Population growth, increasing wealth join climate change as threat to food supplies

Rampant population growth and rising wealth in developing countries are driving up demand for food, a UK official says, while global warming also imperils food stores through decreased rainfall and crop failures.

The agriculture industry is going to have to double food production, but with less water than today. Another big threat to food supplies is biofuel production.

Canuck MegaBattery "Cleans Up" Wind Power

Wind is a bit like Adam Sandler's career. Sometimes it blows, and sometimes it doesn't.

That's just fine if all you want to do is fly a kite, but if you're an electrical utility seeking a steady supply of carbon-free juice for millions of homes and businesses, the resource needs a Plan B.

For one Canadian company, that plan B is “battery.” And it's gearing up to install a big 'un over in Ireland.

Free Speech at the Heartland Institute

And who are you that we should care one whit about your opinion?

With that tart quip, Diane Bast of the Heartland Institute dismissed a recent query about the rationale for its last-stand global warming denial conference. Diplomatic Diane, presumably, is related to Joseph Bast, founder and president of the Heartland Institute.

California Won't Take Any More Crap from OPEC

Imagine a vat of liquid cow manure covering the area of five football fields and 33 feet deep. Meet California's most alternative new energy. On a dairy farm in the Golden State's agricultural heartland, utility PG&E Corp began producing natural gas derived from manure, in what it hopes will be a new way to power homes with renewable, if not entirely clean, energy.  

CEI Letter Outlines TV Ad Attack Campaign

Below is a fundraising letter one of our loyal readers sent along, penned by Fred Smith, president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

It's quite the vitriolic and desperate pitch for money - something the CEI is no doubt in need of after their fall from grace with oil giant ExxonMobil. This vast government, media, science conspiracy theory stuck in Smith's head isn't going to save any shred of credibility he and his organization might have left.

And it won't endear him with media, who he describes in the letter as being “remarkably gullible.”


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