Thursday, December 06, 2012

Walkom: Global warming? (Yawn). We don’t care about that any more. -
Behind both governments, however, is a bleak political reality: There are no longer enough voters who care about climate change.

Let me rephrase that. We care. We just don’t care enough to do anything.

At one level, it is odd that humans are so blasé about global warming when its effects are so obvious.

At another, it is not. We are not a particularly far-sighted species. Our attention span is short, our collective memory shallow. For a while, Al Gore — the failed U.S. presidential contender who became the poster boy for climate change — was an international celebrity. Now he’s just somebody from before.
Green Weenie Update: Smil Smackdown Edition | Power Line
There are a handful of indispensible writers on energy and resource issues, and if you had to narrow the list down to just the top two or three people, I’d have to name Vaclav Smil as my Numero Uno. Among Smil’s terrific books are Energy Myths and Realities and Energy at the Crossroads, but see also his Why America Is Not a New Rome. Perhaps his most useful insight is that energy transitions are long-term affairs, no matter how much governments may try to “nudge” or shove technology along—a lesson clearly lost on our current Energy secretary Stephen Chu, who apparently thinks we’re actually getting off oil before this decade is over.
Twitter / CFACT: Scientists at Munich conference ...
Scientists at Munich conference challenge IPCC
Release: CFACT to hold press conference in Doha — Thursday
(Doha) Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) will be holding a press conference tomorrow to call on the United Nations to halt its efforts to create a new climate change treaty.

United States Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) will deliver a message to COP 18 warning about the consequences of any action taken by the United Nations to extend the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012.

CFACT will release a report by Marc Morano, “Extreme Weather Report 2012,” which clearly shows there has been no increase in severe weather events as a result of climate change.

Lord Christopher Monckton will release a reviewed paper, “Is CO2 mitigation cost effective?”, which will be published in this year’s annual proceedings of the seminars on planetary emergencies of the World Federation of Scientists.

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