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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Energy Probe springs into action

Energy Probe seems recently to have sprung into action, especially Lawrence Solomon who has made himself a force to be contended with. In a nutshell, Solomon takes on Wikipedia and the infamous enviro-weenies in order to oppose nuclear, advocate for clean coal, revive the fear of "freezing in the dark" and say things like "This risk of blackouts would also be impossible in a free market, competitive grid."

"The real climate Martians," by Lawrence Solomon, National Post, April 26, 2008.

Fred Singer, one of the world’s renowned scientists, believes in Martians. I discovered this several weeks ago while reading his biography on Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. “Do you really believe in Martians?” I asked him last week, at a chance meeting at a Washington event. The answer was “No.” Wikipedia’s error was neither isolated nor inadvertent. Full story =>

"Europe's coal renaissance," by Lawrence Solomon, National Post FP Comment, April 24, 2008.

Coal is back, despite -- and perhaps also because of -- attempts to beat it back. Full story =>

"Hide your name on Wicked Pedia," by Lawrence Solomon, National Post, April 19, 2008.

Apparently, there is a very good and practical reason to maintain anonymity in Wikipedia. Full story =>

"Don't deny yourself," National Review Online, April 22, 2008.

"One size fits all solutions — whether a Kyoto Treaty or a rush to renewable energy or a crash program to install compact fluorescent light bulbs — is fundamentally anti-environmental." A Q&A with Deniers author, Larry Solomon. Full story =>

"Climate change not a done deal," by Mike Hawryluk,, April 20, 2008.

"I believe every literate person in the world should read the 40 columns of Mr. Solomon" comprising his climate change series. Full story =>

"A time to deny," by Shawn Macomber, The American Spectator, April 18, 2008.

"I have met very few people who have strong convictions about global warming. In their bones, they don't believe the end of the world is nigh." A Q&A with Deniers author, Lawrence Solomon. Full story =>

"The new dissidents: review of The Deniers," by Kenneth P. Green, The American, April 17, 2008.

"Reading The Deniers, however, has strengthened my resolve." Full story =>

Deniers is ranked Canada's top environmental book by Amazon

In its second week of release, The Deniers: The World Renowned Scientists Who Stood Up Against Global Warming Hysteria, Political Persecution, and Fraud And those who are too fearful to do so, by Lawrence Solomon, ranked #1 as Canada's bestselling book on the environment.

On Friday, April 18, Lawrence Solomon will make an appearance as guest speaker of the Capitol Hill Book Forum, at the invitation of The Cooler Heads Coalition.

The Deniers: review by David Forsmark,, April 17, 2008.

"Most enviro-weenies with whom you're apt to argue trumpet Al Gore's "consensus" and go straight to name-calling. While The Deniers answers that larger point very well, it is also a handy reference for those who try to argue specific science, as it is logically laid out and puts real science conveniently at your fingertips." Full story =>

"Wikipedia's zealots," by Lawrence Solomon, National Post, April 13, 2008.

If you have read a climate change article on Wikipedia -- beware. Full story =>

"Winning the debate: The Deniers," by George Gilder, Health, April 7, 2008.

"The book is fascinating and even profound on the flaws of computer modelling, the irrelevance of consensus to science, the crippling effects of excessive specialization, and the mounting evidence of a coming cooling trend." Full story =>

"Europe's banana republic," by Lawrence Solomon, National Post FP Comment, April 11, 2008.

Thanks to a banana plant import from Iceland and a solar-powered commercial greenhouse, Greenland has just produced its first banana crop. Full story =>

"Waterfront Toronto considers selling naming rights to public parks, spaces," by Canadian Press, April 7, 2008.

"I don't think this should be a decision for governments. I think it's something that should go to a referendum, and let citizens within municipalities decide what their comfort level is." -- Larry Solomon Full story =>

"Apocalypse now?" by Lawrence Solomon, National Post, March 29, 2008.

The peaceful atom is safe compared to Hiroshima. The Cold War gave governments a rationale they could use to absolve the commercial nuclear industry of the risks that would otherwise have prevented its entry into society. Full story =>

Blogs by Lawrence Solomon, National Post, March 25, 2008.

Taking the temperature on climate change: public support for global warming, by some measures, is overwhelming. By other measures, public support more resembles lip-service. As, for example, when the public is asked to put its money where it's mouth is. Full story =>

Natural gas firms crave the spotlight by Tyler Hamilton, Toronto Star, April 1, 2008.

With all the talk of building new nuclear power plants and expanding the use of renewable power and conservation programs in the province, the natural gas sector is looking for a little love these days. But Norm Rubin of Energy Probe said he is concerned with the "huge uncertainties" related to the future price of natural gas and its availability. Supply of conventional natural gas has been declining in North America, while plans for liquefied natural gas plants have failed to deliver because of problems in finding overseas gas supply. Full story =>.

"A simple lesson with a powerful reach," CBC Radio, March 28, 2008.

Energy Probe's Norm Rubin joined CBC Radio One's Here and Now program
recently to talk about Earth Hour. Norm hoped that Earth Hour would open people's eyes to how changing energy-use patterns can help the environment.

"Most of us energy and environment wonks were first triggered by something simple, mostly as kids," says Norm. "And Earth Hour could do that for a bunch of future activists -- even if Anthropogenic Global Warming turns out to be wrong!" For Here and Now show listings, see here =>

"Smart bulbs save the environment," by Norman Rubin, Toronto Star Letter to the Editor, March 22, 2008.

Re: Switching off incandescents: a no-brainer?

"Some Star readers might still dislike fluorescent bulbs, or government bans on incandescents, but they shouldn't be misled by confused arguments." Norm Rubin Full story =>

"Nuclear power making comeback," by Lauren Krugel, Sudbury Star, March 15, 2008.

The nuclear industry has a dismal record of keeping projects on budget and on schedule and once plants are built, they're prone to breakdown, warns Norman Rubin of the Energy Probe think tank.

"There are two kinds of nuclear generating stations in the world. There are the future theoretical ones, which are wonderful. And there are the real world ones which break your heart and destroy your wealth and run the risk of leaving you in the dark if you actually depend on them,'' he said. Full story =>

"Ontario's roadmap," by Ken Silverstein, EnergyBiz Insider, March 10, 2008

Energy Probe admonishes the nation and Ontario in particular to pay heed to the risks surrounding nuclear power. Taxpayers in Ontario, it says, are footing the multi-billion bill to refurbish two nuclear plants there a process that is now 60 percent complete and which will add 1,500 megawatts of capacity. The group also says that large and centralized facilities use imported fuel from outside the province that leaves open the question of where to bury the radioactive waste. More of the province's finite resources, it concludes, must be directed to solar and wind. Full story =>
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