05 Aug 2014

A Good Scientist Terminated (windpower noise researcher pays price)

By jdroz A passion of mine is defending my profession (Science) from assault. Such is approaching a full-time job, as those promoting political or economic agendas are painfully aware that real Science is a major threat to their aspirations — so they are aggressively attacking it...
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04 Aug 2014

Hansen Warns Against ‘Cap-and-Tax’ (Steyer and California, are you listening?)

By rbradley “What, in short, if there is government failure in the quest to address what is seen as market failure? James Hansen should consider supporting his scheme inside the ivory tower, not outside in the real world policy. The two are not the same.” As California labors...
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31 Jul 2014

Milton Friedman Day (some energy quotations on the occasion of his 102nd birthday)

By rbradley “Economists may not know much. But we know one thing very well: how to produce surpluses and shortages. Do you want a surplus? Have the government legislate a minimum price that is above the price that would otherwise prevail…. Do you want a shortage? Have the...
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30 Jul 2014

Environmentalism: ‘Green’ versus ‘Good’ (in search of real environmentalism)

By bacheson “Environmental lobbies need to work with industry and encourage sustainable practices. Hysteria, dogma and hypocrisy will not save the planet. Neither will thousands of retweets. Balanced approaches separating real green from pretend, crony green is the true...
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29 Jul 2014

Who Is Charles Koch? (Senator Reid vs. Mother Jones’s Daniel Schulman)

By rbradley “Still, [Sen. Harry] Reid’s attacks have drawn cries of McCarthyism from around the political world, including MSNBC host Joe Scarborough and Mother Jones editor Daniel Schulman. And they’ve even created discomfort among liberal big-money donors and operatives, who...
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28 Jul 2014

AWED Energy & Environmental Newsletter: July 28, 2014

By jdroz The Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) is an informal coalition of individuals and organizations interested in improving energy & environmental policies. Our basic position is that technical matters like these should be addressed by using Real Science. It’s...
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25 Jul 2014

“More People, Greater Wealth, More Resources, Healthier Environment” (Part II: Julian Simon 1994 essay)

By rbradley “The most important benefit of population size and growth is the increase it brings to the stock of useful knowledge. Minds matter economically as much as, or more than, hands or mouths. Progress is limited largely by the availability of trained workers. The...
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24 Jul 2014

“More People, Greater Wealth, More Resources, Healthier Environment” (Part I: 1994 Julian Simon essay reprinted)

By rbradley “Adding more people causes problems, but people are also the means to solve these problems. The main fuel to speed the world’s progress is our stock of knowledge, and the brakes are a) our lack of imagination, and b) unsound social regulations of these...
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23 Jul 2014

The Struggle to Mainstream Electric Vehicles

By Allen Brooks “Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne told the Brookings Institution audience in Washington, DC regarding his company’s 500e EV: ‘I hope you don’t buy it, because every time I sell one it costs me $14,000.’ The reason the 500e exists is to meet...
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22 Jul 2014

Editorializing for Wind in Ohio: A Rebuttal

By tstacy “We as Ohioans and Americans have to be able to see through the scheme, demand proof of net environmental and energy benefits of wind, or force the industry out of the state to save our tax dollars and our electricity bill dollars the industry has been drunk on since...
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