Sunday, August 10, 2008

Debunking the many "Global Warming" myths

"Do you ever wonder how communism could last for 70 years in Russia? Surely there was plenty of evidence, for decades, that the system was failing: food shortages, declining life expectancy, increased infant mortality, low standards of living, primitive hospitals, and sanitation facilities lagging far behind those in Western Europe and America — not to mention pollution far worse than in the West.

But to diehard communists, the facts did not matter. All the observable negatives of collectivism were trumped by ideology. The same is true of the ideology behind global warming."

Read the rest here.

Hat tip: ICECAP.

1 comment:

  1. This from Patriot PostUSA which gives some insight to the debacle:

    Peking ducks carbon emission issue

    Today marks the opening of the 2008 Olympic Games, and China has been preparing many years for this 14-day gathering in which the eyes of the world will be on its capital city. Among the numerous tasks to be completed before the arrival of many thousands of athletes, media personnel and spectators, China had to do what it could to clean up Beijing, which is one of the world’s most polluted cities. Production at over 100 factories and 56 coal-fired power plants in the region has been suspended for the duration of the games. Beijing has also strictly controlled its traffic, banning one million vehicles from the city.

    After a few days in the city blinded by smog—or as one Chinese official called it, “mist” —it should be easy to see why the Kyoto Protocol, which sought to ignore China’s rampant environmental degradation, is such a farce. But environmentalists don’t want to affix blame where it deserves to be affixed—on China. Instead, they would rather shake down American companies because it’s easier to extract money from them in court. Some interesting, if startling, statistics quoted in Investor’s Business Daily illustrate a true picture of what is taking place in our so-called dirty world. China, easily the world’s top polluter, increases its greenhouse gas emissions by 11 percent a year, and its emissions have risen 138 percent since 1990. China’s emissions per unit of output are five times more than the U.S., where our GDP is rising faster than our emissions. Energy use per unit of GDP here in the U.S. fell 4.2 percent in 2006, and carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP fell by 4.5 percent, meaning that America is becoming more energy efficient. On the other hand, emissions in Kyoto countries, which are supposedly the standard of dedication to the environment, rose 2.6 percent from 1990 to 2005.

    The lesson to be learned here is that market-driven solutions will lessen industrial impact on the environment, not unenforceable treaties that ignore the real polluters and punish rich countries for, well, being rich countries. And if these statistics are insufficiently convincing that China, not America, is the problem when it comes to pollution, just ask our athletes when they return home in two weeks what they thought of the air quality in Beijing