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| Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The BBC reports that a pair of wind turbines in the English town of Rushcliffe are so inefficacious (from too little wind to too-high maintenance costs) that they'll take four centuries — 405 years — to pay for themselves. That's what's known as “progressive” economics. ... Meanwhile, in Scotland, The Times of London reports that an estimated 5 million trees have been cut down over the past six years to make way for wind turbines. And this is “green” energy? ... Instapundit's Glenn Harlan Reynolds tells National Review Online that the concept of “teenagers” is “mostly a modern social invention” that took “away anything productive for them to do.” Once upon a time, Mr. Reynolds reminds, teenagers actually helped support families economically. “Now they're consumers, not producers.” Let kids be kids, of course, but let's get back to expecting teenagers to be young adults. ... Post-cold wave, it's a good opportunity to remind everyone that Time magazine, in 1974, cited scientists blaming the polar vortex phenomenon on “global cooling.” It's the same Time magazine that's now blaming “global warming” for the same thing. “Honey, throw that magazine on the fire; it's getting cold outside.” ... Ed Driscoll, posting on PJMedia (and who pointed out the above last week), also notes that climate “experts” were advocating many of the same “solutions” for “global cooling” that they now propose to fix “global warming.” How's that work?

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