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Top 10 Best Moments of Free Enterprise in 2005

Grab your sense of humour and run to Steven Milloy's most recent post on the “national conservative weekly” Human Events.

Touting a list of the “Top 10 Worst Moments for Free Enterprise in 2005,” Milloy opens by saying:

This annual list spotlights companies who have most egregiously abandoned their fiduciary and moral responsibilities to their shareholders and our free enterprise system, respectively, in favor of embracing the false and harmful social activist-promoted notion of “corporate social responsibility.”

Nods from Other Bloggers

Gosh, it’s nice to be noticed.

Thanks to these bloggers for thinking about us:

The Post-Normal Times, which prides itself on providing “all the news that doesn’t fit” on environmental science and policy decisions, said this.

The Green Life blog (“simple. healthy. sustainable”) said this.

Harkening Back to an Earlier Outburst

Among the trigger events that got the deSmogBlog team thinking about a climate change blog, one of the biggies was a disingenuous press conference organized by the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association. At the time, we prepared a newspaper Opinion Page submission (never used).

It follows:

My Kinda Capitalists

Check out this great Business Week piece on what some heads up companies are doing about climate change. The best quote came from Cinergy Corp. (CIN ) CEO James E. Rogers, who said, “Forget the science debate. The regulations will change someday. And if we’re not ready, we’re in trouble.”

Which Team Would You Choose?

This tart wrap of the UN climate change conference in Montreal comes from David Ridenour, husband of ”conservative” blogger Amy Ridenour and her correspondent at the COP/MOP climate shindig.

In his last post from Montreal, Ridenour wrote:

From the beginning, the official delegations to the U.N.'s Climate Change Conference were divided into two camps. One camp includes the United States, China, India, Japan, Australia and much of the developing world. This camp opposes strict greenhouse gas emissions caps on economic grounds.The other camp includes the hypocrites.”

Another Crack at Skepticism

There is a nice, and very short, essay in the Oxford English Reference Dictionary on the philosophical underpinnings of the word skepticism (which the Oxford spells, scepticism – obviously):

Oxford says: “The ancient doctrine of scepticism (also called Pyrrhonism) was established by Pyrrho and continued at the Academy in Athens. In modern philosphy, scepticism has taken many forms: the most extreme sceptics have doubted whether any knowledge at all of the external world is possible (see solipsism), Descartes attempted to question his own existence, while others asked whether ojbects exist when not experienced (Berkeley’s idealism), or whether objects exist at all beyond our experiences of them (Hume).”

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