"He's a snake in the grass, I tell ya guys; he may look dumb but that's just a disguise; he's a mastermind in the ways of espionage." Charlie Daniels, "Uneasy Rider" Ron Bailey - TT's Lost in Tokyo

Food, water, agrotech & climate change: More "NeoMalthusian" charlatans, this time at National Geographic by TokyoTom

[note: my title has a bit of snark, designed to point out the emptiness of some anti-Enviro scare-mongering.] A reader of my previous post - regarding Ron Bailey `s review of the concerns that "famine-monger" Lester Brown recently wrote about...

Ron Bailey and the triumph of Reason? Neo-Mathusians and other "charlatans" exposed! by TokyoTom

Last year around this time I criticized Reason science correspondent Ron Bailey , for a rather empty post trumpteting dark warnings of "green fascism" in the wake of last year`s grain shortages. This year Ron is back, with a new post out ("...

UK jury approves damage to power plant in defense of a commons/ other private property; libertarians and conservatives freak out by TokyoTom

See this surprising decision in the UK , letting climate-change protesters/trespassers off the hook for damages resulting from spray-painting a coal plant smokestack, on the grounds that a UK law "allows damage to be caused to property to prevent...

Ron Bailey/Reason: Gore's proposal to generate all power carbon-free in 10 years requires trillion$ on nukes by TokyoTom

On July 17, Al Gore challenged our nation to produce " 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and truly carbon-free sources within 10 years ". Ron Bailey , science correspondent of Reason online , has examined whether Gore's...

George Monbiot: Why do governments subsidize the rush by fishermen to destroy unowned ocean fisheries? by TokyoTom

In the context of the latest fuel strikes by European fishermen, George Monbiot has an excellent piece in the July 8th Guardian that explores the role of governments in subsidizing the destructive "tragedy of the commons" that is ocean fisheries...

[Mind Games:] Penn & Teller - "Bull****" artists - get ready to change their "skeptical" stance on climate change by TokyoTom

There's an interesting bit of arm-twisting, self-deception, defensiveness and reluctant position-shifting going on in the libertarian science skeptics crowd, and Penn and Teller seem to be letting the social pressure help clear their minds. At James...

Good stuff: Ron Bailey, Fred Smith and Lynne Kiesling debate climate change policy at Reason.org by TokyoTom

I highly recommend that readers view the debate (or the transcript) between the above participants that Reason held last October but has just given renewed prominence at Reasononline and in their July 2008 print edition. Ron Bailey is the Science Correspondent...

More on deliberate cooling via geo-engineering by TokyoTom

See Ron Bailey's recent summary of developments about whether it may be possible to buy time on climate change with technological fixes. Libertarian Iain Murray supports government funding of geo-engineering approaches. See my previous posts for more...

Food shortages: Ron Bailey takes up the cry, are Malthus and "Green fascism" on the march? by TokyoTom

" You have been warned: green fascism could soon be on the march. " So does libertarian Ron Bailey , science correspondent for Reason magazine, take up the alarm raised by Fred Pearce of New Scientist , who believes that enviros will point to...

Reducing CO2 vs. expanding energy needs by TokyoTom

Ron Bailey of Reason , reporting from Bali, has an interesting post up summarizing the discussion by James Connaughton, director of President Bush's Council on Environmental Quality, on one small aspect of the climate conundrum, namely, what would...
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Roy Spencer and his Christian "EcoFreako" rock band mock Al Gore's fever by TokyoTom

Further to my post on Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Dr. Roy Spencer , a prominent climate scientist/skeptic and lead guitarist in a contemporary Christian rock band at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Huntsville, Alabama, has kindly...

Gore's Nobel Peace Prize speech quotes Churchill in slamming those “decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all powerful to be impotent.” by TokyoTom

[Update below - Roy Spencer's band plays "Earth Has a Fever"!] The speech is worth listening to, especially by those who are inclined to reject Gore's views on our changing climate, the challenges posed by human activities that affect...
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