Global Warming Follies


Climate change and slavery: apples and oranges

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on February 27, 2008

This pearl of a story comes courtesy Salon.com. The premise is that “defending the institution of slavery and climate change denialism” have a “moral equivalence.” I guess some dude wrote some paper with an academic-sounding title that compares the justifications of anti-abolitionists to global warming “deniers”.

When you consider, for example, the commonly heard argument that abolition of slavery would cripple the economy of the South, it does sound an awful lot like the contention that a carbon tax or cap-and-trade system would be a death blow to the modern U.S. economy. And in both cases, what we are really talking about are energy inputs: whether in the form of “free” labor through slavery, or by burning fossil fuels.

I like how thin that line of twine that connects those two concepts is. The underlying argument, hidden in a smokescreen of false analogy, is that those who would dare question global warming are as demonic as those who supported slavery. Rather than make a cogent argument the author resorts to the “Well you’re a Nazi!” and “So’s your old man” method of proving his point. It means nothing, except what it says about the speaker.

Link (salon.com)

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People use the legal system for the strangest things…

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on February 27, 2008

There’s an Eskimo village in Alaska that is having some problems with wave surges. The waves are coming in winter when there was usually sea ice protecting the village. The waves are causing erosion and they are now wanting to relocate the village to a safer place to the tune of $400 million. Who do you think they’re trying to get to pay for it? THE OIL COMPANIES!! (and 14 power companies and one coal company). The village claims that their problem is because of global warming, and the defendants in the lawsuit are the ones causing the global warming.

Reached by phone in Boston, attorney Matt Pawa said other lawsuits have been filed seeking damages from global warming, but this is the first one that has a “discretely identifiable victim.”

Damage to Kivalina from global warming has been documented in official government reports by the Army Corps of Engineers and the General Accounting Office, Pawa said.

The lawsuit invokes the federal common law of public nuisance, and every entity that contributes to the pollution problem harming Kivalina is liable, Pawa said. “You can sue them one at a time or some subset of them,” he said.

The lawsuit also accuses some of the defendants of a conspiracy to mislead the public regarding the causes and consequences of global warming. The suit was filed in California because that’s where many of the defendants are located or do business, Pawa said.

Link (CNN)

Global warming erased?

Posted in Common Sense by tjgavin on February 26, 2008

A twelve-month long drop in world temperatures erases global warming.

Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has exploded. China has its coldest winter in 100 years. Baghdad sees its first snow in all recorded history. North America has the most snowcover in 50 years, with places like Wisconsin the highest since record-keeping began. Record levels of Antarctic sea ice, record cold in Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Mexico, Australia, Iran, Greece, South Africa, Greenland, Argentina, Chile — the list goes on and on. No more than anecdotal evidence, to be sure.

But now, that evidence has been supplanted by hard scientific fact. All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA’s GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously.

Meteorologist Anthony Watts compiled the results of all the sources. The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C — a value large enough to erase nearly all the global warming recorded over the past 100 years. All in one year time. For all sources, it’s the single fastest temperature change every recorded, either up or down.

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What’s going on with our children?

Posted in Common Sense by tjgavin on February 25, 2008

If the anecdotal news story we shared the other day about juvenile enviro-nazi-ism didn’t get your anxiety up, how about this. A new poll conducted in Britain by Nickelodeon has found that youngsters it calls “Greenagers” want to change the way you live because they believe they know more than you. These are some of the study’s findings (modified for clarity and style):

95% of children aged between 4 and 15 were ‘concerned’ by global warming, with more than half ‘very concerned’.

70% of those polled believed climate change is something that will affect them in their lifetime.

85% thought people should be more concerned about the issue

59% of children were aware of the concept of a ‘carbon footprint’ and were keen to alter their home life in order to reduce it

Three out of four believed they were more fluent on the subject than their parents

Now how do you suppose our four to fourteen year-olds got so “smart”? Would it surprise you if I told you it was partly from the same boob tube that we plop them down in front of as an electronic babysitter for hours at a time?

The research has been conducted by the UK kids’ channel Nickelodeon as part of their environmental campaign called ‘Nick’s Big Green Thing’. The channel has launched a week of programming to encourage children to create a greener environment.

One of the week’s hosts, acclaimed adventurer and environmentalist David de Rothschild, was delighted to see the youngest generation were paying attention to the subject of global warming. He said: “Our climates changing quicker than anyone ever expected and we can’t afford to ignore the signs.

“The good news is we have the solutions and this research proves that kids are taking action helping to create more stable environmental conditions for our future generations.”

How about the same school we ask to be our kids’ surrogate parents for eight hours a day?

Despite the awarness of home environmental initiatives, the respondents felt that they learned more about the environment from school teachers rather than their parents.

Tim’s comment about “1984” seems even more on the mark now, doesn’t it?

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You may not hear about this in the US media so here it is from Canada.

Posted in Common Sense by tjgavin on February 25, 2008

  

Forget global warming: Welcome to the new Ice Age

Snow cover over North America and much of Siberia, Mongolia and China is greater than at any time since 1966.

The U.S. National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) reported that many American cities and towns suffered record cold temperatures in January and early February. According to the NCDC, the average temperature in January “was -0.3 F cooler than the 1901-2000 (20th century) average.”

China is surviving its most brutal winter in a century. Temperatures in the normally balmy south were so low for so long that some middle-sized cities went days and even weeks without electricity because once power lines had toppled it was too cold or too icy to repair them.

There have been so many snow and ice storms in Ontario and Quebec in the past two months that the real estate market has felt the pinch as home buyers have stayed home rather than venturing out looking for new houses.

In just the first two weeks of February, Toronto received 70 cm of snow, smashing the record of 66.6 cm for the entire month set back in the pre-SUV, pre-Kyoto, pre-carbon footprint days of 1950.

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Sometimes the most direct words are the most truthful.

Posted in Common Sense by tjgavin on February 24, 2008

GM exec stands by calling global warming a “crock”

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Corp Vice Chairman Bob Lutz has defended remarks he made dismissing global warming as a “total crock of s—,” saying his views had no bearing on GM’s commitment to build environmentally friendly vehicles.

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“L’enfante terrible” or “l’enfante indoctrinated”?

Posted in Common Sense by tjgavin on February 23, 2008

This is a fascinating article about what little environmentalist Nazis our children are being indoctrinated to become. Read the whole article to see the unquestioning, self-righteousness of the little “Environmental Youth” brown shirts and their pathetic, cowering parents.

The hodge podge of environmentalist truisms is kind of funny, like taking shorter showers will save the polar bears. The GW’ers sacrament of making a “Hummer pi-ata” (Do you think they meant pinata?) for beating on at a “global warming” birthday party, is also a real stitch. The problem is, these kids really believe this stuff and their teachers are telling them to defy their parents to “save the planet”.

The parents may be the worst as they seem to be hoping that their children will take pity on their greenie failings and not turn them in to the Greenpeace SS.

Marika Martin is a vegetarian. So is her husband, Charles Gonzalez, who rides his bicycle to work every day in New York City traffic, rain or shine.

The couple cares deeply about the environment, but if you ask their kids, 12-year-old Sinika and 8-year-old Soren, it’s sometimes not deeply enough.

“My hopeless mother is obsessed with plastic bags,” said Soren, a third-grader and huge fan of Al Gore’s global warming documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”

“A lot of plastic can’t be recycled,” chimed in his sister, who’s in the seventh grade. “The turtles can get suffocated and it can go into the water. My dad gave her a cloth bag but she doesn’t use it. Plastic drives me nuts!”

… “I get it, I get it, I’m a bag lady,” Martin said of her plastic-wrapped groceries. “But I’m always doing spontaneous shopping so it’s hard. It isn’t always feasible. Of course it’s making me feel guilty. I know I shouldn’t use them but in everyday living it’s hard.”

Another mother/daughter exchange illustrates the SS analogy:

Recycling day in Amanda’s apartment complex is Thursdays. Her mom, Trina Brosius, admits to sometimes tossing rather than recycling when metal and plastic piles up in the interim.

“My mom throws bottles away. Even cans,” Amanda said. “She just sold me out,” mom admits.

What’s even more scary is the helpful AP sidebar that advises parents to, among other things:

– Respect your child’s point of view by listening.
– Research (if necessary) your environmental options if you can’t say “yes” to a request.
– Acknowledge with pride your child’s desire to create change.
-Compromise when possible by taking “baby steps” towards a mutual goal.

Along with suggestions like:

– Plastic bags drive your kids nuts. But you’re constantly shopping on the fly and forgetting to carry the nifty canvas bag they gave you for your last birthday. Do you promise to do better or explain that plastic is a fact of life?
Acknowledge that you haven’t been as conscientious as you should have been with regard to carrying the bag they gave you. Agree to use paper instead of plastic when you forget.

I have a few more I’d like to add to this list:

– Remember that you are the parents and that you have the primary responsibility for educating your children.

– Use attempts at indoctrinating them as learning tools to help them research topics on their own and become critical thinkers and not just vessels for other people’s thoughts.

– Teach your children to respect you as their parents and as a way to earning respect for themselves and their ideas.

– Make sure your children understand that many people who become true believers in causes can become intolerant of conflicting views and it’s important not to become like that.

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“Environmental/spiritual issues”? Hmmmm? Count me in!

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on February 23, 2008
Faith calendar

Calgary Herald

 
– Global Warming: a challenge and opportunity for Christians; the second of four workshops on environmental/spiritual issues follows the 10:30 a.m. service at Scarboro United, 134 Scarboro Ave. S.W. Call 244-1161 to register.

Oh truffle. We hardly knew ye. What’s next, the beloved fiddle fern? How would we survive the loss of that tasty asparagas-like plant?

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on February 23, 2008

France: The truffle, fragrant and expensive latter-day delight of food lovers, is in trouble with French farmers predicting a cut in production of up to 75% this winter. Most blame global warming, warning that if thermometers keep rising, as many scientists predict, the country’s black truffle will one day be just a memory.

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There’s hope for the EU yet!

Posted in Common Sense by tjgavin on February 18, 2008

Prague – One of the world’s most prominent global-warming doubters, Vaclav Klaus, was re-elected Czech president Friday as a majority of 141 from 279 lawmakers present voted for him. A Eurosceptic veteran of Czech politics, Klaus, 66, is to hold office for the next five years, including during the Czech Republic’s presidency over the European Union in the first half of 2009. Klaus defeated Czech-US economics professor Jan Svejnar, 55, who earned 111 votes in the third ballot of the second presidential election.

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