Mark Perry

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In 2017, the U.S. Led the World in CO2 Emission Reduction. It’s the 9th Time This Century

  From the June 2018 BP Statistical Review of Global Energy (67th edition) here are some details on C02 emissions in 2017: 1. Global CO2 emissions from energy in 2017 grew by 1.6% (and 426.4 million tons, see data...

Ronald Reagan Challenged Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev to ‘Tear Down’ the Berlin Wall 31 Years Ago Today

On this day (June 12) President Ronald Reagan gave what is probably his most famous and influential speech — the “Berlin Wall speech” — at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, Germany on June 12, 1987. It was in this speech (at about 12:00 in the...

The Intellectual Absurdity of Championing Diversity While Condemning 'Cultural Appropriation'

Frequent CD commenter Morganovich shared some comments by email yesterday, which inspired the Venn diagram above. With permission, I’ve taken the liberty of expanding Morganovich’s commentary supplemented with some of my own comments but giving...

Universities Now Requiring Applicants to Submit ‘Contribution to Diversity’ Statements

Thinking about applying for a faculty position at the University of California San Diego (see hundreds of openings here) or other public universities in California like the University of California-Berkeley? Here’s a checklist for your...

18 Earth Day Predictions That Were Spectacularly Wrong

Yesterday (Sunday, April 22) was Earth Day 2018 and time for my annual Earth Day post….. In the May 2000 issue of Reason Magazine, award-winning science correspondent Ronald Bailey wrote an excellent article titled “Earth Day, Then and Now”...

The Reason a Facelift Costs Less Than a Knee Replacement

Between 1998 and 2017 prices for “Medical Care Services” in the US (as measured by the BLS’s CPI for Medical Care Services) more than doubled (+105.3 percent increase) while the CPI for “Hospital and Related Services” (data here) nearly tripled...

Do Gender Inclusion Policies Favor Girls?

The Girls in Science and Engineering (GISE) summer camp at the University of Michigan (UM) was created as an “exciting one-week, day program for girls who have completed the 7th or 8th grade,” as the top part of the graphic above explains. The...

Capitalism: Who Are The Real Beneficiaries?

In Milton and Rose Friedman’s classic book Free to Choose: A Personal Statement they made the following point (this quote was featured on my recent Milton Friedman birthday post): Industrial progress, mechanical improvement, all of the great...