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Pierre Desrochers: THE BET Turns 25 (Julian Simon scholar at work)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- October 6, 2015

“Ehrlich and other green activists also remained oblivious to the fact that the correlation between standards of living and pollution level is overwhelmingly in the direction of ‘richer is cleaner’.”

“Population catastrophists, however, constantly remind us of Hegel’s alleged observation that ‘If theory and facts disagree, so much the worse for the facts’.”

Pierre Desrochers, associate professor of geography at the University of Toronto-Mississauga, is a leading classical liberal scholar in the fields of economic development, technological innovation, business/environment interaction, energy policy, and food policy. An expert on the works and worldview of Julian Simon (1932–98), Desrochers has contributed a number of features at MasterResource that are listed at the end of this post.

Most recently, Professor Desrochers celebrated the 25th anniversary of THE BET, the most famous wager in the history of economics between optimist/realist Simon and neo-Malthusian doomsayer Paul Ehrlich, with two opinion-page editorials.

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AWED Energy & Environmental Newsletter: October 5, 2015

By -- October 5, 2015

The Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) is an informal coalition of individuals and organizations interested in improving national, state, and local energy and environmental policies. Our premise is that technical matters like these should be addressed by using Real Science (please consult WiseEnergy.org for more information).

A key element of AWED’s efforts is public education. Towards that end, every three weeks we put together a newsletter to balance what is found in the mainstream media about energy and the environment. We appreciate MasterResource for their assistance in publishing this information.


Some of the more informative articles in this issue are:

The Big Sunshiny Lie

Fraud and Corruption in the Power Generation Industry

Appeals court blasts US Government’s view of key bird law

Study: Intermittency of UK Wind Power Generation 2013 and 2014

CO2 Emissions Reductions – What History Teaches Us

Wind Energy’s Claim that it’s “Clean” is not true

Saving the Environment from Environmentalism

Study: Energy Efficiency Investments Do NOT Deliver

Models vs.

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OPIC’s Charter Has Expired: Now Let’s Close It

By Ryan Young -- October 1, 2015

“In 2014, more than 40 percent of its resources went to renewable energy projects. Environmental advocacy groups such as Greenpeace largely support OPIC’s recent emphasis on renewable energy, but still criticize OPIC’s continued support of energy-related projects that use fossil fuels.”

A small victory for taxpayers and cronyism foes occurred today with the expiration of the charter of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a government lending agency. The agency is still open, but like its sister the Export-Import Bank (EXIM), whose charter expired this June 30, it cannot engage in new business.

OPIC and EXIM remain open to service existing loans, however, and reauthorization would bring them back to full life.


OPIC’s three key policy objectives are to:

  1. Stimulate economic development in developing countries;
  2. Make foreign policy gestures on behalf of the U.S.
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Shale Shock: A New, Better Energy World

By Steve Goreham -- September 30, 2015
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China Cap-and-Trade: James Hansen on Carbon Cronyism

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- September 29, 2015
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EPA’s Gold King Whitewash, Part III

By Paul Driessen -- September 28, 2015
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EPA’s Gold King Whitewash, Part II (What EPA, DRMS, and ER should have done)

By Paul Driessen -- September 24, 2015
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EPA’s Gold King Whitewash: Part I

By Paul Driessen -- September 23, 2015
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Julian Simon’s Breakthrough: 1977, 1981, 1996

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- September 22, 2015
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Smart Coal: Putting People Ahead of Climate Hysteria (Japan vs. Obama)

By Donn Dears -- September 21, 2015
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