Category Archives: Global warming and climate change policy

20 Years of progress with unreliable energy

The more things change… Global demand for coal and gas to generate electricity was back on the rise last year … Most striking had been the failure of renewable energy to make an impact on the fossil fuels share of … Continue reading

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The social cost of carbon

Interesting developments in the withdrawal from the war on CO2 in the US and some background on the work by Greenstone and Sunstein that resulted in the concept of the “the cost of carbon“. The House GOP on Friday took … Continue reading

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Power crisis in NSW. But who needs aluminium smelters?

Jo Nova reports (as did The Weekend Australian) that the aluminium smelters in NSW are at risk from uncertain power supplies.

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China cuts solar subsidies to reduce the cost of power

Jo Nova reports that solar stocks in China have fallen in the wake of reduced subsidies. The idea is to have cheaper power. Why didn’t we think of that? As Steve put it Why is Australia the last to know?

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So why is Australia the last to know?

There’s an old story I heard when I first came to Australia about how the original inhabitants of Tasmania had lost the art of fishing, so lived on an island surrounded by water but never ate the fish that swam … Continue reading

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A message from the Australian Environment Foundation

James Cook University (JCU) has sacked Peter Ridd, who until then held a chair in geology at JCU.  He remains a highly valued AEF Director and Scientific Adviser. Peter is determined to fight his termination in court—along with the ‘final censure’ that … Continue reading

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Another look at the precautionary principle and climate change

The precautionary principle is supposed to promote playing safe in the face of impending hazards, erring on the side of caution rather than recklessly letting things proceed on their own accord. So we test drugs, cars, fountain pens and at … Continue reading

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David Bidstrup: “Climate change”: All pain and no gain.

The climate change controversy rolls on and we continue to do stupid things in the quest to stop the “destruction of the planet” in some sort of man-made climate disaster. It is interesting to look at some of the things … Continue reading

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Multimillionaire moochers

An important link tuned up on the Dupert Darwall thread courtesy of Empire 5.5. The green aristocracy exists at the pleasure of green nobility and there is currently no greater green noble hypocrite than Tom Steyer. Steyer is positioning for … Continue reading

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Rupert Darwall on the Climate Industrial Complex

A half hour interview with the author of Green Tyranny: Exposing the Roots of the Climate Industrial Complex. He notes the role of Sweden as the pioneer of environmental alarmism, the rise of the Greens in the aftermath of the … Continue reading

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