Green taxes v. green research v. productivity

UK green energy researchers seek exemption from green energy taxes The Guardian reports that "world-class research into future sources of green energy is under threat in Britain from an environmental tax designed to boost energy efficiency and drive down carbon emissions."  Researchers at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy complained to The Guardian that, "considering our research is aimed at producing zero-carbon energy, it seems ironic and perverse to clobber us with an extra bill...  We have to use electricity to run the machine and there is no way of getting around that." We sympathize.  The power of taxation and control [...]

By |2012-09-19T12:13:53+00:00June 1st, 2011|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Green taxes v. green research v. productivity

Memo to America: Don’t do carbon trading!

The United States must learn from Europe’s mistakes – not repeat them ROGER HELMER, MEP Senator Harry Reid has repeatedly denounced opposition to carbon trading as “dangerous.” Senator Reid is wrong. It is the House and Senate climate and renewable energy bills that are dangerous. Fortunately, the recent elections and the ongoing dissension at the Cancun climate summit could bode ill for carbon trading, any successor to Kyoto – and renewable energy standards. Carbon trading is wrong on so many levels. First, there is a growing realization that the small changes we are seeing in Earth’s climate are entirely consistent with [...]

By |2012-09-19T12:18:59+00:00December 7th, 2010|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Memo to America: Don’t do carbon trading!

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

Create Prosperity – Not Hypocrisy

by Einar Du Rietz Investing your money and savings for your pension in funds that advertise themselves as more “ethical” than others? Maybe it’s time to think again. Environmental watchdogs are increasingly pointing out funds as dubious, because of investments in different energy companies. In a recent – undercover – study (Swedish) non of the four checked banks proved to offer the clean investments they advertise. Fraud? Not really, but certainly hypocrisy. […]

By |2012-09-19T12:13:57+00:00May 16th, 2010|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Create Prosperity – Not Hypocrisy

Happy Easter, Mr President

by Einar Du Rietz The President of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez is a most innovative man. With his peculiar combination of home made socialism, populist nationalism and impulsive despotism, you never can tell what the next brilliant idea will be. He decided to change his country’s time zone with half an hour, presumably just for fun. He managed to create a shortage of coffee, in one of the major coffee producing countries in the world, by introducing price controls. And he has managed to stay in power. […]

By |2010-03-26T19:39:19+00:00March 26th, 2010|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Happy Easter, Mr President

Let’s Relax For A Minute

by Einar Du Rietz The Copenhagen process, or what has become the official name, is strolling along. Most countries (read: politicians) have signed the no-one-knows-really-what-to-call- it document, though some after deadline. Reviving Kyoto is still on the table, recently half heartedly suggested by the European Union (read: a bunch of politicians from countries with different agendas). At the same time, the UN (read: even more people with different agendas) has decided to let new people have another look at the IPCC report that was the official document before the above mentioned became desperate to at least take some action. [...]

By |2012-09-19T12:19:01+00:00March 14th, 2010|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Let’s Relax For A Minute

Reversing the burden of spoof

by Jacob Arfwedson One of the less endearing features of government supporters is their general disdain for democracy when eventually popular vote goes against their designs. The legitimacy of consent suddenly becomes irrelevant and a downright nuisance. In Europe, we experienced this in the constitutional negotiations: first with the Maastricht Treaty, and more recently with the Lisbon Treaty: referenda were held twice in Denmark (1992) and not so long ago in Ireland. Voters finally got it “right”. The same logic applies to Kyoto and in particular to the upcoming Copenhagen summit and the expected new treaty, i.e. a “deal”. It is [...]

By |2012-09-19T12:19:04+00:00November 23rd, 2009|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Reversing the burden of spoof

It’s Real Money – Your Money

By Einar Du Rietz Maybe because most other topics seem to be covered and debated intensely in the media, finally some focus now start to fall upon the costs. The estimated and real costs for what the politicians will discuss in Copenhagen. And if media does this, chances are the general public will start to realize that they will have to pay. Much too often, the general perception in the climate debate seems to be that politicians ought to do more and that someone else will pick up the bill. Contributing to this perception is the, quite natural, difficulty in grasping the [...]

By |2012-09-19T12:19:04+00:00November 20th, 2009|CFACT Europe|1 Comment

Al Gore Carbon Billionaire?

The Daily Telegraph reports that Al Gore is poised to become the world's first carbon billionaire. Have consumers lined up to buy the former Vice-President's products and services?  It appears, rather, that most of Mr. Gore's new wealth will flow to him from government grants and subsidies. Do we really want to tax working people to transfer wealth to a new class of climate oligarchs?

By |2009-11-04T06:44:41+00:00November 4th, 2009|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Al Gore Carbon Billionaire?

All Pain No Gain

The reality behind American Cap and Trade PAUL DRIESSEN (Washington) What is Cap and Trade? To address concerns that global warming threatens our planet, activists and politicians are pushing for a “cap-and-trade” program that would limit and tax carbon dioxide released by power plants, cars, factories and other facilities. It is a very complicated regulatory scheme that penalizes businesses and people who use energy or electricity generated from oil, gasoline, natural gas and coal (fossil fuels). […]

By |2009-10-09T06:03:48+00:00October 9th, 2009|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on All Pain No Gain

Statue of Liberty Returning to France?

SIMON ESPERSEN (COPENHAGEN) In recent years, a number of pro-free-market think tanks and taxpayer associations have been formed in France, and their effectiveness and impact clearly are increasing. These groups include Institut Economique Molinari, the Institute for Economic Studies-Europe, Institut de Formation Politique, Contribuables Associes (French Taxpayers Association), etc. In part because of their efforts, France has sharply reduced its corporate income-tax rate so it is lower than the U.S. rate. […]

By |2009-09-03T18:08:00+00:00September 3rd, 2009|CFACT Europe|1 Comment

CFACT Europe at the Capitalist Ball

What better to celebrate than individual freedom? For the third year in a row CFACT Europe joined conservative and libertarian leaders to raise a glass to liberty at CNE’s Capitalist Ball on 12th October at the usual venue, the Concert Noble, in Brussels. […]

By |2007-11-10T19:09:00+00:00November 10th, 2007|CFACT Europe, Conferences|Comments Off on CFACT Europe at the Capitalist Ball

EU-Commissioners Verheugen & Potocnik address EU Liberal Youth Congress

LYMEC calls on Europe to rise to the challenge of globalization Around 150 representatives of various European liberal youth organizations gathered in Berlin this past weekend at the annual congress of LYMEC, their European umbrella organization. Top speakers included EU-Commissioners Verheugen (Enterprise and Industry) and Potocnik (science and research). […]

By |2007-04-23T14:20:57+00:00April 23rd, 2007|CFACT Europe, Conferences|Comments Off on EU-Commissioners Verheugen & Potocnik address EU Liberal Youth Congress
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