Author Archives: modernsceptic

The Future of Renewable Energy

If news reports are to be believed, renewable energy is the future, alongside electric vehicles and carbon capture and storage. The government-mediated transition to this new economy (with the help of taxpayers’ money, of course) will provide energy security and … Continue reading

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Risk-free food

Food plays a unique part in our lives. At minimum, it is essential for life, but it also has great cultural significance. For those of us lucky enough to live in peaceful, prosperous societies, eating can be an important source … Continue reading

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American exceptionalism

The United States is an exceptional country in so many ways, as visitors can attest. For Brits, a common language at first masks the vast cultural divide between the Old and New Worlds. Americans themselves though are keenly aware of … Continue reading

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A Manifesto for Science

Today, we have published our Manifesto for Science, a subject that has received virtually no coverage in this election campaign. The full text is below: A MANIFESTO FOR SCIENCE The Scientific Alliance believes that generating new knowledge and applying it … Continue reading

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Rational Policymaking

Governments are elected for a whole variety of reasons, but a key one is that we hope they will spend taxpayers’ money wisely. Bill Clinton’s famous phrase – “it’s the economy, stupid” – really sums up politics in a nutshell. … Continue reading

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Emissions reduction without tears

In recent weeks, I have been very critical of both the costs and feasibility of relying on renewable energy, particularly when it comes to the enormous task of converting effectively all land-based energy use to electricity. Normally, such a change … Continue reading

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Costs and Benefits

In last week’s newsletter (The Energy Conundrum) I covered some of the problems with a growing reliance on renewable energy sources. I touched on the enormous difficulties involved in a comprehensive move away from fossil fuels and hinted at the … Continue reading

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