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Harmful Consequences of EU Climate Policy

Climate Change Weekly #149 The European Union’s (EU) unilateral efforts to tackle climate change have been a disaster for the economy and the region’s people. In 2002, the EU approved the Kyoto Protocol and committed to cutting its collective greenhouse gas emissions to 8 percent below 1990 levels by 2008–12. As a result of the restrictive and prescriptive energy policies imposed to meet the target, today the economies of most EU member states are stagnating or in decline. The Organization for...

Hundreds of Records Fall During Cold Spell

Climate Change Weekly #148 Climate tweet of the week from economist Richard Tol: “The US-China climate deal is a model for world diplomacy: too small to fail” http://gu.com/p/439jd/tw Mid-November 2014 has been a time of record-setting temperatures and snowfall. Hardly anyone in the United States can avoid it, and even if your locale hasn’t experienced record cold itself, somewhere in your region has. This is not how global warming is supposed to work. The United States has experienced an...

Using Coal, Oil and Gas, the Moral Choice

Climate Change Weekly #147 Review: Alex Epstein, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, Penguin Publishing, November 2014; 248 pages; ISBN-10: 1591847443, ISBN-13: 978-1591847441, $20.89 on Amazon. In his new book, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, Alex Epstein makes one of the most compelling arguments for the moral value of fossil fuels and the need to increase their use I have ever read. Epstein is an ethical humanist; for him, the well-being of human life is the standard of value public policy...

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