• The long road to EV competitiveness

    • Date: 21/12/20
    • Andrew Montford, GWPF

    Battery prices have fallen, but EVs are nowhere near price parity A few days ago Bloomberg New Energy Finance published a graph suggesting that the long trend of falls in the price of batteries for electric vehicles has now bottomed out. However, BNEF says that battery pack prices are going to fall further from today’s […]

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  • It’s a fix – part 1

    • Date: 17/12/20
    • Bruno Prior

    Local electricity pricing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be “Market failure” often means “market outcomes I don’t like”, and “market improvement” often means “skewing markets to try to make them produce outcomes that I approve of [/in my interest]”. Unless the market improvement is removing obstacles to voluntary exchange, it reduces efficiency by definition, […]

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  • Reds and Greens: China’s useful idiots

    • Date: 16/12/20
    • Richard W. Rahn, The Washington Times

    Environmental NGOs like Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund and the Natural Resources Defense Council, being dupes or worse, sing the praises of the world’s largest polluter. Two decades ago, most economists — including me — believed that as a country became richer it would likely become more democratic and more protective of basic human rights and […]

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  • Scott Morrison right to shun Boris Johnson’s Global Deep Green Club

    • Date: 15/12/20
    • Judith Sloan, The Australian

    Last week, independent member for Warringah Zali Steggall was all in a tizz about Australia’s failure to be invited to present at a virtual climate jamboree sponsored by the UK, France and the UN held this past weekend. She didn’t bother to mention neither New Zealand nor Canada had been invited to present — although […]

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  • Charles Moore: Cambridge is a template for defending free speech

    • Date: 15/12/20
    • Charles Moore, The Daily Telegraph

    The vote in favour of true protection for free speech proves that the wokeists are not nearly as numerous as they claim When I wrote in this space two weeks ago supporting the defenders of free speech at Cambridge University, I thought they would lose. After all, the university’s vice-chancellor, Stephen Toope, had opposed their amendment. […]

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  • Ross Clark: A ban on gas boilers would be yet another pointless eco catastrophe

    • Date: 10/12/20
    • Ross Clark, The Daily Telegraph

    Has the Government’s Climate Change Committee (CCC) been seized by one of those gangs which promises to tarmac your driveway for £50 and then, when it has finished its shoddy work, tells you, no, you misheard: £50 was the price per square foot? In its Sixth Carbon Budget, published yesterday, the CCC claims the cost […]

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  • Andrew Montford: Honesty is needed on the huge costs of attempting “net-zero”

    • Date: 06/12/20
    • Andrew Montford, Conservative Home

    £3 trillion is £100,000 per household – we may have to spend double that. A switch to a command economy would also mean losing our freedom. Politicians can be divided into those who like to spend big (and posture), and those who know what a dangerous course that is. The Prime Minister might well complain […]

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  • Sustainable Newspeak by 2050

    • Date: 01/12/20
    • Peter Foster, Law & Liberty

    There are no dictionaries of sustainability’s Newspeak. Its mavens rely less on new words than on perverting or reversing the meaning of old ones. George Orwell pointed out that one of the first casualties of socialism is language. The damage is not collateral, it is deliberate—designed to numb minds and render critical thought difficult or […]

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