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Why Warming is Good for the World

The scientific consensus is that warmer temperatures do more good than harm. Matt Ridley writes in the Spectator "Climate change [warming] has done more good than harm so far and is likely to continue doing so for most of this century." Professor Richard Tol finds that warming of the last century has increased economic output by 1.4%, rising to 1.5% by 2025 if temperatures resume a rising trend. The CO2 fertilization has caused "a 14 per cent increase in productivity of ecosystems".

Costly Misinformed Diagnosis

Friends of Science have produced the report "Costly Misinformed Diagnosis" to rebut the misleading health and climate claims made in "Costly Diagnosis" - a report by the Pembina Institute which was released March 26, 2013. The Pembina Institute report called for the early closure of coal plants in Alberta over health and climate concerns. We show that the Pembina report contained misrepresentations and that higher energy costs due to replacing coal with renewables has far greater health risks. There has been no global warming for 16 years, indicating that climate concerns are unwarranted.

Biofuels and "Cloud Cuckoo Land"

The most absurd "green" technology conceived to "tackle" climate change are biofuels. This article by Clive Best reports on a study by Ike Kiefer. Biofuel policies directly increases world food prices thereby starving the poor to reward the rich. Large quantities of fossil fuels are used in the fertilizers to growth the crops and in processing the biofuels. Kiefer finds, "the ethanol produced contains energy barely equal to the input fossil fuel energy."

Keystone XL Pipeline to Contribute 0.00002 C Warming in 50 Years

U.S. President Obama is holding up approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project primarily due to his concern that the approval would contribute to global warming. We calculate that the approval of the Keystone project could contribute to 0.00002 C warming in 50 years, based on incremental greenhouse gas emissions estimated by the U.S. State Department. The Keystone XL project is a proposed 36 inch oil pipeline that would carry product from Canada's oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries.

Why is Wind Power so Expensive?

Wind power is an extraordinarily expensive and inefficient way of reducing CO2 emissions when compared with the option of investing in efficient and flexible gas combined cycle plants. UK renewable energy targets for 2020 will require wind turbines, transmission lines and gas-fired back-up at a cost of £120 billion. The same demand could be met from gas-fired plants alone at a cost of £13 billion.

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