Global Warming Follies

The U.N. and cow farts.

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on September 7, 2008

Now the funny notion that cow farts cause global warming is being echoed by the U.N.

People should have one meat-free day a week if they want to make a personal and effective sacrifice that would help tackle climate change, the world’s leading authority on global warming has told The Observer

Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which last year earned a joint share of the Nobel Peace Prize, said that people should then go on to reduce their meat consumption even further.

I especially like the high minded terminology now that we have the august U.N. involved

…ruminants, particularly cows, emit methane, which is 23 times more effective as a global warming agent than carbon dioxide.

(“Emit methane” means farting for those of you in Loma Linda.)

What’s not so funny is that the people who would run our lives are now serious about telling us what we can and cannot eat.



Easier then ever to reveal your shame!

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on September 5, 2008

Now it is easier than ever to calculate your carbon footprint for a trip involving air travel! The Carbon Planet Flight Emissions Calculator will take each leg of your trip and figure out how much emission you are at fault for irresponsibly spewing into the fragile atmosphere.  For example, one round trip between Chicago Midway and New York’s JFK will emit 0.7 metric tons of carbon dioxide. For an analysis of how absolutely minute airline emissions are, see our previous post on the matter.

But wait, there’s more!

Not only can you find out the extent of your shame, the site even provides an opportunity to purchase credits to offset your emissions! This is a prime example of independent companies (unless they are secretly sponsored by the airlines) turning climate change into an economic tool. For only AU$25, you can feel better about emitting carbon dioxide at a concentration less than a drop of food coloring in Lake Michigan (approximation, not a scientific calculation).  The Carbon Planet organization even admits to being focused on providing “sustainable revenue streams” by helping companies issue carbon credits. We’ve predicted this effect of the climate change movement and are seeing it come to fruition. Kudos to a company in a free market capitalizing on an opportunity; it’s just a shame that it coincides with the endorsement of a faulty political movement.

British Environment Minister speaks truth to power.

Posted in Common Sense by tjgavin on September 5, 2008

British Environment Minister Sammy Wilson is irritating the UK shadow government of lefty environmentalists by stating the obvious.

…describing their view on climate change as a “hysterical psuedo-religion”.


“The tactic used by the “green gang” is to label anyone who dares disagree with their view of climate change as some kind of nutcase who denies scientific fact,” he said.

As if to prove his point here is the reponse by Peter Doran a spokesman for Friends of the Earth:

Mr Wilson (is) “like a cigarette salesman denying that smoking causes cancer”.

Right… Just like that.

Of course, we don’t have anything near the decades of real-world, old-style, test-tube type scientific evidence like we have that cigarettes cause cancer.

There are only assertions that the noted warming comes after the CO2 and the belief (this is the “psuedo-religion” part) that a cause and effect relationship exists. The problem is that correlation does not prove causation. That is why true scientists are still trying to prove it one way or another. 

If you don’t believe me, ask the next true believer what scientific proof exists that there is man-made global warming.  You’ll likely hear about computer models that seem to show correlation. But models are certainly not “proof” and some scientists even admit that the models are likely flawed. 

After that the “proof” the true believer proffers will pretty much trail off.

In the end, there is really no “scientific fact” to deny. I’m sure the irony of saying exactly what Mr. Wilson accuses him of saying was totally lost on Mr Doran.

Now, stating his belief and proposed remedy, Mr Wilson continues with his feet planted firmly on the ground.

Mr Wilson said he believed it (climate change) occurred naturally and was not man-made.

“Resources should be used to adapt to the consequences of climate change, rather than King Canute-style vainly trying to stop it,” said the minister.

I agree. Since the climate has been changing since the beginning of time we should always be adapting to it. Its good to hear some common sense from a high ranking British official.