Tag Archives: Tim Worstall

“Population as a problem is over…” (?)

So said Tim Worstall (author of Chasing Rainbows: Economic Myths, Environmental Facts [2010]) on this bIog last October, after I dared to criticise his Prometheanism (i.e. the belief that human ingenuity – rather than nature’s bounty [Cornucopianism] – will enable … Continue reading

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Posted in Economics, Energy Crisis, Environment, Financial Crisis, Growthmania, Intergenerational Injustice, Limits to Growth, Politics, Sustainable development | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

Conserving mass, water, and energy

I must admit that I am rather fond of quoting Sir Arthur Eddington as having once said, “…if your theory is found to be against the Second Law of Thermodynamics, I can give you no hope; there is nothing for … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon Capture and Storage, Climate Science, Denial, Economics, Environment, Financial Crisis, Fossil Fuels, Growthmania, James Delingpole, Limits to Growth, Politics, Scepticism | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

When will we have enough Supermarkets?

On the day after it was announced that unemployment has reached a 17-year high in the UK, I hesitate to complain about the fact that Morrisons has promised to open 25 new supermarkets in the UK next year and create … Continue reading

Posted in Capitalism, Consumerism, Ecological Modernisation, Economics, Environment, Growthmania, Modernity, Money Fetishism | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

Fables about population and food?

As promised last week, this is the first of five posts reviewing the central part of Paul and Anne Ehrlich’s book, Betrayal of Science and Reason. Despite having been published 15 years ago, its message seems very apt for today … Continue reading

Posted in Betrayal of Science and Reason, Ecological Modernisation, Economics, Environment, Growthmania, Limits to Growth, Optimum Population, Politics, Scepticism | Tagged , | 17 Comments

Being economical with your scepticism

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) claims that it is “the UK’s original free-market think-tank…” but, is it the best, or the most sensible? This would appear to be debatable because, as Tim Worstall has kindly pointed out, the Adam … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Science, Computer Models, Consumerism, Economics, Environment, Growthmania, IPCC, Scepticism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Another question for Tim Worstall*

* Author of Chasing Rainbows: Economic Myths, Environmental Facts (2010) —————- On 30 September, Tim Worstall responded to my highlighting his (albeit potentially unwitting) involvement in the production of Andrew Montford’s Hockey Stick Illusion book. In so doing, Tim has … Continue reading

Posted in Civilisation, Climate Science, Consumerism, Ecological Modernisation, Economics, Environment, Growthmania, Limits to Growth, Modernity, Money Fetishism, Optimum Population, Politics | Tagged , , , | 11 Comments

Why I’m so hacked off with journalists

Following on from my previous post – and elaborating upon the research described on my About page – what follows is a summary of why non-scientific journalists are now a threat to the long-term survival of human beings (in anything … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Science, Economics, Environment, Financial Crisis, Hockey Stick Illusion, Limits to Growth, Maketplace of Ideas, Merchants of Doubt, Politics, Pseudo science, Scepticism | Tagged , , , , | 15 Comments

The problem of arguing with a sceptic

I recently got into a discussion over on the Amazon website with another ex-Telegraph blogger, regarding Peter Taylor’s Chill, A Reassessment of Global Warming Theory: Does Climate Change Mean the World is Cooling, and If So What Should We Do … Continue reading

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