• Here We Go Again

    by Einar Du Rietz

    The EU Commission has presented its Energy Strategies for the next decade. To be correct, it’s a document for consideration, as both the Council and the Parliament will have to have their say. It’s a long process, but probably one that will dominate a large part of the EU debate over the next years.

    It’s a heavy document, but the main focuses are on a “Eurpenisation” of the energy market, making sure that energy exchange can work between all the member states And efficiency.

    Concerning the latter, the disturbing thing is a tendency to continue on the inefficient and market disrupting strategies earlier applied in the case of low energy light bulbs and subsidies for – efficient – high end products. Somehow, it’s all about costs. With this attitude, the EU risks hurting the natural incentives driving companies towards efficiency, i.e., cost savings, both in production and, for example in cars and appliances, during use.

  • President Klaus: Warming action not justified

    “I am not impressed by heavily biased British scientific institutions.” Czech President Vaclav Klaus finds no evidence that government spending on global warming would be worth the cost. “I don’t see empirical evidence of human-caused global warming. I see so many mistakes in the methodology of science and modelling.” President Klaus, who recently served as […]

  • Another Domino Falls: UK’s Leading Scientific Body Retreats on Climate Change Agenda

    By Patrick Henningsen
    21st Century Wire
    Sept 30, 2010

    The UK’s leading scientific body has decided to rewrite its own definitive guide on climate change, now admitting that it is “not known” how much warmer the planet will become.

    The Royal Society has released a new guide which outlines its retreat from its former vanguard stance on the threat of climate change and man-made global warming. The decision to update their scientific guide came after 43 of its members complained that the previous versions failed to take into account the opinion of climate change sceptics.

    The new guide, entitled ‘Climate change: a summary of the science’, concedes that there are now major ‘uncertainties’ regarding the once sacred ‘scientific consensus’ behind man-made global warming theory, admitting that not only is it impossible to know for sure how the Earth’s climate will change in the future but it cannot possibly know what the effects may be. The 19-page guide states clearly, ’It is not possible to determine exactly how much the Earth will warm or exactly how the climate will change in the future, but careful estimates of potential changes and associated uncertainties have been made”.

  • Swine Flu H1N1: WHO declares the invented pandemic to be over

    Following the suggestions of her strong emergency committee, WHO General-Director Margaret Chan now officially declares the swine flu epidemic to be over. This official statement was made 15 months after an allegedly new flu virus H1N1 was notified in Mexico and after having alerted a pandemic in June 2009. According to official data, 18,400 humans have fallen victim to the flu since spring 2009 in about 200 countries. That appears  impressing at first sight , but is however  little in comparison to the number of humans, who suffer with the cold season influenza-like infections year-in, year-out. To say nothing about the million-number of victims of a “real” influenza epidemic. The official statistics of the WHO thus confirms  the view that H1N1 is a rather harmless variant of the summer flu.

  • Cancel Cancun

    by Einar Du Rietz

    …or maybe don’t.

    As fun as you can have, in the company of all sorts of people, there  is something depressing over these climate conferences. Delegates looking serious while spending other people’s money on down-right dangerous schemes, young people, who ought to be either in school, or out partying, or protesting the real injustices in this world, standing outside telling the lunch-eaters to spend more. Often financed by government. The police working overtime, and those fringe groups who travel around the world just in order to pick a fight with the former. A sort of holiday, I presume, like inter-railing or camping. Most of these elements, both in Copenhagen and at the recent G8/G20 summit, would probably go to the international congress of scrapbookers, if it meant they could get into trouble – and media – along the way.

  • End Game or Mid Term – Bonn

    by Einar Du Rietz, Bonn

    CFACT display, Bonn climate conference

    The game is not over yet, but the climate talks in Bonn are. For the time being. Another session is already scheduled for August, and it might very well be that the free-lunchers will squeeze yet another in, during the buildup of expectations before Cancun. After the enormous debacle before, during and after Copenhagen, it seems unlikely that the general public hysteria could be regenerated. You can’t fool all the people all the time, but remember that you can still fool some.

  • Mother Earth sells carbon indulgences in Chicago


    Rather to my surprise, I bumped into Mother Earth at the Heartland Climate Conference in Chicago (May 17th).  There she was, large as life, in her green gown with a wreath of ivy in her hair (when I first saw the green gown I feared she might be a Warmist saboteur who had slipped past Security, but my worries were unfounded).  And she was selling (or strictly speaking, giving out) Carbon Indulgences (that’s the white rectangle in the photograph).  Fascinated, I read the text:

    “This indulgence serves as a remittance of all carbon sins.  You are forgiven for *** Flying in airplanes *** Driving in cars *** Using electrical kit *** Taking hot showers *** Exhaling CO2 *** making things in factories *** Growing food with tractors *** Eating meat *** Running aircon *** Attending international Conferences”.

  • A Matter of Taste

    by Einar Du Rietz

    After being approved by the national governments in the EU, Thrombin has now found it’s way into the parliament, by way of the environmental committee, which – not surprisingly – found a majority for proposing a ban.

    Thrombin is also, more popularly, known as “Meat Glue”, creating connotations that set off a lot of alarm clocks. As a matter of fact, it is a perfectly natural product; a coagulation protein which together with the fibrous protein fibrin can be developed into an enzyme, that can be used for sticking together different pieces of meat.

    In other words, a ban would be highly symbolical. The Thrombin doesn’t show and doesn’ t taste, and above all, is not dangerous. The glued steaks however, are often built with meat that otherwise would have been thrown away. Something to contemplate for those who argue that eating steak contributes to climate change.

  • Do No Harm – And No Alarm

    by Einar Du Rietz Unintended consequences are the curse and irony of politics. The recent study, ordered by the Swiss government, and published by the institute ITIS, on the possible electromagnetic radiation from low energy light bulbs, confirms this once again. The radiation levels turned to be so high, that the Swiss government found it […]

  • CFACT Responds to Connie Hedegaard

    Anyone who tells you that restricting prosperity and redistributing wealth will alter the climate is selling something. CRAIG RUCKER EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard today posed the question, “can the U.S. afford not to have ambitious legislation that paves the way for a more energy-efficient future?” CFACT Executive Director Craig Rucker responded that […]

  • An Offer You Can Not Possibly Reject

    by Einar Du Rietz, Bonn

    Last day of the climate conference in Bonn, a most interesting city that we unfortunately never had the time to study more closely, due to the – as usual – busy program. Bonn, the city of Beethoven and a symbol both for peaceful German recovery after WWII and the European university traditions. Today, all but remnants of the hastily build government administration are gone, together with the embassies, though the sometimes magnificent residences still remain along the Rhine.

    How lovely then to stumble across an invitation to come back! The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, sponsored by everything from the European and especially German taxpayers to DHL is inviting everyone to an international conference 21-23 June, here in Bonn, on “Climate change and the media”.

  • Lights On – Caviar Out

    by Einar Du Rietz

    The campaign is on again with expensive ad’s for Earth Hour, and local politicians have been forced for months to defend their decisions on shutting of the lights on central buildings, or not.

    In the midst of the IPCC debacle, the activists and politicians pretend that shutting out the lights for one hour from 8:30 pm will, if not save the climate, at least send a signal to those in charge. Whoever they are. To do what?

    It is, indeed, an impressive campaign.

    And possibly dangerous. I’m convinced even the organizers have realised that street lamps, hospitals and airports should not mind, but how about other things? It’s quite possible to live in the dark for an hour, but if you live in a city, or a house filled with lamps, the sudden change can be devastating. Now, where’s that land mark (which incidentally neither at sea, nor on land has to be a light house or a traffic sign)? Should the gas station get dark? The Eiffel Tower? The city lights below your trekking rout on a narrow path?

  • Don’t Get Mad About the Weather – Get Even

    by Einar Du Rietz

    Two of the more intriguing accusations I got thrown at me in Copenhagen were: “Climate Hater” and “Weather Denier”.

    Funny, but strange. I’m convinced that cursing along, hating the ever changing climate is about as constructive as trying to steer a sailing boat by shouting orders to the winds. Either one would just drive you mad (and possibly injured). Denying the weather seems more promising, but equally dangerous. Is that what you do when you take that boat out in spite of the approaching storm?

    There’s no room to deny the record breaking cold winter right now. Yo might enjoy the complete silence from the alarmists in Copenhagen, who really picked the wrong year for the meeting, or you may rejoice over the increasing polar ice and the happy polar bears, but the problems are real.

    More than 200 dead, just from the cold, in Poland alone. Numerous other victims all over Europe, and the US. Disrupted communications, often fatal traffic accidents, broken limbs on slippery sidewalks, power failures and skyrocketing electricity bills tell the story.

  • 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 then not surprising that advocates seem appalled that the US Constitution requires a vote by Congress to ratify it.

  • If that’s Success – I’m in

     Einar Du Rietz is watching the President’s game, or is it Gameboy?

    Acting EU President Reinfeld has been busy the past two weeks, partly as he has declared the Copenhagen summit in December the most important event during his six month stint. So far, my congratulations go both to him and to his spin doctors.Chickenrace

    Last week, the EU leaders gathered to form a mandate before the summit. A mandate; not any obligations before Copenhagen. According to both the President’s staff and the media, the meeting was, in spite of immense difficulties, a success. Indeed it was. It was simply solved by giving the nine – out of 27 – dissenting countries – what they wanted. They now do not have to pledge to pay a euro cent in this billion euro project for the next ten years.

  • The Efficiency Battle is Won – Don’t Lose it

    The development in energy efficiency for appliances has been remarkable over the past decades, notes Einar Du Rietz. The best thing is not only the cost savings, but that not even a galloping increase in the amount of white goods in use in the world would harm the environment. Quite the opposite. However, the industry seems to be clamping straight into the governmental subsidy trap.Fridge

    Since the early 90’s, energy efficiency has been a major competitive driving force in the white goods industry, fuelled partly by compulsory labelling, but more importantly by the LCA/LCC (Life Cycle Analysis/Life Cycle Cost) connection. Or in less corporate language: The higher cost for a more expensive, efficient and thus with less environmental impact, appliance is covered by a smaller electricity bill. People may say that they make an environmental conscious decision when buying a new fridge, but in reality, they follow their wallet.

  • CFACT’s Presentation to the Paneuropa Youth Conference in Vienna

    HOLGER J. THUSS (Jena)

    On February 6th an audience of 80 assembled in the Miller Aicholz Conference Center in Vienna, Austria, to discuss the upcoming European Elections, and to listen to various prominent speakers addressing this year’s key event of EU politics. Most of the attendees so called PanAlp09 conference were students and young academics from 12 European countries, many of them activists of their own national branches of the Paneuropean youth movement.

  • Vaclav Klaus to the UN: We Should Not Make Big Mistakes

    Vaclav Klaus

    Pres. Vaclav Klaus

    un logoPoliticians know that they have to act when it is necessary. They know that their duty is to instigate public-policy responses to issues that could pose a threat to the people of their countries. And they have to form partnerships with colleagues from other countries when a problem cannot be “confined” within national boundaries. To help doing it is one of the main reasons for the existence of institutions such as the United Nations.

  • 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).