• Bill Carmichael: Huhne’s U-turn A Power Of Good

    • Date: 20/08/10

    SPOT the difference: A little over two years ago, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne was absolutely clear about his opposition to nuclear power, dismissing it as an irrelevant sideshow and a “failed technology”. Then, earlier this month, in performing a U-turn that must have made his head spin, he said nuclear power would, […]

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  • Reinsurance Innumeracy

    • Date: 19/08/10

    I was intrigued to see the following in a Swiss Re press release a reader sent to me this morning (thanks FN): Climate change could significantly increase the risk of hurricanes and storms in the Caribbean and threaten future development in the region, concludes a new study released by the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF). […]

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  • Philip Stott: Global Warming – A Mammoth Insult To Our Ancestors

    • Date: 18/08/10

    One can only laugh uproariously as the latest research, carried out at Durham University by the excellent Professor Brian Huntley and his colleagues, indicates that the poor old woolly mammoth did not die out by flint and spear at the hands of us despicable humans, but because of natural global warming at the end of […]

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  • Coal Is The Fuel Of Today — And Tomorrow

    • Date: 18/08/10

    For all the talk of electricity produced by windmills and solar arrays, the U.S. Department of Energy has seen the future of electric power generation and it’s coal. More than half of the U.S.’s electricity comes from coal and, says the DOE, will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. That’s because of two […]

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  • How Green Is The ‘Greenest Government Ever’?

    • Date: 17/08/10

    The Lib-Cons are finally realising that green rhetoric is all well and good, but it doesn’t keep the lights on. In May, as Britain’s new power couple – the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats – were making their loving union public, doing the rounds of well-wishers and holding hands coyly, prime minister David Cameron made it […]

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  • 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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