Articles Tagged: Climate Policy

Facts Confronting Illusions

Over 200 years ago, John Adams made an observation that has stood the test of time: “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence; nor is the law less stable than the fact…” In recent decades, […]

Response of William O’Keefe to Senators Markey, Boxer and Whitehouse on Institute Climate Research

On February 25, 2015, the George C. Marshall Institute, along with 99 other organizations and corporations, received a letter from Senators Edward Markey (D-MA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) requesting information about payments made by the Institute to scientists for their research and details about our funders.   Their letter was widely seen as an […]

The Steady Erosion of Truth

According to an August 2014 CNN poll, “public’s trust in government is at an all-time low.  …”The number who trust the government all or most of the time has sunk so low that it is hard to remember that there was ever a time when Americans routinely trusted the government,”  This poll is not an […]

The Corruption of Science

The late Dr. Michael Crichton in a speech at the California Institute of Technology made the following observation: “I want to …talk about … the rise of what has been called consensus science. I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus […]

Climate Policy: It’s All A Matter of Priorities

For a number of years, environmental issues in general, and climate in particular, have not been at the top of the public’s list of concerns. That is why the issue has been largely absent in this year’s campaign. The public is focused on jobs, economic growth, deficit spending on steroids, and the national debt. If […]

“Rigidifying” Climate Policy

In her book, March of Folly, the late historian Barbara Tuchman coined the terms “mental standstill” and “rigidifying” to describe a state  “where principles … governing a problem are fixed and then made rigid when dissonances and failing begin to appear.  This is the period when … rethinking, and change of course are possible”.  Instead, […]

EPA’s Backdoor Approach to Cap-and-Trade

Last week, EPA announced its landmark plan to limit greenhouse emissions from newly constructed power plants. The proposed emission rules are the first move by the world’s largest economy to broadly regulate these emissions. It exemplifies Groucho Marx’s observation that “politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and […]

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