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26 Jan, 2011
Natural Gas: Need For Price Rationalization

January 26, 2011 

By Ali Salman
 
The multi-pronged strategy of the government to make up for the gas deficit does not consider price rationalization in its policy mix. In presence of wrong price structure, supply side measures like exploration and conservation are likely to meet with failure. 


01 Sep, 2010
Media Release: "Green" Subsidies Are Costly for Taxpayers and the Environment - New Study

Lahore September 01, 2010: A study “Seven Myths About Green Jobs,” published in association with more than two dozens think tanks from all over the world, including the Alternate Solutions Institute from Pakistan, concludes that Green Jobs are not that Green as is being claimed by the Green politicians and advocates. The study reveals the hidden costs of so-called “green investments,” bringing a key policy of various governments into question. The study shows that subsidizing “green jobs” wastes resources and reduces growth without necessarily protecting the environment.


14 Jun, 2010
Book Review - Climatism! Science, Common Sense, And The 21st Centurys Hottest Topic

This is 2017, April 21. Breaking news is flashing on the screens of news channels all over the world: 

“A whole tribe living deep into the woods in Bangladesh arrested by International Climate Police on the charges of using fossil fuels ” 

27 Apr, 2010
Green Protectionism Vs. Growth

April 28, 2010

"I think everyone today considers the question of an adaptation mechanism at Europe's borders to be an unavoidable and essential matter," French President Nicolas Sarkozy said in March, using the European Union euphemism for Green tariffs.

 
These ideas threaten international trade, growth and recovery.

27 Apr, 2010
Privatizing Climate Policy

April 28, 2010

Tort litigation on the basis of strict liability would protect the right to a climate free from human intervention if the climate does need protecting, and, in case it does not, would save economic activity across the world from the imposition of unnecessary costs. By providing a public arena for the competitive testing of scientific hypotheses concerning climate change, litigation would also promote the advancement of climate science. 


10 Feb, 2010
Copenhagen: The Skeptics Views

February 10, 2010

The Oregon petition, signed by the 31,000 scientists, states: “There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.”


28 Jan, 2010
A Green World Order

January 28, 2010 

It is true that most developing countries jumped on the Copenhagen bandwagon, knowing that a successful deal would grant them more foreign aid and technology-transfer, without requiring emission cuts from them. They had everything to gain and little to lose. But for those economies just escaping mass poverty, such as China and India, the story was very different: they faced demands for massive cuts and refused a deal.

24 Dec, 2009
Save The Poor From Climate Change
December 19, 2009
 
Cutting carbon emissions will not cut death and suffering. More than 75 world leaders meet in Copenhagen over the next two weeks to attempt an agreement on climate change. They should start by admitting the political and economic failure of the Kyoto Protocol: its prohibitive costs will prevent us from addressing other, more pressing problems. 

24 Dec, 2009
Contraception Won't Solve Climate Change

December 19, 2009

Rehash old fears and update them with the alarmist topic du jour--that's the recipe for the United Nations Population Fund's annual report this Wednesday dedicated to climate change. Its State of World Population 2009 correctly points out that poor women will be the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. But it focuses on old-fashioned population control instead of real ways to empower women against poverty and climate change.

27 Jul, 2009
The Costs Of Carbon Legislation

July 25, 2009

In two of his recent op-eds for the New York Times, Nobel laureate Paul Krugman has challenged critics of the government's intentions to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, and he has even specifically endorsed the pending Waxman-Markey bill which includes a "cap-and-trade" program. According to Krugman, the costs of such legislation are no big deal, and in exchange we avert catastrophe. So why all the criticism?


04 Mar, 2009
Civil Society Coalition on Climate Change to Challenge IPCC Report

In advance of the release of the latest alarmist report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of 26 civil society organizations has formed a new global coalition. Alternate Solutions Institute is part of this coalition which seeks to offer more rational approach to the issue based on independent evaluations of the evidence and assessments of the policy options.


04 Mar, 2009
Civil Society Report on Climate Change

Governments should reject calls for a post-Kyoto treaty “Kyoto 2”

Civil Society Report says climate policy should focus on removing barriers to adaptation


04 Mar, 2009
The Ozone Crisis that Wasn't

Governments and activists have been celebrated from 12-21 September the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol that saved the ozone layer - or did it? This well-published author shows how other factors in real life up in the stratosphere had more effect than the CFC ban. He fears similar hype will lead to radical and expensive policies in the attempts to alter climate change - and the cost will hit the poorest hardest.


04 Mar, 2009
Adaptation not Emissions Cuts

Government officials from around the world have descended on the Indonesian resort island of Bali for two weeks of climate negotiations. The talk is of a new Kyoto-like treaty, with global caps on emissions of greenhouse gases. But such a treaty would harm the poor, hampering their adaptability to climate change, while doing little to prevent it.


04 Mar, 2009
Global Warming: Why Skepticism is Sound (Updated)

In the global warming debate the big issues is whether what human beings do contributes significantly to global warming. That global warming is occurring is not much in dispute, although some scientists do make a good deal of the point that there have been warming periods in the past, some of them far greater than those being recorded in our time.


04 Mar, 2009
Protectionism Harms Environment

[P]oliticians in the European Union (EU) and the US have been peddling protectionism – threatening to impose restrictions on imports from countries that refuse to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is no doubt music to the ears of the labour unions and environmentalists that have been calling for such tariffs, but it is bad news for everyone else – especially the poor.


09 Jan, 2009
UN Climate Change Report Unfounded

Independent assessment of UN climate change report refutes alarmist claims made in official “Summary for Policymakers”


17 Dec, 2008
Make the Poor Pay

There is a growing notion that rich countries should slash imports from poor countries whose antiquated factories are heavy carbon emitters: this eco-protectionism is in fact good old-fashioned protectionism and would hit the poor hardest.


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