Eco-links (week of 5/5/2013)

by james on May 6, 2013

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Two decades, no global warming – It is gratifying that the media is slowly beginning to acknowledge the absence of global warming for nearly two decades. In the early 1970s – this is discussed in my book – the US Congress had hearings about the perils of global cooling and the impending ice age. That peril was soon forgotten. The current furor about global warming really only began in the late 1980-early 1990s, when there had been little over a decade of global warming. A decade of global warming was all that was needed as the pretext to fire a movement to dislocate industry to ‘save the planet’.

Well now that there has been no warming for nigh on two decades one might expect cooling intensity for anti-CO2 activists. The argument against free and uncoerced economic activity is that such activity increases atmospheric CO2, thus heats the planet. Derailing uncoerced economic activity is thus supposed to STOP global warming. US CO2 emissions are at a twenty year low. But global CO2 emissions have skyrocketed, thanks mainly to China and India. In a rational world one might expect this knowledge to stop the hysteria. Huge increases in CO2 are supposed to cause huge increases in temperature. Yet there is no warming, showing fatal flaws in the thesis.  Surely if something is not happening, then there is no reason to try to stop it. One does not run around screaming that we all need to jump off the cliff because the volcano is blowing on Mars. No one is anywhere near the volcano. Can we deal with real problems, please, like malaria?

The great green con – Official predictions of global climate warming have been catastrophically flawed.

Carbon taxes, anyoneBarack Obama may consider introducing a tax on carbon emissions to help cut the U.S. budget deficit after winning a second term as president, according to HSBC Holdings Plc.  Of course, nothing cynical about this kind of politics. Remember, the president won a Nobel Peace Prize for his sincere commitment to save the planet from global warming, due to human CO2 emissions.

Close the (US) power plants – To save the planet from non-existent global warming the federal government declares war…apparently on the people, by tying up the economy in green tape. The Manhattan Institute estimates that the EPA’s greenhouse gas coal regulation will cost the U.S. economy $700 billion. Who knows how much it will really cost? What is clear is that irrational hysteria is already costing an enormous amount. Tim Wirth, a former US Senator and close colleague of Al Gore, hinted his approval of this strategy, citing the “enormous regulatory authorities at the EPA.” What is bizarre about this picture is that some great green giants, like James Hansen, have held China up as a great hero in the global warming fight. Meanwhile red China gets eight coal powered plants on-line each month. What gives? Are coal powered power plants evil only if they are used in the USA?

And speaking of Mr. Gore – I’ve said before that Gore will be the first carbon billionaire. After raking in over $100 million last year, after taxes, this prediction is looking good. I’ve probably missed a few other carbon billionaires; hopefully someone will be prepared to provide enlightenment about other carbon robber barons (could they be Maurice Strong, and George Soros, both of whom have invested heavily on influencing politicians to favor their ‘green’ projects ?)

It’s the cold, stupid – 2012 cold weather related deaths in the UK: over 24000. We must help the poor Brits; this is one person dying every seven minutes during winter. And their government wants to increase the price of heating in the name of saving the planet from global warming.

Green energy patrols – At the behest of the EPA, the Arizona Public School’s website provides information for setting up energy patrols. The website states “emphasize social action through environmental education gives students a chance to do something about environmental problems instead of just hearing about them.”


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