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FORTUNE MAGAZINE VIEW ON WHY TRUMP PULLED U.S. FROM PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD
Policy

Posted 7 June 2017

Mark Mills writes in Fortune magazine about the real reason President Trump withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement: "The Paris climate agreement was never about climate science. Anchored in the premise that climate science is 'settled', the accord seeks to dramatically change humanity's energy supply. Here the matter really is settled: It's not going to happen."

  

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NEW PAPER CALLS FOR REASSESSMENT OF HOW 'GREENHOUSE EFFECT' DETERMINES CLIMATE
Science

Posted 6 June 2017

A new paper by Ned Nikolov and Karl Zeller, at Environment Pollution and Climate Change calls for reassessment of the 'greenhouse effect' in determining climate: "Consequently, the global down-welling long-wave  flux presently assumed to drive Earth’s surface warming appears to be a product of the air temperature set by solar heating and atmospheric pressure. In other words, the so-called ‘greenhouse back radiation’ is globally a result of the atmospheric thermal effect rather than a cause for it. Our empirical model has also fundamental implications for the role of oceans, water vapour, and planetary albedo in global climate. Since produced by a rigorous attempt to describe planetary temperatures in the context of a cosmic continuum using an objective analysis of vetted observations from across the Solar System, these findings call for a paradigm shift in our understanding of the atmospheric ‘greenhouse effect’ as a fundamental property of climate." 

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CLIVE JAMES: CLIMATE ALARMISTS WON'T ADMIT THEY'RE WRONG
Policy

Posted 6 June 2017

In his own inimitable and entertaining way, Australian satirist Clive James writes about the difficulties of getting climate alarmists to admit their errors, but adds a warning: "When you tell people once too often that the missing extra heat is hiding in the ocean, they will switch over to watch Game of Thrones, where the dialogue is less ridiculous and all threats come true. The proponents of man-made climate catastrophe asked us for so many leaps of faith that they were bound to run out of credibility in the end. Now that they finally seem to be doing do, it could be a good time for those of us who have never been convinced by all these urgent warnings to start warning each other that we might be making a comparably senseless tactical error if we expect the elastic cause of the catastrophists, and all its exponents, to go away in a hurry."

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ENERGY COSTS ARE AT THE ROOT OF CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY DISAGREEMENTS
Economics

Posted 6 June 2017

"By withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement President Trump has put the burden of proof on those private investors and nation states that believe renewable energy is economically beneficial. Far from being a disaster, this is a step towards a reasonable and spontaneously attractive climate change policy. LIke many of those vilified for their views on the subject of climate change, President Trump is more of an energy policy skeptic than an anti-rational 'denier' of atmospheric science. He senses, and with good reason, that the aggregate of energy policies proposed to mitigate climate change brings with it the threat of major wealth destruction and a reversal of several centurieds of exponential increases in human well-being." Dr John Constable writes for the Global Warming Policy Foundation, UK.

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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IS RIGHT TO DITCH THE PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD
Policy

Posted 5 June 2017

Rupert Darwall blogs at spectator.co.uk: "President Trump has a surer grasp of the economic realities than the Europeans. The United States is now the world's hydrocarbon superpower. Thanks to fracking, it has surpassed Saudia Arabia and Russia to become the world's top energy producer.  This abundance of hydrocarbon energy made the U.S. the biggest loser from the Paris Agreement. Quitting Paris turns the U.S. into the biggest winner from Paris - its access to cheap energy giving it a colossal competitive advantage in world markets as other nations increasingly burden themselves with high cost, unreliable wind and solar capacity. Sanctimonious Europeans parading their moral superiority overlook Germany's dirty carbon secret. The fall in German power stations emissions has stalled even as wind and solar capacity has increased."

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NIGEL LAWSON: UNILATERAL DECARBONISATION IS A MISERABLE FANTASY
Economics

Posted 5 June 2017

Lord NIgel Lawson, former UK Chancellor of the Exchequer writing about the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord: "But the harmful consequences of low-carbon policies are harder to ignore when they are right on your doorstep, or even inside your home. Britain’s air pollution crisis is the result of misguided low-carbon policies that incentivised diesel cars. People have died because politicians couldn’t resist the desire to “save the planet”. Recent research also suggests that biomass power stations may not have lower CO2 emissions than coal and gas. What will it take for politicians to question the wisdom of spending hundreds of billions on failing policies instead of putting the needs of ordinary families first?" 

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