Environment

The Earth and Civilization Have Been Saved By Fossil Fuels

In his 2022 book Fossil Future, Alex Epstein of the Center for Industrial Progress argues that fossil fuels are one of the greatest benefits to human civilization ever and that no viable substitutes exist, at least for now.

In Search of Climate Problems

In Search of Climate Problems

Ross Gelbspan celebrated Earth Day 2003 with publication of his op-ed in the Boston Globe wherein he opines about the damage global warming will inflict upon earth's ecosystems. True to form, he proposes fixes that will at the same time cure any number of global...

Explore Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Explore Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

It's not hard to figure out why Congress has yet to vote to allow exploration for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). It's the easy way out. You simply declare your love for the environment, your desire that America find some other way to solve its...

Joe Lieberman in the Balance: Moderate No More

Joe Lieberman in the Balance: Moderate No More

That stint on the Democratic Ticket -- and the concomitant six months on the road with "Earth in the Balance" author Al Gore -- made quite a mark on Senator and presidential aspirant Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.). Since that time he has, among other things, teamed up with...

A Polluted Process: Horse-Trading with Energy Policy

A Polluted Process: Horse-Trading with Energy Policy

Politics, they say, is the art of compromise. You give something, I give something. In the end, we wind up with something everyone's happy with. That's how worthwhile legislation is forged, right? Yes, usually. But compromise could earn a bad name from the...

Gray Davis’s Government By Smog Check

Gray Davis’s Government By Smog Check

The race for governor of California has played like a choice between the lesser of two evils. But there are several reasons why Bill Simon, Jr. -- whatever his flaws -- will do less harm to California. Ruled by the liberal dogma of his most ardent supporters, Gov....

Scorched Earth: The Reparation Desperation

Scorched Earth: The Reparation Desperation

"I just might walk up to the nearest white man and say, 'You don't understand this, this is a black thing,' and slap 'em, just for my mental health. . . . If they don't pay us reparations now, we're talking about scorched earth." New York City Councilman Charles...

Antarctica Is Cooling?

Antarctica Is Cooling?

So the Antarctic is cooling after all. Years of news reports claimed that it was warming, and that gigantic icebergs would calve off and melt, turning New York's Central Park into a pond. But the boy who cried "wolf" cried once too often. It turns out that most of the...

Fallacy of More Renewables

Fallacy of More Renewables

Renewable sources of energy are greatly misunderstood in public debate. One misunderstanding is the idea that having more renewables supply our energy needs in the next decade or two is necessarily a public good. A second mistaken notion is that renewable energy...

Global Lying

Global Lying

The campaign to stampede the federal government into drastic action to counter "global warming" has never let honesty cramp its style. The most recent ploy has been the release of a study from the Environmental Protection Agency which concluded that human actions were...

Gore’s Grossing

Gore’s Grossing

When former Vice President Al Gore takes pen to paper - or computer to email - he seemingly can't avoid engaging in hyperbole. Thus, it is no surprise the man who wrote that we live in "a dysfunctional civilization" in Earth in the Balance would claim in a column to...

The Earth is Mankind’s Garden

The Earth is Mankind’s Garden

If the welfare of human life was the standard by which we judged industry and technology, there would be no reason to have a day like "Earth Day." Rather than the environmentalists parading their assault on anything and everything that is a mark of human existence on...

Homegrown Terrorism: Militant Environmentalism

Homegrown Terrorism: Militant Environmentalism

For years Islamic terrorists attacked Americans throughout the world, and we failed to heed the warning signs: the bombings of Pan Am flight 103 in 1988, of our embassies in Africa in 1998, of the USS Cole in 2000, of the World Trade Center in 1993. This past Sept. 11...

Bush Turns Enron Green

On Aug. 4, 1997, Kenneth L. Lay, the chairman of Enron Corp., met with Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Treasury Secretary Bob Rubin to discuss the global-warming conference coming up in Kyoto. Mr. Lay was an enthusiastic advocate of the Kyoto climate-change treaty -- for...

Science Rejects Kyoto

Science Rejects Kyoto

Is science necessary anymore for defining and solving true environmental problems? President Bush's plan to semi-combat carbon dioxide is unworthy of his principled stand taken last year against the Kyoto Protocol, the international agreement to limit emissions by the...

Blame It On Rio

Blame It On Rio

It was ten years ago this spring that President George H.W. Bush took a step that began a slide down the long path toward energy rationing. It was barely ten days ago that his son, President George W. Bush, took an equally large stride in that unfortunate direction....

Keeping Your Cool on Global Warming

Keeping Your Cool on Global Warming

Q. What are you chuckling at? A. This news story. Apparently satellite photos now confirm that the polar ice caps are shrinking and the planet's temperature is increasing. As more carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere, more of the sun's heat is getting...

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