Friday, September 10, 2010

Sure, worry about climate change – but not too much - Bjørn Lomborg - The Globe and Mail
The chief Cassandra in this chorus of doom has been Al Gore, whose 2006 Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth was unabashedly (and rather accurately) marketed as “the most terrifying film you will ever see.” Mr. Gore rightly was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for putting climate change on the global agenda, but his penchant for hyperbole – as in “we have just 10 years to avert a major catastrophe” or we must take “large-scale, preventative measures to protect human civilization as we know it” – isn’t likely to win him any prizes for accuracy or good science.
Peter Garrett: a cautionary tale for the Greens › Environment Blog (ABC Environment)
The Greens are a bit like Garrett in that they come from an activist background, and carry the goodwill of the environment movement.

They have built their party up on hardline environmental credentials. Any erosion of these would erode the Greens support base.

If a Greens MP or senator were to accept a ministerial position related to the environment or climate change, they would inevitably be forced to compromise their idealistic view on how the environment should be managed to one more mundanely pragmatic. The damage to the reputation they have formed over 18 long years at the federal level would be irreparable.
All CO2-spewing kit now in existence is OK for the planet • The Register
All the carbon-spewing machinery the human race now possesses - powerplants, transportation, boilers, the lot - can be kept running for its entire designed life without any significant ill effects on the planetary ecosystem, according to new analysis. It is the new machinery to replace what we now have which will either push atmospheric carbon over the UN's red line - or not.
William Dameron: Global warming questions - Leavenworth, KS - Leavenworth Times
For a much more complete discussion of global warming, if you have an hour and a half and access to the Internet, watch the Powerpoint presentation at Global climate is a very, very complex subject, and this site explains it more completely and objectively than most.

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