Dennis Avery

About Dennis Avery

Dennis T. Avery, a senior fellow for the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., is an environmental economist. He was formerly a senior analyst for the Department of State. He is co-author, with S. Fred Singer, of "Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1500 Years." Readers may write to him at PO Box 202 Churchville, VA 24421; email to [email protected]

EPA endangerment finding endangers USA

The U.S. Supreme Court fell for junk science when it approved the EPA's "finding" that carbon dioxide is the chief driver of global climate change, notes CFACT advisor Dennis T. Avery. The EPA models have all been proven false using historical and current data, and thus there is no scientific underpinning for this jobs-killing, energy-crushing decision. The hope is that, with Justice Neil Gorsuch now on the bench, the Court will overturn its own "Endangerment" finding.

By |2017-10-03T13:14:28+00:00October 3rd, 2017|Guest Insights|66 Comments

Plastics in our drinking water?

The Fear Industry strikes again. Now they are “warning” us of tiny nanobits of plastic fiber in our drinking water! This fear study was funded by a “news” organization called Orbit Media. They hired researchers from the University of Minnesota and one of the State Universities of New York - - who were more than happy to frighten us about water, the most important thing we ingest daily. Guaranteed headlines! The researchers found that most of the drinking water in the world’s affluent countries today contains these tiny bits of plastics. (Even in Trump Tower!) One of the researchers hyped the [...]

By |2017-09-10T10:58:56+00:00September 10th, 2017|Guest Insights|Comments Off on Plastics in our drinking water?

Nearly doomed by too little CO2

Aside from protests by Al Gore, Leonardo Di Caprio, and friends, the public didn’t seem to raise its carbon dioxide (CO2) anguish much above the Russians-election frenzy when Trump exited the Paris Climate Accords. Statistician Bjorn Lomborg had already pointed out that the Paris CO2 emission promises would cost one hundred trillion dollars ($100 trillion) that no one has, and make only a 0.05º  C difference in Earth’s 2100 AD temperature. Others say perhaps a 0.2º C (0.3º F) difference, and even that would hold only in the highly unlikely event that all parties actually kept their voluntary pledges. What few realize, however, [...]

By |2017-06-30T17:59:51+00:00June 30th, 2017|CFACT Insights, Guest Insights|5 Comments

Science recommends climate model re-start

A brand-new study, reported in "Science" magazine, says the current climate models are “bloated with data,” but still cannot represent such huge variables as clouds and shifts in ocean currents. Statisticians are recommending a re-start. At the same time, other new studies are revealing that the sun has an even bigger role in climate than the current climate models understand. None of this makes any difference to ideologues -- or apparently to the Supreme Court, even though these new findings wholly refute the EPA's reliance on computer modeling to justify onerous regulations on carbon dioxide.

By |2014-07-09T00:05:07+00:00July 9th, 2014|CFACT Insights, Guest Insights|13 Comments

A world turning against biofuels

Dennis Avery crows that even the environmental movement is seeking his support for ending ethanol mandates. And why not? Scientists have shown that the incentives for corn ethanol have resulted in conversion of 24 million acres of grassland, wetland, and shrubland to corn from 2008 to 2011 alone. Moreover, these policies have raised costs for dairy, livestock, and poultry farmers and thus for consumers nationwide.

By |2014-06-05T09:05:09+00:00June 2nd, 2014|CFACT Insights|10 Comments

Carbon dioxide won’t cause famines

Dennis Avery cites the historical record of miniature ice ages that have created hard times for people, and the warming cycles that have benefited human, animal, and plant life. Indeed, Avery concludes that "misguided opposition to biotechnology, fossil fuels,and increased atmospheric carbon dioxide could very well condemn millions of people to malnutrition and starvation, and numerous wildlife species to extinction."

By |2014-05-30T16:34:36+00:00May 30th, 2014|CFACT Insights, Guest Insights|1 Comment

FDA: No low-dose chemical dangers

Dennis Avery reminds us that -- as Dr. Bruce Ames so famously wrote -- the dose makes the poison. The Food and Drug Administration, he notes, has just given the green light to low doses of the plasticizer bisphenol-A -- squelching the low whine against the chemical by various groups of activists.

By |2014-05-24T08:47:18+00:00May 21st, 2014|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on FDA: No low-dose chemical dangers

‘Little Ice Ages’ caused suffering in Spain—as they always do

The history of Spain and Portugal is wrapped up in the changing climate along with the nature of war. The Inquisition was in part brought on by crop failures and the search for scapegoats. Fortunately, we have not had a "little ice age" since about 1850 -- so why should we be longing for another one any time soon?

By |2013-12-17T17:59:35+00:00December 17th, 2013|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on ‘Little Ice Ages’ caused suffering in Spain—as they always do

What really triggers a resource crisis?

Throughout history, the key resource crises have always been first about food security. The folly of fearing a warmer Earth belies the fact that all of the past crises have come at a time of global cooling that shortened growing seasons and reduced crop yields. Today, just as it is folly to fear manmade global warming, it is foolish to use corn as

By |2013-11-12T17:02:49+00:00November 12th, 2013|CFACT Insights, Uncategorized|1 Comment

The fantasy world of the warmist!

The perverse UN is at it again -- with fake predictions of massive world population growth that belie the declining birth rates in just about every nation on earth. They also expect us to provide energy for all of these imaginary extra people by cutting back drastically on highly efficient fossil and nuclear fuels. The likely end result of their policies? Chaos and panic and massive destruction of wildlife habitat.

By |2013-10-12T09:19:55+00:00October 11th, 2013|CFACT Insights|2 Comments

Gullible Green sailors trapped in the Arctic

The risks run by the Arctic boaters are obvious. Modern society is running less obvious risks based on the same sort of naïve advice coming from the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and a host of like-minded “saviors of the planet.” What about the poor and elderly Britons and Germans who have frozen to death in their homes because they couldn’t afford the higher costs of gas and electricity imposed by “renewable fuels”? What about the millions of Third World mothers and children who die of lung diseases every year as it is politically incorrect to give them access to tiny amounts of kerosene for heating and cooking. The alternative is burning dung and charcoal in indoor, poorly ventilated fires.

By |2013-12-28T17:29:53+00:00September 19th, 2013|CFACT Insights|69 Comments

The U.S. Navy protects world free trade

The Somali pirates remind us that pirates and bandits can still cut our access to goods and services. North Korea’s closed borders remind us of the poverty and human degradation that goes with isolation. Let us all hope that the U.S. Navy continues to be a global force for the good in the coming centuries ahead. In fact, our technology should even let us trade in the next “little ice age.”

By |2013-09-16T16:23:12+00:00September 16th, 2013|CFACT Insights|2 Comments

Heidi Ho!

Dr. Cullen knows about longer climate cycling. She is an expert on the long, natural 1,500-year climate cycle that gave us the Little Ice Age, the Medieval Warming, and more than 600 previous warming/cooling cycles over the past 1 million years. In fact, Dr. Cullen studied the sediments that accumulated downwind of Akkadia, in the Persian Gulf.

By |2013-08-01T03:33:24+00:00August 1st, 2013|CFACT Insights|2 Comments
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