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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Flat Earth Society

For John, BLUFBullying to build scientific consensus is wrong.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Weather comes and weather goes.  Over the long term, climate comes and climate goes.  The President believes that those who believe we are not in a period of "global warming" are like "flat earthers". 

The question is, are we facing CAGW or are things not so drastic.  How governments come down on this will have consequences, and not just for our air conditioning in the summer.  The question of bringing hundreds of millions of people out of poverty turns on the availability of cheap energy.

It is like the issue of DDT, which came up on City Life this last Monday.  Author Rachel Carson was correct to point out the damage and dangers of DDT, in her book Silent Spring, back in 1962.  However, DDT was helping the world make progress against a major killer, malaria.  There is no denying that the World Health Organization estimate is that in 2010 between 490,000 and 836,000 people died from malaria that year.  Even the bottom number is significant.  The estimated middle number, 660,000, is larger than the population of Boston, Mass.

We may need to "act now", but we need to understand the costs and we need to have trap doors out of which we can drop if it turns out we are on the wrong path.  I don't see that.  The other little secret is that when science finds it is on the wrong path others will come forward to provide alternatives.

We are making progress against malaria.  But, fifty years on, malaria is still with us, and killing us.

Regards  —  Cliff

  President Obama favors this phrase when characterizing his opponents.  Here, from March 2012 and here, from this last Tuesday.
  Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming.

1 comment:

Neal said...

These malaria deaths are just necessary losses in the name of protecting nature. Rachael Carson was the first of many "eco-radicals" to affect/infect the national politic.

You are quite correct that when science goes wrong, science will produce something "better." Just think how much better things are now that we don't have DDT....and instead have wonderful things like organocyanides and even better with organophosphates.

The ecoterrorists long ago set us on a path of "forest preservation" unless we are selling timber to China. As a result, it is tantamount to illegal to burn scrub and other forest densities...and do so in a controlled way. Instead, we now have massive conflagrations that were quite rare in many decades past. Forest live by burning periodically. But don't try to tell that to the Sierra Club. almost always is the loudest voice...not the voice with the right answer....that gets the agenda enacted.