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Associated Press – December 3, 2007
If you follow global warming news at all, you knew this was going to happen today. The new Australian Prime Minister, Mr. Kevin Rudd, signed the Kyoto Protocol on his first day in office. It is very telling that this was his first official act as Prime Minister and is sure to be used as a signal to the world on his belief in the human causation of global warming. It probably is also indicative of his relationship with the United States although that analysis exceeds the scope of this site.READ MORE
Reuters – August 14, 2007
To continue my ranting about carbon credits, I present this article that claims that credits that are in the Kyoto protocol actually encourage deforestation. While the author does not claim that you get direct credits for cutting down trees, there is no doubt that the logic is sound.
Carbon credits allow the polluter to buy non-polluting capability of others to offset the polluters sins. I have discussed this often in the past (see here) but go to this post for probably the best overall description of the technique.
The current carbon market actually encourages cutting down some of the world?s biggest forests, which would unleash tonnes of climate-warming carbon into the atmosphere….
The New York Times – July 1, 2007
The US former Vice President, Mr. Al Gore, wrote an op-ed piece this weekend in timing with Live Earth. Live Earth is the concert that will take place on 7 continents to create awareness of climate change. While Live Earth has had its share of criticisms, the concert does promise to be quite enjoyable for the fans of its musicians.
There is no real news in this op-ed. Mr. Gore has been repeating this same message repeatedly for quite some time. It is an interesting read almost in what it does not say – it doesn’t foretell of the world ending. There is no ominous warning in these words. I find that interesting since Mr. Gore probably now has the biggest podium he has had since losing the US presidential race. Why does he not talk of a mammoth rise in the ocean levels, famine across the world, and the elimination of many species. Surely, he still thinks these are going to happen.READ MORE
Classical Values – May 13, 2007
This is an interesting analysis of the the problems in the EU due to their leadership (and lack of following) on the Kyoto Protocol. While I am sure that many will blame the US for this problem, I actually feel that Presidents Clinton and Bush were wise in not pushing this adoption without the full participation of the 3rd world countries.
I also don’t blame the 3rd world countries for not adopting (or following) Kyoto since they are playing catch up to the industrialized world. Why should their people starve because they were late to the party of industrializing their nation – something the European and North American countries had been doing since the mid to late 19th century.READ MORE
Financial Post – April 6, 2006
This is an open letter from 60 scientists (listed in the letter) in Canada calling on its government to walk away from the Kyoto agreement. It makes the argument that the evidence does not lead to the conclusion that the climate models are correct nor that the efforts of Kyoto will adequately affect the climate.
The article also points out that the “unqualified environmental groups” are doing a very good job of creating buzz but that their science and conclusions are not appropriate.
Observational evidence does not support today’s computer climate models, so there is little reason to trust model predictions of the future.
Investor’s Business Daily – February 12. 2007
This is a very powerful article (opinion) that says that there is no reason for nations to spend huge amounts of money on global warming. It quotes Canada’s leader (who is struggling to make environmental commitments) as saying it is actually a socialistic scheme of wealth redistribution.
Canada’s new leader is taking heat over an old letter saying Kyoto was a “socialist scheme” to redistribute wealth on a global scale.
Harper described the Kyoto Protocol as “a socialist scheme to suck money out of wealth-producing nations.” He voiced his support for the “campaign to block the job-killing, economy-destroying Kyoto accord,” an agreement he said was “based on tentative and contradictory scientific evidence about climate trends.”
I haven’t posted much to this site as the two sides in this debate had become very fanatical and I don’t like dealing with fanatics. Since the site is dedicated to looking at both sides of the debate, fanaticism made that impractical. Regardless of the validity of a claim by one side, the other side always condemned it as a lie. Rarely was there scientific discussion as to the validity of the claim or how it was misunderstood but rather a general condemnation. Even the discussion that the other side was unreasonable has become fanatical – can you ever envision a reasonable conversation between Hannity and Gore?READ MORE
I thought that Lord Turnbull’s speach in front of the House of Lords on December 8, 2009 was very well done. It does an excellent job of praising many in the community for their efforts in addition to appropriately questioning the correct next action. As this is a public forum paid for by British taxpayers, I feel that I can include his complete comments here.
I especially like the realism in his comments about the exporting of carbon usage to China (or other less developed countries) and then blaming those countries for their dramatic increase. This is an issue that is often overlooked in the discussion of curtailing carbon output in any individual country.READ MORE
As nations around the world begin to plan for Copenhagen to discuss the next generation Kyoto treaty, it is increasingly obvious that they will be ineffective.
Chief among the reasons for this ineffectiveness is that with the price of oil at its current state, it is simply not cost effective to use alternative fuels that will dump less CO2 into the atmosphere. The oil producing nations are probably not maintaining crude at this level to doom the planet to disaster, they are simply smart business people that are providing their “drugs” to the “addicts” at a price and in a way that will insure that no one can ever move off.READ MORE
Today is Global Wind Day.
While there are some problems with relying on wind power for the bulk of our energy needs in the US, wind probably has a place to augment and help us meet our needs, especially if the US doesn’t quickly add more nuclear generation capability!
A short video from Wind Power Works
While I typically do not reproduce pages in whole, I am going to put the entire text of the Wind Day campaign here for your convenience. You should also go to the Global Wind Day site.READ MORE