Maybe We Should Invest 4 Trillion

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21 June 2018
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Despite $2 trillion in public and private expenditure over the last decade, wind and solar still account for only 3.6% of total global primary energy consumption (p. 11):

This is a lesson Germany has learned the hard way. The supposed leader of green energy has announced it will fall well short of its goal of cutting emissions by 40% by 2020 from 1990 levels – but they have seen residential energy prices double since 2000.

Debate about privatising the ABC has exploded – thanks to Dr Chris Berg and Professor Sinclair Davidson’s latest book, ‘Against Public Broadcasting‘ – you can pick up your copy here. And you can watch Sinclair tell The Outsidersabout why the ABC is ” incredibly out of touch with ordinary Australians“:

It’s been three years since Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the US Presidency. To mark the occasion investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson compiled the definitive list of 50 media mistakes in the Age of Trump on Tuesday on her blog. My favourite is the classic New York Times howler at number 40 – which I told you about back in March.

But this one is definitely not a mistake: on Tuesday the US announced it would leave the United Nations Human Rights Council. The Heritage Foundation’s Brett Schaefer explained on Tuesday the 3 key reasons the UNHRC is a joke.

On Monday the “anti-hate hate group” the Southern Poverty Law Center apologised and agreed to pay a $3.375 million settlement to anti-radicalisation activist Maajid Nawaz for putting him on a list of anti-Muslim extremists. While it’s hard not to enjoy the win, Reason points out this was a frivolous lawsuit that undermines free speech.

This one might not come as much of a surprise. A study by Ryan Murphy at the Southern Methodist University titled “Psychopathy in the United States” published last week found that Washington DC “is measured to be far more psychopathic than any individual state” in America.

Former Trade Minister Andrew Robb will be speaking to our friends at the Minerals Council of Australia in Melbourne on 2 July 2018 – register your interest here.

Featuring Renee Gorman, IPA Campus Coordinator and Stuart Eaton, IPA

“I’m going to show my Jordan Peterson roots and say speak the truth. I think that is the most important thing. My life completely changed when I said I wasn’t going to stay quiet, I was going to speak the truth and stand up for what I thought was right.”

– Renee Gorman, IPA Campus Coordinator

Article of the week:

In this excellent 4,600 word review of Patrick Deneen’s Why Liberalism Failed and William Galston’s Anti-Pluralism: The Populist Threat to Liberal Democracy , Daniel McCarthy argues that since liberalism only arose from security, prosperity and moral strength, its salvation may only be found in the West’s return to faith and nation.

IPA Staff Pick:

Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Peter Gregory

Good luck with that business model” says Lionel Shriver in this excellent piece on racialist quotas at publisher Penguin Random House in the UK Spectator a fortnight ago. For her troubles, Shriver was booted off  a judging panel for the UK Women’s Fiction Awards. Of course, Shriver’s right – as Douglas Murray points out, the US universities that have drunk the most diversity kool-aid are now experiencing massive drops in enrollments.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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