Half way!

Amazing! We just reached the half-way point on our Kickstarter funding campaign for The Environment: A True Story. Thanks so much to everyone who backed it. Now let’s push on to 2/3, 3/4 and full funding because we’re not out of the woods yet (or into them, depending where we film) and with Kickstarter, it’s all or nothing.

I’m convinced the time is right for this documentary showing how the alarmists’ claims, and computer modeling, just aren’t compatible with actual evidence. All that we know about the past history of the Earth, and the present, doesn’t fit what they’re telling us they know about the future.

So thanks to everyone who has already backed the project, and please continue helping us spread the word. If you’re not yet a supporter, please make a pledge today and stand up against bad policy driven by bad science and shrill rhetoric, and in favour of civil discussion and common sense.

P.S. As I said from the outset, the $50,000 target is the minimum I need to make the film. Once we reach that number, and I’m confident we will, please continue sharing it until the April 16 deadline so we can afford the equipment, travel and graphics to make the best documentary possible.

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Rebel interview on climate change

Following our Economic Education Association of Alberta conference “Meeting the Climate Change Challenge,” Holly Nicholas of Rebel Media interviewed me about the project. You can find the full story here.

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Wish I’d said that – March 24, 2017

“he [André Malraux] was fond of quoting Napoleon’s proclamation, ‘My life is quite a novel.'”

Algis Valiunas reviewing Olivier Todd’s Malraux: A Life in National Review July 4, 2005 – and I suppose a “pithy” quotation fails if it requires an extensive gloss, but I have to add my reaction on reading this line, namely that if you ever notice such a thing about your own life you need to consider urgently the question “Yes but by which author?”

 

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Climate Hustle!

Just heard an excellent, very energetic and entertaining speech by Marc Morano of Climate Depot here at our Economic Education Association of Alberta annual “Essentials of Freedom” conference. (It’s on tomorrow as well if you’re in Calgary and can join us.)

Marc showed some clips from his film Climate Hustle and highlighted some of the absurd contradictions in the predictions of climate change alarmists, where falling or rising temperatures both cause drought and floods at the same time, as well as higher and lower crime, terrorism and probably a cracked kitchen sink as well.

Great stuff.

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Wish I’d said that – March 2, 2017

“There was but one rule [for inclusion in his book]. ‘Did the country or the person in question produce a new idea or perform an original act without which the history of the entire human race would have been different?’ It was not a question of personal taste. It was a matter of cool, almost mathematical judgement. No race ever played a more picturesque rôle in history than the Mongolians, and no race, from the point of view of achievement or intelligent progress, was of less value to the rest of mankind.”

Hendrik van Loon The Story of Mankind

 

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We the People Surrender to You the People – It Happened Today, February 27, 2017

Here’s one I do like. On February 27, 1782, the British House of Commons voted to throw in the towel in the American Revolutionary War.

I like it partly because my sympathies are very much with the revolutionaries seeking to uphold their ancient British liberties, not with the King and his ministers trying to suppress them. And I like it partly because I can think of few greater affirmations of those liberties that, in such a difficult and embarrassing situation, it was the representatives of the British people who took the king by his frilly collar and said “Stop!” Once again, Parliament checked an expensive, oppressive hare-brained executive branch scheme which was, in large measure, the point of the British constitution essentially from Magna Carta onward.

This vote was no formality. Far from it. The King remained an important player in the British system even when he was obviously messing up badly. And despite the highly unfavourable state of the military effort in what had recently been the 13 Colonies after the crushing British defeat at Yorktown by a combined American-French force, the February 27 1782 vote was close, 234 to 215. And that narrow 19-vote margin was very important.

It set in motion a highly favourable chain of events leading to quick reconciliation between the former belligerents. Including that the American peace commissioners, the exalted trio of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and John Jay, proceeded to make a separate peace with Britain despite pledges to France, which had swooped on her old foe, not to do so.

Within an amazingly short period, and despite the stupid War of 1812, Britain and the United States were tacit allies in maintaining world order, an arrangement that persisted from the 1824 Monroe Doctrine with some bumps and bruises right down to their formal alliance in 1917. And while it took statesmanship to bring it about and maintain it, the structural basis was their shared devotion to liberty under law and to popular sovereignty. With, of course, the usual qualifications about unjust exclusion of some groups from the blessings of liberty, most spectacularly in the United States black slaves and then ex-slaves.

In the Capitol Rotunda in Washington there is a gold replica of Magna Carta that we were kindly permitted to film in 2015, given by the British Parliament in 1976 in powerful acknowledgement that two centuries earlier the greatest devotees of traditional freedom and the rights of the people had been on the west side of the Atlantic. But they were still strongly represented in Britain including in Parliament on that important date.

Liberty is often under siege. But where the roots are deep, it has enormous strength and manages to flourish despite and sometimes even during storms. Including Parliament yanking George III back to his so-called senses on behalf of ordinary Britons on February 27, 1782.

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