• ‘Pessimism Can Be A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy,’ Steven Pinker Warns

    • Date: 17/08/16
    • Julia Belluz, Vox

    You may think the world is falling apart. Steven Pinker is here to tell you it isn’t. If you think this has felt like the summer of sadness, you are not alone. Every week, sometimes every day, seems to bring more stomach-turning news. In June, there was the Orlando nightclub shooting, where dozens were killed […]

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  • FT: British Govt Should Seize Chance To Overhaul Energy Policy

    • Date: 15/08/16
    • Jonathan Ford, Financial Times

    There is a moment at the start of any new government when it has an opportunity to undo the mistakes of its predecessors. For Theresa May’s new administration, when it comes to energy policy, that moment is now. Mrs May has already shown commendable boldness in deciding to re-examine the wasteful Hinkley Point nuclear project. […]

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  • Christopher Booker: The Climate Change Brigade Are Wrong Again

    • Date: 14/08/16
    • Christopher Booker, The Sunday Telegraph

    Only when the Climate Change Act is repealed will we get an end to such childish absurdities. Source: Met Office A few weeks of not abnormally warm summer weather have prompted light-headed journalists to report not only that this could be the “hottest August for years” and “the hottest year on record” but that, thanks […]

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  • Peter Foster: Low-Carbon Transition Won’t Happen Anytime Soon

    • Date: 13/08/16
    • Peter Foster, Financial Post

    Like that “inevitable” transition to socialism circa 1976, the transition to the low-carbon economy won’t happen anytime soon. “The transition to a low-carbon economy” is a mantra mouthed by almost every political party, environmental group, global bureaucracy and media outlet. It is invoked not just as a policy prescription but as a moral signpost. However, […]

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  • Editorial: Global Warming Extremists Try To Silence Science — Again

    • Date: 12/08/16
    • Editorial, Investor's Business Daily

    Global warming advocates like to pretend they are open-minded, all about science. But let someone else’s science get in the way of their “consensus,” and you find out how little they really believe in science. Just ask Professor Valentina Zharkova of Britain’s Northumbria University. She and a team of researchers conducted a study on sunspots, […]

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  • Academic Orthodoxy Is A Bigger Threat Than Climate Change

    • Date: 10/08/16
    • Jamie Whyte, CapX

    The new authoritarians seek to protect particular scientific theories that are currently orthodox by undermining the free competition between ideas that explains the extraordinary success of science over the last 500 years. Jarod Gilbert is a sociology lecturer at the University of Canterbury here in New Zealand. According to the byline of an article he published […]

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  • Dominic Lawson: On Fracking, 1066 And All That

    • Date: 08/08/16
    • Dominic Lawson, Daily Mail

    Do you remember The Beverly Hillbillies? It was my favourite television series as a child. For those too young to know, this was a Sixties American comedy show based on the concept of an impoverished family of hicks — the Clampetts — who suddenly become immensely wealthy and move to a mansion in Beverly Hills […]

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  • Matt Ridley: Innovation And Its Enemies

    • Date: 08/08/16
    • Matt Ridley, The Times

    The prime minister is to announce today that she would like to redirect some of the future profits of shale gas production to households, rather than councils. This is eminently sensible. It gives local people a stake in the new technology; it recognises that innovation will only be accepted in society when its social effects […]

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