Tyler Cowan Explains the Grim Neoliberal Future

By: Sunday November 17, 2013 10:30 am

Tyler Cowan has an interesting think piece in Politico Magazine. Cowan is an economist at George Mason, with a side gig as general director of the Mercatus Center. That puts him at the heart of the neoliberal thought collective described by Philip Mirowski in his book, Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste. Cowan begins with a discussion of a dystopian science fiction story by Isaac Asimov, in which computers and robots have taken over, reducing humans to nothing but consumers and happy idiots.


CIA Funding Study to Develop Climate Control Technology

By: Wednesday July 17, 2013 8:30 am

As it becomes increasingly evident that the effort to meaningfully curb carbon emissions is doomed, some of those in the security services are looking for alternative avenues to control the threat of climate change. The CIA, for instance, is funding a scientific study to see if humans could develop technology to stop or diminish climate change.

Research: Volcanic Aerosols Largely Responsible for Recent Warming Slowdown

By: Monday March 4, 2013 7:15 pm

Climate change skeptics used the recent slowdown in observed surface warming to claim that 20th century warming was temporary and that the Earth would return to lower average annual temperatures. They offered up many potential explanations for the slowdown, none of which make physical sense. The Sun’s 11-year cycle (often used to explain away warming), a primary argument brought forth, is not the reason: this cycle’s solar maximum is near at hand, yet warming has slowed down recently.

Climate Skeptic Bjørn Lomborg Reverses Himself on Climate Change

By: Monday August 30, 2010 6:30 pm

Bjørn Lomborg’s “friendly skepticism” of man-made global climate change obviously made him a target in the scientific community, but he also got a lot of mainstream pickup as the kinder, gentle face of denialism. Lomborg never specifically denied the existence of climate change, but accused proponents of exaggerations and said that mitigating the effects wasn’t worth the expense. That’s what has changed.

Specifically, Lomborg favors investment in clean energy, including R&D, and geoengineering options.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Eli Kintisch, Hack the Planet: Science’s Best Hope – or Worst Nightmare – for Averting Climate Catastrophe

By: Sunday August 22, 2010 1:59 pm

Welcome Eli Kintisch, and Host Eric Pooley , author of The Climate War. [As a courtesy to our guests, please keep comments to the book.  Please take other conversations to a previous thread. - bev] Hack the Planet: Science’s Best Hope – or Worst Nightmare – for Averting Climate Catastrophe While the politicians in Washington [...]

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