American Elephants


We cannot stop climate change. We are not the cause. by The Elephant's Child

From the Washington Post today, from a Professor Joseph Stiglitz:

Obama is also inheriting a climate crisis.  The United States and China have been racing to see which nation will contribute most to the greenhouse gasses that cause global warming.  It looks as though China will win in absolute terms, but on a per capita basis, America takes the smoggy cake.  We cannot save the planet without a global agreement, and we cannot get such an agreement without massive reductions in U.S. emissions.  This transition could have upsides beyond the environmental ones.  A carbon tax — or the auctioning of emissions permits — could generate huge revenues; some of those could be used to help Americans adjust to the new “green economy,” while the rest could be used to reduce the deficit or lower taxes on workers.  But we really have little choice here: Europe and other global players are likely to slap a carbon tax on U.S. goods if we don’t deal with the issue at home.  Their firms will not tolerate giving U.S. firms a competitive advantage simply because we refuse to bear our responsibility for the global environment.

This is so wrong headed on so many fronts that it is breathtaking.  Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant.  It is a colorless, odorless benign gas that we exhale. It is not a cause of global warming, and is only a trace gas in the atmosphere.  If you burned all of the carbon on earth all at once, it would still be only a trace gas. The major greenhouse gas is water vapor. Carbon dioxide is a natural fertilizer that makes plants grow. This is a good thing.

The planet is in peril only in Al Gore’s mind and in the computer models of the UN’s IPCC. Not in the observational evidence.  Only in computer models.  High priced computers to be sure, but the same GIGO still applies.

A carbon tax will do nothing whatsoever for the planet, but it will make the planet’s people a lot poorer. Professor Stiglitz is apparently so consumed with his desire to ‘save the planet’ that he has not seriously looked at the downside to carbon taxes. There is simply no reason to tax carbon.

The earth has been warming and cooling for centuries. It is a natural process. We cannot stop climate change because neither we nor our CO2 are the cause.  Even if every country in the world implemented the complete Kyoto Protocol, the difference in atmospheric CO2 would be undetectable.

The European Union is facing it’s own revolt.  In the face of the credit crisis, many nations are looking seriously for the first time at the real cost of the unnecessary containment of carbon, and having some serious second thoughts.

It has been a bad year for the alarmists. Cold periods and snowfalls are occurring around the world. The British House of Commons debated a climate-change bill that pledged that the United Kingdom would reduce its CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050 , just as London was hit by the first October snow since 1922.

Would someone please note that happenings and observations in the real world trump computer projections every time!



The Greens get caught playing on your emotions, once again. by The Elephant's Child
November 9, 2008, 4:36 pm
Filed under: Energy, Environment, Global Warming | Tags: , ,

(h/t. The Daily Bayonet)




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