Posted tagged ‘global warming’

Let Cap and Trade Die

November 18, 2009

Tyler Prochazka

Former Vice President Al Gore tells us that the world is on the brink of disaster. Global warming, he says, will destroy the planet. According to him, there is no room for debate. The government must save us. Despite these claims of catastrophe, be cautious of global warming hysteria and calls to take “drastic action.”

In the 1970s, scientists seemed to overwhelmingly agree that a devastating ice age was imminent. It would last for “10,000 years” they said. Famine and nuclear wars would result from this global cool down. Obviously, this didn’t exactly pan out. [1]

Since that time, it has been global warming that will doom us all.

Fool me once, shame on you.

According to the U.N. World Meteorological Organization, there has been no global temperature increase in over a decade. [1]

Moreover, a group of over 30 thousand scientists signed a petition that said greenhouse gasses have no negative effect on the environment. It went on to say that extra carbon dioxide actually helps the environment. [2]

To solve this non-crisis of global warming Congress is proposing a cap-and-trade system where the government sets a limit on the amount of pollutants a business can emit.

The current cap-and-trade bill being considered would cause severe damage to the economy. The Heritage foundation found that millions of jobs would be permanently lost and incomes would contract sharply. [3] It would likely amount to the largest tax increase in American history, costing the average American about $1,000 more a year directly. [4] It would hit people in poverty the most who would have to devote more of their income to energy instead of food and shelter.

Even with the destructive distortions to the economy, cap-and-trade would not have any noticeable effect on carbon dioxide levels. EPA administrator Lisa Jackson even admits this saying, “U.S. action alone will not impact world CO2 levels.” [5]

The real solution, if global warming is a problem, is to allow for the economy to grow so that people can innovate and create adaptations to natural disasters. Some scientists that believe in global warming say that adapting to the new environment will be far cheaper and far more effective than something like cap-and-trade. [6] Stifling the economy only undercuts the effort to innovate and create these adaptations, which would save us from any potential global warming crisis.

Furthermore, the encroachments on freedom perpetrated by this bill should not be even on the table. It seems as if every supposed crisis is just another way for politicians to defy the constitution and defy individual liberty. It should not be up to a bureaucrat how much energy I use.

Global warming likely won’t destroy the world, but the hysteria surrounding it just might.



Earth Day Irony

April 23, 2009

Earth Day was established in 1970 to raise awareness and to combat the cooling trends that would eventually lead to the next ice age. Such an ice age would have been caused by pollution and result in the growth of glaciers that would eventually cover the earth.

Forty years later, with a warming trend, science has changed its mind. Suddenly, we are on the verge of some global warming that would have similar problems. Apparently, when there is a trend of warming, we are to expect that to continue indefinitely. Further, it is also man’s fault.

Well, the alarmists have always made similar arguments: whether it was overpopulation, global warming, global freezing, global flooding, or nuclear fallout, they all have similarities.

  1. Long term consequences
  2. Caused by man
  3. Man must take immediate corrective action
  4. That action involves government

Indeed, it is necessary to analyze the aspects of such alarmism. First, most alarmism is based off of a false assumption. For example, the assumption that population will continue to increase forever if government does not interve is false. As civilizations get more advanced, the populations naturally start to produce less children and the birthrates decrease. We have seen this in many European countries, Italy in particular.

The false assumption that triggers such feelings about global warming are the beliefs that carbon dioxide has a significant greenhouse effect and that man contributes a significant amount of carbon dioxide. While man produces billions of tons of carbon dioxide, leading to an anual temperature increase of about 0.009 degress Celcius a year, a single volcanic eruption can change the world climate by 0.5 degrees Celcius. Volcanic eruptions produce a vast quantity of greenhouse gasses.

Greens will go to extremes to curb the potential of man.