“[T]here is growing evidence of much smaller climate sensitivity to CO2; and even if these drastic emissions reductions occurred, we see little impact on the climate in the 21st century (even if you believe the climate models).”
“It seems rather futile to make token emissions reductions at substantial cost. Deciding that all this is impractical or infeasible seems like a rational response to me.”
– Judith Curry, “A Roadmap for Meeting Paris Emissions Reduction Goals.” Climate Etc., March 25, 2017.
Numerous posts at MasterResource have summarized the thinking of climate scientist and straight shooter Judith Curry. Bravely, and with intellectual vigor, she has personified the adage: “One plus the truth equals a majority.”
Curry has not only documented the fact that estimations of climate sensitivity to the enhanced greenhouse effect have been coming down, and tie-in’s of climate forcing and extreme weather events remain unproven.…
TONIGHT. Celebrate civilization and human progress.
Help counter the Greens’ anti-civilization “Earth Hour” tonight, which would have mankind return to the caves and huts of antiquity, where life was poor, nasty, brutish, and short. Instead, celebrate the myriad achievements of freedom and liberty, free markets, technological advances, and the wonders of abundant inexpensive energy!
Turn on your lights tonight from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. local time.
Would you help us promote Human Achievement Hour to your contacts? As you know, the celebration is this Saturday, March 25, from 8:30-9:30 p.m. (local time). Simply ask your contacts to tweet or post about how they are celebrating – or just retweet or repost us on Twitter/ Facebook. Here also is a Ryan Young blog post you can retweet/share/forward:
Much appreciated, everyone!…
“Government-orchestrated retail competition in electricity largely failed. With that failure came the return of regulatory-mandated, utility-administered wasteful energy efficiency programs. This time the programs carried the added justification of countering global warming.”
Prior to the oil shocks of the 1970s, energy was just another input in the management of capital, labor and other operating costs. Tradeoffs were made between energy costs and capital spent to increase efficiency. During the natural turnover of capital equipment, energy efficiency improved along with productivity, quality and waste reduction. Effective energy use was a technical matter where efficiency had to make economic sense.
Oil and gas shortages in the 1970s were caused by government price controls, but the news media hyped the concept of “running out” of resources. This brought politics into the use of energy, an example of how the problems from government intervention can breed more intervention.…