Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Don't Eat Meat!!!!!!!!

More panic and scare from the kooks over at the Gorean Temple of Global Disaster:

Exhibit 1: Climate Chief Lord Stern: Give up meat to save the planet! When I first saw this headline, I thought the boys at Monty Python had gotten loose again:

But then you read the article and find these jewels:
Lord Stern, the author of the influential 2006 Stern Review on the cost of tackling global warming, said that a successful deal at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December would lead to soaring costs for meat and other foods that generate large quantities of greenhouse gases.

Now you are not supposed to let on the part about "soaring costs..." bad Lord Stern, Algore will have to spank you for that.

From the emerald sheep methane emitting shores of New Zealand comes that wonderful headline. And no, you didn't just pay extra for 5 more minutes of arguing...here's a money line from this one:

The eco-pawprint of a pet dog is twice that of a 4.6-litre Land Cruiser driven 10,000 kilometres a year, researchers have found.

Victoria University professors Brenda and Robert Vale, architects who specialise in sustainable living, say pet owners should swap cats and dogs for creatures they can eat, such as chickens or rabbits, in their provocative new book Time to Eat the Dog: The real guide to sustainable living.

Now before you put Fido on the grill, you might want to pick up a copy of the new book "Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance."

In an excellent review of this fine book, Bret Stephens, over at the Wall Street Journal points out several key points:

Why is the "science" so bad behind the "climate change" crowd?

More subversively, they suggest that climatologists, like everyone else, respond to incentives in a way that shapes their conclusions. "The economic reality of research funding, rather than a disinterested and uncoordinated scientific consensus, leads the [climate] models to approximately match one another." In other words, the herd-of-independent-minds phenomenon happens to scientists too and isn't the sole province of painters, politicians and news anchors.

Why not wait till we have some consensus on a reasonable course to solve the problem...IF there is a "problem?"

Hence, too, it may well be that global warming is best tackled with a variety of cheap fixes, if not by pumping SO2 into the stratosphere then perhaps by seeding more clouds over the ocean. Alternatively, as "SuperFreakonomics" suggests, we might be better off doing nothing until the state of technology can catch up to the scope of the problem.

All these suggestions are, of course, horrifying to global warmists, who'd much prefer to spend in excess of a trillion dollars annually for the sake of reconceiving civilization as we know it, including not just what we drive or eat but how many children we have. And little wonder: As Newsweek's Stefan Theil points out, "climate change is the greatest new public-spending project in decades." Who, being a professional climatologist or EPA regulator, wouldn't want a piece of that action?

It all depends on which little piggy you want to have feeding at the trough. Bret concludes the article, echoing Lord Monckton:
Part of the genius of Marxism, and a reason for its enduring appeal, is that it fed man's neurotic fear of social catastrophe while providing an avenue for moral transcendence. It's just the same with global warming,

Exactly - Marxists, statists, progressives, call them what you will. When the Berlin Wall came crashing down, the new home of these elite "intellectuals" became the environmental movement. It's the same medicine in a different package: we are smarter than you, we will run your life for you, just surrender your freedom and all shall be well.

When the local weatherman can start getting his forecast right more than 50% of the time, I'll start to believe some of the global warming claims. Until then, I am content in the knowledge that the earth experiences cycles of cooling and warming and the best thing we can do is to be good stewards of the land and keep out of the way.

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