Tag: Climate Change
California’s Anti-Green Land-Use Policies Increase Global Warming

When California’s land use policies keep them from moving to California, they end up living in states that give them a much higher carbon footprint.

50 Years after the Santa Barbara Oil Spill, Leviathan Is Slick as Ever

No trace of the spill remains, but fifty years later the Coastal Commission is extending its power, levying fines directly, and still overriding elected governments.

Three Surprises About Nobel Laureate Nordhaus’s Model of Climate Change

A deeper look at the work of this year’s Nobel Prize in Economic Science recipient.

Climate Policy and the Case for Humility

Before spending trillions of dollars to fight climate change, a little humility might be a good place to start.

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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