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Mining Mountains

Have you ever stopped to appreciate the awesome size of a single mountain peak? What would it take for us to mine the entire volume of rock from the prominence of Mt. Whitney (the amount the peak rises from the base, which could be well above sea level), the tallest mountain in the lower 48? […]

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A World Lit Only By Solar

Would be expensive. And unnatural. Even in sunny places. Here is Ronald Bailey: Now let’s do a rough calculation of the costs of DeSoto Solar versus conventional power sources. According to the Electric Power Research Insitute, a modern 1,000 megawatt coal plant without carbon capture technology would cost about $2.8 billion to build. Adding carbon […]

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We Have a Garbage Problem

No, I am not talking about this or this. I just finished sorting through my trash for recycling … cardboard boxes in one bin, plastic bottles in another, plastic containers in another, glass bottles in another, and what can’t be recycled out in the trash can.

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There’s no shortage of people claiming that the world cannot sustain population levels at the current size (just under 7 billion) much less a larger population. A common claim is that the planet’s resources will be consumed unsustainably, eventually leading to world starvation, famine, war, and population declines.

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On this Earth Day, I reproduce in its entirety a letter by the late Julian Simon: EARTH DAY:  SPIRITUALLY UPLIFTING, INTELLECTUALLY DEBASED April 22 marks the 25th anniversary of Earth Day. Now as then its message is spiritually uplifting. But all reasonable persons who look at the statistical evidence now available must agree that Earth Day’s […]

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