• Whaling – Not That Easy

    by Einar Du Rietz

    The old issue of whaling seems to be an ever controversial issue, in the EU, as well as internationally. Chris Butler-Stroud,CEO of Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) writes on the subject and is particularly concerned that Denmark still holds on to the Greenland exception.

    The ban on whaling dates decades back. Furthermore, commercial whaling, industrial way, is generally acknowledged to be unacceptable. This might be a sound position, given unclear property rights in what is often no mans water.

    The three exceptions to the international ban are represented by Japan, Norway and Denmark, an EU country, incidentally also holding the rotating presidency of the EU. Naturally, no whaling goes on right outside Copenhagen. There has been rare sightings up north (even a stranded whale at least once in the area), but basically the strait would be too narrow. For Denmark, it’s an issue of the exception for the – highly autonomous – region Greenland, where – as Butler-Stroud correctly points out – “Historically the IWC  [International Whaling Commission]has granted Greenland an aboriginal subsistence-whaling (ASW) quota based on its hunters’ nutritional and cultural subsistence need – a classification that excludes commercial trade.”

    And Greenland is not a member of the EU, in spite of being a part of Denmark.

  • 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 […]

  • Svensmark & CERN: cosmic rays influence climate

    A cloudy day for global warming zealots Climate science is anything but settled. For years, physicist Henrik Svensmark of the Danish National Space Institute (who has presented at conferences organized by CFACT and EIKE) has been asking inconvenient questions about the relationship between the sun, clouds and climate.  He demonstrated in the lab that cosmic […]

  • Leak: Denmark claims the North Pole. Good place for a wind farm?

    Plans for North Pole dominance expose Danish climate hypocrisy A leaked document titled “Strategy for the Arctic” lays out Denmark’s plans to lay formal claim to the North Pole. Yet the Danish Commission on Climate Change recently released plans to make Denmark “oil free” by 2050. What exactly do the soon to be oil free […]

  • Long Live The Queen

    by Einar Du Rietz Finally the trial against the hooligans posing a security threat to the Queen of Denmark during the Copenhagen conference is starting. Naturally, Greenpeace is doing it’s best to ridicule the process, pointing out that “the eleven are also facing the obscure charge of having committed an offence against Denmark’s Queen.” , “… […]

  • Funny Games

    by Einar Du Rietz

    That the activities behind the scenes before, during and after last year’s circus in Copenhagen were everything from strange to dirty is no surprise. For example, CFACT Europe, together with the paper Berlingske Tiderne in Denmark, discovered the sudden shift in the official Danish attitude towards Dalai Lama, an apparent effort to offer the difficult Chinese delegation something to chew on.

    With the recent publication of the eneourmos amount of documents at Wikileaks, even more light is shed on the power play and virtual extortion to get tax money in so called climate aid.

    The UK paper, The Guardian – a publication which has, for some strange reason, always been very interested in CFACT – is one of the first to compile the climate related documents. Draw your own conclusions, but please admit that it’s entertaining reading. 

  • U.K. wind farms paid not to produce

    Wind corporations paid not to generate electricity when a strong wind blows The Daily Telegraph reports that thousands of pounds per day will be paid to compensate the wind  industry when the British national grid can not use the power.   The intermittent nature of wind power requires traditional efficient power generation to remain the mainstay […]

  • Connie Hedegaard Riposte

    E.U. Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard  responds to CFACT

    CFACT’s response: Let’s not go back to the dark ages.

    CFACT has been participating in an energy debate sponsored by the National Journal.

    Commissioner Hedegaard wrote, “Craig Rucker claims that had it not been for Denmark’s oil in the North Sea we could not afford “such feel good luxuries” as renewables like wind. Wrong. Back in 1973 Denmark experienced two oil crises and the last one, when Saudi Arabia cut off oil deliveries, was so bad that it was necessary to prohibit driving private cars on Sundays. I remember this from my childhood. Can you imagine that? That was at a time where we were 99 % dependent on imported energy. Today Denmark is self-sufficient in energy, and has been for many years already. Oil and gas supplies from the North Sea are part of the explanation but definitely also the fact that today around 30 % of Denmark’s electricity stems from wind energy. AND since putting up the first wind turbine back in the mid 70s Denmark has developed a world brand in wind technology. That means not only that the wind sector today creates thousands and thousands of jobs, often mainly in rural areas, but also that is one of our fastest growing export areas, earning billions for Denmark. The sector continued to grow its exports even in the crisis year 2009.”

    Here’s Craig Rucker’s response to the Commissioner:

  • 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 […]

  • Activists without concern: how to use the climate for your own purposes

    As Noël Coward put it in a song, “Why do the wrong people travel?” It should not come as a surprise, yet the cheerful way in which some groups exploit international events to hijack the agenda is quite astounding (just imagine for a second free-market groups doing the same thing, and the reaction that would ensue).
    In today’s Metro (Danish only), a German activist involved in the network Climate Justice Action is disarmingly frank about his presence at the conference :

    “[The conference] does not mean anything. The UN cannot solve the world’s climate problems as it thinks that the solutions may be found in today’s capitalist system.”

  • 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,

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Statue of Liberty Returning to France?

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    France-map-flag-colored zIn 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.