Monthly Archives: May 2008

More Insanity from Our Political ‘Leaders’

By David L. Brown Yesterday I wrote about the members of our hapless Congress and their almost complete inability to do anything but point fingers of blame and politicize everything under the Sun while posturing for the TV cameras and … Continue reading

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Pork Pushing Pols Punish Petroleum Peddlers

By David L. Brown Congress recently raked oil company executives over the coals about high oil prices. I am not entirely sympathetic toward the Lords of Big Oil, but to see members of Congress pandering for the cameras while pointing … Continue reading

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Asking the Right Questions About Global Warming

By David L. Brown What are the right answers to global warming and climate change? It depends on what questions are asked — and even more important, how the questions are structured. Vague or what might be called partial questions … Continue reading

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Flying the Unfriendly Skies into Oblivion

By David L. Brown The stark headline on the BBC web site read “Oil hits $100 barrel.” For months, even years that moment had been feared and awaited with trepidation, not least by the airline industry with its enormous appetite … Continue reading

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Glimpsing the Emerging New World

By David L. Brown Yesterday saw oil prices break through the $130 mark and continue to climb without even a pause. This morning it had already advanced to $135. The trend is unlikely to reverse itself anytime soon, and probably … Continue reading

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Economics and the Rabbit of Unreasonable Hope

By David L. Brown Readers of this web site may have noticed that I sometimes have the effrontery to raise doubts about the soundness of economic thought. In general, economics pretty much appears to be a matter of simple common … Continue reading

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Are Humans the Earth’s Worst Enemy?

By David L. Brown A new meta-study of climate change literature has delved into 30,000 different subjects and come to the conclusion that not only is global warming real but that “it is highly unlikely that any force but man-made … Continue reading

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Catch 22 and the Polar Bear’s Dilemma

By David L. Brown It’s official — the U.S. Department of the Interior has added the polar bear to the list of endangered species. The story is here on the N.Y. Times news site, which reports: …the long-delayed decision to … Continue reading

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Big Dry to Keep Hammering World Food

by Val Germann An article today in The Brisbane TIMES illustrates the continuing climate disaster unfolding right in front of our eyes. The truly devastating lede reads thusly: There is no end in sight to the drought afflicting the Murray-Darling … Continue reading

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Natural Resources Threaten Money Supply

By David L. Brown The rising cost of natural resources, due primarily to increasing demand and faltering supply, is creating some serious problems in the world today. Here is a brief news item from the Associated Press that reveals one … Continue reading

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