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  • Time to re-engage debate on global warming science

      To a large degree, the debate over global warming has been confined to the realm of science vs. economics.  Anyone viewing the House debate over the Waxman-Markey bill could not miss how proponents of the legislation relied upon their unyielding belief that the “science is settled” with respect to climate change, and how the […]

  • Climate change morality

    The climate “crisis” is a “moral issue that requires serious debate,” Al Gore proclaimed in an April 27 AlGore.com blog post.  His conversion to the Anglo-American tradition of robust debate came a mere three days after the ex-VP refused to participate in a congressional hearing with Lord Christopher Monckton, former science advisor to Prime Minister […]

  • Green-collar promises and realities

    Creating green-collar jobs is a major component of President Obama’s energy and economic strategy. Opportunities for achieving realistic goals should certainly be pursued. Smart meters and better insulation reduce energy expenditures, and quickly pay back investments. Better sequencing of traffic lights speeds commuters to workplaces, saves gasoline, cuts pollution, and reduces accidents. Telecommuting also saves […]

  • Report from UN Climate Change Conference

    image #2 image #3 image #4 image #5 image #6 image #7 image #8 Last December delegates from 190-plus countries gathered in Poznan, Poland, for the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-14) amidst high expectations that the gathering would pave the way for a new convention on climate change. UN officials proclaimed […]

  • New EPA rules will raise electricity rates

    Paul Driessen, with the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow, submits comments to the Federal Government in response to the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on Regulating Greenhouse Gases under the Clean Air Act (CAA), issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and published in the Federal Register on July 30, 2008. Based on its […]

  • Climate change taxes create ‘fuel-poverty’ in UK

    President-elect Barack Obama wants to phase out coal-based electricity generation, switch to renewable energy and follow Europe’s lead on climate change. That could prove difficult. Coal generates half of all U.S. electricity. Wind provides less than 2 percent of all electricity and cannot be relied on when it’s needed. Europe’s lead can’t even be defined, […]

  • Stop the war on poor families

    Liberal politicians and environmental activists continue to say we must switch to “green” energy. Oil, gas, coal and nuclear must go, they insist. Informed voters support conservation and alternative energy. But they know fossil and nuclear fuels created health and living standards unprecedented in history. Over two-thirds of American voters support increased onshore and offshore […]

  • American Dream: Still valid in today’s world

    President Ronald Reagan loved to say that, “America is a shining city on a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere.” And so it has been since the days of Massachusetts Bay Colony Governor John Winthrop, who on his way to the New World in 1630 added that “the eyes of all people are […]

  • No smoking hot spot

    Dr David Evans was a consultant to the Australian Greenhouse Office from 1999 to 2005 and is a CFACT advisor. I devoted six years to carbon accounting, building models for the Australian Greenhouse Office. I am the rocket scientist who wrote the carbon accounting model (FullCAM) that measures Australia’s compliance with the Kyoto Protocol, in […]

  • Human security v. environmental activism

    Expanded remarks by Paul Driessen, given in a debate at the International Affairs Symposium held at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon in April, 2008. Does the exporting of our environmental policies to the developing world positively impact human security? Well, as Institute for Sustainable Development program manager Oli Brown recently pointed out, there are […]

  • 2008 International Conference on Climate Change

    The 2008 International Conference on Climate Change that recently convened in New York showcased an impressive array of scientists, economists and academics united in their concerns over the state of climate science and the lack of robust debate within the scientific community. Hosted by the Heartland Institute and featuring such distinguished guests as Hungarian Physicist […]

  • Climate change rallies, realities and sacrifices

    The mantra is repeated daily. There is consensus on climate change. Global warming is real. It will be a disaster. Humans are to blame. We have to do something – immediately. However, the consensus of 100 scientists is undone by one fact, Albert Einstein noted. The United Nations and its Climate Cataclysm army of 15,000 […]

  • Special report from UN climate conference in Bali

    image #2 image #3 image #4 image #5 image #6 image #7 image #8 image #9 When the U.N. convened its 13th annual Conference of the Parties (COP) on climate change in steamy Bali in December, it held high expectations that the international community would be united over what course of action should be taken […]

  • New hope for sustainable development

    Second of a two-part series After 20 years, it should be clear that the Brundtland Commission’s goal of meeting people’s basic needs has not been met in sub-Saharan Africa. Since the 1960’s, sub-Saharan African nations have received an estimated $500 billion in foreign aid, yet the entire continent today accounts for just 2% of global […]

  • Pressing toward a sustainable future

    When the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT)was first founded back in 1985, we had little idea that 22 years later we would be in the middle of the fight for economic freedom for the world’s poor. For years, in speeches, articles, and on our daily Just the Facts radio commentary, we have argued for […]

  • Property rights are human rights — Part II

    This article is part two of a two-part series. Teaching property rights here at home Here in the United States, over 70% of all households are occupied by homeowners. Indeed, as Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto has reminded us, the U.S. built its wealth as a nation on the bedrock of home ownership and the […]

  • Property rights are human rights

    This is part one of a two-part series. “O give me a home, where the buffalo roam, and the deer and the antelope play …” “A man’s home is his castle …..” Or, as first-time homeowner Jennifer Sims, a black single mother of three, realized while planning improvements to her cream-colored stucco house in Hillsborough […]

  • Forty years of irresponsible social responsibility

    “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean,” said Humpty Dumpty – “neither more nor less.” Lewis Carroll’s “Looking Glass” logic too often seems to be a guiding principle for environmental and corporate social responsibility (CSR) activists. They claim to be committed to people and planet, not just profits […]

  • Environment, development and Africa

    The following article was recently published in the special “Energy, Environment and Politics” Autumn 2006 edition of “European View,” the magazine of the European People’s Party in Brussels. The full magazine can be read online at http://www.epp.eu/dbimages/pdf/_copy_4.. As European nations adjust their internal and external policies regarding energy, the environment, and economic development to accommodate […]

  • African Highway System: Still a Dream?

    With CFACT’s growing interest in helping spur economic and environmental prosperity in the developing world, this is the second in an ongoing series of articles dealing with Africa. What is the value of a first-class highway network? Consider the 70,000-kilometer U.S. Interstate Highway System, which transportation expert Wendell Cox in 1996 described as “an engine […]