• Climate Weather: Cool And Getting Colder

    • Date: 14/08/10

    From Washington to Cancun to British Columbia, the climate issue is heading for the deep freeze. And now for the climate weather: It may be hot outside, but the political environment for climate science is in a deep freeze. In Washington, plans for a national carbon-trading system are colder than the ice in the mint […]

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  • Marlo Lewis: Spinning The Defeat Of Cap-and-Trade

    • Date: 12/08/10

    Barring the trickery of a lame duck conference committee, cap-and-trade is dead in the 111th Congress. Some blame Obama for not taking a more hands-on role. Others blame environmental groups for waging a $100 million lobbying campaign without winning a single GOP convert to the Kerry-Lieberman cap-and-trade bill. Others blame the allegedly “well-funded denial machine,” even though […]

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  • Bare-Knuckled Environmentalism Won’t Save The Planet

    • Date: 11/08/10

    A renewable energy breakthrough is, perhaps, decades away. Climate-change activists’ calls for lawmakers to hasten the process are wasting our time and money. “If they can put a man on the moon, they can find something to replace oil.” This trope has been around since Mideast oil producers delivered their first ransom note to the […]

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  • A Call For Energy Realism

    • Date: 07/08/10

    In the summer of 2008, at a time of widespread anger over historically high oil prices, Al Gore challenged his countrymen “to commit to producing 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean carbon-free sources within ten years.” This wildly ambitious goal recalled Richard Nixon’s proclamation, issued amid the 1973 global oil shock, that the […]

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  • Science Turns Authoritarian

    • Date: 05/08/10

    In a Wired article published at the end of May, writer Erin Biba bemoans the fact that “science” is losing its credibility with the public. The plunge in the public’s belief in catastrophic climate change is her primary example. Biba wonders whether the loss of credibility might be due to the malfeasance unearthed by the […]

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  • Adaptation The Best Climate Change Policy

    • Date: 02/08/10

    We all know climate change was a major issue in the 2007 election. So much so that both Labor and the Coalition pledged to implement an emissions trading scheme in order to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint. But those days are over: Copenhagen, the GFC, Tony Abbott’s rise, climate-gate and glacier-gate have changed the politics […]

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  • The Death Of The Global Warming Movement?

    • Date: 01/08/10

    Future historians will pinpoint Democratic Sen. Harry Reid’s energy legislation, released Tuesday, as the moment that the political movement of global warming entered an irreversible death spiral. It is kaput! Finito! Done! This is not just my read of the situation; it is also that of Paul Krugman, the Nobel laureate-turned-Democratic-apparatchik. In his latest column […]

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  • The Difference Between ‘True Science’ And ‘Cargo-Cult Science’

    • Date: 30/07/10

    Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts” is how the great Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman defined science in his article “What is Science?” Feynman emphasized this definition by repeating it in a stand-alone sentence in extra large typeface in his article.  (Feynman’s essay is available online, but behind a subscription wall: The […]

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