Saturday, August 10, 2013


Silver lining for global warming - The Packer
Now, as a member of a so-called-by-some elitist Commie profession, I can talk about global warming without anyone batting an eye, but [Dick Okray, partner in Wisconsin grower-shipper Okray Farms and a longtime industry leader is] a grower, and I don’t want to get him in trouble.
Now, Okray’s takeaway from this is largely a positive one. Bigger yields and bigger plants should, in theory at least, mean more food to feed the world, higher returns for growers and more efficient land use.

“I’m not 100% positive that (global warming) is going to be all bad.”
The Era of Corporate Silence on Climate Policy Is Ending | Andrew Winston
"Tackling climate change is one of America's greatest economic opportunities." So proclaims the Climate Declaration, a public statement signed by a fast-growing list of U.S. corporate giants, including GM, Nike, Intel, Starbucks, Unilever, eBay, Swiss Re, and even The Weather Channel...Taking on climate change will save money, improve efficiency, and drive innovation, all of which will keep America competitive internationally [If fighting bad weather actually saves money and improves efficiency, why don't these companies just do it without demanding any regulations or subsidies?]

...Before getting too excited about the potential here though, we should humbly remember that the Climate Declaration and BICEP are not the first attempts to engage companies in climate policy advocacy. In 2007, Alcoa, GE, DuPont, Johnson & Johnson, Caterpillar, and other corporate giants formed the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), led mainly by the NGO Environmental Defense. USCAP called for large reductions in emissions, but focused mainly on supporting a "cap and trade" program. When the climate bill featuring this policy failed to pass through Congress in 2010, USCAP became quasi-defunct...It doesn't take an advanced political science degree to recognize that this list of policies will help us tackle climate change.  [Political science degrees help you design successful, cost-effective bad-weather-preventing policies? ]
Climate Change and Conflict and the Media | Aspen Public Radio
[Aspen Public Radio’s science reporter Ellis Robinson] Nowhere, in the recent study or in any academic circle, will you find someone who thinks that climate is completely deterministic in causing violence. Most scientists would put it nowhere near the top of the list on what causes the most conflict. There are political, economic, geographic, social factors that are likely much bigger triggers to climate, and that was lost in a lot of the coverage.

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