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

March 30, 2008

Earth Hour — What They SHOULD Have Said

Allow me to engage in a bit of strawman-bashing. In the comments to Don Boudreaux’s excellent post at Cafe Hayek, a rather idiotic argument came up. It is the same argument that many of our own contributors received when we opposed Ron Paul, and commenters told us “If you don’t like Ron Paul, you must […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:30 pm || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Energy Policy,Environment,Technology,Theory and Ideas
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March 29, 2008

Google “Doing Their Part” For Earth Hour

Seen today: “Earth Hour” is a worldwide event where individuals are asked to shut off their lights for an hour. Ineffectual, pointless, but that’s what we need to do “for the planet”. So what does Google do? Do they run some of their servers in a lower-power mode, perhaps sacrificing the speed of search results […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:59 pm || Permalink || Comments (31) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Energy Policy,Environment
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March 25, 2008

Gordon Brown Resists the EU’s Biofuel Targets

The Guardian- Gordon Brown is preparing for a battle with the European Union over biofuels after one of the government’s leading scientists warned they could exacerbate climate change rather than combat it. In an outspoken attack on a policy which comes into force next week, Professor Bob Watson, the chief scientific adviser at the Department […]

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March 11, 2008

Another Ethanol Boondoggle

Along this blog, I’ve been beating the anti-ethanol drum for quite some time*. Now, we have yet another reason to oppose it. Not only is it environmentally neutral (or harmful), not only does it drive up the cost of food products, it also sucks up scarce water resources! This is controversial for several reasons. There […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 1:24 pm || Permalink || Comments (18) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Environment,Government Regulation
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January 24, 2008

Government Influence Of Science — Mandating Losers

Democrats seem to want the federal government to invest huge sums of money in development of alternative energy sources. tarran, last year, pointed out that government has all the wrong incentives and thus often picks the most politically-palatable technologies, not the most effective. This is currently occurring in Britain, a nation which has gone down […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 4:09 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Environment,Government Regulation,Politics,Technology
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January 12, 2008

California Slightly Backs Down On Thermostat Issue

Last week, I posted about California’s proposed Big Brother Thermostat proposal, where they were planning to mandate that all new thermostats allowed the state utility companies to shut off your A/C if it was an “emergency”. They’ve backed down on this one, but only slightly: As initially proposed, these programmable thermostats would have deferred in […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:33 pm || Permalink || Comments (11) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Government Regulation,Technology
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January 8, 2008

Is Your Air Conditioner Working? Not In California!

Occasionally there are changes coming down the pipe that even non-politicos don’t like. Usually, the only ones that draw ire from the “average” citizen are those that are widespread and hit close to home. California has proposed a policy that so neatly fits both categories that people like my wife (a probable Obama voter!) respond […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:05 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Government Regulation,Privacy,Technology,The Nanny State
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December 18, 2007

Your Death Due To Global Warming — Now Illustrated!

Wow. That’s all I can really say. Wow. I could make snide jokes, I could try to spin some insightful political commentary out of it, but all that is unnecessary. Click the link. Feel free to report any of your reactions in the comments section. Hat Tip: Cafe Hayek

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:30 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Look About,Media
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Should Oil Producers Embargo America Again? The Democrats And Republicans Seem To Think So

In 1973, OPEC announced an embargo of oil sales to countries whose governments had supported Israel in the Yom Kippur war. In the U.S. this precipitated a major economic crisis as the U.S. government attempted to ration gasoline and control production and sale through a regime of price controls. The U.S. Central bank also embarked […]

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December 13, 2007

Why Capitalism Is Not Anti-Environment

To obtain shellfish, it’s often required dredging the sea floor. That’s a particularly nasty proposition, because it destroys reefs harboring complex ecosystems. And at the same time, it’s not particularly energy-efficient, and the damage done tends to also damage the shellfish recovered. However, a new type of non-invasive dredge is changing that (at least for […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:04 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Environment,Technology,Theory and Ideas
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December 11, 2007

The Cult Of Death

An Australian medical expert has called for a $ 5,000 per child tax for any family with more than two children: COUPLES who have more than two children should be charged a lifelong tax to offset their extra offspring’s carbon dioxide emissions, a medical expert says. The report in an Australian medical journal called for […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 8:34 am || Permalink || Comments (11) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Environment
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November 9, 2007

Weather Channel Founder, John Coleman: Global Warming ‘Greatest Scam in History’

It is the greatest scam in history. I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by it. Global Warming; It is a SCAM. Some dastardly scientists with environmental and political motives manipulated long term scientific data to create an illusion of rapid global warming. Other scientists of the same environmental whacko type jumped into the circle […]

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October 25, 2007

Government Funding of Science: Inherently Susceptible to Junk and Superstition.

I recently discovered the thoroughly enjoyable podcast put out by Skepticality magazine, and was browsing through some past ‘casts, when I stumbled across an interview (in Podcast #59) with Lori Lipman-Brown, a lobbyist in the employ of the Secular Coalition of America. The interview was pretty wide ranging, but at one point it focused on […]

Posted By: tarran @ 1:12 pm || Permalink || Comments (21) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Abortion,Democracy,Environment,Technology,Theory and Ideas
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October 17, 2007

The Endangered Species People Act

(WSB Radio) — Despite the threat of legal action by Gov. Sonny Perdue, the Army Corps of Engineers says it has no plans to reduce the release of water from Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona. Army Major Darren Payne tells WSB’s Pete Combs the Corps is required by law to send water down the Chattahoochee […]

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October 8, 2007

Is Ron Paul’s Foreign Policy Good For America ?

Last week, the Manchester Union-Leader, one of the leading newspapers in New Hampshire, and well-known for having a conservative editorial page, criticized Ron Paul’s foreign policy views as the same type of isolationism that gripped the Republican Party, and the nation, in the years prior to Pearl Harbor. Today, Ron Paul responds in a column […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:18 pm || Permalink || Comments (65) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Foreign Affairs,Founding Fathers,Politics
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August 10, 2007

The New Inquisition

This is just too funny for words: NASA Global Warming Data had “Y2K Bug” I say again, the concept of current anthropogenic climate change; except in the case of localized micro-climates; holds no scientific water. Honest scientists will tell you the same thing if pressed (and if their funding doesn’t depend on it), but the […]

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July 17, 2007

Ethanol: Not So Green After All

Ethanol is perhaps the biggest boondoggle in American history. Pushed forward by the farm lobby, we’ve been led to believe that its the clean, green alternative to gasoline. But we’ve already started seeing unintended consequences. Corn prices are higher than ever, because of demand from fuel producers for the raw material to make the ethanol […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:45 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Government Regulation
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July 9, 2007

Strange New State Global Warming Laws

California: Restrict oil supply by crippling alternative oil sources Oil-sand, oil-shale, and coal-to-oil projects – alternative fuel sources that could enhance US energy security – have always faced one hurdle. They look good only when oil prices are high. Now, they have another challenge: global warming. California has enacted new climate-change policies that make energy […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:00 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Government Regulation,Politics
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June 14, 2007

Environmentalism: The Biggest Threat To Freedom

Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic writes in the Financial Times that he sees environmentalism as the biggest threat to individual liberty: In the past year, Al Gore’s so-called “documentary” film was shown in cinemas worldwide, Britain’s – more or less Tony Blair’s – Stern report was published, the fourth report of the […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:07 am || Permalink || Comments (33) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Individual Rights
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May 8, 2007

Green Mountain Senate Punishes Utility For Producing Too Much Green Energy

I stumbled across this little tempest in a tea-pot going up in Vermont. I have a lot of affection for the state – away from the cities, they are a pretty self-reliant, likeable people. Plus, the manager of this fine store tried to sell me a rifle when I was 12 years old (my parents, […]

Posted By: tarran @ 8:50 pm || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Government Regulation,Taxation
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