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The Great Intellectual Garbage Patch

Why should we all be skeptical about doomsday claims about global warming? Well, there are a lot of reasons. But from now on, I can sum it all up in one simple phrase: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This was an environmentalist scare that became a bit of a trend from the late 1990s through […]

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Don’t Count Out the Internal Combustion Engine

Is the electric car the inevitable wave of the future? Is the internal combustion engine finished, through, a relic of the 20th century—as many are now saying?… That is the argument offered recently in the Wall Street Journal, where Christopher Mims predicts a kind of tipping point for the sudden mass adoption of electric cars […]

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Pack It In, Everybody, We Used Up the Earth

Here’s how it is: the Earth got used up. No, not in some science-fiction future, but yesterday. August 8 has been declared Earth Overshoot Day, the point at which humanity as a whole has used up all of the available natural resources for the year. So pack it in, everybody, we’re through. Bummer. Obviously, we’re […]

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The Death Toll of Environmentalism, Zika Edition

For years, some of us have argued that the 1972 ban on DDT, and the subsequent abandonment of the pesticide across much of the world, was responsible for the resurgence of malaria in areas where it was once nearly eradicated. We’ve lamented the death toll created by an environmental hysteria—and warned that we don’t want […]

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Elon Musk Is Revolting

Elon Musk, the PayPal co-founder who used his fortune to start a trio of “visionary” companies—Tesla, Solar City, and SpaceX—recently went beyond pitching the supposed virtues of his own technology and called for a broader social revolt aimed at taking down his rivals. Complaining that a “carbon tax” intended to fight global warming was being […]

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Pascal’s Wager for the Global Warming Religion

Do you freaking love science? Then you might be a big enough sucker to fall for a claim like this one: “Across the span of their lives, the average American is more than five times likelier to die during a human-extinction event than in a car crash.” Which was actually made by an environmentalist group […]

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Capitalism Is Organic

A post from Facebook has been making the rounds, where I came across it by way of my Federalist colleague Scott Lincicome. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/JTtTlcNbGM — Scott Lincicome (@scottlincicome) April 11, 2016 Here’s the mind-blowing argument: “If we each grow a large crop of different food, we could all trade with each other and eat for […]

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The Phantom Menace (of Global Warming)

Top Stories of the Year: #5 It’s time to count down the top stories of the year, looking back at the big events of 2015 and reviewing my own coverage of them. We’ll start the countdown with #5, which is the least important of the big stories because it’s not about something that’s actually happening. […]

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The View from the Popemobile

I have started Laudato Si, Pope Francis’s newly release papal encyclical on global warming, and it’s something of a slog. As one of my colleagues put it, popes never seem to use one word when 500 will do. I feel somewhat free to take things slowly when analyzing these documents. There’s something about an institution […]

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The Dissimulation Bomb

The New York Times just published an extraordinary “retro report”—a short video paired with an article—looking back at Paul Ehrlich’s “population bomb” theory, the fear that an uncontrolled human population would outstrip the ability of the Earth to support it. The Times lays out some of the evidence for the theory’s failure, including the fact […]

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