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OECD Talk -- Rebuilding Institutions In The Wake Of Covid-19

by John H. Cochranevia The Grumpy Economist
Friday, October 9, 2020

Friday morning I had the pleasure of participating in a session at the OECD, as part of their program on Confronting Planetary Emergencies - Solving Human Problems. I had the tough job of following brilliant remarks by Acting CEA chair Tyler Goodspeed and Ken Rogoff, and discussing great questions all starting at 5 AM.

Environmental Harms

Articles On: Cleaner Air, Green Belt and Road, and Clean Aluminum

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 11, 2020

China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases and generates enormous pollution and environmental degradation. This section highlights the activities carried out by entities controlled by the Chinese Communist Party that harm our environment.

Environmental Harms

Articles On: Greta Thunberg, China's 2060 Climate Pledge, and Solar

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 4, 2020

China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases and generates enormous pollution and environmental degradation. This section highlights the activities carried out by entities controlled by the Chinese Communist Party that harm our environment.

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California To Say Goodbye To The Gas-Powered Car

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

California governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order last week to ban new sales of autos powered by internal combustion engines by 2035. Why? To fight climate change. But prohibiting the internal combustion engine won’t move the climate change needle.

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Navalny Poisoning Just A Bump In The Road For Nord Stream 2

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Friday, September 25, 2020

Trying to figure whither Nord Stream 2 (hereafter NS2) – the undersea gas pipeline from Russia to Germany – is akin to solving five complicated jigsaw puzzles at once.

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Philip Cross: The Sensible Approach To Climate Change

featuring Bjorn Lomborgvia Financial Post
Thursday, September 24, 2020
With so much talk about green energy in the run-up to this week’s speech from the throne, it is timely to summarize Bjorn Lomborg’s sensible perspective on climate change policies, as detailed in his latest book, “False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts The Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet.”
Analysis and Commentary

Beware The Duck!

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, September 12, 2020

There’s one more problem with solar power: peak electricity use in California occurs in the late afternoon and early evening, when solar power is small or zero.

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The California Brownout Disaster Is Manmade

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Friday, September 11, 2020

One August day I received a notice on the website Nextdoor. It was titled “Rotating Power Outages Likely to Occur Monday Afternoon and Evening,” and here’s the first paragraph: PG&E [Pacific Gas and Electric] urges customers to conserve electricity in response to the California Independent System Operator’s (ISO) statewide Flex Alert called for Monday (Aug. 17) from 3 to 10 p.m. CAISO is the organization that manages the state’s power grid.

Analysis and Commentary

Smoke And Nukes

by John H. Cochranevia The Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

I was driving in Northern California on Labor Day, contemplating the 1-2 mile visibility in thick smoke through the Central Valley, and listening to NPR, when an enticing story came along. 

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On California's Demise

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Patriot Post
Monday, September 7, 2020

An elderly gent in California made a comment that sadly captures the mood in the nation’s biggest state: “In California these days, you can’t tell whether mask wearers are fighting the virus, the smoke, or the police.”

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