Environmental Law & Economics: May 2008

Radovan Kazda
Environmental Policy Analyst
Conservative Institute of M. R. Stefanik

Friday, May 30, 2008

Vaclav Klaus: From Communism to environmentalism

By NP Editor, Financial Post, NationalPost.com (link)
Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic, presented his book, Blue Planet in Green Shackles, to the National Press Club in Washington this past Tuesday.
"I spent most of my life under the communist regime which ignored and brutally violated human freedom and wanted to command not only the people but also the nature. To command “wind and rain” is one of the famous slogans I remember from my childhood. This experience taught me that freedom and rational dealing with the environment are indivisible. It formed my relatively sharp views on the fragility and vulnerability of free society and gave me a special sensitivity to all kinds of factors which may endanger it."

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Recycling waste - what is the principled nature of recycling?

By Radovan Kazda, blog.sme.sk (link)
Recycling amends the law - organic landfill is considered harmful to the environment, which produce negative externalities ("social costs"). Government says that this is harmful to the "society" and it is therefore necessary to remove it. The result? The destruction of the free market, and creating an unnatural market.

Monday, May 26, 2008

FME Newsletter, No. 09: Vaclav Klaus, prominent sceptical scientists, Oregon petition project and a new peer-reviewed article in Nature journal

By Radovan Kazda, blog.sme.sk (link)
A few words about Oregon petition project, new peer-reviewed article in Nature journal, David Whitehouse's assertions in New Statesman, Marc Morano's list of 400 prominent sceptical scientists, book of Vacav Klaus „Blue Planet in Green Shackles - What Is Endangered: Climate or Freedom?“ and projection of "The Great Global Warming Swindle" film by Durkin.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Common agricultural policy: CAP it all

By David Cronin, guardian.co.uk (link)
Two markedly different messages have been delivered by the European Commission over the past few days. Stavros Dimas, the environment commissioner, stated that "we are going to have to make radical changes in our agricultural policies and practices" to tackle climate change. Yet less than 24 hours earlier his colleague, Mariann Fischer Boel, who holds the agriculture portfolio, announced (pdf) plans that could make Europe's system of farming even more ecologically destructive than it now is.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

The Great Global Warming Race

By Steven Milloy, JunkScience.com (link)
Can global warming’s vested interests close the deal on greenhouse gas regulation before the public wises up to their scam? A new study indicates alarmist concern and a need to explain away the lack of actual global warming. Researchers belonging to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported in Nature (May 1) that, after adjusting their climate model to reflect actual sea surface temperatures of the last 50 years, “global surface temperature may not increase over the next decade, as natural climate variations… temporarily offset the projected anthropogenic warming.” You got that? IPCC researchers project no global warming over the next decade because of Mother Nature.