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20 February 2015
The science is settled, eggs are good for you
by Rick Manning
 sub-topic» General

The science-is-settled crowd got a little more uncomfortable as the settled science of cholesterol being bad for us is being dismantled by the U.S. government’s top nutrition advisory panel.

That’s right. After more than fifty years of government and public health harpies hectoring against eating eggs, with many Americans resorting to eating the dreaded egg substitute in a cardboard container as a result, the feds are issuing a gigantic never mind.

12 September 2014
The EPA's phony 'environmental justice' caper
by Paul Driessen
 sub-topic» General

When it comes to energy, climate change, justice and transparency, the Obama Administration and its Environmental Protection Agency want it every possible way. Their only consistency is their double standards and their determination to slash hydrocarbon use, ensure that electricity prices “necessarily skyrocket,” expand federal government command and control, and “fundamentally transform” America.

15 August 2014
More scams
by José Duarte
 sub-topic» General

The title is wildly false as a description of any reality or profile of person – it's also quite defamatory and unethical. There's no data, no analysis, to support it. The abstract is false in linking free market endorsement to rejection of these uncontroversial facts, and will only become more false if we clean the data. The body of the paper repeats these false associations, speaks of "denial", and conceals this stark data in overly complex SEM models that we will not be able to validly reproduce (longer story.) Virtually none of their analyses will survive evaluation. This paper must be retracted. The fact that these false links are very damaging to people, to large swaths of the population, makes an even stronger case for retraction (if we needed one.) When a headline is false, when an abstract is false, when a paper is false, we must retract that paper. When it smears innocent people and falsely attributes ludicrous and damaging beliefs to them, there is no excuse to not vacate it. It's unethical to invite people to participate in a study and then do this to them.

11 August 2014
Why Roger contradicts himself
by Madsen Pirie
 sub-topic» General

If we were to take the objectives at face value, it would be illogical systematically to oppose the means of achieving them. In the case of Roger, and maybe some others like him, however, I think I detect signs of a deeper, more fundamental motive. At heart Roger is conservative. He dislikes the pace and complexity of modern life, and yearns for the measured rhythm of a simpler life. He has constructed a somewhat fanciful picture of the past which overlooks some of the disease and squalor that accompanied it. Roger wants us all to live more simply because at heart he dislikes change and the unsettling effect it has on people like himself. Those of us who are comfortable with change and the benefits it brings will beg to differ…

24 June 2014
Indictment Against the Greens
by Neil Lock
 sub-topic» General

It isn’t just that they are lying; in essence, committing perjury. It isn’t just that they are doctoring the evidence, as with the temperature record. Nor is it merely that they call us realists nasty names like “deniers,” and publish psychological studies claiming that we are mentally deranged, or conspiracy-theory kooks. No; it’s far worse. In direct contradiction to any kind of due process of law, they are treating us as guilty until proven innocent.

16 April 2014
Cut back on eating baked beans to reduce smelly emissions
by Matt Chorley
 sub-topic» General

A study this week recommended eating baked beans every day, to help significantly reduce cholesterol and lower the risk of heart diseases.

Wind and bloating were among the side effects of those eating the daily portion, although this subsided after a while, said lead researcher Dr John Sievenpiper from St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto.

31 December 2013
Evaluating Controversial Claims
by David Friedman
 sub-topic» General

The clearest case is the population hysteria of the 1960's. Paul Ehrlich's Population Bomb, published in 1968, confidently predicted mass famine in the third world over the next decade, with hundred of millions of people starving to death. Not only did it not happen, the real world moved in the opposite direction, with calorie consumption per capita in the third world going up, not down. That is very strong evidence that Ehrlich can not be trusted. It is somewhat weaker evidence that the movement of which he was part, whose members generally took him and his arguments seriously, can not be trusted.

17 December 2013
Our Fragile Planet
by Walter E. Williams
 sub-topic» General

Let's examine a few statements reflecting a vision thought to be beyond question. "The world that we live in is beautiful but fragile." "The 3rd rock from the sun is a fragile oasis." Here are a couple of Earth Day quotes: "Remember that Earth needs to be saved every single day." "Remember the importance of taking care of our planet. It's the only home we have!" Such statements, along with apocalyptic predictions, are stock in trade for environmental extremists and non-extremists alike. Worse yet is the fact that this fragile-earth indoctrination is fed to our youth from kindergarten through college. Let's examine just how fragile the earth is.

23 September 2013
Bob Carter says the real environmental crisis is one of public perception
by Australian Conservative
 sub-topic» General

The net result, policy result, is not just undesirable. It’s not just expensive and it’s not just socially regressive—acting on the poorest people in our society by increasing the fundamental costs of energy and everything else—it is actually evil. The definition of “insane” is “out of the rational mind”. It is also insane. There is no scientific substantive evidence that dangerous global warming is happening or will happen.

28 July 2013
The Greens Can't Defy Gravity. They're Finished
by Tim Montgomerie
 sub-topic» General

The writing may have been on the wall in 2009, but the green movement has soldiered on. Theirs, they believed, was a moral mission of such importance that nothing would or should get in their way. Whatever the economic, social or political price they were determined to succeed. The doubts of sceptics like me could always be ignored, but when the politicians who once championed green politics are in retreat it is perhaps time for even ecological diehards to get real.

17 May 2013
'Mad Alex' Salmond lied to me about wind farm and I'm going to sue!
by Donald Trump
 sub-topic» General

If it were to be built close to land, it would interfere with shipping lanes, Mr Salmond said, and it would also interfere with military radar installations. No windfarms will be built there, he said.

My company continued to invest in the resort in good faith. It wasn’t until August 2009 that Mr Salmond began to show his true mindset. My son, Donald Trump Jr, and George got a call from the First Minister’s special adviser, Geoff Aberdein, lamenting the ‘terrible criticism’ over the release of al-Megrahi.

25 March 2013
We create resources by inventing the technology that does so
by Tim Worstall
 sub-topic» General

One of the things that is so difficult to get over to the "Arrrgh! We're running out of everything!" crowd is that we humans actually create resources by inventing the technology that does that creation. I've blathered about this with respect to minerals here often enough. Today's example is fresh water.

13 March 2013
Ten good reasons not to worry about polar bears
by Susan J. Crockford
 sub-topic» General

These are all good reasons to feel good about the current status of the polar bear. It is plain to see that these ice-dwelling bears are not currently threatened with extinction due to declining sea ice, despite the hue and cry from activist scientists and environmental organizations. Indeed, because the polar bear is doing so well, those who would like to see polar bears listed as “threatened” depend entirely upon dramatic declines in sea ice prophesied to occur decades from now to make their case.

10 March 2013
Signs of the Times: New York Times Kills Green Blog
by Alan Caruba
 sub-topic» General

Who is really saving the world and our fellow humans? The skeptics. The scientists and others who have debunked the lies and exposed the agenda of the environmentalists. The Green Blog is dead. It is a victory for all of us.

16 February 2013
Recycling con: Millions of tons end up in landfall as officials admit success is exaggerated
by Steve Doughty
 sub-topic» General

The news confirms the fears of many householders – forced to comply with fortnightly collection rules and bin police regulations – that the painstaking recycling process ends when the dustmen have finished their round.

11 January 2013
Lecture to Oxford Farming Conference, 3 January 2013 - Part 3
by Mark Lynas
 sub-topic» General

But most important of all, farmers should be free to choose what kind of technologies they want to adopt. If you think the old ways are the best, that’s fine. You have that right.

What you don’t have the right to do is to stand in the way of others who hope and strive for ways of doing things differently, and hopefully better. Farmers who understand the pressures of a growing population and a warming world. Who understand that yields per hectare are the most important environmental metric. And who understand that technology never stops developing, and that even the fridge and the humble potato were new and scary once.

10 January 2013
Lecture to Oxford Farming Conference, 3 January 2013 - Part 2
by Mark Lynas
 sub-topic» General

So how much land worldwide was spared in the process thanks to these dramatic yield improvements, for which chemical inputs played a crucial role? The answer is 3 billion hectares, or the equivalent of two South Americas. There would have been no Amazon rainforest left today without this improvement in yields. Nor would there be any tigers in India or orang utans in Indonesia. That is why I don’t know why so many of those opposing the use of technology in agriculture call themselves environmentalists.

09 January 2013
Lecture to Oxford Farming Conference, 3 January 2013 - Part 1
by Mark Lynas
 sub-topic» General

I want to start with some apologies. For the record, here and upfront, I apologise for having spent several years ripping up GM crops. I am also sorry that I helped to start the anti-GM movement back in the mid 1990s, and that I thereby assisted in demonising an important technological option which can be used to benefit the environment.

As an environmentalist, and someone who believes that everyone in this world has a right to a healthy and nutritious diet of their choosing, I could not have chosen a more counter-productive path. I now regret it completely.

01 November 2012
Get orf our land! (or how my village blew away a 140ft turbine)
by James Delingpole
 sub-topic» General

How to win against so mighty a foe? Simple. You have to call on the same reserves of courage, ingenuity, determination and raw cunning that in the past helped us see off the Spanish Armada, Napoleon’s navy and Hitler’s Luftwaffe. I’m not exaggerating. Truly, the Blitz spirit is alive and well in your nearest anti-wind-farm campaign group.

16 October 2012
The Green Fail
by Master of Engineering Degrees
 sub-topic» General

Take a look at green alternatives from the other side: the downside. Are these growing pains, or signs of a failing movement?

01 October 2012
The End of International Environmentalism
Green ideology crashes and burns at the Rio +20 Earth Summit
by Ronald Bailey
 sub-topic» General

Two decades on, what was once the "most powerful political ideal" on the international scene crashed and burned at Rio +20. The failure of environmentalism as an ideology was inevitable, since it has so badly misconstrued the causes of many of the problems it claims to address. It will be interesting to see in which direction those cherishing a permanent animus against democratic capitalism will now go.