• Progressives Against Progress

    • Date: 28/08/10

    For the first two-thirds of the twentieth century, American liberals distinguished themselves from conservatives by what Lionel Trilling called “a spiritual orthodoxy of belief in progress.” Liberalism placed its hopes in human perfectibility. Regarding human nature as essentially both beneficent and malleable, liberals, like their socialist cousins, argued that with the aid of science and […]

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  • On Harvard Misconduct, Climate Research And Trust

    • Date: 27/08/10

    Earlier this week I was invited to join an e-mail discussion involving a variegated array of scientists and science communicators exploring a provocative question posed by one of them (I’ll leave the identities out, but will invite them to weigh in here). The conversation encompassed the case of Marc Hauser, the Harvard specialist in cognition found […]

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  • Wind Power Won’t Cool Down the Planet

    • Date: 24/08/10

    The wind industry has achieved remarkable growth largely due to the claim that it will provide major reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. There’s just one problem: It’s not true. A slew of recent studies show that wind-generated electricity likely won’t result in any reduction in carbon emissions—or that they’ll be so small as to be […]

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  • Spencer Abraham: Obama’s Energy Meltdown

    • Date: 21/08/10

    The decision by congressional Democrats to not try to pass a major energy bill in this Congress, while receiving a modest amount of media attention, actually constitutes one of the sharpest rebukes to a sitting president in recent memory. When President Barack Obama arrived at the White House with overwhelming Democratic majorities in the House […]

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  • 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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