• Matt Ridley: Cheap Oil Is Here To Stay Thanks To Fracking

    • Date: 08/02/16
    • Matt Ridley, The Times

    The technological innovation of the shale industry has benefits for conventional oil too, and will save us all money The continuing plunge in the price of oil from $115 a barrel in mid-2014 to $30 today is really, really good news. I know just about every economic commentator says otherwise, predicting bankruptcies, stock market crashes, […]

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  • Obama’s Proposed Oil Tax Is ‘Something Of An Ironic Work Of Fiction’

    • Date: 05/02/16
    • John Kemp, Reuters

    President Barack Obama’s final budget will propose a $10 per barrel oil tax, investing the proceeds in mass transit, high-speed rail, urban planning, highway upgrades and self-driving cars, among other programs. It’s  a piece of political theatre with no prospect of becoming reality. “President Obama’s 21st Century Clean Transportation System”, outlined by the White House to […]

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  • Zika: Green Zealots, Black Deaths

    • Date: 02/02/16
    • Robert Zubrin, National Review

    DDT could stop the horrific disease, but environmental zealots won’t consider it. Aedes Aegypti mosquito, carrier of the Zika virus. (Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty) The world is facing a public-health emergency. According to the World Health Organization, the Zika virus, a horrific disease that causes malformation of infants, is now “spreading explosively.” If decisive action is not […]

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  • Nick Butler: UK Policy Implications Of Another Nuclear Delay

    • Date: 27/01/16
    • Nick Butler, Financial Times

    The latest postponement of the Hinkley Point nuclear reactor project is the most serious delay of many because it shows that the plan is fundamentally uneconomic for the owners as well as for consumers. […] There is no prospect of the French government, its main shareholder, rescuing EDF. Thousands of employees are being laid off, alienating the […]

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  • The Death Knell For ‘Peak Oil’

    • Date: 21/01/16
    • Editorial, Denver Post

    Peak oil theorists who predicted shortages and high prices proven wrong – again Collapsing energy prices and bearish economic news have rattled equity markets, and the shock may not be over. With the world awash in oil and prices falling toward $26 a barrel, Iran is set to add to the oversupply now that international […]

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  • Forget OPEC: Shale 2.0 Will Bounce Back & Even Stronger

    • Date: 19/01/16
    • Mark P Mills, The Wall Street Journal

    Vast swaths of shale will be profitable with oil at about $40 a barrel, and the nimble industry is ready. How low can oil prices go? When pundits start competing to predict where the barrel will hit bottom, you know that a rebound is inevitable. It’s the inverse of what happens before a high-price bubble […]

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  • British Steel’s Green Death

    • Date: 18/01/16
    • Editorial, The Wall Street Journal

    Wall Street Journal, 6 October 2015: Another 2,000 lost jobs are collateral damage in the war on carbon dioxide. Britain’s industrial heartland has been rocked by news that Thai steelmaker Sahaviriya Steel Industries, or SSI, will close its plant at Redcar in England within months. SSI is winding down its entire U.K. subsidiary at the cost of […]

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  • Post-Modern Fascism: At British Universities Freedom Is Dying

    • Date: 18/01/16
    • Brendan O'Neill, The Spectator

    Student unions’ ‘no platform’ policy is expanding to cover pretty much anyone whose views don’t fit prevailing groupthink Have you met the Stepford students? They’re everywhere. On campuses across the land. Sitting stony-eyed in lecture halls or surreptitiously policing beer-fuelled banter in the uni bar. They look like students, dress like students, smell like students. […]

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