Author Archive | Ronald Bailey

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2017 Was the Second Hottest Year Since 1880, Says NASA

It was the 41st consecutive year with global temperatures above the 20th-century average. Ronald Bailey|Jan. 18, 2018 4:08 pm Meryll/Dreamstime2017 was the second-warmest year since 1880, according to NASA. Only 2016 was warmer. More specifically, NASA reports that globally averaged temperatures last year were 0.90° Celsius warmer than the mean temperature from 1951 to 1980. […]

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High School Students Are Very Worried About Overpopulation. They Shouldn’t Be.

NPGAmerican high school students are very worried about overpopulation, according to Negative Population Growth (NPG). The group bases this claim on the responses to a questionnaire it distributed to hundreds of 9th- to 12th-grade teachers across the nation. Founded in 1972, during the heyday of overpopulation hysteria, NPG’s goal is “to slow, halt, and eventually […]

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Why Worrying Over a Minority Majority America Is Dumb

Pavel Ilyukhin/DreamstimeAccording to a 2015 U.S. Census Bureau report, “by 2044, more than half of all Americans are projected to belong to a minority group (any group other than non-Hispanic White alone).” That projection depends on Americans a generation hence quiescently staying in the ethnic and racial pigeonholes into which the census takers want to […]

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FERC Shuts Down Trump’s Coal Cronyism

How an independent regulatory agency is supposed to work Ronald Bailey|Jan. 10, 2018 3:45 pm FERCThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected the Trump administration’s cronyist proposal to require electric power generation plants to stockpile 90 days of coal or nuclear fuel on site. As I reported earlier: In October, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry […]

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2017 Was the Costliest Year Ever for Disasters in the U.S.

2017 was “a historic year of weather and climate disasters,” according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Sixteen separate billion-dollar disasters hit the United States, killing 362 people and bringing losses of $306.2 billion. The majority of that figure—$265 billion—can be attributed to Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma. That […]

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Facts Matter After All

Studies debunk the claim that we live in post-fact, post-truth world. Ronald Bailey|Jan. 3, 2018 3:25 pm Cplener/DreamstimeThe scientific fact that facts don’t matter turns out to be factually wrong. Sorry, let me try to put that more clearly. In a superb article at Slate, Daniel Engber revisits the research that concluded that blind partisanship […]

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Will the Government Ban Human Driving?

Evgeny Gerasimonov/DreamstimeWhen self-driving vehicles become safer than human-driven ones, the government will ban people from driving. Or that, at least, is the claim made in some recent articles in Automotive News and National Review. Bob Lutz, former vice chairman and head of product development at General Motors, declares in Automotive News that vehicles “will no […]

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GMO Opponents Are Immoral, Argues Purdue University President Mitch Daniels

International Rice Research InstituteMitch Daniels is right: It’s past time to tell your anti-GMO friends, family and neighbors they are helping to kill poor people. Today in a Washington Post op-ed, the former Indiana governor and current president of Purdue University cogently argues, “Avoiding GMOs isn’t just anti-science. It’s immoral.” Daniels observes: Of the several […]

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