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The Leaflet: Settled Science? Not According to NIPCC Report

April 10, 2014

Settled Science? Not According to NIPCC Report

The latest report by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), titledClimate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts, was released yesterday in Washington, DC (and online on March 31).
NIPCC is a joint effort of three organizations: The Heartland Institute, Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, and Science and Environmental Policy Project.
The report runs counter to the report issued last week by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which concluded, “Human interference with the climate system is occurring, and climate change poses risks for human and natural systems.” The 1,062-page NIPCC report, by contrast, concludes rising temperatures and atmospheric CO2 levels are causing “no net harm to the global environment or to human health and often finds the opposite: net benefits to plants, including important food crops, and to animals and human health.”
The new report was featured on “Special Report with Bret Baier” on the Fox News Channel last night. You can watch the clip below.

Energy & Environment

 Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts

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Summary for Policymakers

Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts, the latest report from the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change, finds higher levels of carbon dioxide and warmer temperatures benefit nearly all plants, leading to more leaves, more fruit, more vigorous growth, and greater resistance to pests, drought, and other forms of “stress.” Wildlife benefits as their habitats grow and expand. The report summarizes thousands of peer-reviewed studies of the impact of rising levels of carbon dioxide – a greenhouse gas produced during the burning of fossil fuels – on plants and soils, agriculture, forests, wildlife, ocean life, and humankind. Read More
The movement for government-sponsored preschool programs is expanding. But Research Fellow Joy Pullmann says the results have not been good. Evidence shows family stability and involvement in education are keys to academic success, and governments could accomplish more by providing families with more school choices and other incentives for parents to take charge of their children’s educations. Read More
Budget & Tax
Tennessee is often identified as one of the nine U.S. states without an income tax. Although it is true Tennessee does not tax income derived from wages, it does levy a tax on income from investments – known as the “Hall Tax.” The Hall Tax is a 6 percent income tax on individuals and other entities receiving interest from bonds and notes and dividends from stock. In this Research & Commentary, Government Relations Coordinator Alex Monahan examines the Hall Tax and argues the state could improve its economy by lowering or completely repealing income taxes. Read More
Health Care
In this Consumer Power Report, Senior Fellow Benjamin Domenech describes the expected policy debate in the wake of Obamacare. He concludes the biggest debate will continue to be whether Americans care more about increased cost or increased coverage. The coverage vs. cost debate is going to be tested in 2016 in a major way as Republican presidential candidates propose their favored strategies. Read More
From Our Free-Market Friends
In 43 states and the District of Columbia, utility customers who purchase their own generation source (also called distributed generation, most often a rooftop solar panel) can sell any excess electricity they produce to a utility for resale to other customers, a process known as net metering. Utilities across the country are forced to pay retail value for the energy, and those excess costs are passed on to consumers. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) released a report last month that breaks down the issue and the negative impacts of the current policy. Read More

The April issue of Budget & Tax News reports the Tax Reform Act of 2014, proposed by U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), would reduce the number of tax “loopholes” while making it easier for individuals to complete their own tax returns confidently and accurately. The bold measure received a tepid response from House and Senate leaders.

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