Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Entering an Age of Unreason

Long-time British chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson, addressing the New Zealand Business Round Table:

The temperature projections (the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) does come up with in its fourth and latest report range from a rise in the global average temperature by the year 2100 of 1.8C for its lowest emissions scenario to one of 4C for its highest emissions scenario, with a mean increase of slightly under 3C. The average annual temperature in Helsinki is less than 5C. That in Singapore is in excess of 27C, a difference of more than 22C. If man can cope with that, it is not immediately apparent why he should not be able to adapt to a change of 3C when he is given 100 years in which to do so.

Let us look at the gloomiest of the IPCC's economic development scenarios, according to which living standards ... would rise, in the absence of global warming, by 1 per cent a year in the developed world and by 2.3 per cent a year in the developing world. It can readily be calculated - using, to repeat, a cost of global warming (based on the gloomiest IPCC warning) of 3 per cent of GDP in the developed world and as much as 10 per cent in the developing world - that the disaster facing the planet is that our great-grandchildren in the developed world would, in 100 years, be only 2.6 times as well off as we are today, instead of 2.7 times; and that their contemporaries in the developing world would be only 8.5 times as well off as people in the developing world are today, instead of 9.5 times as well off. And this, remember, is the IPCC's very worst case.

The major cause of ill-health, and the deaths it brings, in the developing world is poverty. Faster economic growth means less poverty but - according to the man-made CO2 warming theory, incorporated in the IPCC's scenarios - a warmer world. Warmer but richer is in fact healthier than colder but poorer.

The more one examines the current global warming orthodoxy, the more it resembles a Da Vinci code of environmentalism. It is a great story and a phenomenal bestseller. It contains a grain of truth and a mountain of nonsense. And that nonsense could be very damaging indeed.

We appear to have entered a new age of unreason, which threatens to be as economically harmful as it is profoundly disquieting.

Revealed: How to market to Vegetarians

Actual wording from a package of shower cream (bottled soap) found in England:
Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Parfum, Glycerine, Glycol Distearate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Cocamide MEA, Citric Acid, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Laureth-10, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Hydroxide, Magnesium Nitrate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Hexylene Glycol, Hexyl Cinnamal.
I can not make this stuff up.

Friday, November 16, 2007

More signs that climate change is more confusing than we thought

Marmot Basin is open this weekend for skiing in Jasper. Earliest ever. And the towns in the Canadian Arctic that rely on barges to deliver supplies have to get their winter provisions flown in, because it is an early freeze-up.

Man, this climate change thing is harsh. I was hoping for something warmer...

Hmm, something WE might think about

Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.

GK Chesterton

Sunday, November 11, 2007

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Welcome, you rare recent visitors. Feel free to let me know what you like and don't like.

Lest we forget

It is Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day when I was a kid, and known as Veteran's Day in the US, if I am not mistaken.

Any military funeral makes me weep with gratitude. The playing of the Last Post, or even Taps, is enough to puddle me up. I am an army brat and perhaps this sort of reaction is bred into me.

The debt we owe to the generation of our parents and grandparents is unfathomable. We are so precious and self-absorbed these days. Back then, they dropped their pens and shovels and went to war when that was the right thing to do. Nowadays, we pick up our pens and write about how concerned we are about the treatment of minorities in Canada, then object when our forces go to Afghanistan to make a real difference in the lives of a nation of people who were being treated very badly indeed.

If violence never solves anything, as some would claim, then I guess policemen should only be allowed to arrest the willing perpetrators. No one should fight back on his own behalf, never mind on behalf of someone unable to defend themselves. And even if we know someone is going to try to hurt us, we should wait till they start, then try to reason them out of it.

Thank you, every member of our armed forces, past and present. Thank you, their families, who worry and suffer and are around to help put the pieces back together when damaged human beings come back from their missions. God bless you and strengthen you in your daily lives.