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The Beginning of the End for Life as We Know it on Planet Earth?

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – May 4, 2007

This is a very disturbing and controversial viewpoint that reminds me of a book by Tom Clancy from several years ago where extremists schemed to demolish the population of the planet to make it better for wildlife.  I have decided to include this article only because I believe that extremism (in either direction) on this issue of humans effecting the world is typically bad.  A centrist viewpoint almost always makes sense and by pointing out the radicals, rational people can disassociate themselves from the stance.

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Ethanol Push Adds to Forces Lifting Food Costs

WSJ.com – April 16, 2007

Interesting article about the affect of the increase in ethanol on the price of corn and pressure on food uses of corn. This was an obvious repercussion of the desire to move away from foreign oil sources for liquid fuel. While this push may be due to fears of global warming, it is convenient that it serves the goals of eliminating oil as a part of the geopolitical strength of portions of the world. 

It is unfortunate that the US is not adequately prepared for this rush of demand.  I hope that this price pressure does not significantly impact the poor and their desire to get adequate food and nutrients.

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The Greening of Gingrich

Capital Briefs – April 10, 2007

This is an overview of a recent debate by Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, and Senator John Kerry.  Senator Kerry has long held that global warming was caused by human activity but now Mr. Gingrich has announced that he feels the same way.  The majority of their debate then seemed to center on what to do next with Mr. Kerry purposing regulations and Mr. Gingrich proposing more of a free market approach with incentives for new technology.

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Warmest winter on record for Shanghai

Breitbart.com – March 2, 2007

This is a series of 2 posts that will be posted today. The two posts are polar opposites (sorry – couldn’t resist the pun). The one article will discuss how cold it is in one municipality and the other article will discuss how hot it is in another. I am doing this to prove a point – there is no conclusion to be made by looking at the local weather! A common argument by both sides is to point out these extremes. This argument is pointless. If global warming is upon us we will still have record lows. If, instead, we are in an ice age, we would still record record highs in parts of the world. Climate is bigger than the local weather of a city or state. It is longer than a day, week, or even a season. Don’t be confused by these pointless anecdotes.

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Homer ready to fish, but frozen harbor won’t cooperate

Anchorage Daily News – March 16, 2007

This is a series of 2 posts that will be posted today. The two posts are polar opposites (sorry – couldn’t resist the pun). The one article will discuss how cold it is in one municipality and the other article will discuss how hot it is in another. I am doing this to prove a point – there is no conclusion to be made by looking at the local weather! A common argument by both sides is to point out these extremes. This argument is pointless. If global warming is upon us we will still have record lows. If, instead, we are in an ice age, we would still record record highs in parts of the world. Climate is bigger than the local weather of a city or state. It is longer than a day, week, or even a season. Don’t be confused by these pointless anecdotes.

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