What Would It Cost America to ‘Go Solar’?

Proponents of renewable energy claim that wind and solar energy is now cheaper than fossil fuels. According to USA Today, “Renewables close in on fossil fuels, challenging on price.” A Forbes headline agrees: “Renewable Energy Will Be Consistently Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels.” The “expert” websites agree: “Renewable Electricity Levelized Cost Of Energy Already Cheaper,” asserts […]

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The Politics, Science, and Politicized Science of Climate Change

Pushing through the market square, so many mothers sighing News had just come over, we had five years left to cry in News guy wept and told us, earth was really dying Cried so much his face was wet, then I knew he was not lying –David Bowie, “Five Years” (1971) One has to wonder […]

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Make America Serious Again

In a recent article in Canada’s National Post, Rex Murphy excoriated the state of politics and ideology in the United States, and more specifically the Green New Deal: 21st-century American politics is the era of the child. To wish is to do. The replacement of education with self-esteem sermonettes, the stripping of intellectual competence from […]

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California’s Rendezvous With Reality

Californians brag that their state is the world’s fifth-largest economy. They talk as reverentially of Silicon Valley companies Apple, Facebook and Google as the ancient Greeks did of their Olympian gods. Hollywood and universities such as Caltech, Stanford and Berkeley are cited as permanent proof of the intellectual, aesthetic and technological dominance of West Coast […]

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Why Ocasio-Cortez Isn’t Amusing

Hardly a day goes by without the new face of the Democratic Party, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), unconsciously giving the Right more ammunition to ridicule her so-called “policies.” The latest was an SNL-like video she made in her kitchen cooking chili during which she berated America for the impending environmental apocalypse. The inanity of her comments […]

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Alexandria’s Suicide Note for America

Socialists have always had a problem with F.A. Hayek (The Road to Serfdom), Milton Friedman (Capitalism and Freedom) and other free-market economists. As the Democrats’ “Green New Deal” confirms, socialists also have a quarrel with Henry Ford, the Wright brothers, and other promoters of modernity. A classic movie provides the back story. “The Grapes of […]

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The GND: Glitter, Nonsense, and Devitalization

The latest public policy bandwagon is the “Green New Deal,” or GND, whose acronym could well stand for Glitter, Nonsense, and Devitalization. Some of its proposals are so outlandish that they would be more appropriate coming from enthusiastic (but not very smart) second-graders than from members of Congress. It is astonishing that a blueprint for […]

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AOC’s Literally Awesome Plan to Save the Planet!

The Scene: A Model U.N. competition, circa 2010. Boston University’s team has made the finals and its members, Brittany, Ashley, Tyler, Brandon and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have one hour to come up with a better plan to save the world than Fernwood College’s team. The BU team members are working out the final details of their […]

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Power from Nothing, Checks for Free

With utmost apologies to Dire Straits . . . (Thin falsetto) I want my AOC (Smattering of drums) (Enter Mark Knopfler’s guitar on fire) Look at them moo-cows gassing off their methane That’s going to change now with AOC She’s got a plan, too good to spell out fully That plan is known as GND […]

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Green New Deal Is No Deal

After months of talk, we finally saw the outlines of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” this week. Hoo boy, is it a doozy. The New York Democrat’s 14-page resolution aspires to achieve “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions” in just 10 years. It leaves no part of the economy untouched in pursuit of this “massive transformation […]

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