This video clip of Ted Cruz disemboweling Aaron Mair, the head of the Sierra Club, is making the rounds. It shows Cruz at his very best, cross-examining a witness to a pulp. The most striking thing, however, is how unbelievably hackish and ill-prepared Mair is. Here’s the video:
Goldberg writes further:
Over and over again, Mair simply says that he’s going to rely on the 97 percent of scientists who say that global warming is happening, it’s caused by man and it’s a huge problem. People of good faith can take Mair’s position on one or all of those particulars. But the 97 percent stat is pure public relations b.s.
Here’s a good explainer by Joseph Bast and Roy Spencer on where that number — which Barack Obama, John Kerry and countless other politicians and journalists retail uncritically: [more. . .]
Subversion of Christianity by the spirit of the age has been a hazard down the centuries. The significance of “Laudato Si” lies beyond its stated concern for the climate. Discount obfuscating religious language. The encyclical lays ground to legitimize global government and makes the church an instrument of propaganda—a herald for the upcoming United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference in Paris.
Accommodation by church hierarchy to green dogma has been metastasizing since the UN proclaimed Earth Day in 1970. Two decades later, Kevin Costner went dancing with wolves while the Fraser Institute prefaced “Religion, Wealth, and Poverty” (1990) by Jesuit scholar James V. Schall with this:
. . . the relatively sudden appearance of religion not primarily as worship or doctrine, but as social activism, has been not a little perplexing. Numerous sympathetic critics, many of the faithful, and interested observers sense that something is occurring with vast and unsettling implications for the well-being of the public order and for religion itself. They are not at all sure, however, that what is happening is itself in the best interests of religion or of the poor and outcast for whom it is said to be occurring.
Propelled by the cult of feeling and Golden Age nostalgia—enshrined in the myth of indigenous peoples as peaceable ecologists—that elusive something picked up a tincture of Teilhardian gnosticism as it grew. It bursts on us now as “Laudato Si,” a malignant jumble of dubious science, policy prescriptions, doomsday rhetoric, and what students of Wordsworthian poetics call, in Keats’ derisive phrase, “the egotistical sublime.”
Eco-Activists Thrive on Distortions
The document’s catalogue of distortions and factual errors are those of the climate-change establishment swallowed whole. There is no scientific consensus on man-made global warming, no consensus on the role of human activity in any of the environmental phenomena cited.
Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore abandoned the organization in 1986, highlighting its abandonment of scientific objectivity in favor of political agendas:
By around the mid-1980s, when I left Greenpeace, the public had accepted most of the reasonable things we had been fighting for: stop the bomb, save the whales, stop toxic waste dumping into the earth, water, and air. Some, like myself, realized the job of creating mass awareness of the importance of the environment had been accomplished and it was time to move on from confrontation to sustainable development, seeking solutions. But others seemed bent on lifelong confrontation, ‘up against the man’ ‘smash capitalism’. . . .
In order to remain confrontational as society adopted all the reasonable demands, it was necessary for these anti-establishment lifers to adopt ever more extreme positions, eventually abandoning science and logic altogether in zero-tolerance policies.
That was 30 years ago. Since then, “the ‘green’ movement has not only become more hard line, they have also become irrational and fanatical.”
Climate has fluctuated since the planet formed. Sea levels have been rising for thousands of years with no current increase in the rate. Catastrophic extinctions occurred millions of years before industrialization. Not so long ago in geological time, Arctic islands were covered in sub-tropical forests and no ice covered either pole. Climate temperature has been flat for nearly two decades despite rise in CO2. On it goes.
Enter Jorge Bergolio. Informed objection to the pope’s roster of pending disasters is widely available—but also, at this point, moot. Reducing greenhouse gases has just been deemed a religious obligation. What should concern us now is the ecclesial climate that yielded this extravagant rant.
A Short List of What’s Wrong with ‘Laudato Si’
There is nothing to admire in its assault on market economies, technological progress, and—worse—on rationality itself. Bergolio, whom we know now as Pope Francis, is a limited man. His grasp of economics is straitjacketed by the Peronist culture in which he was raised. “Laudato Si” descends to garish, left-wing boilerplate. The pope is neither a public intellectual, theologian, nor a man of science. Yet he impersonates all three.
Appearing on the "Kelly File" last night, Weather Channel co-founder and meteorologist John Coleman discussed an open letter he had recently authored in which he declared that “man-made global climate change is a myth.” The letter was written to UCLA’s Hammer Museum forum and criticized one of its recent panels, entitled “Tackling Climate Change,” for not including any skeptics in the event.
Coleman noted that it has been tough for climate skeptics to voice their opinions in the media “ever since Al Gore made [climate change] a plank of the Democratic party.” When host Megyn Kelly raised the point that even certain Republican political candidates will label such views as “nuts,” Coleman replied, “It’s very difficult to be against it when the media has told the nation that the oceans are rising, the polar bears are dying, the ice is melting, that storms are going to sweep the earth, and that we’re all going to die of a heat wave,” adding, “this is bad, bad science.”
"Climate change has become what philosophers call a “non-falsifiable hypothesis.” Everything—Hurricane Sandy, warm winters, cold winters—is said to be proof of climate change.
"Try this parlor game out at a cocktail party next time you’re clinking ice-free glasses with a warmist: ask him to specify what climate or weather phenomenon would not be consistent with the general theory of climate change. And then step back and enjoy the fun." - Steven Hayward at Powerline blog. (more . . }
A group of climate change scientists were rescued by helicopter Jan. 2, after being stranded in the ice since Christmas morning. But the majority of the broadcast networks’ reports about the ice-locked climate researchers never mentioned climate change. [more. . .]
** (Original post) - The U.K. Daily Mailreports: (HT: Drudge)
Global warming scientists forced to admit defeat... because of too much ice: Stranded Antarctic ship's crew will be rescued by helicopter
Chris Turney, a climate scientist and leader of the expedition, was going to document 'environmental changes' at the pole
In an interview he said he expected melting ice to play a part in expedition
MV Akademik Schokalskiy still stuck among thick ice sheet 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart, the Tasmanian capital
Called for help at 5am Christmas morning after becoming submerged in ice
Australia's back-up ship, Aurora Australis could not break through
Me: No doubt many will miss the irony of Global warming scientists trapped in ice. Read the full story complete with pics and video.
"Ending dues deductions breaks the political cycle in which government collects dues, gives them to the unions, who then use the dues to back their favorite candidates and also lobby for bigger government and more pay and benefits," Mr. Siegel told me.
"Insects are nutritious and easy to raise without harming the environment. They also have a nice nutty taste."
- Kay S. Hymowitz - Where Have the Good Men Gone? Hymowitz argues that too many men in their 20s are living in a new kind of extended adosescence. (WSJ)
Not so long ago, the average American man in his 20s had achieved most of the milestones of adulthood: a high-school diploma, financial independence, marriage and children. Today, most men in their 20s hang out in a novel sort of limbo, a hybrid state of semi-hormonal adolescence and responsible self-reliance. This "pre-adulthood" has much to recommend it, especially for the college-educated. But it's time to state what has become obvious to legions of frustrated young women: It doesn't bring out the best in men.
It's hard to find a more dramatic beginning to an article than this . . .
Who is the worst killer in the long, ugly history of war and
extermination? Hitler? Stalin? Pol Pot? Not even close. A single book
called "Silent Spring" killed far more people than all those fiends put together.
"Dr. Zero" proceeds to unpack and defend his opening paragraph and along the way makes other accusations:
The DDT ban isn’t the only example of environmental extremism coming
with a stack of body bags. Mandatory gas
mileage standards cause about 2,000 deaths per year, by compelling
automakers to produce lighter, more fragile cars. The biofuel
mania has led resources to be shifted away from growing food crops,
The stories keep coming. I didn't want to keep posting one after another so I've waited for a fairly comprehensive overview. The editors of the Wall Street Journal published such an article today.
It has been a bad—make that dreadful—few weeks for what used to be
called the "settled science" of global warming, and especially for the
U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that is supposed to be
its gold standard.
First it turns out that the Himalayan glaciers are not going to melt
anytime soon, notwithstanding dire U.N. predictions. Next came news that
an IPCC claim that global warming could destroy 40% of the Amazon was
based on a report by an environmental pressure group. Other IPCC sources
of scholarly note have included a mountaineering magazine and a student
paper. . .
All of this matters because the IPCC has been advertised as the last and
definitive word on climate science. Its reports are the basis on which
Al Gore, President Obama and others have claimed that climate ruin is
inevitable unless the world reorganizes its economies with huge new
taxes on carbon. Now we are discovering the U.N. reports are sloppy
political documents intended to drive the climate lobby's regulatory
agenda. [more. . .]
In Touchstone magazine, Patrick Fagan writes that the
culture of the traditional family, based on life-long monogamy, is
competing with another culture—one that is polyamorous in nature. “In
the culture of monogamy,” he writes, “men are anchored in their families
and tied to their children and wives, through the free and deliberate
focus of their sexuality.”
By contrast, the culture of polyamory treasures sexual license. In
fact, Fagan writes, any attempt to constrain sex “would be the
antithesis of the main project of the culture of polyamory”—sexual
relations when you want, with whomever you want.
That’s why the culture of polyamory attempts to control childhood
education, sex education, and adolescent health programs. This control,
Fagan warns, “enables the polyamory culture to reach into the
traditional monogamy culture and gradually dismantle it.”
Fagan's article, which Colson quotes above, is MUST READING. It illuminates the culture we inhabit powerfully and insightfully. And it's not just about sex. It touches on government, laws, and the future. It should be printed out and discussed in small groups throughout the country.
Having said that, Colson's own article centers around the recently-published study on sex education that demonstrated the effectiveness of abstinence-based sex education. I have reprinted his article below.
Cornwall Alliance is a coalition of clergy, theologians, religious
leaders, scientists, academics, and policy experts committed to
bringing a balanced Biblical view of stewardship to the critical issues
of environment and development. The Cornwall Alliance fully supports
the principles espoused in the Cornwall Declaration on Environmental Stewardship,
and is seeking to promote those principles in the discussion of various
public policy issues including population and poverty, food, energy,
water, endangered species, habitat, and other related topics.
So far as I can tell, the Cornwall Alliance is strongly concerned about how global policies will affect the poor -- which is often quite different from what major media outlets would have us believe. Also, an often overlooked or hidden agenda of the Global Warming crowd is to dramatically reduce world population. The Cornwall Alliance gets behind the "alleged facts" to the truth. This is definitely a website to consult often.
I found this article fascinating. (HT: HotAir) It proves once again that the right man, in the right place, with the right background and mindset, with focus and deliberation, can take down a Goliath. One man!
McIntyr states a somewhat startling fact:
“There is far more independent due diligence on the smallest prospectus offering securities to the public than on a Nature article that might end up having a tremendous impact on policy.”
** Also, consider this video (not directly related to the McIntyr story above) demonstrating the deceptive use of the "hockey stick" set against an historical perspective : (HT: HotAir via the Autopsy)
Charles Krauthammer's article lays out the goals and technique of the "New Socialism" now raising its hydraheaded spectre once again. It's must reading for anyone interested in what's really going on, and for understanding the enormous threat the new socialism poses.
- Update - Sarah Palin on her Facebook repeats her contention that President Obama should stay at home and not go to Copenhagen. Excerpt: (HT: HotAir)
In his inaugural address,
President Obama declared his intention to “restore science to its
rightful place.” But instead of staying home from Copenhagen and
sending a message that the United States will not be a party to
fraudulent scientific practices, the president has upped the ante. He
plans to fly in at the climax of the conference in hopes of sealing a
“deal.” Whatever deal he gets, it will be no deal for the American
people. What Obama really hopes to bring home from Copenhagen is more
pressure to pass the Democrats’ cap-and-tax proposal. This is a
political move. The last thing America needs is misguided legislation
that will raise taxes and cost jobs -- particularly when the push for
such legislation rests on agenda-driven science.
- (Original Post) -That's the only conclusion one can come to if one reads Andrew Bolt's post: (HT: Drudge) (Note: Readers must click through to the extended page for the revelation of Gore's falsehoods.)
Q: How damaging to your argument was the disclosure of e-mails from the Climate Research Unit at East Anglia University?
A: To paraphrase Shakespeare, it’s sound and fury signifying nothing. I haven’t read all the e-mails, but the most recent one is more than 10 years old. These private exchanges between these scientists do not in any way cause any question about the scientific consensus.
And in case you think that was a mere slip of the tongue:
Q: There is a sense in these e-mails, though, that
data was hidden and hoarded, which is the opposite of the case you make
[in your book] about having an open and fair debate.
A: I think it’s been taken wildly out of context. The discussion
you’re referring to was about two papers that two of these scientists
felt shouldn’t be accepted as part of the IPCC report. Both of them, in
fact, were included, referenced, and discussed. So an e-mail
Bret Stephens, writing in the Wall Street Journal, sees the intellectual methods of true believers in global warming as instructively similar to Stalinists: (HT: NRO Corner)
• Revolutionary fervor: There's a distinct tendency among
climate alarmists toward uncompromising radicalism, a hatred of
"bourgeois" values, a disgust with democratic practices. So President
Obama wants to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 83% from current
levels by 2050, levels not seen since the 1870s—in effect, the
Industrial Revolution in reverse. Rajendra Pachauri, head of the U.N.'s
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, insists that "our lifestyles
are unsustainable." Al Gore gets crowds going by insisting that "civil
disobedience has a role to play" in strong-arming governments to do his
bidding. (This from the man who once sought to preserve, protect and
defend the Constitution.)
• Utopianism: In the world as it is, climate alarmists see
humanity hurtling toward certain doom. In the world as it might be,
humanity has seen the light and changed its patterns of behavior,
becoming the green equivalent of the Soviet "new man." At his disposal
are technologies that defy the laws of thermodynamics. The problems now
attributed to global warming abate or disappear.
Hegemony-seeking communist capitalists in China might fancy seeing
America and the West decline to the point that they can no longer
compete or fund their militaries. A weakened European Union or U.S.
also won't be able provide a model of a more democratic version of
capitalism to counter China’s ultra-authoritarian version.
Chinese may win a victory in Copenhagen greater than anything
accomplished so far in the marketplace--and our leaders will likely
thank them for it. Forget bowing to the emperor in Tokyo; like vassal
states at the height of the old Middle Kingdom, the new requisite
diplomatic skill for Westerners will be kow-towing to Beijing.
- Update 12/4/09 - On a different subject, Ben Smith names Sarah Palin a "Pro-Life Star" (he calls her the "anti-abortion star"). It's an excellent article that needs to be read in full. (HT: HotAir) It begins:
In the months since she returned to the public spotlight, Sarah
Palin’s continually evolving political identity has undergone a subtle
change as her public persona centers increasingly on her disabled son,
Palin began her political career as a reformer breaking up Alaska’s
corrupt boys club and shifted seamlessly into last fall’s campaign
trail culture warrior. But her decision to carry to term her Down
syndrome child established a special relationship with anti-abortion
activists, and now Palin has transformed herself from a politician who
was anti-abortion into the leading figure of the anti-abortion
movement. . .
But the most striking evidence of her son’s impact has been Palin’s
book tour promoting her memoir, “Going Rogue.” As she descends from her
tour bus or private jet to meet her fans, 19-month-old Trig has been a
conspicuous presence — and generated a huge response. “There’s a lot of
people who come through the line to see Trig instead of to see her,”
says Jason Recher, a campaign aide who remained close to Palin and is
now accompanying her on her book tour.
And those people, says Greg Mueller, a veteran anti-abortion political
operative and former spokesman for Pat Buchanan, are getting a powerful
message. “She’s going out there as a pro-life woman to say that there’s
great joy in special-needs kids — and that we shouldn’t be aborting
them.” [Read the whole thing. . .]
Update 12/3/09- In addition to Michelle's recommended article linked below, Jonah Goldberg gives a fine overview of what ClimateGate is all about. Perhaps the best and most detailed summary has been provided by Lord Moncton who challenged Al Gore to a debate long ago. Read his most recent summary here. I blogged about Lord Moncton's warnings about the hoax of global warning and the threat to national sovereignty it entailed here.
- (Original post) - Michelle Malkin has penned an excellent article on ClimateGate. Top notch. Take a deep breath everyone: the science is not settled! She points out the great number of Obama administration people "who are working overtime to paper over the ClimateGate scandal."
SCIENTISTS at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away
much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global
warming are based.
It means that other academics are not able to check basic calculations said to
show a long-term rise in temperature over the past 150 years.
Me: Oh great. Get a load of the comments on this article.
- (Original Post) - The idols of our time are falling with breathtaking rapidity. The oldline media has been revealed to be biased and unreliable. It suppresses information it doesn't want us to know, and pushes themes and stories it wishes to promote.
The idol of Congress has been smashed. Ordinary trust has been destroyed. How can senators and representatives retain the people's confidence when they vote on bills they haven't read, and saddle generations to come with debt that staggers the mind?
And what about groups supposedly devoted to helping the poor like ACORN, which when the stone is lifted show themselves immoral, vote-rigging, and power hungry arms of the democratic party.
And what about President Barack Obama? Rather than continuing to bask in his Messiahship ("change you can believe in"), more and more segments of the nation have come to question his judgment and regret giving him stewardship over this great land.
And now, our trust in "science" has been smashed, as we see scientists fudging data, withholding information, lying, converting journals into propaganda organs, and misleading the public. "Climategate" articles keep pouring from the press. An earlier one is Three Things You Absolutely Must Know About Climategate." John Hindraker over at Power Line has written a lot about the East Anglia emails, here, here, here and here. Viscount Monckton (the man who challenged Al Gore to a debate) expresses his anger.
That little fraud would have cost the taxpayers of the world
trillions of dollars, not to mention wrecking their economies with
carbon taxes and penalties.
But that’s not even the worst of it. The most important take home
lesson is that global frauding was the clear and conscious work of a
political machine aiming to steal your money, your liberties, and your
country. It was a massive, worldwide attempt at a coup d’etat, and the
Communism and environmentalism—we are talking about two
ideologies that are structurally very similar. They are against
individual freedom.They are in favor of centralist master-minding of our fates.They
are both very similar in telling us what to do, how to live, how to
behave, what to eat, how to travel, what we can do and what we cannot
do. There is a huge similarity in this respect.
UNITED NATIONS — Just weeks before an international conference on
climate change, the United Nations signaled it was scaling back
expectations of reaching agreement on a new treaty to slow global
warming. [more. . .]
- (Original post) So says Lord Christopher Monckton, a global warning skeptic, and former science adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Pamela Geller, of Atlas Shrugs, has posted one of the most dire warnings I have read in a long time. It represents MUST READING. Be sure to view the four-minute video (embedded in her post) of Lord Monckten issuing his warning at Bethel University on October 14, 2009.
Marc Morano over at "Climate Depot" headlines: "Gore: U.S. Climate Bill Will Help Bring About 'Global Governance.'" (HT: Drudge) Morano writes:
Former Vice President Al Gore declared that the Congressional climate bill will help bring about “global governance.”
bring you good news from the U.S., “Gore said on July 7, 2009 in Oxford
at the Smith School World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment,
sponsored by UK Times.
two weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed the Waxman-Markey
climate bill,” Gore said, noting it was “very much a step in the right
direction.” President Obama has pushed for the passage of the bill in
the Senate and attended a G8 summit this week where he agreed to attempt to keep the Earth's temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees C.
touted the Congressional climate bill, claiming it “will dramatically
increase the prospects for success” in combating what he sees as the
“crisis” of man-made global warming.
it is the awareness itself that will drive the change and one of the
ways it will drive the change is through global governance and global
agreements.” (Editor's Note: Gore makes the “global governance” comment at the 1min. 10 sec. mark in this UK Times video.)
Gore's call for “global governance” echoes former French President Jacques Chirac's call in 2000. [Keep reading...]
A 300 page amendment to a
bill that greatly impacts every American and greatly burdens every
American business was introduced at 3:00 AM Friday and passed 16 hours
The spectacle of the House voting for a massive tax
increase and a 300 page amendment they could not have read is a low
point for post-segregationist Congresses. Never have so few read so
little about so important a proposal, and yet brazen forward oblivious
to the the deeply embarrassing charade it presents to the world.
Banana republics make a better show of governing themselves than did
the U.S. House of Representatives today.
. . . The Senate may stop this attempt at economic suicide, but independents
and Republicans cannot allow the public to forget the recklessness of
today's abdication of responsibility by the hard left House leadership. [more . .]
Me: I feel like I am at the bedside of a sick patient who is being treated by a mad doctor who doesn't know what he is doing, or who possibly intends to kill the patient via a slow, agonizing death. It infuriates.
Update - Kim Strassel in the Wall Street Journal explains the haste to pass the climate change bill: the number of skeptics is swelling everywhere.
recently, the Environmental Protection Agency ruled that carbon dioxide and
five other greenhouse gases are “pollutants that threaten public health and
welfare.” The “threat” comes from the effects of man-made global warming.
ruling is the first step in regulating the very gas that makes life on Earth
possible. If that sounds odd to you, it should. A lot of what is going on here
has little, if anything, to do with public health.
Also, did you see the article, "One in Three Children Fear an Earth Apocalypse?
One out of three children aged 6 to 11 fears that Ma Earth won't exist
when they grow up, while more than half—56 percent—worry that the
planet will be a blasted heath (or at least a very unpleasant place to live), according to a new survey.
This is sad. The new earth religion is sapping the life out of children, and
for no reason. Talk about irresponsible fear-mongering!
If one tried to get as many foolish ideas into one 16-page
document as the UN does here, they’d be hard pressed to do so. If
Obama cooperates with this, we will have willingly traded American
sovereignty for rule by thieves and knaves. Republicans need to win
some seats back in the Senate to ensure this treaty never gets ratified.
He's not afraid to confront Al Gore over global warming. He worries about freedom in the world. And he fears economic "reforms" more than he does the economic crisis itself. Jay Nordlinger reports from Davos:
A group of us met
this afternoon with Václav Klaus, the president of the Czech Republic,
which has the presidency of the European Union at the moment.
I asked Klaus
something about global warming: “Al Gore calls people who disagree with
him ‘deniers.’ I heard him do this just yesterday, in the Congress
Center.” (The main forum here in
Dr, Roy Spencer makes many good points. Note: I would have provided excerpts of the article but the updated software associated with "Typepad" (the software associated with this blog) has all kinds of bugs in it making posting very difficult these days.
"Earth Day" was yesterday, April 22nd. Our friends at the Family Research Council remind us that anti-life agendas piggy-back on the day. (My underlining below).
An estimated billion people are celebrating Earth Day around the
world, but few seem to understand its true motivation. Today isn't just
reminder to use recycled paper or drive energy-efficient cars. It's a
calculated attack on the sanctity of human life. Population control is
inextricably linked to the environmental and abortion movements. For
years, the Sierra Club and other green militants have said that the
best way to
consume fewer resources is to have fewer children. Their own website
says, "Talk to your decision-makers and demand an increase of funding
voluntary family planning programs and access to
comprehensive sex education for young people." Last year, Optimum
Population Trust released
Mr. Klaus is also interested in the politics of global
warming. He has written a book, tentatively titled "Blue, Not Green
Planet," published in Czech last year and due out in English
translation in the U.S. this May. The main question of the book is in
its subtitle: "What is in danger: climate or freedom?"
He likens global-warming alarmism to communism, which
he experienced first-hand in Cold War Czechoslovakia, then a Soviet
satellite. While the communists argued that we must all sacrifice some
freedom in pursuit of "equality," the "warmists," as Mr. Klaus calls
them, want us to sacrifice liberty -- especially economic liberty -- to
prevent a change in climate. In both cases, in Mr. Klaus's view, the
costs of achieving the goal, and the impossibility of truly doing so,
argue strongly against paying a price of freedom.
Are the world's ice caps melting because of climate change, or are
the reports just a lot of scare mongering by the advocates of the
global warming theory?
Scare mongering appears to be the case, according to reports
from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
that reveal that almost all the allegedly “lost” ice has come back. A
NOAA report shows that ice levels which had shrunk from 5 million
square miles in January 2007 to just 1.5 million square miles in
October, are almost back to their original levels.
Moreover, a Feb. 18 report in the London Daily Express showed
that there is nearly a third more ice in Antarctica than usual,
challenging the global warming crusaders and buttressing arguments of
skeptics who deny that the world is undergoing global warming. . . . (more)
Oh my... This item would go in the "hard to believe department" if I had such a category. (HT: Drudge)
A WEST Australian medical expert wants
families to pay a $5000-plus "baby levy" at birth and an annual carbon
tax of up to $800 a child.
Writing in today's Medical Journal of Australia,
Associate Professor Barry Walters said every couple with more than two
children should be taxed to pay for enough trees to offset the carbon
emissions generated over each child's lifetime.
Mark D. Tooley does his usual excellent job of analyzing the negative effects of what at first seems a noble endeavor, but in the end proves otherwise. The Religious Left more often than not can be relied upon to make false judgments of this sort. Click here
Al Gore has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Powerline asks the question, "When did the Nobel Peace Prize go off the tracks?" and supplies this reminder of past recipients (HT: Hugh Hewitt):
MOHAMED ELBARADEI (joint winner). He's done such a nice job with Iran.
WANGARI MAATHAI. The Kenyan ecologist peacefully teaches that the AIDS
virus is a biological agent deliberately created by the Man.
JIMMY CARTER JR., former President of the United States of America. A
true cosmopolitan, he has undermined the foreign policy of his own
country and vouched for the bona fides of tyrants and murderers all over the world.
UNITED NATIONS, New York, NY, USA.
KOFI ANNAN, United Nations Secretary General. Among other things, they
Update 10/10/07 - British Court finds inaccuracies in Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth." Judge rules it should only be shown in schools with guidance notes to prevent political indoctrination. ** David Freddoso refers to Bjorn Lomborg's article as
a must-read — a reductio ad absurdum for the Global Warming
religion from someone who believes in man-made warming but sees through
Bjorn Lomborg is not a skeptic of man-made global
warming. But he is a skeptic of the millennialist views of Al Gore and
other adherents. The world is not coming to an end, he says, and no,
Kyoto will not solve the world's problems. Nor is Global Warming the
cause of all the world's problems — it might actually solve some of
According to the first complete peer-reviewed
survey of climate change's health effects, global warming will actually
save lives. It's estimated that by 2050, global warming will cause
almost 400,000 more heat-related deaths each year. But at the same
time, 1.8 million fewer people will die from cold.
Protocol, with its drastic emissions cuts, is not a sensible way to
stop people from dying in future heat waves. At a much lower cost,
urban designers and politicians could lower temperatures more
Possibly a lot. An important Investors Business Dailyeditorial demands attention. Some excerpts:
The same day that Al Gore
lectured Congress about man-made global warming, NASA made a startling
announcement: The sun is hotter and more active than thought.
detailed new observations of solar explosions from a powerful space
telescope that recently beamed back X-ray images of the sun's outermost
layer. Scientists expected to see a calm region but instead saw a
bubbling mass of swaying and arching spikes, some more than 5,000 miles
long . The tangled magnetic fields dump energy back into the corona,
causing huge temperature flares.
The sunspot intensity shocked NASA astronomers, who held
the press conference in Washington as Gore testified nearby that the
planet has a 'fever' caused by carbon-spewing humans. Of course, the
media were too busy genuflecting before
The documentary goes into some of the many factors that have caused the
earth to warm and cool for centuries, including changes in activities
on the sun, 93 million miles away and wholly beyond the jurisdiction of
the Kyoto treaty.
According to these climate scientists, human
activities have very little effect on the climate, compared to many
other factors, from volcanoes to clouds.
scientists likewise debunk the mathematical models that have been used
to hype global-warming hysteria, even though
Update 3/13/07 - The New York Times today published a major article on the "Global Warming" debate. It offers a balanced assessment, and in so doing it printed a representative number of strong critiques. It's worth a read.