The News That Never Were For Real

 by Einar Du Rietz ...but very well could have been, as so many people - including yours truly - believed in, was the appointment of the dictator Mugabe as UN boss for "tourism". The apparent truth, as we all know now was that UN Tourism had urged world leaders to promote tourism in their countries. Nothing wrong with tourism. As a matter of fact, it can be the best contribution to both liberty and prosperity. Really, little wrong with the UN either. The UN idea that is. The combination, however, tends to be dangerous. However, as my esteemed colleague Silberstein pointed [...]

By |2012-05-31T20:32:24+00:00May 31st, 2012|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on The News That Never Were For Real

Happy Earth Day Humans

by Einar Du Rietz Only weeks after the peculiar, entirely symbolical and possibly dangerous Earth Hour gimmick, it’s now the 42’nd Earth Day. Hard to be against the Earth, but I’ve never understood the tendency to use these events to suggest an ongoing conflict between the earth and humanity.   CFACT International President David Rothbard comments: “Celebrate them all, we should. But as faithful followers of CFACT know, today’s environmentalism (at least the kind that gets all the attention) isn’t so much about reveling in the beauty of nature and its amazements as it is in using this lofty matter to hammer away at [...]

By |2012-09-19T17:12:56+00:00April 22nd, 2012|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Happy Earth Day Humans

They Don’t Want To Hurt You – They Just Want Your Money

by Einar Du Rietz The heroic boy scouts collected money, went to a village in deepest Africa and helped develop a well. A few month later, excessive use had dried it up and the final result was an extension of the desert. Examples of unintended consequences (and sometimes plain stupidity) in development aid are numerous, some probably myths by now. Distributing loads of pork to Muslim countries. Rushing factory building until the installation collapse on top of people. The literature is also quite extensive. A useful introduction, or summary may be this. Important to remember is that humanitarian catastrophes are [...]

By |2012-09-19T17:12:56+00:00April 15th, 2012|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on They Don’t Want To Hurt You – They Just Want Your Money

More Hot Innovations

by Einar Du Rietz Few things make me as happy as innovative solutions to environmental, and thus human, problems. The most recent innovation that caught my eye was the prototype for Ezystove, an an ultra simple stove, now being tried in Namibia. Production will probably take place in Namibia and Kenya, and the idea is that it should be locally manufactured, that it could run on different fuels and that it should be possible to install it using only a screw driver. Might sound like a simple thing, but it will provide inexpensive cooking facilities in areas where electricity is scarce, [...]

By |2012-04-05T19:31:58+00:00April 5th, 2012|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on More Hot Innovations

Innovation Saves The World It Makes Go Round

by Einar Du Rietz I love a sunny story and the most recent one I stumbled upon, cherished in the environmental movement, is a recent innovation – still under development – of a new method to turn toxic textile.factory effluent into clean water. Go for it, Maria Jonstrup! One of the most disturbing ingredients of the environmental debate, is the tendency to find a conflict between a decent environment and scientific and industrial innovations. While some, and indeed Dr Jonstrup’s, are admittedly labelled Green, others are seen as the enemy. What’s really the historical perspective, if we agree that [...]

By |2011-11-14T19:50:10+00:00November 14th, 2011|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Innovation Saves The World It Makes Go Round

Lighten Up – Again

by Einar Du Rietz The tradition of lighting a candle, or a fire, to guide travellers and visitors is probably as old as the tamed fire. With the invention of electricity and the light bulb, it also became more convenient and safer. Since some years back, another – imposed – tradition is the so called Earth Hour on Saturday, when politicians and environmentalists, led by WWF expect you to turn out the lights. My own tradition is to write about this every year, and the most encouraging parallel tradition of turning on your lights during the same hour is spreading, for example on Facebook. [...]

By |2011-03-25T15:24:20+00:00March 25th, 2011|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Lighten Up – Again

High Energy

by Einar Du Rietz Yesterday, I witnessed a courageous team save lives by clearing the roof tops from snow and ice. There has already been casualties this year, caused by falling ice, so I regard these fellows as the heroes of the season. It took - skilled and expensive - manpower, but heavy equipment, including a lift was also necessary. That means technology and fuel. In this record breaking winter, it feels safe to have things like that. And it feels safe to have technologically advanced hospitals taking care of all the broken limbs caused by slippery sidewalks. (However, where I'm spending the [...]

By |2012-09-19T12:13:54+00:00January 12th, 2011|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on High Energy

Global Warming Out Debated

Oxford Union Chooses Economic Growth Over Climate Change Debate Win for CFACT Advisor Lord Christopher Monckton Last week the Oxford Union, one of the world’s premier debate societies, chose economic growth over climate change by a vote of 133-110.  The vote by students at an elite U.K. university illustrates the continued shift of  public support away from the global warming scare. The proponents of global warming policy always seem to lose whenever they encounter a fair forum where both sides receive equal time.  Key warmists such as Nobel Laureate Al Gore and the IPCC’s Rajendra Pachauri avoid debate at all costs.   [...]

By |2012-10-23T09:12:30+00:00May 28th, 2010|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Global Warming Out Debated

And Now For the Good News

by Einar Du Rietz How splendid in this often pessimist debate, to get the chance to present some good news! According to the global health statistics from WHO, things are going in the right direction, in some cases remarkably well. Since 1990, infant mortality has decreased by 30 percent. Malnutrition is going down, access to drinking water has gone up, and even the spread of HIV has been halted. It’s still a long way to go, but at least the WHO points out, in their own analysis that the most essential prerequisite for the creation of healthier societies is growth and sound [...]

By |2010-05-23T19:50:29+00:00May 23rd, 2010|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on And Now For the Good News

Live and Let Survive

by Einar Du Rietz As tragic as it is, I can’t help being hopeful about the rebuilding after the catastrophe on Haiti. Emergency aid, especially coordination, is difficult to say the least. Sometimes it seems as coordination is what is not needed, but rather individual initiatives. Naturally, people tend to get in each-others way, but a common mission can create spontaneous order. This of course does not include the looters and vultures, or subsequent lynchings. why the need for a civil society is a paramount part of the overall efforts. Plain stupidities however, seem to have been rather scarce. One lady [...]

By |2010-02-07T16:36:28+00:00February 7th, 2010|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Live and Let Survive

Monsanto, mon amour

In truth, there is no such thing as absolute safety; but this fundamental human need may explain the excessive search for certainty in particular as the world seems awash with a constant flow of disconcerting events. It seems obvious then to assume that risk is the opposite of safety. But it isn’t: as inaction also entails risks, we need instead to properly assess the benefits of risk-taking, such as accepting new technologies, medicines or – yes even – accepting that a global government will not avert all risks. […]

By |2012-09-19T17:12:57+00:00December 4th, 2009|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Monsanto, mon amour

The Battle against “Cap & Trade“ has still not been won. But there are new Allies

While in the US Senate the disclosed confidential e-mails and documents on the web, regardless of how it occurred, is expected to pull the plug on “cap and trade” legislation, EU governments continue to walk straight ahead, although the expression “Climategate” is meanwhile even known on Wikipedia . The new German environment minister Norbert Röttgen still shows confidence that the Copenhagen Summit will find a binding agreement on CO2 emission caps and thus open the way for world wide CO2 rationing by emissions trading. He seems not at all impressed by American climate scientist Manuel Zorita’s open letter  published on the website [...]

By |2012-09-19T14:12:13+00:00December 4th, 2009|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on The Battle against “Cap & Trade“ has still not been won. But there are new Allies

CFACT’s Field Trip to Mexico

CFACT recently completed a development project in Valle Verde, Mexico.  CFACT partnered with a coalition of relief organizations to provide local residents with solar panels, recycled laptops, and basic computer training. […]

By |2009-02-27T20:58:41+00:00February 27th, 2009|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on CFACT’s Field Trip to Mexico

Still Feeding the World

The great Norman Borlaug Died September 12, 2009 By PAUL DRIESSEN (Washington) Norman Borlaug just turned 94 – and is still going strong During the “Eat This” segment of their docu-comedy series BS, Penn Jillette beat Teller in a round of their “Greatest Person in History” card game. Penn needed just one card: Norman Borlaug. This Iowa farm boy and University of Minnesota agriculture graduate lived Thomas Edison’s maxim to the fullest. “Invention,” Edison once remarked, “is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” Dr. Borlaug did most of his 99% in the sweltering fields of Africa, India, Mexico and Pakistan. [...]

By |2012-09-19T22:54:36+00:00April 7th, 2008|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Still Feeding the World

Newspapers Review “Eco-Imperialism”

HOLGER J. THUSS (JENA) With 150.000 copies and about twice as many readers every day, the Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung is not only the largest Swiss newspaper, but also the most respected daily paper among the German-speaking Europeans. Under the headline “Eco-imperialism at the expense of the poor,” it also was the first major print media that informed its readers of CFACT’s newly published German edition of Paul Driessen’s Eco-imperialism: Green Power Black Death on September 11. According to the reviewer, Detmar Doering of the German Liberal Institute, it is “fully comprehensible” that “humans care for an environment worth living [...]

By |2007-12-06T18:11:00+00:00December 6th, 2007|Books, CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Newspapers Review “Eco-Imperialism”
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