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We Do Not Live in a Post-Scarcity World

Monday, April 7th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Environment.

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.

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. 


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

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Environment.
fracking teaser

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


What George Clooney Can Teach Us About Climate Change

Monday, December 9th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Environment.

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.

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.

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.

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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Tragedy of the Commons and Species Extinction

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Environment.
elephant teaser

Reprinted from LewRockwell.com According to Barbara Amiel, “a rapacious Asian demand for ivory is creating such terrible killing fields that elephants face extinction by poaching.” She writes this bit of economic illiteracy in Maclean’s Magazine (October 7, 2013, pp. 12-13). Before probing the

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Google’s Green Energy Brag: $375 Million from Taxpayers (or more)

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Environment, Politics, Regulation.
Googles-Moutain-View-Headquarters teaser

Reprinted from MasterResource.org On September 13, 2013, Google announced that it had signed a contract to buy the entire output of the 239 MW Happy Herford “wind farm” that is being developed by Chermac Energy near Amarillo, Texas. The project is expected to begin

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Let’s Privatize the Oceans!

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Environment.

In 1787, writer and agriculturalist Arthur Young penned the following remark: “Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden; give him a nine years’ lease of a garden, and he

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Canadian Documents Indicate Support for the Carbon Tax

Friday, August 23rd, 2013 by posted in Economics, Environment.

Documents obtained from the Canadian government in accordance with open information laws indicate that there is some administrative support for a global carbon pricing scheme to reduce the effects of human-caused climate change. The goal, according to Environment Canada, is


Mitigation Planning for Future Floods

Saturday, July 27th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Environment, Politics.

In late June 2013, six creeks in the town of Canmore flooded leaving a nasty mess. Most individual homes had flood insurance, those without had to pay out of pocket. There is a sense that – in the future –

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A Plea for Public Property

Thursday, July 25th, 2013 by posted in Environment, Philosophy, Regulation, Socialism.
pond teaser

Reprinted from FreeNation.org Public or Private? Libertarians often assume that a free society will be one in which all (or nearly all) property is private. I have previously expressed my dissent from this consensus, arguing that libertarian principles instead support

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Legalizing the Rhino Horn Trade

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Environment.

The African rhinoceros is in trouble. One of the world’s endangered species, it has been protected by international law since 1977, and yet since that time it has seen its numbers dwindle by nearly ninety percent. So why is it

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The Return of the Eco-Terrorists

Thursday, July 11th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Environment.

There’s no reasoning with some people, and by “some people” I mean radical environmentalists. There have been a slew of articles of late bemoaning the fact that the left has fallen prey to the same kind of anti-scientific thinking for

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