Climate Change Alarmists in Hot Water

Todd WynnCascade Commentary

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Summary: We are told that the earth is the hottest it has been in thousands of years and humans are to blame. But what if the science behind climate change was exaggerated? What if temperature records have been manipulated or cherry-picked? What if climate scientists are unsure about past temperature history? It appears that this is the case.

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Mandates to Reduce Driving Will Kill Oregon’s Economy

Cascade Commentary

By Todd Wynn and John A. Charles, Jr.

Summary: Numerous federal, state and local policies aim to reduce vehicle miles travelled as a carbon-emissions reduction plan, yet rarely considered are the possible economic effects of these policies. New evidence shows that those effects are likely to damage both the environment and the economy.

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Free Markets, Not Free Electric Vehicles

Cascade Commentary

By Steve La Fleur and Todd Wynn

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Summary:The first alternative fuel vehicle to hit the market arrived without government subsidies. Within a decade, the gas-powered automobile dominated the market. While the emergence of automobiles took place more than a century ago, it is an excellent analogy to the current development of the electric car.

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Federal Climate Bill Will Intensify Oregon’s Recession

Cascade CommentaryTodd Wynn

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Summary: Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 2454, known as the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 or the Waxman-Markey bill. If also passed by the Senate and signed by the President, the bill would implement a federal cap-and-trade program. Advocates of the bill have proclaimed that it will be an opportunity to create a new clean energy sector that will be a boon to the United States’ weakened economy. Unfortunately, this isn’t true.

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Global Warming? No! It Is Now Called Climate Change

QuickPoint!Todd Wynn

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Global warming used to be the defining term to represent the increase in the average temperature of the earth during the past 100 years. Recently, the more politically popular term, climate change, has replaced global warming. Why? One main reason is because the earth is currently cooling.

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Market Intervention Overkill

Todd WynnCascade Commentary

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Summary: Many bills have been introduced in the 2009 legislative session to promote renewable power in Oregon. Although subsidies already exist, new incentives are being proposed to use more renewable power and to value the “clean” energy it produces. Despite these subsidies, solar and wind power still generate only a small fraction of the state’s energy; and the cost of renewable power remains significantly higher than traditional energy sources.

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Economic Development: The Effective Answer to Climate Change

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Although global temperatures have only increased a mere 0.6 degrees Celsius (1.1 degrees Fahrenheit) in the past century, unproven computer-generated scenarios of drastic events such as rising sea levels, food shortages, spread of disease, and economic turmoil due to global warming have overwhelmed politicians and citizens alike.

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Cap-and-Trade in Oregon: A Primer for Legislators and Citizens

Todd Wynn

Introduction

Climate change, and how to deal with it, is literally one of the hottest topics in state and national public policy. Because astonishing news sells, media coverage on climate change focuses on exaggerated claims of future catastrophe and proposes economically devastating “solutions” that may have no effect on global climate at all.

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Cap-and-Trade’sTrue Ability to Curb Global WarmingIs Not So Hot

Todd Wynn

Summary: The decision to regulate greenhouse gases is based on the premise that reducing human-emitted greenhouse gases will turn down the global thermostat and mitigate the damages associated with global warming. Although ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals are well established for Oregon, there has not been a serious discussion about the possible measurable benefits that would arise from pursuing these goals.
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