Monday’s Links: Suing Exxon (Again). . . Changing Cities. . . Nuclear Power

Minnesota AG sues Exxon, Koch, and Petroleum Institute over climate change. (Shifting attention maybe?)

Climate activities must adopt nuclear power, says Michael Shellenberger in Quillette.

City Journal tells us how the urban environment will change. Think: decaying malls.

High-flying shale oil company seeks bankruptcy. protection.

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Michael Shellenberger Critiques Radical Environmentalists

John Tierney and Joel Kotkin review Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All, by Michael Shellenberger. Tierney (in the Wall Street Journal) writes:

“He chronicles environmental progress around the world and crisply debunks myth after gloomy myth,” writes Tierney. “No, we are not in the midst of the ‘sixth mass extinction,’ because only 0.001% of the planet’s species go extinct annually. Continue reading “Michael Shellenberger Critiques Radical Environmentalists”

Big Tech Quashes Climate Skepticism

Motherboard

Social media are cutting cut out skeptical views about climate, says Clarice Feldman on the Pipeline.

 

Apple no longer allows its iPhone to access an app called Inconvenient Facts which challenges Al Gore’s views on dangerous climate change. Reddit moderators have banned climate skeptics from the “/r/science” feature which has millions of monthly visitors. Wattsup documents countless incidents of social media censorship by Google, twitter and Microsoft. Twitter is the worst in its view. It bans tweets whose content it omnisciently determines is “inaccurate. “At the same time it runs and sometimes promotes ads without marking them as paid ads or putting the word “promoted “ in tiny font.

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And then there’s YouTube (owned by Google). It is the “platform” that carries videos on everything from White House pressers to how to trim and tie a beef tenderloin or make your own silly putty. “1,300,000,000 use YouTube. 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute! Almost 5 billion videos are watched on Youtube every single day.” https://merchdope.com/youtube-stats/
You Tube is adding “fact checks” to videos that dare to question the climate change credo.

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Two Problems, Worlds Apart

Climate Change Sign

The Economist is an impressive magazine that offers a balanced view of most topics. The topic of climate change is, however, an exception.

The magazine linked the coronavirus to climate change in its May 23/29 editorial “Seize the Moment.” Its subtitle states: “The covid-19 crisis reveals how hard it will be to tackle climate change—and creates a unique chance to do so.”

You can hear echoes of Rahm Emmanuel’s famous statement “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”

The editors argue that the pandemic “creates a unique chance to enact government policies that steer the economy away from carbon at a lower financial, social and political cost than might otherwise have been the case.”

What is this “unique chance”? 1) Fossil fuels are almost down and out, so it is a good time to promote renewable energy. 2) The new investment that will be required due to the pandemic “is a circumstance tailor-made for investment in climate-friendly infrastructure that boosts growth and creates new jobs.” And 3) interest rates are low.

I agree that interest rates are low. But the fact that fossil fuels are faltering—surely that is temporary.

And what infrastructure will we need (and what can we afford) to get economies “back on their feet” after this pandemic? We’ve already spent trillions of dollars. Workers are already coming back.

To me, the coronavirus crisis and climate change are worlds apart. Continue reading “Two Problems, Worlds Apart”