Friday, December 10, 2010

Ethanol Production Killing Birds; Dealing With Climate Reality As It Unfolds; Florida Offshore Oil Drilling Banned til 2017; House Panel May Be Eliminated' Environmental Groups In Error; Changing the Rules of Evolution

The Columbus Dispatch, in Ohio, ran a large article on Nov. 28, 2010 concerning American efforts for ethanol production.  It could wipe out as many as 2/3 of the bird species that nest near farms.  For instance, in Ohio the northern bobwhite and Henslow's sparrow each have seen their populations decline by more than 90%, while the numbers of meadowlark have declined more than 70%.  Where are the environmentalists when we need them?  When demand for biofuels rise, farmers convert more grasslands to farmland.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- writes: As UN negotiators attempt to lower the expectations bar on the climate change talks that kicked off recently in Cancun, keep your eye on Todd Stern, the Obama administration’s special climate change envoy and the U.S. government’s representative at the talks. Already he is promising U.N. officials that the U.S. will cut carbon emissions even though Congress never approved legislation and the American people are against any such measures.
Todd Stern told the Washington Post:
[T]he United States is standing firm on its pledge to reduce its emissions 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020 even without domestic legislation having passed, and would not endorse any deal in Cancun that did not embody the fundamental political agreement forged last year.
The Local, Sweden's News in English writes: Stockholm is forecast to experience its coldest seasonal temperatures for over 100 years this week as winter weather takes hold of the country, according to the Swedish Meteorological Institute (SMHI).
The UK Daily Express writes: TRYING to halt global warming is a waste of time – we should simply adapt to it, a leading climate expert claimed yesterday.
Reducing carbon dioxide emissions is an “illusory goal”, said Professor Bob Carter of James Cook University, Australia.
He said that CO2 – emitted by burning fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas – is a “minor” greenhouse gas. And he argued that the past decade has seen a “lack of warming” and that “no significant warming has occurred since 1958.
Professor Carter spoke out as governments from around the world gather for the latest climate talks in Cancun, Mexico.
He told Lord Lawson’s Global Warming Policy Foundation: “Despite an estimated spend of more than £64billion since 1990 looking for a human global temperature signal, assessed against geological reality, no compelling empirical evidence yet exists for a measurable, let alone worrisome, human impact on global average temperature.
“Dealing with climate reality as it unfolds represents the most prudent, practical and cost-effective solution to the global warming/climate change issue.”
Oil drilling off the coast of Florida will be banned until 2017 because of the recent Gulf oil spill, says this Administration.  [Meanwhile Brazil and others will be drilling and charging us for the oil they take.]
Bloomberg reports: Republicans will eliminate the House committee created by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to highlight the threat of climate change, Representative James Sensenbrenner, the top Republican on the panel, said today.
The Orange County Register writes: Frantically focused special interest groups have a habit of defeating their own goals, and hurting their own self-interest, from an excessive pursuit of it. Labor unions are a classic case in point: They have often been so greedily intent on exacting every concession from the companies they are bargaining with that they put those companies out of business, and their own members out of work.
Environmentalist groups are another classic case of this. They have routinely pushed programs that allegedly benefit the environment but, in reality, don't. For example, they helped stop nuclear power 30 years ago, which surely exacerbated the very problem – global warming – that so concerns them now. A number of prominent Greens now realize their error. Very rapidly, corn that was being used to feed animals and people was diverted to the ethanol boondoggle. The U.S. ethanol industry now uses over 40 percent of all the corn grown in the United States (fully 15 percent of the corn produced worldwide). One unintended negative consequence was rapidly discovered: shortages in cattle feed, and human food. This was folly incarnate: taking perfectly good food and trying to use it to derive fuel. By 2008 food prices were at record levels.
The ethanol subsidization program was dubious from the start. A major study in 2005 argued that ethanol actually requires 29 percent more fossil-fuel energy to produce than the energy it delivers.
American Thinker writes: An article from Science magazine published in September makes the case that human activity is causing the mass extinction of ocean life. "The current global crisis may therefore permanently alter the biosphere's taxonomic composition by changing the rules of evolution."  ...........  
[While admitting that "mass extinction has occurred before in geological history", that species have arisen and then become extinct, Jeffrey Folks, the author of this article believes:         
"the idea that human activity should be radically curtailed in a vain attempt to halt natural fluctuations in climate or sea life is worse than absurd: it is an irrational form of extremism that serves as the justification for an all-out assault on human liberty." 
For the environmental faithful, however, there is a simple solution to the purported damage that humans do to the environment. It is the same solution environmentalists have been hawking for fifty years, ever since the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. Stop using pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and genetically altered seeds. Stop mining and logging. Stop drilling for oil and gas. Stop manufacturing cars, and stop building suburban homes. Stop consuming meat and dairy products, and stop producing so many flatscreen televisions and everything else that comes out of a factory. And stop having children. Just stop. Stop and stare wistfully off into the pleasant green countryside. Stop and relish your single bowl of rice and locally grown turnip. Huddle there in your damp, chilly cave, warm yourself with your hand-woven linen, and bask in the knowledge that when your brief existence draws to a close, you will have had no impact whatsoever on the earth or its millions of species.

In the absence of such fear, [he writes], vast government agencies would have no justification for existing, hedge funds trading carbon credits would collapse, and generous ethanol, biofuel, wind, and solar subsidies would be withdrawn. 

Fortunately for the environmental profiteers, there always seems to be a new scientific theory -- itself generously subsidized by taxpayer money (as is Alroy's research, which is funded in part by the National Science Foundation) -- confirming the need for these parasitical institutions. Now that the theory of man-made global warming has been unmasked as the fraud that it is, get ready for the next-generation justifications for global environmental control. Mass extinction is probably as good a candidate as any.
The Register reveals: A group of top NASA boffins says that current climate models predicting global warming are far too gloomy, and have failed to properly account for an important cooling factor which will come into play as CO2 levels rise.
According to Lahouari Bounoua of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and other scientists from NASA and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), existing models fail to accurately include the effects of rising CO2 levels on green plants. As green plants breathe in CO2 in the process of photosynthesis – they also release oxygen, the only reason that there is any in the air for us to breathe – more carbon dioxide has important effects on them. 
The NASA and NOAA boffins used their more accurate science to model a world where CO2 levels have doubled to 780 parts per million (ppm) compared to today's 390-odd. They say that world would actually warm up by just 1.64°C overall, and the vegetation-cooling effect would be stronger over land to boot – thus temperatures on land would would be a further 0.3°C cooler compared to the present sims.
International diplomatic efforts under UN auspices are currently devoted to keeping global warming limited to 2°C or less,

1 comment:

  1. Ethanol Production Killing Birds and so are all the wind turbines. It amazes me how ruthless and destructive the new generation of environmentalists have become. I used to be one of them. How do they live with themselves?