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This weekly newsletter,
focused on environmental issues, highlights relevant analysis done by the John
Locke Foundation and other think tanks, as well as items in the news.
1. Movie director James Cameron issues a debate challenge,
then chickens out
I want to call
those deniers out into the street at high noon and shoot it out with those
-- James Cameron
calling for a debated with global warming skeptics
After issuing a debate challenge to global warming
skeptics -- as opposed to those who uncritically accept the global warming
hypothesis on faith -- and then setting it up, James Cameron ended up completely
chickening out. This came after Cameron imposed a barrage of constraints on the
terms of debate that he thought would be rejected by the skeptics that he
challenged: Marc Morano from Climate Depot, Ann McElhinney of "Not Evil Just Wrong" fame, and
When the trio of skeptics agreed to all the demands, Cameron
turned the tables and dropped out himself. Here is Morano's account of the non-event, and here is McElhinney's.
In February of 2009 the John Locke Foundation co-sponsored a
debate on global warming that did take place. It was between former Dean of
Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, Dr. William Schlesinger
and Alabama State Climatologists and University of Alabama, Huntsville
Professor John Christy. Click here to watch this debate in its entirety.
2. Participate in a live discussion on the Gulf oil spill
On September 8 the Foundation for
Economics Education will sponsor a discussion with the editor of The Freeman,
Sheldon Richman, on this summer's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Sheldon will
discuss free energy markets and the perverse incentive structure that currently
exists. It will be an online discussion that is open to the public. For more information, go to http://fee.org/event/idea-room-with-sheldon-richman.
3. A blast from the recent past: no global warming since
In light of the
hot summer we have
been experiencing I thought I'd include this article from last February.
Here Phil Jones -- lead IPCC scientist and icon of global warming
alarmists everywhere -- admits
that there has been no statistically significant global warming since 1995.
4. Ozone Report
the week of August 15-21, the NC DAQ reports no high ozone readings
registered on North Carolina monitors. From April 1 through August 21, a total
of 21 weeks, North Carolina has had 96 high ozone readings (.076 ppm or above
over an eight-hour period). These readings were scattered around the state over 33
out of 39 different monitors and over 21 different days. Most of the high ozone
days to date have occurred in the Charlotte area and in the Triad.
Links to recent JLF reports on ozone: