Regulars at this blog know I have started posting a collection of links to interesting opinion pieces, interviews and newly published articles on some Saturdays under the heading ‘Weekend Reading’. This gives me the opportunity to quickly pass on information. But please note, the information is passed on, not endorsed.
I usually read every piece before I post the link. But this last week has been busier than usual and I’ve received more contributions for ‘Weekend Reading’ than usual. So, here’s a collection of links to pieces that I haven’t read, but will hopefully include much food for thought and discussion.
1. Environmentalism versus Constitutionalism
A paper ‘Environmentalism versus Constitutionalism: A Contest without Winners’ is now accessible in PDF at the New Zealand Business Roundtable website:
This paper is based on the keynote address to the 2006 Conference of the Law and Economics Association of New Zealand by Professor Suri Ratnapala, Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland.
2. Skeptics in the US & A Guide to Debunking Global Warming Alarmism
Professor Bob Carter from James Cook University, Townsville, has been in the US giving expert testimony to the Senate: http://epw.senate.gov/109th/Carter_Testimony.pdf
And I was sent a note from another colleague in the US … Senator James Inhofe has offered this download containing the treasure trove of info that is currently on his site, but will probably be erased by the pro-AGW Barbara Boxer who takes over after the first of the year. Here is the link:
3. Fifty-one Albatross Dead
Hi Jennifer, You might be interested in this article:
The New Zealand government is considering imposing a temporary ban on surface longline fishing in the Kermadec Islands after a fishing vessel was reported to have killed 51 albatrosses in a single trip…
Regards, Ann Novak
4. Andrew Bolt on ‘Mine Your Own Business’
5. Largest US Corporations to Buy Green Power
Some of America’s largest corporations pledged Monday to support green power, responding to a challenge posed by the Environmental Protection Agency. So-called green power is generated from renewable energy sources like the sun, wind and biomass such as plants or garbage and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. The EPA is calling for Fortune 500 companies to double their green power purchases to more than 5 billion kilowatt hours by the end of next year – or enough electricity to run more than 400,000 homes in the U.S. a year.
Read the article here: http://money.cnn.com/2006/12/04/news/companies/green_challenge/index.htm
6. Deepak Lal on Foreign Aid in Africa and Democracy in Asia
Foreign aid’s achieved very little in the past 50 years; it might have done more harm than good. Development economist Deepak Lal says it’s time to ditch aid if we want to help the poor. … you can read or listen to this Michael Duffy interview at the Counterpoint website: