• 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 […]

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

    • Date: 15/12/20
    • Charles Moore, The Daily Telegraph
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    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. […]

  • EU countries agree to use natural gas and nuclear power for Green Deal

    • Date: 15/12/20
    • EurActiv
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    Member states have set aside their divergences on renewable vs ‘low-carbon’ hydrogen to focus on efforts to “rapidly upscale the market for hydrogen at EU level”. The EU’s 27 member states adopted Council conclusions on hydroge last Friday (11 December), bringing an end to weeks of tense discussions that saw proponents of renewable-only hydrogen clashing with those […]

  • Former environment senator Fritz Vahrenholt: “We are threatened by a dramatic loss of prosperity”

    • Date: 14/12/20
    • Hamburger Abendblatt
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    Fritz Vahrenholt was a mastermind of Germany’s ecological movement, Senator for the environment and wind manager. Today he questions Germany’s costly climate policy. Hamburg. Fritz Vahrenholt has shaped the environmental debate in Germany like hardly anyone else: His book “Seveso ist überall” (1976) denounced the conditions in the chemical industry, his atlas “Die Lage der […]

  • UN’s call for ‘climate emergency’ is an invitation to misery in developing countries

    • Date: 14/12/20
    • Vijay Jayaraj, India
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    The UN has called for world leaders to declare a climate emergency. For hundreds of million in the developing world this agenda is threatening continuing energy poverty. A declaration of climate emergency (as per UN’s emission reduction requirements) will dent the developmental goals and increase energy prices. Besides, it will also result in the tax […]

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