The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing -- Edmund Burke
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Global Warming.....Hundreds Sign Climate Realist Declaration - 'Global Warming' is Not a Global Crisis
"The International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC) today released the names of over 500 endorsers of the Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change that calls on world leaders to "reject the views expressed by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as well as popular, but misguided works such as 'An Inconvenient Truth'."
"The skeptical scientists at the conference presented diverse views on climate change, but generally they rallied around several key points. 1) The Earth is currently well within natural climate variability. 2) Almost all climate fear is generated by unproven computer model predictions. 3) An abundance of peer-reviewed studies continue to debunk rising CO2 fears and, 4) "Consensus" has been manufactured for political, not scientific purposes".
"Cairo has every reason to be concerned. In January 2008, Hamas demolished the Gaza-Egypt border fence, allowing an estimated 700,000 Palestinians -- nearly half of Gaza's population -- to stream into the Sinai desert. Initially, Cairo viewed the Gaza breach as an opportunity to solidify its pro-Palestinian bona fides. Then reality set in. Egypt, it seems, was concerned that Palestinians entering the Sinai might exacerbate Egypt's own terrorism problem. In April 2006, 23 tourists were killed in a car-bomb attack in the Sinai resort town of Dahab; two days later, U.N. Multi-national Force Observers, enforcing the Egypt-Israel peace treaty, were targeted by suicide attacks."
"With an estimated $500-billion to $1.5-trillion (U.S.) a year laundered globally - the bulk of it from drugs and organized crime - banks use anti-laundering software to plow through mountains of customer data looking for suspicious activities, says Wes Gill, enterprise risk manager for SAS Canada, which makes an anti-laundering software product."
Most reports contain these figures but in fact they are about 10 years old and the figures are probably much higher today
"Hair-shirts have always had their fans, but have seldom been widely adopted. On the other hand, most people would like to lead cleaner, better, more efficient lives. Why not give 'em what they want, and help the planet at the same time?
A focus on cutting energy consumption with today's technology isn't going to make much of a difference. Let's work on replacing current tech with something better, instead."
"Environmentalists are very good at trumpeting the supposedly dire consequences of humanity's failure to confront this or that ecological "crisis."
But this is one crusade that needs rigorous cost-benefit analysis before the world's most productive economy is tossed into the deep freeze to fight "global warming."
Despite the benefits the Internet has created and the dynamic innovations that continue, there is a move afoot to turn the Internet over to federal regulators in the name of protecting "Net neutrality," a nebulous concept that may turn out to be nastier than it sounds.
"The Gore-induced rush to biofuels has diverted crops such as corn, soybeans and palm oil from food to fuel. Vast swaths of rain forest in places like Malaysia and Indonesia have been cleared to provide farmland not to feed the hungry but to fuel our cars. Our own grain belt has been increasingly diverted to ethanol over corn flakes.
This has pressured food prices while damaging the environment. In the U.S., more cultivation has increased runoff from pesticides and fertilizer, creating dead zones for aquatic life from Chesapeake Bay to the Gulf of Mexico.....
"Climate-change remedies can lead to greater poverty, starvation and disease, as well as widespread ecological destruction — some of the very misfortunes that they're supposed to prevent," Goklany wrote in the New York Post. "In our haste to address global warming, we have yet to think seriously about our policies' unintended effects."