Human Rights

  • Ethical Oil vs. Conflict Oil

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    CFACT’s Marc Morano was at our Light Brigade counter protest to Sierra Club & 350.org’s climate rally on February 17, where the Green protestors were opposing the Keystone XL pipeline. As Morano points out in this video, however, America must get its oil from somewhere–the only question is do we want to get oil from friendly, democratic neighbors like Canada, or from dictatorships and conflict-torn countries?

  • The misdirected tears of the Philippines

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    This week Naderev M. Sano of the Phillipines delegation made a tear-filled speech to COP 18 in Doha, Qatar. In contrast to the delegates wrangling for national advantage, the shameless rent-seeking of the carbon profiteers and the left-wing agendas of the radical NGOs, Mr. Sano projected a refreshing sincerity. Sadly, he is sincerely wrong.

  • Eurovision – Government Hooliganism

    by Einar Du Rietz

    Photo EBU

    The peculiar, but by now a sort of fancy kitsch, the Eurovisioncontest, is on again. This time in Baku, the not so democratic Republic of Azerbaijan. (Use the link to check out some of the songs. Montenegro has some, well interesting, lyrics.)

    This has raised some concern over the possible PR, the, no doubt nasty regime, might get. As the same discussion is going on concerning soccer, let me say that I’m generally reluctant to boycotts, and specifically those carried out by government. Boycotting private companies, as was the case with the hysteria over French wines and nukes some years ago, is both stupid and insulting. And even not boycotting governmental monopolies might be a good idea. If I got clearance, naturally out of the question, to operate freely as a journalist in North Chorea, it would be more than stupid to refuse to use whatever electricity, phone services or lodging there is, on the ground that it’s run by a communist regime. Hey, everything is. If it’s running at all, that is.

  • Morano on Canadian TV: Fighting climate billionaires

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    CFACT’s Marc Morano, editor of the Climate Depot news and information service, appeared on the Canadian TV program, “The Source with Ezra Levant,” on February 1 to discuss how rich foreigners spend huge sums of money to oppose cheap energy. The Rockefellers, Levant notes, spend $7 million a year just in Canada to fund legal challenges to development.

  • What Good Is Experience If You Learn Nothing

    by Einar Du Rietz Denmark, taking over the rotating EU presidency has outlined its priorities for the next half year. Not surprising, really, but still awkward. Reports Euractiv: “Environment Minister Ida Auken called for making energy efficiency legally binding, dismissing concerns that weak economies and the eurozone debt crisis would trump the environment in EU policy […]

  • Friendly Smokers Hit back

    by Einar Du Rietz

    Hey Lady! Got a Light?

    Don’t you agree? On the anti smoking issue, that is. On the one hand, people in general are just giving up, resigning in the face of oppression and harassment. On the other, some – maybe an increasing amount of people – are beginning to feel that enough is enough. Some even dare to say so in public.

    Let me be one of them, enouraged by a – today non smoking – brother in arms.

    Dr Sean Gabb of the Libertarian Alliance has made a bold effort to reintroduce science into the debate, otherwise carried out either by uninformed legislators or the, often just as uninformed, public.

    The passive smoking, or as it is sometimes referred to, Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS), roughly took off about 30 years ago with a widely quoted EPA report in the US, quickly dismissed as nonsense by a subsequent analysis from the Congressional Research Center, not gaining much attention. Legislators followed. Air traffic came first, then public buildings, airports, trains, restaurants, now even pubs, and the hyenas are out sniffing for balconies, peoples homes, and now even their cars. Oh, yes, forgot the outdoor cafes, already banning smoking in some places, and probably the top thing next European summer. Sure, there has been a load of more or less scientific attempts since then.

    Writes Gabb:

    “The argument from “passive smoking” is based on falsehoods. There is no way of gathering meaningful data, nor even sound epidemiological evidence that passive smoking exists. The alleged figure of 300,000 children harmed every year in the UK by passive smoking is what is called a “junk statistic.” It is in the same league as the claims made in the 1980s about the number of people who would die of aids by 1990, or the claims made in the 1990s about the numbers who would soon be dead from mad cow disease. It is almost as gross a falsehood as the fraudulent global warming claims made by British scientists.”

  • Crowded? Not really

    by Einar Du Rietz

    Just found out that (according to BBC):

    “When you were born, you were the:3,453,632,094th person alive on Earth and 77,442,249,607thperson to have lived since history began”

    Go on, take the test. Don’t know what it’s really good for, but it’s a bit of fun, at least if you are easily amused. And please help me figure out how the exact numbers were calculated.

    It’s apparently the magic in the numbers that now has awaken the Neo Malthusians, as we are supposed to reach seven billion any day now (Monday, according to the UN). Why not 6, 123 or 7,456? No, it’s the magic number. Over population is the scare of the day.

    Well, walk outside and check if it’s really that crowded. Every time this scare appears, the doomsayers ignore some basic observations.

  • Immobility Week

    by Einar Du Rietz The Mobility Week is on again. The sort of expansion of the Green Week/In Town Without my Car Week, sponsored by the EU and participating cities, in other words tax money to make life harder for people. This has been a yearly event for ten years now, making lives more difficult. I […]

  • That Stupid War

    by Einar Du Rietz It’s old news, but hey, that’s history for you. A new booktakes a look at both the history of the cold war and the environmental movement. And especially environmental impact from both. You may not agree with everything, but sometimes it’s important to remember how absurd the world really was in […]

  • Otto von Habsburg-Lothingen, RIP

    CFACT mourns the loss of Franz Joseph Otto Robert Maria Anton Karl Max Heinrich Sixtus Xavier Felix Renatus Ludwig Gaetan Pius Ignatius von Habsburg, a great European and advocate for individual freedom and dignity.  CFACT will be well represented at the funeral in Vienna with both Holger Thuss and Einar Du Rietz attending.   He will […]

  • Denmark Trades Dalai Lama for Climate Treaty

    Dalai Lama

    Ends Inconvenient Friendship With Tibet

    By Einar Du Rietz, Copenhagen

    Maybe these guys are serious about the Copenhagen treaty after all. Wednesday evening it became clear that Denmark has reversed its policy on China and Tibet by abruptly recognizing Chinese sovereignty over Tibet. Denmark promised to act with “caution” in future contacts with the Dalai Lama,

  • 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 […]

  • The Hypocritical Oath – Save Yourself – Blame the Media

    The leading energy company Vattenfall and it’s owner has been under attack recently. Einar Du Rietz tries to sort out the mess. One of the largest energy companies in Europe, Swedish state owned Vattenfall has come under heavy media attack recently, and so has the responsible minister for industry, Maud Olofsson. The main reason is […]

  • Must Bjørn Lomborg Say Nice Things About Danish Climate Policy?

    Bjørn Lomborg, “The Skeptical Environmentalist”

    Bjørn Lomborg, “The Skeptical Environmentalist”

    SIMON ESPERSEN (Copenhagen)

    In terms of political ideas, Denmark these days is largely socialist. In economic terms it is a mixed economy with a large part of civil society encroached upon by government bureaucracy.

    There is not a vital part of society that politicians do not seek to control. 

  • Rothbard and Rucker on Environment, Development and Africa in “European View”

    In their article, David Rothbard and Craig Rucker urge EU policy makers to ensure that their new policies towards Africa will be beneficial in particular to African nations that were once European colonies. “The answer to Africa’s needs, however, is not more handouts or even aid forgiveness, as was recommended at the June 2005 G8 […]