Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

October 17, 2014

Outsider’s View from Inside – Climate Change and Big Government

This post will not be a review of the facts, theories and implications of the anthropogenic global warning (AGW) hypothesis. Watts Up With That has, throughout its lifetime, done a pretty good job of laying out the “skeptical” case against the alarmist position on climate change and this blog is not meant to rehash that […]

Posted By: Matt Souders @ 2:02 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment
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October 16, 2014

“Climate Change”, and the false dichotomy of “evil or stupid”

As we run up to the midterm elections, the drumbeat is once again sounding throughout that land, that Republicans… or rather, everyone not Leftist… are “anti-science”, “pro-ignorance” etc… etc… I am constantly hearing some variant of “Republicans are either evil or stupid for not… X”. The sad part of course, is that a certain percentage […]

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March 26, 2013

Fossil Fuels Are Making the Planet…Greener?

When it comes to many of the issues concerning the environment, particularly global warming I’m very much in the “I don’t know” camp (though if I must pick a side, I’m skeptical about the phenomenon of anthropological global warming). Why don’t I know, after all, this is “settled science” right? I don’t know because, sadly, […]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 11:04 am || Permalink || Comments (19) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Government Regulation,Multimedia
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August 1, 2012

Farming in an Equilibrium Trap

JayG wrote something today about how this summers drought is hitting farmers very hard; which is absolutely true. And it’s already having an impact on food prices, and that impact is just going to grow. The crop that’s being impacted worst is dent corn, which makes up the majority of livestock feed in this country; […]

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April 24, 2012

Open Thread: If I Wanted America to Fail…

FreeMarketAmerica.org has released a great video (above) called “If I Wanted America to Fail.” It’s a pretty decent list of policies one would want to implement to cause America to fail but it’s far from complete. Here are a few suggestions of my own: If I wanted America to fail, I would want congress to […]

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November 30, 2011

Climate Gate 2.0 – What is it, why does it matter?

The hacker or whistle-blower who leaked a tranche of emails several years ago has struck again, releasing 5,500 emails and an encrypted set of 22,000 emails into the Internet. The emails are worth studying in full, because they raise very serious questions about the credibility of the IPCC, the journals publishing papers on climatology, the government scientific bodies commissioning research into climate and the news organizations covering them. Moreover, the emails call into disrepute the assertion, frequently made, that the warming of the climate over the past century is known to be “unprecedented”. While it is possible that it is unprecedented, we do not know this for certain, since the proofs advanced are provably flawed.

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January 15, 2011

Quote Of The Day

The “Wild Bird” estate off Hwy 1 near Big Sur, CA. Owings built ”Wild Bird” as a permanent home at Big Sur in 1958. In the early 1960s, he and his wife joined neighbors in organizing to limit development along the scenic highway of California Route 1. This small step into the world of political […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:06 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Quote of the Day
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October 9, 2010

Outrage Over Corrupt Government Funded Science Prompts Resignation

Hal Lewis has resigned from the American Physical Society, disgusted by their embrace of the lucrative fraud that underlays much of the research into Anthropogenic Global Warming. His resignation  letter is worth reading in full:

Posted By: tarran @ 7:09 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,General
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October 1, 2010

The most revolting political video I’ve ever seen

Here are the first two tenets (of ten) of the organization dubbed 10:10: 10:10 is a voluntary emissions reduction campaign for any person, organisation or business to commit to cutting 10% of their emissions in a 12 month period starting in 2010. 10:10 is an inclusive campaign. Every person, business and organisation is welcome to […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 11:27 am || Permalink || Comments (22) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Environment,Government Regulation,Hubris
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April 22, 2010

Tom Martino’s ‘Hot Button’ Earth Day Rant

I just happened to come across this wonderful rant from Tom Martino concerning Earth Day and environmentalism. For those of you who live outside the Denver media market, Tom Martino (a.k.a. ‘The Troubleshooter’) isn’t a political commentator per se but a consumer advocate with both a radio and TV show (similar to Clark Howard, but […]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 9:48 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Business,Culture,Economics,Environment,Government Regulation,Media,Multimedia,Theory and Ideas
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April 1, 2010

Obama’s April Fools Joke

Yesterday, President Obama announced a new plan that supposedly announced new drilling off the nation’s East Coast, Alaskan Coast, and Gulf of Mexico. State run media proclaimed it as Obama moving to the center and striking a balance between environmentalists and the “drill, baby, drill” crowd. However, once you look at Obama’s actual proposal the […]

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March 25, 2010

Bureaucratic Environmental Protection Agency

The proprietor of Coyote Blog is an entrepreneur specializing in operating camping & recreation facilities. Recently he’s been moving from big pick-up trucks to much smaller, more fuel-efficient, cheaper used Japanese trucks. That is, until the EPA barred their import: These are trucks that are from an emissions regime (in Japan) harsher than ours and […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:21 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Government Incompetence,Government Regulation,Government Transparency
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January 25, 2010

A Must Watch on “Climate Change” from Climate Skeptic

Catastrophe Denied: The Science of the Skeptics Position (studio version) from Warren Meyer on Vimeo. Warren is local to me (he lives about three miles away actually), and runs both the excellent libertarian small business and economics blog CoyoteBlog, and the absolutely essential climate blog Climate Skeptic.

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December 22, 2009

Why Cash For Caulkers Is Good [If Not Libertarian] Public Policy

As a libertarian, I spend a lot of time railing against idiotic government giveaways. The TARP, the Porkulus Stimulus, and Cash For Clunkers all took copious levels of heat. I derided them for various reasons: TARP: Notwithstanding the wide-ranging areas this money was targeted to (i.e. auto bailouts) and the fact that when it was […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 4:37 pm || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Energy Policy,Environment
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December 21, 2009

United Liberty Podcast

Many readers here are also familiar with the United Liberty blog, not least because our contributor Jason Pye is the editor-in-chief of that blog, and co-contributor Doug writes at both locations. They (Jason and UL Assistant Editor Brett Bittner) recently honored me be asking that I join them as a guest on their podcast, which […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:30 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Federal Reserve,Fiscal Policy,Government Waste,Healthcare,Human Rights,Immigration,The Contributors
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December 19, 2009

Obama Has Failed in Copenhagen, Minorities and Women Will Benefit the Most

Fortunately for humanity and the civilization that sustains it, Barack Obama stayed true to his record of incompetence and failure, messing up the talks at Copenhagen.  The talks have ended with nothing more than yet another agreement to meet again in a few years’ time. His last ditch instructions to Hillary Clinton, which led to […]

Posted By: tarran @ 5:46 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment
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December 14, 2009

Free Market Capitalism: Good for the Environment?

Anyone who is really paying attention to the global warming debate will notice that reducing carbon emissions and wealth distribution go hand-in-hand. Or do they? Dick Morris and Eileen McGann wrote a very interesting article which makes very much the opposite point. The goals of the climate change crowd are not reduction in global warming […]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 10:00 pm || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Energy Policy,Environment,Government Regulation,Theory and Ideas
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December 7, 2009

Monday Morning Question

All, if you’ve followed the ClimateGate scandal, you’ll note that most coverage on both the left and the right centers around the emails. There is discussion in the emails of trying to influence access to peer-reviewed journals to stop critics (unethical), and even some suggestions that data requested under FOIA be deleted (potentially illegal). So […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:31 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Open Thread
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November 28, 2009

Cargo Cult Science and the State

We will probably never know precisely why the senior staff at the Climate Research Unit decided to quit being scientists in order to take up the profession of Cargo Cult Scientist. It could be the celebrity of being known as leading researchers. It could be a genuine fear that if they didn’t lie, humanity would make the “wrong” decision and render the Earth uninhabitable. It could be a totalitarian desire to rework society according to blue-prints that were pleasing to them. It could be because they wanted the lucrative grant money. It could be that they feared being viewed as has-been or never-were hacks.

What we can tell, though, is that their fraud was predicated on their inexhaustible supply of grants from governments, grants that transferred an uninterruptible stream of taxes into their coffers. The system was such that these Cargo Cult scientists were able to establish themselves as authorities, and suborn the skeptical review of and replication of their work, and, for a time, act in an environment that lacked negative consequences for their misconduct. That is, until someone blew the whistle.

Posted By: tarran @ 8:31 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Conspiracy Theories,Environment
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August 21, 2009

Yet Another Unintended Consequence Of Ethanol Mandates/Subsidies

I’ve not been kind to the forces for ethanol. I’ve pointed out that demand for ethanol raises the price of food for poor people, how I’ve felt the pinch personally in increased prices for homebrew supplies, how the use of ethanol is wasting scarce water resources. Finally, I pointed out that ethanol actually increases pollution, […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 6:01 am || Permalink || Comments (14) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment
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