems, any […]

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  • Chris Huhne’s Ruinous Hoax

    • Date: 23/09/10

    Yesterday at the Lib Dem conference, Chris Huhne announced the government’s new ‘Green Deal’. The Deal will provide 26 million homes with insulation to save them energy and money. Mr Huhne also promised his scheme would create up to 250,000 jobs and by doing so has unwittingly leapt into an economic misnomer. Mr Huhne has […]

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  • Climate Wars: Are Green Subsidies Illegal?

    • Date: 22/09/10

    In what may be an ominous shot across the bow for green jobs advocates, Japan on September 13 submitted a complaint to the World Trade Organization alleging that a Canadian renewable energy law violates WTO non-discrimination rules. [1] At issue are a set of domestic content requirements built into Ontario’s landmark green energy law, [2] […]

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  • Pachauri’s Future In His Own Words: Will He Go Quietly?

    • Date: 16/09/10

    On the evening after the IAC’s critical report on the processes and procedures used by the IPCC was published, Roger Harrabin of the BBC made no secret of the precarious position that the organisation’s chairman, Dr Rajendra Pachauri, is now in. Describing him as ‘putting a brave face on it’ the BBC’s Environment Analyst introduced […]

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