• Roger Pielke Jr.: The Hurricane Lull Couldn’t Last

    • Date: 01/09/17
    • Roger Pielke Jr. The Wall Street Journal

    The U.S. hadn’t been hit by a Category 3 or stronger storm since Katrina in 2005. We were overdue. A neighborhood near Addicks Reservoir in Houston, Aug. 29. PHOTO: DAVID J. PHILLIP/ASSOCIATED PRESS Activists, journalists and scientists have pounced on the still-unfolding disaster in Houston and along the Gulf Coast in an attempt to focus the policy […]

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  • Resilience, Not Devastation, Is The Real Story Of The Texas Floods

    • Date: 31/08/17
    • Rupert Darwall and Fraser Nelson, The Spectator

    Houston’s response to Hurricane Harvey is a lesson for the world Safe: Catherine Pham and her baby son are rescued in Houston The numbers are awesome. In a matter of hours, Hurricane Harvey dumped nine trillion gallons of rainfall on Houston and southeast Texas: at one stage, 24 inches of rain fell in 24 hours. […]

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  • Christopher Booker: The More Biased Journalists Are, The More They Think They Are Impartial

    • Date: 28/08/17
    • Christopher Booker, The Sunday Telegraph

    Something rather odd happened on the BBC Today programme on Radio 4 last Wednesday. Nick Robinson, the presenter, prefaced a worthy little report about farming in Kenya by claiming that crop yields in Africa are being “cut by climate change”. In fact, the report was not about this at all. It was about efforts being made to […]

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  • John Cameron: Challenging Authority Is Essential For Science & Progress

    • Date: 24/08/17
    • John Cameron, The Scotsman

    My favourite physics teacher, Cal Tech’s Richard Feynman, insisted that “dissent” – actively challenging a dominant idea – was central to the function and reputation of science. His great friend and colleague Freeman Dyson agreed: “Subversive science’s long history stretches back to at least Galileo and if it ceases to rebel against authority, it is […]

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  • Why Won’t The Government Admit The True Cost Of Renewable Energy?

    • Date: 23/08/17
    • Harry Wilkinson, CapX

    Flexibility measures have been presented as a saving. But that is illusory Everyone knows that renewable power is inherently unreliable, or as engineers put it: “intermittent”. Nonetheless, there is a plan in place to become ever more reliant on these technologies for our electricity supply. This has forced the government into taking a risky bet […]

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  • Daniel Sarewitz: Stop Treating Science Denial Like A Disease

    • Date: 22/08/17
    • Daniel Sarewitz, The Guardian

    Turning the rejection of scientific expertise into a pathology mistakenly presents individual ignorance as the bottleneck in political disagreements […] I find this emerging intellectual programme around science denial problematic on so many levels that it’s hard to know where to start. Certainly one part of the problem with the idea of an innate cognitive stance […]

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  • On The Impact Of The GWPF

    • Date: 21/08/17
    • Andrew Montford

    Amelia Sharman, a researcher at the LSE (although now moved on to pastures new) has written a number of papers about climate scepticism and, rare among people working in this area, is professional enough not to lard her papers with derogatory references to “deniers”. Her papers have attracted quite a lot of attention in the […]

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  • UK Electric Car Perks ‘Shockingly Generous’

    • Date: 18/08/17
    • Ed Conway, The Times

    Subsidies aimed at cutting emissions are helping the better-off and risk creating new problems Until recently I took the Tube to work pretty much every day. But recently I realised that in the past few months I haven’t made the journey once. Why? In short, because my alternative means of transport costs me a fraction […]

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