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When Renewables Destroy Nature

The case against using trees and crops as fuel for cars and power plants has grown stronger in recent years. The expansion of corn for ethanol in the American Midwest has worsened water pollution and soil erosion, and has had no benefit in terms of...

Posted February 27, 2014    

The Great Green Meltdown

Two weeks ago, four of the world’s most respected climate scientists took the extraordinary step of sending an open letter to their long-time friends and colleagues in the environmental movement, urging them to reverse their longstanding...

Posted December 23, 2013    

Climate Skeptics Against Global Warming

By Michael Shellenberger & Ted Nordhaus Over the last decade, progressives have successfully painted conservative climate skepticism as the major stumbling block to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Exxon and the Koch brothers, the story goes,...

Posted September 28, 2013    

President Obama, Coal Killer

Last week, President Obama forcefully put natural gas at the center of his agenda to deal with climate change. "Sometimes there are disputes about natural gas," he acknowledged, recognizing the local controversies over fracking, "but let me say this...

Posted July 5, 2013    

Obama and the New Climate Change Paradigm

By Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus. This article originally appeared at The Washington Monthly.President Obama’s big climate speech this week was historic, but not for the reasons many observers have suggested. To his credit, Obama is...

Posted June 28, 2013    

Decades of Government Funding Behind Shale Revolution

The technological revolution allowing for the cheap extraction of natural gas from shale occurred thanks to more than three decades of government subsidies for research, demonstration, and production, a new Breakthrough Institute investigation finds...

Posted December 21, 2011    

How to Grow Out of the Decline

Also written with Ted Nordhaus. Last week's dismal manufacturing report followed by the deal to slash spending [Editor: and since this submission, the S&P downgrade and subsequent significant stock sell off] have spooked the markets, which fear...

Posted August 9, 2011