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Climate Disclosures And Their Stealth Mission

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 21, 2021

Investors neither need nor want a new covert regulatory scheme.


Bjorn Lomborg: Enough With The Net-Zero Doublethink

by Bjorn Lomborgvia Financial Post
Thursday, June 17, 2021

Our current climate conversation embodies two blatantly contradictory claims. On one side, experts warn that promised climate policies will be economically crippling. In a new report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) states that achieving net-zero in 2050 will likely be “the greatest challenge humankind has ever faced.” That is a high bar, surpassing the Second World War, the black plague and COVID.

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Global Challenges Require Multinational Solutions

by H. R. McMaster, Jeffrey Martinvia Eurogas
Thursday, June 17, 2021

More than a year after a pandemic brought global economies to a halt, many communities around the world are still reeling. Today, we are facing two formidable challenges: a post-COVID recovery and a climate crisis. Both require international cooperation and the acceleration to cleaner, affordable and reliable energy systems. 

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Meeting Abu Muhammad Al-Jawlani: A Conversation With Martin Smith

interview with Martin Smith, Cole Bunzelvia The Caravan Notebook
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Producer and filmmaker Martin Smith joins the podcast to discuss his new documentary, “The Jihadist,” and the state of the former al-Qaida franchise in charge of Syria’s Idlib Province.

Analysis and Commentary

The Coming California Dust Bowl

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The whole state of California is in drought with predictions of megadrought on the horizon. Just how bad the situation is can be seen in a display comparing the current level of water storage in the main reservoirs with historical averages.


Is Biden Trying To Sell Nord Stream 2 Approval As A Green Energy Initiative?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Western powers often characterize Russia as a rogue state with nuclear weapons and a military disproportionate to its frail economy. Russia is the largest supplier of raw materials to the world economy. Its president, Vladimir Putin, does not let a trouble-making opportunity go to waste.

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Denmark: NATO, The European Union, And The Future Of The Transatlantic Community

interview with Anders Fogh Rasmussenvia Hoover Podcasts
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and former Danish Prime Minister and former Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen discuss the upcoming NATO Summit, international security, and the future of democracy and free markets.   

Analysis and Commentary


by John H. Cochranevia The Grumpy Economist
Thursday, June 3, 2021

A correspondent asked for comment on the new ESG trend among asset managers. For example, BlackRock, and the recent Exxon upheaval with two new green directors (here, but cautionary WSJ coverage here, pointing out how empty the whole Exxon affair really is).  I'm sad to see even Vanguard (which has a lot of my money) going along on this...trend. 

Matters of Policy & Politics
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Sweet Home Alabama

interview with Stephen Haber, Bill Whalenvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

The building blocks for a futuristic American state.


China's Climate Strategy

by Elizabeth Economyvia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Chinese president Xi Jinping has put forth a set of significant commitments in response to the threat of global climate change. He has called for China to achieve peak CO2 emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060, to enhance the role of renewable energy in its energy mix, to increase forest cover, and to make use of market mechanisms, such as an emissions trading system, to incentivize industry to decarbonize. 


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