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Who Cares for Toronto’s Sidewalks?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Environment, Law, Politics, Regulation.

In Toronto an important debate is starting to stir about who controls the sidewalks – the city or the owners of the adjacent properties. Sparking this debate is a bicycle owner, Lisa Ferguson, who thought her bike was stolen when

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Bird Lovers of the World, Unite!

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Environment.

Environmentalists think there are some free lunches out there, at least when it comes to energy production. Over the past decade green alternatives, such as solar and wind, have become popular alternatives to the older providers of energy, such as

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Does “Uncertainty” Bolster the Case for Restrictions on Emissions?

Thursday, June 5th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Environment.
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It is really incredible to comprehend the degree of hubris underlying the case for aggressive government intervention in the name of fighting climate change. For example, when the Obama Administration created a task force to estimate the “social cost of

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Reparations for US Slavery?

Monday, June 2nd, 2014 by posted in Economics, Environment.
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A recent essay by Ta-Nehisi Coates makes the case for reparations to be paid to black Americans. The subtitle of the essay   provides a good summary of its main points: “Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of

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A Third Option on Public Lands

Friday, May 30th, 2014 by posted in Environment, Politics.
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One of the most common fallacies in public policy is known as The Golden Mean, sometimes referred to as the Fallacy of the Middle. Simply put, it is the tendency to think that a policy that falls between two extremes

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Changing the Climate Change Narrative

Monday, May 26th, 2014 by posted in Environment, Politics.
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It’s a bit of a film cliche that the bad guys, while possessing armies of flunkies, have no loyalty to their employees and happily sell them out, or even murder them without a second thought. Many a Bond villain has

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Meet The Man Who Killed Keystone

Friday, May 16th, 2014 by posted in Environment, Politics.

On May 12, the United States Senate fell 5 votes short of the 60 required to invoke cloture. (Cloture is a way to close debate and cause an immediate vote on a bill.) The measure in question was the first

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Happy Mother Earth Day, Citizen!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Education, Environment, Philosophy.
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I’ll bet you forgot to buy a card and gift, didn’t you? Boy, is your face red! Did you even know it’s International Mother Earth Day today, citizen? Socialist despot Evo Morales and his buddies at the United Nations sure

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We Do Not Live in a Post-Scarcity World

Monday, April 7th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Environment.
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Jeremy Rifkin long has perfected the art of adding two and two and getting five. In the 1980s, he claimed that entropy made it impossible for a free economy to exist, and therefore Rifkin concluded the state needed to plan

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The wages of public control of the economy

Friday, March 28th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Environment, Foreign Policy, Politics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: German Energy Minister warns that there is “no reasonable alternative” to Russian gas German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, yesterday warned that there is “no reasonable alternative” to Russian gas imports,

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A Faux Fix for Traffic Congestion in Toronto

Thursday, March 20th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Environment, Politics, Regulation.

Re: Proposal to ban cars every other day in Toronto Traffic congestion in certain cities is being met in the traditional ineffective, statist way; i.e., don’t fix it; just make it illegal by prohibiting cars to enter the city every

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Politicized Science Loses Credibility

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 by posted in Environment, Politics.
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Science has ceased to be a search for truth, and has instead become a tool of politics. Gone are the days of solitary researchers toiling away for years in their garages. Now, the vast majority of studies are conducted for

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The problem with wind and solar as power sources

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Environment, Regulation.

Re: Renewable energy fiasco in Germany Here are the basics of electricity generation–it must provide either base power or on-demand power, and it cannot be stored.  Base power today is provided mostly by nuclear and coal plants and some hydroelectric. 

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“Advancements Through 15 Years of Fracturing” Published 49 Years Ago

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Environment.
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Reprinted from Central for Industrial Progress Today’s headlines describe the record oil and gas production volumes achieved by the men and woman who hydraulically fracture (frac) horizontal wellbores. As I explained in my previous article, few of these reports mention that people

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What George Clooney Can Teach Us About Climate Change

Monday, December 9th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Environment.
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Reprinted from Forbes Well it’s just a stupid argument. If you have 99 percent of doctors who tell you ‘you are sick’ and 1 percent that says ‘you’re fine,’ you probably want to hang out with, check it up with

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Joe Romm Somehow Views a Carbon Tax as a Reward

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 by posted in Economics, Environment.
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Those following the climate change policy debate know that the Center for American Progress’ Joe Romm is one of the most vociferous bomb-throwers out there. Romm warns of true calamity from unmitigated climate change, and regularly attributes perfidy to his

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There’s No Such Thing as Science

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 by posted in Economics, Environment.

Conservatives are often accused of being anti-science, science deniers and other such epithets. I have heard people say things like “I don’t believe in God, I believe in science.” All of this terminology makes a serious definitional mistake. There is

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I thought German was going to replace coal with wind and solar…

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 by posted in Environment.
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Re: Steag starts coal-fired power plant I thought that Germany was going to lead the world to a new era of electricity generated by wind mills and solar panels instead of dirty old coal.  What happened? Of course, we know

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The Welcome Death of Peak Oil

Saturday, November 9th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Environment, Regulation.
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Reprinted from DrJandMrK.com The original, slightly longer version of my Letter from Calgary column in the October 2013 issue of the Investment Executive newspaper: Improved technology and more efficiency mean North America could eventually become an oil exporter Does anyone remember Peak

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Externalities, good and bad

Saturday, November 9th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Environment, Law, Regulation, Uncategorized.

“Greenhouses set up next to carbon-dioxide emitting factories give food producers easy access to the gas their plants love…. Everyone on the planet eats food, so perhaps a tax should be imposed on every global citizen to remunerate the creators of carbon

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