By ATWadmin On May 25th, 2008 at 4:29 pm
Freeman Dyson reviews:
A Question of Balance: Weighing the Options on Global Warming Policies
by William Nordhaus
Yale University Press, 234 pp., $28.00
Global Warming: Looking Beyond Kyoto
edited by Ernesto Zedillo
Yale Center for the Study of Globalization/Brookings Institution Press, 237 pp., $26.95 (paper)
While I don’t agree with everything Dyson writes about global warming, his review is excellent and he makes two very interesting points:
Environmentalism has replaced socialism as the leading secular religion. And the ethics of environmentalism are fundamentally sound. Scientists and economists can agree with Buddhist monks and Christian activists that ruthless destruction of natural habitats is evil and careful preservation of birds and butterflies is good. The worldwide community of environmentalists—most of whom are not scientists—holds the moral high ground, and is guiding human societies toward a hopeful future. Environmentalism, as a religion of hope and respect for nature, is here to stay. This is a religion that we can all share, whether or not we believe that global warming is harmful. (my emphasis)
Unfortunately, some members of the environmental movement have also adopted as an article of faith the be-lief that global warming is the greatest threat to the ecology of our planet. That is one reason why the arguments about global warming have become bitter and passionate. Much of the public has come to believe that anyone who is skeptical about the dangers of global warming is an enemy of the environment. The skeptics now have the difficult task of convincing the public that the opposite is true. Many of the skeptics are passionate environmentalists. They are horrified to see the obsession with global warming distracting public attention from what they see as more serious and more immediate dangers to the planet, including problems of nuclear weaponry, environmental degradation, and social injustice. Whether they turn out to be right or wrong, their arguments on these issues deserve to be heard. (my emphasis)
I agree with Dyson that environmentalism has replaced socialism as the leading secular religion; however, I strongly disagree that the ethics of environmentalism are sound, and that environmentalism has the moral high ground. But then I never felt that socialism had the moral high ground.
By ATWadmin On May 21st, 2008 at 6:58 pm
The debate is over – there is a clear scientific consensus that AGW is an established fact and we must listen to the Rev Al Gore when he preaches his green sermons to us mere mortals. Right? Wrong.
"More than 31,000 scientists across the U.S. – including more than 9,000 Ph.D.s in fields such as atmospheric science, climatology, Earth Science, environment and dozens of other specialties – have signed a petition rejecting "global warming," the assumption that the human production of greenhouse gases is damaging Earth’s Climate.
"There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate," the petition states. "Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth."
The debate is NOT over, it has hardly started, and of course just because this large number of scientists do not subscribe to AGW does not make this a fact – but surely it proves that the settled consensus some like Gore allege is an illusion?
By ATWadmin On February 5th, 2008 at 11:18 am
Another cross-post from Biased BBC!
Whenever the Church of England gets a favourable headline on the BBC, you can be sure that it will relate to it embracing leftist causes. Global warming hysteria is one of the Left’s favourite causes – in fact I would suggest it has taken on quasi-religious importance to those who worship at the church of the Rev Al Gore. So maybe it’s no big surprise to see the prominence the BBC gives to the story that two senior bishops are urging people to cut back on carbon for Lent instead of the conventional chocolate or alcohol.
The Bishops of London and Liverpool, Dr Richard Chartres and James Jones, are launching the Carbon Fast at Trafalgar Square with aid agency Tearfund. They hope to encourage people to reduce their carbon footprint for 40 days. Bishop Jones, who is vice president of Tearfund, said: "It is the poor who are already suffering the effects of climate change. To carry on regardless of their plight is to fly in the face of Christian teaching." One Tearfund employee will camp outside the charity’s offices in Teddington for a week in an attempt to reduce his emissions to that of an average Malawian farmer. God preserve us from liberal angst!. I bet Malawian farmers really appreciate this. Dr Chartres also called for "individual and collective action".
OK, so these two Bishops buy into the global warming alarmism so assiduously cultivated by the BBC. But why is that EVERY person who the BBC allows to comment on this story all share the one viewpoint? Whatever happened to plurality of opinion? Is there no-one that the BBC can find to oppose the AGW hysteria? There are MANY in the scientific community who do not buy into the carbon emission obsession, there are many within the religious community who also do not see it the same way as these two Bishops do. But time after time, when it comes to this topic, the BBC ONLY allows one view. That is neither fair nor balanced and it’s high time that the high priests of global warming hysteria in the BBC were held to account. We need less hot air from them.
By ATWadmin On January 16th, 2008 at 5:22 pm
YOU KNOW THE PATTERN: ‘Right Wingers’ accuse Leftist enviro-loons of trying to undo the industrial age, Leftist enviro-loons whine and seeth, accusing ‘Right Wingers’ of peddling conspiracies. We’ve been around this mulberry bush a few times on ATW. Well liberals, the game’s up. When even the likes of Sir David King are coming out against you, the gaff’s been blown:
The Government’s former chief scientific adviser has accused green activists of putting the fight against climate change at risk by wanting to take society back to the 17th century.
Sir David King, who is credited with convincing Tony Blair of the urgency of global warming, told the Guardian newspaper that tackling the problem without using technological solutions – including nuclear power – was hopeless.
He said: "There is a suspicion, and I have that suspicion myself, that a large number of people who label themselves ‘green’ are actually keen to take us back to the 18th or even the 17th century."
By ATWadmin On January 11th, 2008 at 7:34 pm
From the cradle of civilization comes, for the first time in memory, reports of snow fall. From Brietbart.com:
“Snow Falls in Baghdad.”
Please note that while this doesn’t prove, or disprove, Global Warming, it does provide actual scientific evidence that the “Al Gore Effect”** is not dependent on any actual physical visit from Al Gore.
** The phenomenon that leads to unseasonably cold temperatures, driving rain, hail, or snow whenever Al Gore visits an area to discuss global warming.
By ATWadmin On November 26th, 2007 at 5:51 pm
Pleased to say that my first article has just been published over on Pajamas Media! It’s a topic I first tackled here on ATW a few weeks ago and then expanded for your edification!
Give it a visit – leave a comment if you think it worthwhile!
By ATWadmin On November 23rd, 2007 at 10:27 pm
This from Newsbuster….
As climate alarmists from all over the world head to Bali to talk about the sacrifices regular folks have to make to save the planet from global warming, it seems certain media will ignore all the private jets clogging the tiny airport. As if it’s not enough that the United Nations Climate Change Conference is being held at what NewsBusters reported as "a truly beautiful tropical island paradise," the management of the nearby airport has issued a warming to attendees that they are going to have to park their private jets somewhere else.
You couldn’t make it up. I’m sure the MSM will ignore this aspect of the alarmism about to dominate news headlines.
By ATWadmin On November 23rd, 2007 at 9:16 pm
Did you see that remarkable story of the passenger liner hitting an iceberg in the Antarctic sea? Happily all the passengers are safe (if chilled) but a few thoughts came to mind.
1. I thought all the ice had pretty much melted down there so this came as a surprise!
2. Wasn’t it impressive the way in which the rescue operation was co-ordinated from Falmouth coastguard in Cornwall, thousands of miles away? It makes you think about the terrible sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and all those lost lives. Couldn’t see it happening in the same way today due to the combination of higher traffic at sea and modern tech. I have always been fascinated by the sinking of the Titanic. My grandmother – a humble mill-worker – was one of those who weaved the table clothes for the White Star line in Bessbrook Mill.
3. Has anyone ever done a cruise in the Antarctic – seems a long way to go to see ice! I can see that in my freezer.
By ATWadmin On October 3rd, 2007 at 2:21 am
No……not me…Ann Coulter!
“If we took away women’s right to vote, we’d never have to worry about another Democrat president.”
I’m offended! I’m a woman…and I’m definitely not voting Democrat!
But…then…here she is quoting Chesterton:
On why global warming is religion on the left:
“Because we can’t prove them wrong for a thousand years, and I think the other thing about it is, it goes back to Chesterton’s statement: that when people stop believing in God, the problem isn’t that they believe in nothing, it’s that they’ll believe anything.”
Maybe not a dumb blond, afterall? Or, just proof that even a blind squirrel can find a chestnut once in while?
By ATWadmin On August 22nd, 2007 at 11:44 am
You have to laugh at the insanity behind the global alarmists!
Norway is concerned that its national animal, the moose, is harming the climate by emitting an estimated 2,100 kilos of carbon dioxide a year through its belching. Norwegian newspapers, citing research from Norway’s technical university, said a motorist would have to drive 13,000 kilometers in a car to emit as much CO2 as a moose does in a year. Bacteria in a moose’s stomach create methane gas which is considered even more destructive to the environment than carbon dioxide gas. Norway has some 120,000 moose but an estimated 35,000 are expected to be killed in this year’s moose hunting season, which starts on September 25, Norwegian newspaper. Just as well Moose can’t drive – then we’d REALLY be in bother!