NewsBytes Dec. 7 - Environmental Extremism
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Compiled by Steve Jalsevac
Rutgers Prof: Having Lots of Kids is Like Littering - National Catholic Register
Rutgers University Professor Helen Fisher, of the Center for Human Evolution Studies has written for Oprah Magazine and today was on the Joy Behar show talking about women making the choice to be childless.
Pelosi Climate Panel Dies in Republican Sweep of House - Bloomberg
Republicans will eliminate the House committee created by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to highlight the threat of climate change, Representative James Sensenbrenner, the top Republican on the panel, said today
Canada’s Conservative Senate kills climate change legislation - National Post
Climategate: One Year and Sixty House Seats Later By Marc Sheppard - American Thinker
Despite the revelations exposed in the now public climate huckster’s handbook, one year later the specter of governance and wealth redistribution both national and international based largely, if not solely, on pseudo-scientific hocus-pocus persists. With trillions of dollars at stake, Climategate, as it was dubbed days later, was and is about potentially astronomical criminal wrongdoing, not petty school-yard rivalries.
Cooling climate change: Environmental inaction seems to be taking hold - National Post
In the last few weeks alone, so much purported progress on fighting global warming has dissolved like a thawing ice shelf. The Chicago Climate Exchange, set up 10 years ago for what was predicted to be first, a billion market, with feverish estimates eventually imagining US$10-trillion, announced in November it was closing its doors forever. This week, Al Gore publicly repented for all his work promoting corn-based ethanol as an alternative fuel, calling it a “mistake” with benefits that were “at best very small.”
Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, one of the country’s largest climate research groups, formerly on the receiving end of $110-million in public funding, to promote global warming messages in schools and universities, announced this week it would close its doors, unable to find the funds to keep going.
The Senate last week voted down the Climate Change Accountability Act that would have required the federal government to establish plans to meet firm greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. It died with barely a political whimper.
A spring poll by Gallup found that 48% of Americans now believe that the threat of global warming is “exaggerated”—way up from the 31% who said so in 1997. In Australia, the number of people willing to believe climate change is caused by humans fell below half in 2010
Much as Marxists ensconced themselves at universities in the 1960s and ‘70s and continue, today, to graduate future leaders of NGOs and lobby groups that push Western government policy in leftward, post-colonial directions, the vast network of environmental think tanks, conferences, green groups and climate research chairs aren’t going anywhere.
Global Warming Hysteria: IPCC Official Admits its Wealth Redistribution - Wesley J. Smith
Oops. Someone went off his talking points! An IPCC official named Ottmar Edenhofer admitted to a German publication that the intent of Cancun–Copenhagen’s next step–is really about redistributing wealth.
UN issues severe climate warning ahead of summit - Independent UK
The world is now firmly on the path for dangerous climate change in the coming century, a major new assessment reveals today on the eve of the forthcoming UN climate conference which opens next week in Mexico.
Cancun climate change summit: scientists call for rationing in developed world - Telegraph
In one paper Professor Kevin Anderson, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, said the only way to reduce global emissions enough, while allowing the poor nations to continue to grow, is to halt economic growth in the rich world over the next twenty years.
This would mean a drastic change in lifestyles for many people in countries like Britain as everyone will have to buy less ‘carbon intensive’ goods and services such as long haul flights and fuel hungry cars.
Beyond Cancun, a fossil-fuel world - Terence Corcoran, Financial Post
Studies show that oil, gas and coal will dominate energy use for decades. Global availability of and demand for fossil fuels — oil, gas and coal — continues to climb and there isn’t a realistic outlook for future energy use that shows any signs that carbon-based energy sources are about to decline. Coal will soar as China increases its use to power its expanding industrial and consumer economy. According to the IEA, coal will remain the backbone of world electricity generation. by 2020 gas and coal will account for 62% of North American electricity generation, up from about 56% this year. Wind and solar will barely reach 5%. The main increase in fossil-fuel use will come from natural gas, especially shale gas,
Sea Life Flourishes in the Gulf - National Review
The Great Oil Spill Panic of 2010 will go down in history as mass hysteria on par with the Dutch tulip bubble. a comprehensive new study says that in some of the most heavily fished areas of the Gulf of Mexico, various forms of sea life, from shrimp to sharks, have seen their populations triple since before the spill. Some species, including shrimp and croaker, did even better.
The Anti Humanism of Australian Greens - Wesley J. Smith
There are many descriptions that could be applied to the Greens, but none seems more accurate than Jack Mundey’s own description of “ecological Marxism”.
Scientists Admit Hysteria Undermines Popular Belief in Warming - Wesley J. Smith
It’s like I have been saying: Only this time, the warning against GWH is in Science. But the authors still miss the bigger point.
Head of UN climate body admits surprise at fury over blunder in report - Guardian
One year on, Rajendra Pachauri speaks of regret at false assertion that Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035
Global Warming Hysteria: Only Pollution Can Save Us Now! - Wesley J. Smith
Global Warming Hysteria: European Deep Freeze Must Be Part of Global Warming! by Wesley J. Smith
The $7-billion carbon scam - Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post
An $87-billion grave - Lawrence Solomon
Ontario’s plan to pour colossal amounts of money into nuclear, wind and solar could bury the province. All told, the province plans to spend $87-billion on a 20-year plan that will bring Ontario a system highly dependent on nuclear, wind and solar, all of which have a track record of being unreliable and all of which, by the government’s own reckoning, will contribute to much higher power rates in future.
Caritas urges climate accord at Mexico summit - Catholic Culture
“Poor communities vulnerable to extreme weather put their faith in world leaders to deliver climate justice at a summit in Copenhagen one year ago,” stated a Caritas press release. “The outcome was the Copenhagen Accord. It failed to provide the financial commitments to help the most needy adapt to climate change or the cuts in greenhouse gas emission to secure a future for the next generation.”
“The earth was put under our stewardship,” added Bishop Gustavo Rodríguez Vega, of Nuevo Laredo, president of Caritas Mexico. “To care of the earth does not only benefit us, the current generation, but also future generations. It is an act of love and solidarity with future human beings.”
Green collapse - Lawrence Solomon - Financial Post
Across the world, unsustainable subsidies for wind and solar are being cut back. The Ontario government paints itself in extreme green. It has outlawed coal — the only jurisdiction on the continent to have done so. But Ontario’s new-found status
arose because the world’s other extreme green jurisdictions — to avert the economic and political ruin that comes of unaffordable green power — recently swallowed their pride, slashed their subsidies and backstabbed their renewables industries. Like its extreme green counterparts elsewhere, Ontario will follow suit soon enough.
On Friday, Spain slashed payouts for wind projects by 35% while denying support for solar thermal projects in their first year of operation. This latest round of Spanish cuts followed announcements in November that payouts for solar photovoltaic plants would be cut by 45%.
France announced a four-month freeze on solar projects and a cap on the amount of solar that can be built, to nip a “veritable speculative bubble” by its rapacious renewables industry. These measures and others continue a retrenchment that saw industry payouts cut twice earlier this year.
Earlier this week, the German government announced it may discontinue the solar industry’s sweetheart tariffs in 2012. This latest announcement follows a surprise reduction in 2009 and another reduction to start in 2011. New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, slashed by two-thirds the revenue that homeowners who had installed solar panels would receive, from 60¢ per kilowatt-hour to 20¢
Denmark’s Vestas, the world’s largest wind-turbine company, recently announced it is closing five production facilities in Denmark and Sweden and laying off 3,000 workers, or one-seventh of its global workforce.