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  • Waxman's Inquisition Should Look at the UN IPCC

    February 2, 2007

    Representative Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, this week launched an investigation of the several charges that the Bush Administration has politically manipulated and interfered with scientific research so as to make the science fit its policies. The charges are specious, as I and my CEI colleagues and many others have shown, but for a real example of the political manipulation of science, Chairman Waxman should take a look at the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Science Change. The IPCC today released its 21-page Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the first volume of its Fourth Assessment Report (AR4). The SPM is...

  • Communism 101

    February 2, 2007
  • Dupont's rent seeking explained

    February 2, 2007
    Today, in a press release timed to coincide with publication of the Summary for Policymakers of Climate Change 2007, also known as the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, DuPont calls for legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions, stating: "We believe that voluntary measures, while constructive, are not sufficient to address an issue of this magnitude by themselves." The media--for example, USA Today--treat pronouncements like this as newsworthy, as if some climate shift had occurred in U.S. politics. In reality, energy-rationing profiteers have been pushing Kyoto-style policies for years, beginning with that erstwhile darling of eco-...
  • Fun with Numbers Part 3

    February 2, 2007
    Well, it turns out that the report on which I based my previous two posts on IPCC temperature projections was hideously garbled. The reporter had confused climate sensitivity with temperature projections and so all the calculations I applied were wrong, comparing apples with oranges. I should have spotted that and so I apologize. Please disregard those previous posts.
  • Libertarian Politics Live Features Eco-Freaks

    February 2, 2007
    Last night CEI's John Berlau was a guest on Libertarian Politics Live to talk about his new book, Eco-Freaks. The entertaining interview starts about 7:30 minutes into the show. 
  • Wal-Mart's Green Miscalculation Costs Low-Income Customers

    February 2, 2007
    This is depressing. Wal-Mart has decided to take the politically correct road—working to eliminate its so-called “carbon footprint.” What on earth does that mean? Are they going to get rid of the automotive section? Must we shop in the dark? That won't do—pretty much every item in the store has a “carbon foot print.” What this really means is that Wal-Mart's customers will be paying higher prices so that the company can appear more "socially responsible." Hogwash! This move is nothing more than a miscalculated marketing scheme that will do nothing other than undercut the people Wal-Mart primarily serves: Americans with tight budgets. I am a regular at Wal-Mart, and there I mostly see my working class and small business neighbors who struggle to pay high taxes and high mortgages in Fairfax County, Virginia. These are not the people who have the luxury to go around worrying...
  • Smoking ban in France, Yes France

    February 1, 2007
    Pubs in Ireland, pubs in Great Britain, bard in New York -- in recent years, long-established smoking traditions have been snuffed out in the unlikeliest places -- and the country whose love of smoking is legendary has now enacted a smoking ban: France. What's next, a global ban? Don't be too surprised.
  • Global warming debate: "A ninety-nine percent certainty of what?"

    February 1, 2007
    Last night “Larry King Live” hosted a debate on global warming featuring a large cast of characters that included Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and James Inhofe (R-OK), Dr. Richard Lindzen of MIT, Bill Nye of the Union of Concerned Scientists, Julian Morris of International Policy Network, and Heidi Cullen of the Weather Channel. Perhaps the best exchanges took place between eminent cloud scientist Lindzen and the “Science Guy” Nye, clearly out of his depth. Lindzen politely skewered the "Science Guy" Nye whose slogan-speaking seemed to have little to do with science. Here's an example from the transcript:
    LINDZEN: Not at all. I think time will tell. I think Mr. Nye is speaking about energy. Energy sources and balance have changed over time, it will change. I have no idea what the energy mix will be 50...
  • Roberts explains it all

    February 1, 2007
    For those who have been tempted by the attractions of Pigovian taxes, Russell Roberts provides a cogent explanation of why Coasean theory suggests that Pigou offered no solution to the world's ills. Students of Hayek and Burke alike will recognize the wisdom of Russell's words.
  • Heidi Cullen's modest proposal

    February 1, 2007
    Not content to report the weather, the Weather Channel's Heidi Cullen has become a global warming pundit, recently appearing on Larry King Live, where she seemed to say (incorrectly) that melting sea ice contributes to sea level rise. In a blog post a few weeks ago, Ms. Cullen scolded a fellow meteorologist, who declined to lecture viewers about global warming, noting how the issue had been "politicized" and that, given the cyclical nature of weather patterns, he was unsure what "generalizations" could be inferred from the warming trend of recent times. I admire her colleague for his lack of political and intellectual pretension. But Cullen found it unacceptable, and proposed a remedy: "If a meteorologist has an ...


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