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  • The US should follow Europe’s lead

    President Obama and environmentalists often say America should follow Europe’s lead on energy, climate and economic matters. Recent events suggest that we should listen more attentively to the Europeans. Two brutal winters have awakened Europe to the fact that global temperatures stopped rising in 1998 – and that frigid days and nights pose far graver […]

  • Real life and antibiotic resistance

    The Wall Street Journal recently made a dreadful error in a news story. That’s “dreadful” as in causing consumers to dread the potential loss of the antibiotics we need to cure pneumonia, tuberculosis, and infected scratches.     On January 10, the WSJ online told its readers that America’s hog farmers were overusing antibiotics in their hogs’ […]

  • Dog lovers and baby killers

    By Cyril Boynes A couple months ago, when its dog-sledding business lost customers, a Canadian company had a hundred of its dogs killed. The incident “shocked” and “angered” people. The employee who shot the dogs said he suffered “post traumatic stress” from killing them and wants compensation. Animal activists used the incident in campaigns against […]

  • A safe hamburger at last?

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    In the old days, we cooked hamburgers rare, juicy and flavorful. In recent years, because of E. coli 0157:H7, we’ve had to content ourselves with hamburgers that were gray and dry or run the risk of serious illness. E. coli 0157:H7 is the relatively new and vicious “Jack-in-the-Box” bacteria that killed four kids in Seattle in 1993. It was seen first by researchers in the 1980s. Since then, it has killed hundreds and sickened thousands more with bloody diarrhea, severe abdominal cramps, and even liver failure.

  • Power for the people

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    In a scene reminiscent of Colonial Williamsburg, for 16 years Thabo Molubi and his partner had made furniture in South Africa’s outback, known locally as the “veld,” using nothing but hand and foot power. When an electrical line finally reached the area, they installed lights, power saws and drills. Their productivity increased fourfold, and they hired local workers to make, sell and ship far more tables and chairs of much higher quality, thereby also commanding higher prices.

  • What really threatens our future?

    By Willie Soon & Barun Mitra Energy sustainability is not about resource availability and pollution. Capitalism and human ingenuity have already addressed “sustainability” in these regards, if the statistics are to be believed. The real sustainability challenge and threat concerns government intervention in the name of “sustainability,” because it is political and bureaucratic intervention that […]

  • The anti-energy EPA

    Presidential candidate Barack Obama promised that his policies would cause electricity rates to “skyrocket” and “bankrupt” any company trying to build a coal-fired generating plant. This is one promise he and his über-regulators are keeping. President Obama energetically promotes wind and solar projects that require millions of acres of land and billions of dollars in […]

  • EPA’s Clean Air Act: Pretending air pollution is worse than it is

    Despite historically low levels of air pollutants, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking to enforce air quality regulations that are increasingly strict and burdensome. These regulations cost the economy billions of dollars by the EPA’s own admission. Steve Milloy, publisher of JunkScience.com and frequent commentator for Fox News, has produced a thorough analysis […]

  • Congress bickers over biodegradable forks

    CFACT’s Marc Morano, editor of Climate Depot, appeared on Fox News with Neil Cavuto to discuss congressional Democrat’s fight for biodegradable forks, knives, and spoons in the congressional cafeteria. Under Nancy Pelosi’s “Green the Capitol” initiative, the flatwear in the Capitol’s cafeteria was replaced with biodegradable utensils made from corn starch. They soon proved impractical, […]

  • We need nuclear: Wind won’t keep us warm

    CHURCHVILLE, VA—The air over northeastern Japan is slightly radioactive—not at dangerous levels for people, but an indicator that higher levels might come. The newspapers in Japan and here are talking earnestly about failures in pressure vessels and falsified safety reporting, as they should. But now, a slightly hysterical Surgeon General of the United States is […]

  • Nuclear safety: Reactors that can’t meltdown

    The recent tragic events in Japan have brought the issue of nuclear energy to the forefront of public discussion. While radical environmentalists have exploited the issue to advance anti-nuclear policies, others have tried to defend this important energy source on the grounds of its importance to our economy and standard of living. Missing in the […]

  • Welcome to the Third World

    As Britain suffered through its coldest December in a century, families were forced to choose between keeping homes warm and feeding their children nourishing meals – thanks to climate policies that have forced extensive reliance on wind power and deliberately driven energy prices skyward. Barely two months later, the UK’s power grid CEO informed the […]

  • A nuclear engineer’s briefing on the emergency in Japan

    By Evelyn Mervine This Q&A briefing provides a concise overview of much of what you need to know on the nuclear emergency in Japan. Nuclear engineer Mark Mervine gave this interview to his daughter Evelyn Mervine. It was originally posted on her blog, Skepchick. Mark and Evelyn Mervine are not associated with CFACT.   My […]

  • Fearing EPA’s carbon tax

    Churchville, VA—Farmers, along with the rest of us, could get hit with a triple jolt of regulatory shock if the Environment Protection Agency goes forward with its announced controls on carbon emissions. Consumers are already paying heavily for the federal mandate that puts a huge chunk of our corn crop, as ethanol, into our gas […]

  • Virginia’s governor is blind to renewable energy faults

    By Charles Battig The following article originally appeared as a letter to the editor in the Richmond Times Dispatch.   Virginians know that “Virginia is for Lovers.” We also know the adage that love is blind. Such blindness is exemplified by Gov. Bob McDonnell’s and Sen. Frank Wagner’s love affair with renewable energy. Offering reason […]