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Gore Delivers Remarks on Energy and the Climate

Washington Post – July 17, 2008

Mr. Al Gore recently gave a speech in Washington DC regarding energy.  While many in the blogosphere will call Mr. Gore “Pope Gore” and refer to environmentalists as a religion, in this case, I don’t think that Mr. Gore makes many of the outlandish comments which I have chastised him about. Most of his comments are regarding energy independence, the status of the technology of alternative fuels, and the balance of power.

He does make a few global warming references which are a little hard to defend. He implies that the fires in California are caused by manmade global warming – this is probably not true since California has been enjoying an unusually wet climate for several decades and it appears that this current drought is simply going back to status quo.

Melting ice cap brings diamond hunters and hopes of independence to Greenland

The Guardian – October 4, 2007

While most people say that the increasing temperatures due to climate change (whether natural or man-made) will cause significant hardship for many, it appears that Greenland may get a boon from the change.

With the receding ice, many of Greenland’s natural resources are available for exploitation and the vast amount of fresh water on the large island gives them some unique opportunities for hydro-electricity as well as distribution of water.

Greenland is dependent on Denmark for its existence and this new found wealth may be the ticket that is required for them to become fully self governed.

I first read of this topic on psfk but the below comments come from its source, which is The Guardian.

Wanna Pay $7 a Gallon?

Forbes.com – July 2, 2007

First of all, I am not making up this date above.  I know that it is not July 2 yet but that is the date on the article.  I believe the date is representative of the issue of the printed magazine (and we all know that these dates are wrong).

This article by Jerry Flint, a man that has been covering the automobile industry for decades, points out that the only way to aggressively solve the carbon dioxide problem with changes to autos is a dramatic and painful tax. He explains that in many cases the cure may actually be worse than the sickness.  This is similar to my personal feelings except that I  temper his statements by stating that if the science was rock solid, it would probably be worth the investment but if the science is not rock solid, the risk of catastrophe from the cure is almost surely 100% and therefore is probably not justified.

what’s up with the weather: the debate: dr. s. fred singer

PBS Online

This is an excellent interview from several years ago with Dr. S. Fred Singer.  Dr. Singer is “an atmospheric physicist at George Mason University and founder of the Science and Environmental Policy Project, a think tank on climate and environmental issues.”

I will highlight a few of the statements below but this is an interview that should be read in its entirety so please click through on the link below.  Dr. Singer significantly minimizes the chance of global warming and specifically states that human impact is marginal.

Climate change is a natural phenomenon. Climate keeps changing all the time. The fact that climate changes is not in itself a threat, because, obviously, in the past human beings have adapted to all kinds of climate changes.

Rudy Giuliani on Energy & Oil

OnTheIssues

This is a continuation of my occasional series on the candidates for the next President of the United States of America.  This article will focus on Rudy Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York City.  My source for this post is OnTheIssues which is an excellent source of information on political candidates.  The authors of this article compiled various quotes from Mr. Giuliani over the years.  I will only quote a few here and encourage you to click through to the original to read other quotes on the subject.

Q: If we sign Kyoto, wouldn’t then a lot of factories and jobs and investments just move offshore to China and India?

Kyoto Destroying European Economy

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.

China accepts fears over climate but will not cut growth

The Times – April 24, 2007

This is confusing.  If someone accepts that the world is getting warmer due to human output of CO2, and if that person also accepts that global warmer would harm mankind then how could that person not accept making changes in behavior to prevent it.  Isn’t the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again but expect a different outcome?  It is one thing to deny that global warming is happening due to humans and then not do anything but I cannot follow the logic of agreeing with it and then still do nothing.

Global Warming: The momentum has shifted to climate skeptics

Canada Free Press – March 3, 2007

This is an interesting article that is a little difficult to read in its original form. I hesitate to do this, but I feel compelled to insert the entire article here in this forum. I want to stress that I do not own the copyright to the following information – the copyright belongs to the original site and author as they have advertised on their site. I will only do this in rare situations where readability is more of an issue.

Senator Inhofe has made available his CPAC speech notes and PowerPoint presentation to the public. The science section notes below are only a sampling of the new developments since January 2007 refuting the media engineered ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming.]SENATOR JAMES INHOFE (R-Okla.)
Ranking Member Environment & Public Works Committee
MARCH 3, 2007 POWERPOINT SPEECH
TO CPAC IN WASHINGTON, DC

Building a ‘new energy’ work force: Industry, education leaders partner for training as need for skilled workers may rise

TMC Net – February 24, 2007

This is an article that discusses one of the benefits of the efforts to stop human causes of global warming. If we find that humans cause global warming (as some believe to be true), an entire new set of industries will be born. This article calls this the “new energy work force.”

While I am all in favor of new jobs being created and I am definitely in favor of developing alternative ways to produce and control energy, I often wonder if this is a symptom of the true reason for this conversation. Many people hold that global agreements such as Kyoto are simply ways to divert wealth to less fortunate parts of the world. They also hold that many industry leaders are pushing the global warming agenda just to sell themselves and their companies. Politicians are also lumped into this bucket at times (Al Gore being the one that most would recognize).