• ‘Mobilising For War’: Why COVID-19 is Not a Dress Rehearsal for Dealing with Climate Change

    • Date: 20/03/20
    • Prof Mike Hulme

    Taking decisive action against ‘the enemy’—whether Coronavirus or climate change—comes at a cost.  And that cost is reduced civil liberties and restricted democratic accountability. Many politicians and public figures are calling for the response to COVID-19 to be put on a war footing.  Emergency declarations and executive powers are being appropriated by the state.  Climate […]

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  • Josef Joffe: On Coronavirus, Beware the Totalitarian Temptation

    • Date: 18/03/20
    • Josef Joffe, The American Interest

    State control of information is a bridge to oppression democracies must never cross. Freedom of expression is among the holiest of holies in a liberal polity. Totalitarianism is Stalin and Hitler, the NKVD and the Gestapo, the Gulag and the death camp. Correct, but take another look. It is also an eternal temptation that has […]

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  • Heathrow’s Blocked Expansion: Can It Happen In Mumbai Or Singapore?

    • Date: 12/03/20
    • Tilak Doshi, Forbes

    While London’s greenies cheer over stopping the expansion of Heathrow, Mumbai and Singapore are open for business while China and India proceed with their plans to build hundreds of new airports over the next several years.  To the well-heeled tourist visiting London, the UK Court of Appeal’s decision last week to stop the expansion of Heathrow airport will mean more […]

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  • Conservatives Need to Start Being Rational About Climate Change

    • Date: 09/03/20
    • Harry Wilkinson, Free Market Conservatives

    When it comes to climate change, this Government has put aside any notional attachment to free markets, or indeed to reason. With the rushed introduction of a target to achieve net zero carbon dioxide emissions, it appears there is no policy too expensive or poorly thought through if it is done in the name of […]

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  • Ben Pile: The Heathrow Decision Is An Assault On Democracy

    • Date: 29/02/20
    • Ben Pile, Spiked

    We are now witnessing the dissolving of democracy Peter Lilley predicted; the deciding of key political, strategic questions by activist judges and green campaigners. Yesterday’s ruling in the Court of Appeal has seemingly resolved the decades-long wrangling over the future of Heathrow’s third runway. The court decided that the government had failed to take into […]

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  • Heathrow’s Third Runway Ruling Should Worry Boris Johnson

    • Date: 27/02/20
    • Ross Clark, The Spectator

    Given the government has no detailed plan as to how it will achieve Net Zero without crashing the economy, or exporting our remaining manufacturing industry, the zero-carbon target presents activists with a means to challenge any government policy they feel is inconsistent with this goal. It may well be, as Tom Goodenough argued here earlier, that Boris […]

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  • It’s Time For An Honest Debate About The True Cost Of Going Net Zero

    • Date: 24/02/20
    • Andrew Montford, The Spectator

    Only Conservative MP Christopher Chope has looked to get to the bottom of the matter, launching a private members bill to force an independent review of the costs. When the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) launched its report on the feasibility of entirely decarbonising the UK economy, we were told the expense involved was manageable. […]

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  • Ben Pile: A Rebellion That The Establishment Loves

    • Date: 20/02/20
    • Ben Pile, Spiked

    Why our usually illiberal establishment has been so chilled out about XR’s week of vandalism. Extinction Rebellion (XR) protesters in Cambridge have launched a week-long campaign of obstruction and petty vandalism. It began with the protesters issuing demands to Cambridge City Council to hold a citizens’ assembly on climate change, to Cambridgeshire County Council to organise […]

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