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Five Things You Need to Read Today

Here’s your weekly update, for subscribers only, drawing your attention to five stories that are worth catching. This week, the main theme is internecine conflict within the left. 1. But Gorsuch! And Maybe More Such Falling back on the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is the clichéd response for Trump supporters who […]

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Scientific Consensus, Courtesy of Lawyers

If we have such an overwhelming scientific “consensus” about the supposed threat of catastrophic man-made global warming—and about the political and economic solutions to it—then why do advocates have to sue scientists to prevent them from questioning it? That’s the question raised by a $10 million lawsuit lawsuit filed by Stanford engineering professor Mark Z. […]

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The Global Warming Doomsday Cult

So what are the consequences of Donald Trump pulling America out of the Paris Agreement on climate change? Bad news: the planet is going to die. No, really. That’s what the left is actually claiming. Scientific American tweeted out a photo of the Earth made into a barren wasteland as a result of this one […]

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This Is Your Brain on Politics

What happens to you when politics comes to define every aspect of your life? What happens when ticking off the right positions on political controversies of the day, supporting your side’s favored politicians, and vilifying politicians on the other side—when all of that becomes a substitute for wisdom and virtue? We saw two really great […]

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How Carl Sagan Ruined Science

I am a Carl Sagan fan from way back. His 1980 TV miniseries “Cosmos” hit me at just the right age and inflamed a lifelong love of science. But we’ve had nearly forty years to assess the long-term impact and see how Sagan unwittingly contributed to a trend that has served to muddle public understanding […]

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Scott Pruitt Is Absolutely Right About Carbon Dioxide

For pro-free-marketers, the big bright spot of the Trump administration is the hatchet he’s taking to the EPA: doing things like packing the agency with global warming skeptics and rolling back absurd new automobile mileage mandates. The man in charge of this is the new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who up to now has been […]

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Isaac Newton Says You Can’t Have a Flying Car

It has been the lifelong dream of many a young scientist, engineer, and science-fiction fan, and I myself have often used it as a gauge of whether we’re really in the “the future” or not—so it is with great personal sadness that I have to break the news to you that you can’t really have […]

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The New York Times Thinks You’re Too Dumb to Understand Numbers

I recently wrote about the wretched reporting on the claim that 2016 was the “hottest year on record,” using as my main example a New York Times article by Justin Gillis that gave his readers none of the relevant numbers they could use to evaluate that claim. None of them. And if you search for […]

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XKCD Succumbs to Climate Change Denial

It’s a strange irony of the “climate change” campaign that its advocates are the ones who deny the existence of climate change—or at least, they deny the existence of climate change in the past. They stubbornly deny that global temperatures have changed in any really significant way since the end of the last ice age, […]

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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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