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Three Times Interventionists Moved the Goalposts, Part 2 »

Part 2 of 3 In a previous Beacon post, I explained that interventionists had often “moved the goalposts” in policy debates in which I’d participated. I specifically recounted an episode where Paul Krugman had moved the goalposts in a dispute over so-called fiscal austerity. In the present post, I’ll focus on an example from...
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Fossil Fuels Are the Lifeblood of Modern Civilization »

“We don’t want to ‘save the planet’ from human beings; we want to improve the planet for human beings.” —Alex Epstein I never thought I would encounter a book titled The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels. After all, in this day and age, it is the politically correct and fashionable trend for activists, media,...
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Interstellar Liberty and the Foibles of Progressivism »

Spoiler Alert: This blog post may contain clues to key plot points in the 2014 film Interstellar. One of the cornerstones of progressive political thought is that experts should be put in charge of public policy, using “scientific” management and “evidence-based” policy analysis to determine and implement social policy. Few areas of policy have...
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NASA’s Children’s Climate Change Website, and the book 1984: Creating Spies One Child at a Time »

From our friend Cal Beisner over at the Cornwall Alliance: What would you say if your child accused you of a thought crime, and turned you in to the thought police? Would you say it was ridiculous? Perhaps you would say, “There is no ‘thought crime’ in the United States.” Surely your children would...
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The Flat Earth Society, Climate Change, and Total Dictatorship »

The climate crisis is real, it’s here, and it’s time for absolute power for Obama! President Obama is set to expand his rule via Executive Order, last week outlining a series of climate proposals he plans to push through via executive action rather than working through Congress. His rationale for this further step to...
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Climategate 2.0 »

As reported in The Guardian and elsewhere, a new batch of 5,000 emails (“FOIA2011”) has just been leaked that follow up on Climategate of 2009 and the more recent scandal of the BEST studies that further reveal the deliberate and coordinated efforts by key climate alarmist scientists to distort the scientific record in order...
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Another Softball Climate Change Investigation »

It’s not news that “Global warming” has been morphed into “Climate change” as global temperatures have failed to rise as predicted by climate alarmists of the 1990s. But the quoted reaction by the head of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to the most recent investigation into the IPCC’s methodology is...
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IPCC Insider Admits Climate Consensus Claim Was a Lie »

As reported by Lawrence Solomon in the Financial Post, prominent climate scientist/alarmist Mike Hulme has now admitted that: The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change misled the press and public into believing that thousands of scientists backed its claims on manmade global warming, according to Mike Hulme, a prominent climate scientist and IPCC insider....
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What’s Wrong With This Global Warming Story? »

Today’s test is to read the following news report, and identify its logical fallacy: “Loss of Species After Ice Age Seen as Warning,” by David Perlman, San Francisco Chronicle Science Editor, May 24, 2010 You have 30 minutes. ... OK, time’s up. A) The article cited above says: Fossils of small mammals excavated around...
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“There has been no warming since 1995” »

As reported in the London Daily Mail, Phil Jones, the scientist at the center of the Climategate scandal in which leaked email documents reveal that IPCC scientists were manipulating data, has now made a series of major admissions, including the following: * Data for the IPCC’s vital “hockey stick graph” used by climate alarmists...
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