Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Hot Air

I never took the global warming debate very seriously, so I did not follow it all that closely. I do, however, remember some general turning points. Back in the 90’s, the Clinton Administration signed onto the Kyoto accords, an international treaty which declared with astonishing certainty that (1) the general temperature of the earth’s atmosphere is on the rise and (2) the cause of this is human activity such as burning of fossil fuels and the greenhouse effect therefrom. The Kyoto accord was an agreement by the signatory nations to somehow limit this activity in an attempt to halt or reverse the effect. The accord also extended exemptions to “developing” nations and imposed most of the heavy lifting on the United States.



Fortunately for the USA, all treaties signed by the President must be ratified by the U.S. Senate, which UNANIMOUSLY rejected the Kyoto accord. Afterwards, the Clinton Administration mercifully came to an end and along came one George W. Bush, who, in addition to rejecting the Kyoto accord, declared the “science” behind global warming to be a crock of crap. Suddenly, the same people who had rightfully rejected the Kyoto treaty were now changing their tune, and the fight against global warming suddenly became a cause celebre.

The crescendo of disinformation and politically driven “science” continued, despite the utter lack of consensus among scientists, and despite inconvenient climatological trends, such as some record cold winters. But science be damned, we have an agenda to fulfill. Now that the United States is fully on board and ready to lead the lemmings over the cliff, I could not help but chuckle today when I read the following:

The Obama administration sent a large entourage to the third World Climate
Conference in Geneva earlier this month, trumpeting the return of the United
States to the climate change debate. But representatives from Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and Australia were nowhere to be found. The European Commission, the executive arm of the 27-member European Union, also failed to send a commissioner. In contrast, the United States sent a 41-member delegation…


My guess is that, as they face real problems and don’t have the time or resources to devote to silliness any longer, the lemmings of Western Europe decided to stop at the edge of the cliff. The jury is still out with regard to the Lemming-in-Chief.

1 comment:

JD Curtis said...

It's the biggest fairytale for adults since Darwinism/TENS