Author Archives: Rafe Champion

What the people need to know about emissions and unreliable energy

The climate wars go on but they do not engage the median voter who has work to do, family responsibilities and the usual range of social and sporting interests. The median voter just needs to know two things. 1. We … Continue reading

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From the Global Warming Policy Forum

Good news from the Global Warming Policy Forum, subsidies axed for electric cars in Britain, fracking approved and other items around the world. And a big win with Will Happer appointed as the key science advisor to Donald Trump.

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David Leyonhjelm. Politicians with trustworthy eyes

In Leonard Cohen’s song Chelsea Hotel, there is a line that goes: She told me again she preferred handsome men, but for me she would make an exception. The song is about Janis Joplin, who had a brief encounter with … Continue reading

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Datagate at the Hadley Centre

Evasion and obfuscation over climate data at the Hadley Centre. Finally the Hadley Met Centre team have replied to Graham Lloyd regarding John McLean’s audit. Without specifically admitting he has found serious errors, they acknowledge his previous notifications were useful … Continue reading

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Tony Thomas is on fire!

Call 000, call the fire brigade, no call Connor Court and order a copy or two of his latest book on growing up a generation or two ago in the Deep West. Order the other one as well! He is … Continue reading

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Fake news in The Australian?

We expect fake news in the Sydney Morning Herald and we are not surprised by the headline last Monday Eliminate coal or lose the reef, says IPCC. Underneath we read that the report “distils more than 6,000 scientific references”. Elsewhere … Continue reading

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Lomborg: spend on TB not unreliable energy

Bjorn Lomborg has a really important piece in the Weekend Australian so retrieve it from the bin and have a look. Then circulate to your green friends and relations. I don’t have time to do justice to the amount of … Continue reading

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Boettke on Hayek’s legacy part 2

The third tension that Boettke identified in the final chapter on The Hayekian Legacy is between moral intuitions and moral demands. This is one of the topics that Boettke would like to see pursued to realise the potential of the … Continue reading

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Laframboise and the IPCC “solutioneers” at work

Lasts reminder of Laframboise’s critique of the IPCC. Now over 1100 visits. Solutioneering is a term invented to describe the standard practice of ideologues and bureaucrats empowered by Big Government. James Gordon described the process thus: 1 The Solutioneer (S) … Continue reading

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What is the authority of climate scientists?

Climate realists/skeptics often encounter the argument that most skeptics are not actually “climate scientists” because they mostly come from a range of other disciplines. The clear assumption is that there is something special about climate science that only properly authenticated … Continue reading

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