• Nick Butler: The Pope’s Message Misses The Point

    • Date: 19/06/15
    • Nick Butler, Financial Times

    The shocking thing about the papal encyclical Laudate Si is not that it was leaked in advance nor even that it embraces the idea that most emissions of greenhouse gases are the result of human activity. The thing that should shock readers is its attack on science and technology — the very tools, indeed the […]

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  • Pope Francis’ Climate Change Encyclical Not Binding On Catholics

    • Date: 17/06/15
    • Institute of Public Affairs

    Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change should not be treated as official Catholic doctrine binding on all Catholics, but rather a personal position of the Pope, according to Father James Grant, Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. “Many will see the Pope’s encyclical as the official position of the Church on the area […]

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  • How Shale Oil Turned One Of The Poorest US States Into The Second Most Prosperous State In A Decade

    • Date: 16/06/15
    • Mark J. Perry, AEIdeas

    The chart below shows North Dakota’s annual oil production in millions of barrels vs. its annual ranking for per-capita real GDP among US states from 1997 to 2014 and helps capture graphically the importance of shale oil to the Peace Garden State’s amazing economic turnaround over the last decade. Consider the following: 1. In 2000, […]

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  • Carbon Capture And Storage — Too Little, Too Late, Too Expensive

    • Date: 14/06/15
    • Nick Butler, Financial Times

    India is on track to double its coal use over the next 20 years. Up to 450 new coal fired power stations will be built. These will be built without CCS capacity because the technology is not ready and too expansive. Carbon capture and storage is one of the key elements in the various plans […]

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  • James Hansen: 5000 Years Ago ‘Global Mean Temperature Was Perhaps 1°C Warmer Than Today’

    • Date: 13/06/15
    • Bob Tisdale, Watts Up With That

    While doing some research for my upcoming book, I was rummaging through early papers on sea level data at the CU Sea Level Library.  I found there the 1982 paper Global Sea Level Trend in the Past Century by Gornitz, Lebedeff and Hansen, all of NASA’s GISS.  I enjoyed a brief mention of past global temperature it contained and […]

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  • Has Shale Gas Really Reduced Carbon Emissions?

    • Date: 12/06/15
    • Carbon Counter

    The diffusion of fracking has allowed the United States to significantly reduce its carbon emissions and to undergo a renaissance in manufacturing. Or so goes the conventional narrative of shale gas’s many promoters. This narrative however faces multiple problems, and faces obvious criticisms of hype and exaggeration. Vaclav Smil has extensively argued that the “renaissance” in American manufacturing is […]

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  • Who’s The Flat-Earther Now?

    • Date: 11/06/15
    • Ronald Bailey, Reason Online

    Instead of falling, global oil production has soared. In the United States the Energy Information Administration predicts that domestic oil production will average 9.43 million barrels a day this year, the most since 1972 As I have explained earlier geologist M. King Hubbert famously predicted in 1956 that U.S. domestic oil production in the lower 48 states would peak around […]

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  • German Cars: Higher Engine Power, Higher CO2 Emissions

    • Date: 11/06/15
    • Statistisches Bundesamt

    The average engine performance of newly registered vehicles [in Germany] increased significantly from 2005 to 2013. Fuel consumption was 3.8 billion litres higher in 2013 and carbon dioxide emissions increased by 9.5 million tonnes compared with 2005.  As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the new registrations of 2013 had an engine performance of […]

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