• 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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  • Climate Activists Need A New Strategy If They Want To Convince Sceptical Public

    • Date: 14/08/17
    • Robert E. Meyer, The Post-Crescent

    Regardless of your position on the issue of human induced global warming, one thing remains undeniable: Those who are apologists for the “save the planet” approach have done an abysmal job of graciously persuading the public to participate in the cause. If I were on that side of this issue, I would emphasize the economic benefits […]

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  • The Bottom Of The Barrel

    • Date: 11/08/17
    • Andrew Montford

    Having countered Nigel Lawson’s appearance on Today with an interview on the same show with a green activist and another full segment today with a Met Office scientist, the BBC has rounded things off with a website article, which also seeks to undermine Lawson’s position. I wonder if they are finished yet? Most of the […]

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  • You mean there’s a climate debate?

    • Date: 10/08/17
    • Andrew Montford

    BBC science voices have much to learn With weary inevitability, Nigel Lawson’s brief appearance on the Today programme has caused an outpouring from the usual mangy pack of scientivists, activists, recidivists, and BBC TV presenters. First out of the blocks was physicist and BBC radio presenter Jim Al-Khalili, who had strong words to say on […]

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