Category Archives: Ethical Issues

A Tragedy in the Making

By David L. Brown As drought and heat continue to destroy a significant portion of the US crop, a large tranche of corn continues to be mandated for use in ethanol production. The purpose of this is to enrich farmers … Continue reading

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The Thin Gruel of Anti-Climate Change Logic

By David L. Brown The anti-climate change morons are hitting hard on the idea that the average global temperature hasn’t gone through the roof. They manage to ignore melting sea ice in the Arctic, thawing tundra, and many other signs … Continue reading

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Zimbabwe: A Harbinger of Things to Come

By David L. Brown Thugocrat Robert Mugabe is not going to go quietly it seems. According to the BBC News, as reported here, members of Mugabe’s police today raided the offices of the opposition party that is claiming victory in … Continue reading

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Specter of Famine Looms Over the Earth

By David L. Brown Well, here we go again with more news from the gathering storm of famine that is looming over the world. Most media seem to prefer reporting on the latest antics of such hilarious characters as Paris … Continue reading

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China Seeing the Light on Biofuels

by Val Germann A recent report on THE ENERGY BULLETIN website shows that the Chinese have become fully aware of the threat that biofuels pose to their food supply.  The quote below, from a Chinese official, gets things just about … Continue reading

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The “Cui Bono?” of Climate Change

by Val Germann As regular readers of Star Phoenix Base know, the evidence for rapid climate change is pouring in from all directions and the idea is “gaining traction” rapidly, along with calls for action from many elements of the … Continue reading

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Get While the Gettin’s Good

By David Ponton I was delighted to read in the first sentence of an article in the Wall Street Journal today that “Top executives at many utilities have reluctantly accepted that coal fired power plants contribute to global warming, and … Continue reading

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CNN Hints at Problems with U.S. Population

by Val Germann The article went up this morning just before 6:00 a.m. CDT with a headline reflecting the lead paragraph, something like: “U.S. population growth causing headaches.” But within the hour it was changed to what you will see … Continue reading

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Experts Weigh In On Biomass Insanity

By David L. Brown My associate Val Germann and I have discussed the issues of ethanol and biofuels fairly often here on Star Phoenix Base. It is not necessarily that this subject is of unusual interest to us, but more … Continue reading

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The Kyoto Treaty: Scandal in the Making?

By David L. Brown The Kyoto treaty on greenhouse gas (GHG) emission has been touted as a brave step toward a reduction in global warming. But, according to an article in the 22 June 2006 issue of New Scientist magazine, … Continue reading

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