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  • Another One Bites the Dust

    February 23, 2007
    Otherwise quite-sound South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has weighed in on the political "global warming" sweepstakes with an op-ed in today's Washington Post. To his credit, he flatly states that "conservatives must respond to climate change with innovation, not regulation." Indeed. But remove that line and the rest of the op-ed does a tremendous disservice to the anti-regulatory cause, fostering as it does needless climate alarmism, even adopting talking points straight from an Al Gore seminar. "For the past 20 years, I have seen the ever-so-gradual effects of rising sea levels at our farm on the South Carolina coast." Really? Sea levels rise 8 inches per century during the current inter-glacial period (10,000+ years), an historical rate that hasn't increased even according...
  • Fred Smith on Antiquities

    February 23, 2007
    Fred Smith's presentation at Guatemala's Universidad Francisco Marroquin on how markets can help protect antiquities is now available online.
  • Gore flunks Oscar documentary rules

    February 22, 2007
    Intrepid Journalist Kevin Mooney of CNSNews.com just filed a can't-miss story on Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth". On the verge of the Academy Awards, it appears that Gore's flick doesn't live up to the Academy's basic "Rule 12" standards for truthfulness in the use of animation. This rule states that non-traditional documentary devices such as animation or reenactments may be used, but only "as long as the emphasis is on fact and not on fiction." The scene at issue is the famed cartoon of a polar bear drowning. But the sequence does not come close to approximating the reality of the study from which it is based....
  • Defending the Indefensible

    February 22, 2007
    A Guardian correspondent attempts to defend his admitted alarmism over global warming. In the comments, climate change economist Richard Tol dismantles his arguments:
    First, you tend to describe climate change as catastrophic, although it is in fact a process of slow change over centuries. The better impact studies tend to find that climate change is important, but not as important as all the other changes that are going on. The impact of climate change on yields, say, will be small compared to the impacts of technological change; and all the negative effects of climate change on tropical agriculture can be offset by doing away with the Common Agricultural Policy. Second, you call for drastic emission reduction. In fact, it is quite sufficient to...
  • "Decent capitalism" -- a "new" idea?

    February 22, 2007

    First we had anti-globalization activists calling for “fair trade.” Now it seems not just trade is the problem but capitalism itself. Harold Meyerson in today's Washington Post is calling for “decent capitalism” instead.

    And what is his vision of “decent capitalism”? He calls it a “vastly more benign” system than Russian socialism. Well, that should convince us to get on the bandwagon.

    Meyerson also suggests it should be a global policy since it's not easy to have “decent capitalism” on a national level in a globalized economy.

    Free-trade skeptics such as I believe that these domestic reforms, while overdue, are not enough. We argue that there need to be rules for the global economy that protect workers no...

  • Is concern about the environment "5 minutes ago"?

    February 22, 2007
    There are signs that caring about the environment is becoming a little passe. This is from an uber-cool British gossip email:
    Having nearly as bad a week as Britney... 2. Polar Bears. As yet another celebrity concert to save the environment is announced, their fate is sealed as people realise that while cute, no animal species is worth having to endure any more second-rate and has-been musicians resurrecting their careers for the sake of the planet.
    Perhaps Live Earth won't be the success people assume it will be after all.
  • Foolish and Dangerous Advice

    February 21, 2007
    Editorial writers in today's Orlando Sentinel say they oppose Department of Homeland Security regulations that attempt to beef up security at the nation's chemical plants to reduce the risks of terrorist attacks. They want Congress to legislate the issue. They complain because the administration focuses on managing chemical risks through improved security measures only. The Sentinel, like many activist groups, wants Homeland Security to pursue a green agenda that would force the elimination or drastic reduction of so-called “dangerous” or “toxic” chemicals. They also oppose Homeland Security's attempt to preempt states from passing such silly regulations. Frankly, I would have to agree with the Department of Homeland Security on this one. I...
  • Videos: The bad and the Ugly

    February 21, 2007
    Have you got a minute for Greenpeace's youth wing? [youtube]BY7875_rv1s[/youtube] I think he wants your lunch money as well.
  • Deadly Asian Killer Hornets

    February 21, 2007
    The endless list of calamities laid at the feet of global warming just got a little longer - witness the invasion of France by the terrifying Asian Hornet:
    Global warming has largely been blamed for the survival and spread of the Asian Hornet, Vespa velutina, which is thought to have arrived in France from the Far East in a consignment of Chinese pottery in late 2004. Thousands of football-shaped hornet nests are now dotted all over the forests of Aquitaine, the south-western region of France hugely popular with British tourists.
    The story, by the way, is from The Telegraph, which explains in part why they're more worried about British tourists than the actual French...
  • Minorities Suffer from Green Hype

    February 21, 2007
    The Contra Costa Times reports today that minorities in the San Francisco Bay area suffer disproportionately from air pollution coming from industrial plants. The "evidence" is contained in a report released by environmental activists, titled "Still Toxic After All These Years." This report finds that Latinos, African Americans, and Asians or Pacific Islanders compose 62 percent of people living within a mile of industrial facilities that report "toxic air emissions" to the federal government.

    Is this an injustice? Hardly. All it actually shows is that some minorities chose to live in more affordable housing near these facilities. There is no evidence that their health suffers as a result. If any suffering is involved, it stems from the...

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