• Electric car turmoil will make Brexit a comparative breeze for auto makers

    • Date: 19/12/20
    • Neil Winton, Forbes
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    Unless the price of electric cars falls drastically, Europeans on average salaries are unlikely to be able to afford new cars. Automakers are having hysterics about the impact on their sales and profits if the European Union (EU) and Britain fail to agree a free trade deal, but the ramifications of that look minor compared […]

  • Green economy: $580 million wind farm off Fukushima to be dismantled

    • Date: 19/12/20
    • The Japan Times
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    FUKUSHIMA – The government said Thursday it will remove the two remaining wind power turbines it installed off Fukushima Prefecture citing lack of profit in the project, which cost ¥60 billion ($580 million). The project was widely seen as a symbol of the reconstruction of the northeastern prefecture following the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters. […]

  • Mass blackouts after China cuts Australian coal imports

    • Date: 18/12/20
    • The Times
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    China is suffering mass power cuts in the south, prompting cities to dim street lights, suspend factory production and tell office blocks to turn off heating unless the temperature falls below 3C. The electricity crisis appears to have been prompted by a shortage of coal after Beijing banned imports from Australia. China imposed trade bans against Australia after […]

  • It’s a fix – part 1

    • Date: 17/12/20
    • Bruno Prior
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    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, […]

  • The 2020 Annual GWPF Lecture – Professor Frank Furedi

    • Date: 16/12/20
    • The Global Warming Policy Foundation
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    Narratives of Existential Threats in the Climate and Covid Era Frank Furedi is a sociologist and social commentator. He is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent in Canterbury. Since the late 1990s, Frank has been widely cited about his views on why Western societies find it so difficult to engage with risk […]

  • Rupert Darwall: From Covid to climate, the UK is handing policy to the unelected

    • Date: 16/12/20
    • Rupert Darwall, Real Clear Energy
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    Climate change sees more power being given to the administrative state. Boris Johnson looked awful: slumped on the frontbench, he was about to suffer the worst parliamentary revolt of his premiership. It was December 1 – less than a year on from his historic election triumph – and Parliament was debating the reimposition of regional Covid tiers […]

  • Climate activists lose legal battle to stop Heathrow’s third runway

    • Date: 16/12/20
    • Sky News
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    The Supreme Court overturns a previous Court of Appeal ruling in a case brought by Friends of the Earth and others. Climate activists have lost a long-running legal battle to stop a third runway at Heathrow. The Supreme Court has overturned a previous Court of Appeal ruling in a case brought by Friends of the […]

  • China to expand its fleet of coal power plants by 10%

    • Date: 16/12/20
    • Bloomberg
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    Chinese state-owned utilities are betting on coal’s longevity by building new coal-fired power plants, with their fleets set to expand about 10% by 2025.  The future of coal looks like an ice cream truck parked half a kilometer down a mine shaft in China’s Shanxi province. The yellow and white vehicle is equipped with a […]

  • Reds and Greens: China’s useful idiots

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

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

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