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In Australia, as Renewables Surge the Price of Electricity Doubles

The price of electricity is soaring in Australia largely because of mandated adoption of renewable power generation. Yes, the price of renewable energy continues to fall, but mandating the installation of current wind and solar power technologies still boosts the price of electricity in countries pursuing decarbonization strategies as a way to mitigate climate change. […]

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Vaccines, Peter Thiel and the Fine Art of the Journalistic Hatchet Job

Ridvan Arda/Dreamstime”Peter Thiel Funds ‘Unethical’ Offshore Herpes Vaccine Trial,” blared a headline over at the DailyBeast. The single problem is that it’s false. The story is illustrated with a photoshop of venture capitalist Peter Thiel holding a menacing syringe. Even more damning, the editors added, “The Trump adviser is part of a group of wealthy […]

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Hurricane Harvey and the National Flood Insurance Fiasco

NOAATexans, watch out. An aftershock is following behind the catastrophic flooding produced by Hurricane Harvey in coastal Texas: The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is coming up for reauthorization. The main lesson that the public and policymakers ought to learn from Harvey is: Don’t build in flood plains, and especially don’t rebuild in flood plains. […]

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Review Proposes Shrinking 4 of 27 National Monuments

wikimediaDepartment of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has sent a report to President Donald Trump in which he reportedly proposes to shrink the size of four of the 27 National Monuments he was asked to review. Specifically, Zinke is recommending that the area of Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante and Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monuments be […]

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ACLU Blames Cops for Charlottesville Violence

Ronald BaileyCHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA—As the world sadly knows, three people died this past weekend when a bunch of racist assholes showed up in my town to rally around a statue of Robert E. Lee. The worst moment in the weekend’s violence came when one of the white supremacists deliberately ran his car into a crowd of […]

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African Americans Are Eight Times More Likely to Be Victims of Homicide Than Whites, Says CDC

Armando L. Sanchez/TNS/NewscomBlack Americans are eight times more likely than white Americans to be the victims of a homicide. That’s just one of the less-than-cheery bit of news the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reveals in “Age-Adjusted Rates for Homicides by Race/Ethnicity—United States, 1999-2015,” where it notes: During 1999–2014, a general decline in homicide […]

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White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville Shut Down Due to Violence

Ronald BaileyCharlottesville, Va. – The white nationalist Unite the Right rally in my home town was dispersed after Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in the wake of violent clashes between the neo-nazis, white supremacists, and other assorted alt-righters and Black Lives Matter, anti-fascist, and other counter-protesters. The white nationalists were attracted […]

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