• The power of forecasting

    by Jacob Arfwedsonphoto_1507_20081030

    In the 1930s, Franklin Roosevelt asked his administration to undertake a vast exploratory study of future technologies. A group of researchers eventually produced a voluminous report with fascinating insights. There was only one little glitch: the document did not foresee television, plastics, jet planes, organ transplants, laser technology, or even ballpoint pens.

    As Ludwig von Mises stated, petrol is good for many things, but not for slaking your thirst. Similarly, government may be useful in some instances but not in others. The precautionary principle is good, provided it is used appropriately. We should first apply it to politics: our elected leaders should be required to produce impact studies, showing, ex ante, that their planned interventions will have a positive effect. Thus the scope of government would spontaneously be reduced to its congruent portion.

    Here is a formidable source of data on climate change, courtesy of prof. Lindzen (MIT) from a CEI presentation a couple of weeks ago. Once more, he reminds us that many statements bandied about and accepted as gospel truths are in fact serious distortions and sometimes outright contrary even to authorities such as the IPCC.

  • Join CFACT in Berlin!

    Climate Change Reconsidered Join CFACT for an International Conference on Climate Change Friday December 4, 2009, Hotel Melia Berlin On the Eve of COP15, the UN Conference in Copenhagen, scientists and policy experts will gather at Berlin’s Melia Hotel to discuss the science, politics, economics and impacts of climate change. Almost daily new evidence arises […]

  • The Solar Cycle, Climate, Carbon and Crop Yields: EIKE Berlin

    On April 17th and 18th members of the European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE) gathered at Humboldt University in Berlin for their annual meeting and to discuss the latest developments in climate research and policy. Participants agreed that the current climate debate serves the interests of energy companies and the makers of solar panel and wind turbines, but neglects sound science.

  • 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.

  • CFACT Co-Hosts Climate Conference in Berlin

    Berlin Brandenburg TorEvent marks second gathering of climate realists in a year

    On 17 April, an audience of 80 assembled in the Parliament of the State of Berlin, Germany, to listen to the latest findings of climate science.  Under the patronage of the FDP-group, supported by the European Climate and Energy Institute and CFACT Europe, a range of top speakers presented their views on the issue. Great expectations had been linked to the event, and some political pressure had been put on the organizers.

  • CFACT Co-Sponsors 2008 International Conference on Climate Change in New York

    “This is a truly historic event, the first international conference devoted to answering questions overlooked by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.” said Joseph Bast, President of the Heartland, a Chicago-based think tank, at the opening of the event.

    And he continued: “We’re asking questions such as:

    • how reliable are the data used to document the recent warming trend?
    • how much of the modern warming is natural, and how much is likely the result of human activities?
    • how reliable are the computer models used to forecast future climate conditions? and
    • is reducing emissions the best or only response to possible climate change?

    Heartland Global Warming Banner 2008

  • CFACT Europe presents its new book in Brussels

    On October 11, CFACT Europe’s Executive Director Dr. Holger Thuss presented Edgar Gaertner’s new “Eco-Nihilism. A Critique of Political Ecology” (Öko-Nihilismus. Eine Kritik der Politischen Ökologie) at a private reception in the Brussels Renaissance Hotel. The many invited guests, mainly from the media, like-minded think tanks and assistants of MEPs, were able to listen to […]

  • Report: Berlin Climate Conference

    Berlin Reichstag and FlagOn May 30, CFACT Europe, together with the European Institute for Climate and Energy and the German Free Market Institute (GFMI), hosted a conference on current climate affairs in Berlin (Germany). The high profile event was hosted by GFMI-Executive Officer Wolfgang Mueller and CFACT Europe’s executive director Dr. Holger Thuss and included presentations given by Dr. S. Fred Singer, the former President of the US Weather Satellite Service who also served as an IPCC reviewer, and Ernst Georg Beck, a lecturer and biologist from Freiburg (Germany).

  • Berlin Climate Conference: May 30, 2007

    On May 30, CFACT Europe, together with the European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE)  and the the German Free Market Institute, is co-hosting a conference on current climate affairs in Berlin (Germany). Key note speakers are Professor S. Fred Singer, University of Virginia, and Ernst Georg Beck, biologist, Freiburg (Germany). The event will take […]

  • 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).

  • Third European Resource Bank: Vienna

    Vienna Mozart MemorialDr. HOLGER THUSS (Wien)

    “Taxpayer and Environment Issues are Intertwined,” Dr. Thuss says.

    CFACT EUROPE’s Executive Director participated in the Third European Resource Bank Meeting, held in cooperation with the Annual Meeting of the World Taxpayer Associations from June 29 – July 2 in Vienna, Austria. The meetings bring together taxpayer and free market activists from around the globe to share ideas and strategy.

    “The interests of taxpayers and free market environmentalists throughout the world are interwoven. Wrong tax policies and counterproductive environmental measures often go hand in hand,” Dr. Thuss said. “Sharing our experiences of resisting red tape and high taxes is therefore very important.”