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August 19, 2013 Energy policy: how not to win an argument - Editorial


The worst time to try to sort out a difficult argument is after the fighting about it has begun. The UK government, by appearing to rush to judgment in favour of fracking for gas, has lost any power of persuasion it might have...

August 19, 2013 Global Warming: Who Can You Trust?

Source: Tulsa World

We are physical geographers with research backgrounds in climate and climate change. We want to share a few thoughts about some claims we hear made regularly about global warming. Some are typically made by my fellow...

August 14, 2013 The Doublespeak of the Dirty Carbon Economy

Source: Huff Post

The world’s leading scientists agree that carbon pollution from burning these fuels is rapidly heating the planet, which will cause massive species extinction and great harm to humanity through increased droughts, storms, floods...

July 31, 2013 The Cost of Carbon Denial

Source: National Review

For the past several years, those seeking to strangle the world economy by denying it access to carbon have tried to gain support for their initiatives by inventing a concept called “the social cost of carbon.” According to this...

July 17, 2013 Fracking: The Confusing Vocabulary of Hydraulic Fracturing (Op-Ed)

Yahoo! - Deborah Bailin, analyst for the Center for Science and Democracy at the îUnion of Concerned Scientistsî (UCS), researches political and societal barriers to formulating science-based policies. This article...

July 9, 2013 Op-ed: President's war on carbon misguided

Fayetteville Observer - Bill Wadford is a member of the Observer's Community Advisory Board, which meets regularly with the editorial board to discuss local issues and contributes op-ed columns. He is a health care administrator...

July 1, 2013 Don't bypass Congress on climate-change policy: editorial


There's no question that greater urgency is needed in addressing climate change, given long lag times and rising indicators of trouble. Most experts already see adverse impacts from man-made global warming in the rising oceans...

June 27, 2013 Is Obama's climate plan enough to 'stop the planet being beyond fixing''

The Guardian - Efforts to cut emissions are not happening quickly enough, and a looming "policy gap" will lead to a shortfall in the investment and infrastructure ... the world works to forge a new global climate pact by 2015....

May 9, 2013 America Must Lead Global Fight Against Aviation Carbon Pollution

Source: Huff Post

International aviation is on course for a rough landing in our warming world. Air travel is growing rapidly -- and so are aviation emissions, which are already responsible for 5 percent of the warming effect of global greenhouse...

April 12, 2013 The Carbon Tax Is Overrated

Source: Bloomberg

It's easy to see why. The theoretical argument is convincing. Negative externalities -- social costs created, but not considered, in private transactions -- ought to be "internalized" through taxes on the activities in question....

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