Today will be a life-time opportunity for Americans to see the Light of their creator as the shadow falls on the West before the sun appears on the East coast.
Now, I don’t try to hide my inner-nerd (which I love dearly btw), but I’m a huge Star Trek fan, and it never fails to amaze me how that single television series in all of it’s incarnations has inspired our technological development. When you think about some of the tools we take for granted today that was (at least partially) inspired by Star Trek, it sort of interesting to speculate where we can go in the future. Things like Cell Phones for example: Star Trek communicator (from the original series). The Internet: Federation Database accessible from any location hooked up to it (I could be stretching here, but you never know). And several other inspirations.
Now, we have the iPad, successor to the iPhone. In essence, it’s an answer to Star Trek: The Next Generation’s PADD or Personal Access Display Device. At the time, a very exciting idea allowing multiple functions to be combined into a mobile, hand held display that wasn’t so large as to be unwieldy but not too small to be difficult to see.
Seems we have it!
Having not authored a post in a while, I figured I would rise today and wax polemic about Copenhagen, the massive conference at which our government and all enviro-sinner nations, i.e. the West — of which Canada with its oilsands is the worst, we are told — will be compelled to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by set proportions regardless of the detrimental, yea disastrous, effects it might have on our economies, while also promising to transfer even more wealth from the ingenious companies and hard-working citizens of this nation via taxation to the governments and companies of poorer nations so they can combat “climate change” without hurting their economies.
Vox Day rightly argues that this is historically, scientifically, economically and politically insane.
It is historically insane because we know the planet was more than two degrees warmer as recently as 500 years ago. It is scientifically insane because we know beyond any shadow of a doubt that the world is not warming according to any of the predictions based on models which are based on the idea that higher carbon dioxide levels produce higher temperatures. It is economically insane because it strengthens the contractionary forces that are already in the process of plunging the world into the greatest depression of the modern era. It is politically insane because it reverses more than 300 years of advancing human liberty and democracy.
Adding to the insanity is the specter of “approved” middlemen, a global governance structure, managing the transfer of wealth and enforcing environmental targets. The rank hypocrisy on display at Copenhagen leads one to believe the scams resulting from global emissions management, some of which have already started to unfold in Europe, would make the UN Oil-for-Food scandal look like petty theft.
The first impression one receives of the summit is the sheer hypocrisy of it. Here are green campaigners who damn the rest of us for the size of our “carbon footprints” and challenge us each to reduce our carbon output by one tonne per year. Yet they themselves are flying in using a squadron of private jets, hiring a fleet of limousines and gorging themselves on expensive food flown in from around the world.
In all of Denmark, there are only a few of dozen limousines for hire. So more than 1,000 of the gas-guzzling, carbon-belching behemoths have been driven to Copenhagen from Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands and France. Since, at most, 140 heads of state and heads of government will attend the week-long conference, the bulk of these land yachts are being delivered for use by United Nations officials, the heads of environmental organizations and celebrities. All these people preach environmental sustainability for others, yet do not practice it themselves.
Digressing a bit, I suspect the governing “Conservatives” are thinking long and hard about their play at Copenhagen given their stronghold in Western Canada, oil country. I’ve no doubt they’ve been inundated with queries and demands from the grassroots in light of the CRU leak, and I suspect they will take a beating on the hustings and in the pocketbook should they capitulate to the anti-freedom forces in Copenhagen and/or align Canada in any way with a carbon trading scheme. If the CPC has any hope of forming a majority government, they’d best steer clear of these local landmines.
Back to Copenhagen, which, of course, is merely step one in the twisted world of enviro-fascism. Oh, you didn’t hear? Yes, the AGW prophet, Al Gore, served notice that the bar has already been raised.
Even if a deal is reached at the UN climate change talks in Copenhagen next week it will only be the first step towards the far more radical cuts that are needed in global carbon emissions, Al Gore, the former US Vice-President, told The Times last night….
He insisted that the present goal set for Copenhagen of stabilising world emissions of carbon dioxide at or below 450 parts per million — enough to prevent a rise in average global temperatures of no more than 2C — was insufficient and a safer target would be 350 parts per million.
“Insufficient.” A fitting conclusion to an obligatory post about Copenhagen, for it reminds us that no matter what we do it will never be enough for the enviro-fascist leftards seeking to destroy Capitalism and Western freedom. It reminds us that environmental policy has a fascist chassis and a socialist economic engine. It reminds us that Copenhagen and all such global management endeavours are fundamentally about the transfer of power from the individual to the State. It reminds us that freedom is being bartered under the guise of “being green.” It reminds us to punish the CPC if they buckle.
Update 8 PM EST: Ice core context. An absolute must see. (Hat tip SDA.) As has been mentioned previously, the issue is not whether we are currently in a warming period. It’s whether it is unprecedented and whether the cause is assuredly carbon dioxide and man-made emissions.
Occasionally the question comes up as to why I get my news from blogs instead of conventional big media news sources. Blogs are written by amateurs, they’re full of unsourced opinions, they’re poorly edited. Journalists writing for the legacy media are trained professionals following relatively strict codes of conduct, with layers of editing and access to vast amounts of well-sourced information. All true.
For an up-to-the-minute example of why blogs are superior to, for example, big newspapers, look no further than one of the least reputable of my favourite American blogs, Ace of Spades HQ: ClimateGate gets real legs – London Times reports on CRU’s thrown away raw data:
Their data ditching is actually old, high profile coverage of it and its implications, not so old.
Exactly my point. I read about the data loss weeks before the CRU email scandal broke. People relying on the London Times are only reading about this today.
The key lesson to take away from the CRU email scandal is: trust, but verify. It’s an old expression, but it’s the key to why the “deniers” are looking prescient while the true believers look like dupes. Expert opinions are valuable for assessing many aspects of the world we live in. However, when the methods and data sources used to bolster these opinions are shrouded in secrecy this should be taken as a warning sign that something is amiss.
Peer review cuts both ways: it is a valuable tool for weeding out inappropriately formed opinions, but in the wrong hands it can just as easily be used to keep a poorly constructed “concensus” insulated from the kind of rigorous intellectual debate that a subject of this importance deserves.
With any topic of public debate, we should never trust without question opinions formed in a black box, no matter how much we otherwise trust and admire the source.
(Thanks to Instapundit, Ace of Spades, Mark Steyn and The Volokh Conspiracy)