Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Climate Advocates and Climate Activists Are Butting Heads Over the Keystone XL Pipeline |
[Time warmist Bryan Walsh] Climate advocates, by contrast, is trying to maximize political leverage, and as Hoberg writes, that may involve “exaggerated claims that aggravate the analyst.” But Hoberg—while he has sympathies for the analyst’s approach—says he ultimately believes a “leap of faith” is needed to convince policymakers and the public to act from moral rather than economic grounds. So great is the climate challenge—and so overwhelming is the opposition—that if we let ourselves be defined by the numbers, we will fail.

It’s as cogent an a dissection I’ve seen of why analysts and advocates—and I consider myself much more the former—might differ on Keystone. I’d only add that climate advocates have long prided themselves—and indeed, built their case—on the fact that they have science and numbers on their side. Think of Gore and his Climate Reality project, and the constant invocation of “the science” that demands action. So it shouldn’t be surprising that climate advocates might get less wiggle room on factual fidelity than their opponents—even though climate skeptics, as the leaked documents (or hacked, as the case may be) from the Heartland Institute indicate, have no qualms about gaming the system.
Kansas Bill Would Require Teachers To Misinform Students About Climate Change | ThinkProgress
As National Center for Science Education executive director Eugenie C. Scott explained, “The only effects of enacting such a misguided bill would be to discourage responsible teachers from presenting climate science accurately and to encourage irresponsible teachers to misrepresent it as controversial.”
[Thank goodness that bureaucrats are so competent, because successfully preventing CO2-induced bad weather is a complicated thing]: Australia’s coal industry earns billions in carbon windfall profits
BEIJING, Feb 20 (Reuters Point Carbon) - Australia’s dirtiest coal plants stand to earn up to A$5.4 billion ($5.6 bln) in windfall profits from the nation's policy to levy a price on CO2 emissions, a report said Wednesday.

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