"By burning fossil fuels, man increased the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere which, for example, has raised the global mean temperature by half a degree in the last century," Dr. Allegre, a renowned geochemist, wrote 20 years ago in Cles pour la geologie.." Fifteen years ago, Dr. Allegre was among the 1500 prominent scientists who signed "World Scientists' Warning to Humanity," a highly publicized letter stressing that global warming's "potential risks are very great" and demanding a new caring ethic that recognizes the globe's fragility in order to stave off "spirals of environmental decline, poverty, and unrest, leading to social, economic and environmental collapse."Snip to today:
Calling the arguments of those who see catastrophe in climate change "simplistic and obscuring the true dangers," Dr. Allegre especially despairs at "the greenhouse-gas fanatics whose proclamations consist in denouncing man's role on the climate without doing anything about it except organizing conferences and preparing protocols that become dead letters." The world would be better off, Dr. Allegre believes, if these "denouncers" became less political and more practical, by proposing practical solutions to head off the dangers they see, such as developing technologies to sequester C02. His dream, he says, is to see "ecology become the engine of economic development and not an artificial obstacle that creates fear."
In a new documentary, 'The Great Global Warming Swindle' , airing this Thursday on Great Britain's Channel 4, many respected scientists counter the "propaganda" that they claim is killing the world's poor. Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, is heard saying that "African countries should be encouraged to burn more CO2". An argument can be made that restricting CO2 emissions are actually harming the developing world, that "efforts to reduce CO2 are killing Africans, who have to burn fires inside their home, causing cancer and lung damage, because their Governments are being encouraged to use wind and solar panels that are not capable of supplying the continent with electricity, instead of coal and oil-burning power stations that could." According to the director of the Inter Region Economic Network in Kenya, James Shikwati,
The rich countries can afford to engage in some luxurious experimentation with other forms of energy, but for us we are still at the stage of survival.While Al Gore trades carbon offsets with himself (Riehl World View) to mitigate the huge carbon footprint of his lavish lifestyle and gets richer in the process, many scientists, especially European scientists whose work is primarily governmentally funded, are themselves getting billions of dollars of research money from their sponsors. "The few millions of dollars of research money from multinationals can't compare to government funding, so you find the American scientific establishment is all for man-made global warming." Researchers of any country are not going to challenge the governmental goose that lays the golden eggs, especially for something like global climate change about which they, nor anyone else, can do nothing.
I don't see how a solar panel is going to power a steel industry, how a solar panel is going to power a railway network, it might work, maybe, to power a small transistor radio.
The thing that emerges from the whole environmental debate is the point that there is somebody keen to kill the African dream, and the African dream is to develop. We are being told don't touch your resources, don't touch your oil, don't touch your coal; that is suicide.
Professor Paul Reiter, who calls the recent U.N. Climate Change Report "a sham", says the report included the names of 2,500 leading scientists who disagreed with the conclusions. These scientists quit the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change requiring the report be finished by political bureaucrats and government appointees lacking the necessary expertise to judge if the actions of mankind have any effect on climate change at all.
Mark Twain said, "Everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it." He was right a hundred years ago and nothing has changed. In the past century, the NYTimes has headlined global warming four times beginning in 1895; that's about once every 25 years. In alternating quarter centuries, global cooling has been mongered to the ignorant masses of citizens. Those masses will be harder to fool in the century to come because no one can do anything about the weather or the climate, it just happens and we know it. The scientists and politicians may take longer to convince.
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