• Without Reliable Fossil Fuels The World Would Have No Chance Against Coronavirus

    • Date: 01/04/20
    • Daniel Markind, Forbes

    Without the consistent, reliable power supply of fossil fuels most societies would have no chance to fight the coronavirus.  March 2020 will be the month the western world changed. As March began, there was relative normalcy except in China and isolated places in east Asia. By month’s end, much of the west – indeed, the entire world […]

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  • Covid-19 Shows Why There Won’t Be Global Action on Climate Change

    • Date: 28/03/20
    • Richard Drake, Climate Scepticism

    This is pretty much Jason Bordoff’s headline in Foreign Policy magazine today, except I left out the “Sorry”. And that’s because I’m not. Sorry, but the Virus Shows Why There Won’t Be Global Action on Climate Change Here are some highlights. To slow the spread of COVID-19, governments are clamping down to force collective action […]

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  • Why the COVID-19 Response Is No Model for Climate Action

    • Date: 27/03/20
    • Alex Trembath and Seaver Wang, The Breakthrough Institute

    If the emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic is held up as a model for climate action, we should not be surprised if public support is less than enthusiastic. A global emergency. Wartime mobilization. Calls to “listen to the scientists.” Demands for radical shifts in policy and human behavior. Tradeoffs between sacrifices today and larger […]

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  • ‘Mobilising For War’: Why COVID-19 is Not a Dress Rehearsal for Dealing with Climate Change

    • Date: 20/03/20
    • Prof Mike Hulme

    Taking decisive action against ‘the enemy’—whether Coronavirus or climate change—comes at a cost.  And that cost is reduced civil liberties and restricted democratic accountability. Many politicians and public figures are calling for the response to COVID-19 to be put on a war footing.  Emergency declarations and executive powers are being appropriated by the state.  Climate […]

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  • Josef Joffe: On Coronavirus, Beware the Totalitarian Temptation

    • Date: 18/03/20
    • Josef Joffe, The American Interest

    State control of information is a bridge to oppression democracies must never cross. Freedom of expression is among the holiest of holies in a liberal polity. Totalitarianism is Stalin and Hitler, the NKVD and the Gestapo, the Gulag and the death camp. Correct, but take another look. It is also an eternal temptation that has […]

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  • Heathrow’s Blocked Expansion: Can It Happen In Mumbai Or Singapore?

    • Date: 12/03/20
    • Tilak Doshi, Forbes

    While London’s greenies cheer over stopping the expansion of Heathrow, Mumbai and Singapore are open for business while China and India proceed with their plans to build hundreds of new airports over the next several years.  To the well-heeled tourist visiting London, the UK Court of Appeal’s decision last week to stop the expansion of Heathrow airport will mean more […]

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  • Conservatives Need to Start Being Rational About Climate Change

    • Date: 09/03/20
    • Harry Wilkinson, Free Market Conservatives

    When it comes to climate change, this Government has put aside any notional attachment to free markets, or indeed to reason. With the rushed introduction of a target to achieve net zero carbon dioxide emissions, it appears there is no policy too expensive or poorly thought through if it is done in the name of […]

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  • Ben Pile: The Heathrow Decision Is An Assault On Democracy

    • Date: 29/02/20
    • Ben Pile, Spiked

    We are now witnessing the dissolving of democracy Peter Lilley predicted; the deciding of key political, strategic questions by activist judges and green campaigners. Yesterday’s ruling in the Court of Appeal has seemingly resolved the decades-long wrangling over the future of Heathrow’s third runway. The court decided that the government had failed to take into […]

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