• Earth Day At 50: None Of The Eco-Doomsday Predictions Have Come True

    • Date: 22/04/20
    • Ron Stein, New Geography

    From predicting ecological collapse and the end of civilization to warnings that the world is running out of oil, all environmental doomsday predictions of the first Earth Day in 1970 have turned out to be flat out wrong. More than three decades before Greta Thunberg was born — the Swedish environmental activist on climate change — more than 20 million Americans […]

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  • Coronavirus Has Killed Macron’s Climate Assembly

    • Date: 19/04/20
    • Melanie McDonagh, The Spectator

    France’s citizens’ climate convention has come back to bite Macron. He now has to find a way to evade the consequences of his idiot exercise.  Those of us who are sceptical about the worth of citizens’ assemblies have been noting with interest the upshot of the French citizens’ convention for the climate which delivered its recommendations […]

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  • An Epidemic Of Doomsday Forecasts

    • Date: 14/04/20
    • James Woudhuysen, Spiked

    Worst-case scenario thinking has clouded political judgement for decades Forecasts about the impact of Covid-19 have caused considerable controversy. For 30 years, I have been a professional forecaster, specialising in the social, economic and political dimensions of tomorrow’s technologies. And for years I have joked that, because of the 21st century’s acute uncertainty about the future, forecasters […]

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  • There’s Something About Models…

    • Date: 11/04/20
    • Tim Finnerty, The Pipeline

    Not, uh, those kind of models. We know what it is about them. I’m talking about predictive models, whose object is to use whatever data is available to map the statistical likelihood of particular future events. These days such models are roughly as numerous as air molecules, since businesses and governments are obsessed with mitigating […]

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  • We Must Not Let Green Extremists Exploit the Coronacrisis

    • Date: 07/04/20
    • Harry Wilkinson, Free Market Conservatives

    For years, we have been warned that a catastrophic environmental crisis is on its way – whilst living in a world that is uncertain about what a real global crisis looks like. Well, now we know. The coronavirus pandemic is horribly real. We need to learn the right lessons from how we manage it, and […]

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  • Without Reliable Fossil Fuels The World Would Have No Chance Against Coronavirus

    • Date: 01/04/20
    • Daniel Markind, Forbes

    Without the consistent, reliable power supply of fossil fuels most societies would have no chance to fight the coronavirus.  March 2020 will be the month the western world changed. As March began, there was relative normalcy except in China and isolated places in east Asia. By month’s end, much of the west – indeed, the entire world […]

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  • Covid-19 Shows Why There Won’t Be Global Action on Climate Change

    • Date: 28/03/20
    • Richard Drake, Climate Scepticism

    This is pretty much Jason Bordoff’s headline in Foreign Policy magazine today, except I left out the “Sorry”. And that’s because I’m not. Sorry, but the Virus Shows Why There Won’t Be Global Action on Climate Change Here are some highlights. To slow the spread of COVID-19, governments are clamping down to force collective action […]

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  • Why the COVID-19 Response Is No Model for Climate Action

    • Date: 27/03/20
    • Alex Trembath and Seaver Wang, The Breakthrough Institute

    If the emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic is held up as a model for climate action, we should not be surprised if public support is less than enthusiastic. A global emergency. Wartime mobilization. Calls to “listen to the scientists.” Demands for radical shifts in policy and human behavior. Tradeoffs between sacrifices today and larger […]

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