Political Climate
Apr 30, 2007
Opinion: Here Lies Kyoto, Dead and Unloved

By Lorrie Goldstein, The Edmonton Sun, 28 April 2007

Ding-dong the Kyoto witch is dead, killed off by Canadian politicians—Conservative and Liberal—who never believed in it anyway. The messy coup de grace was delivered Thursday by Environment Minister John Baird, standing in for the nation’s leading, although now undercover, global warming sceptic, Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Meanwhile, the predictable festival of indignation marking Kyoto’s demise was led by Stephane Dion, leader of the Liberals—collectively the biggest bunch of hypocrites on Kyoto to ever darken a doorway in Ottawa. Bad enough Harper now pretends to take global warming seriously. The Liberals pretended to do so for almost a decade after they signed Kyoto in 1998, then did nothing to implement it until they were tossed from power last year.

Harper is gambling we Canadians talk a better game on Kyoto than they’re willing to play, or, more important, pay. He read the polls showing that while we support implementing Kyoto by a margin of two-to-one, we also, by the same margin, don’t want to pay significantly more for fossil fuels to do it.  Thus we’ve been handed “Kyoto-lite”—which will cost the average family a few hundred dollars a year once it’s up and running, rather than a few thousand.

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Apr 27, 2007
Evidence of Health Problems with Use of Ethanol

By Roger Pielke Sr., Climate Science Weblog

Thanks to Roger Pielke Sr. and Dev Niyogi for an important news report on the risk of ethanol vehicles on health. The article in Energy Daily is titled “Ethanol Vehicles Pose A Significant Risk To Human Health”

The text reads in part, “Ethanol is widely touted as an eco-friendly, clean-burning fuel. But if every vehicle in the United States ran on fuel made primarily from ethanol instead of pure gasoline, the number of respiratory-related deaths and hospitalizations would likely increase, according to a new study by Stanford University atmospheric scientist Mark Z. Jacobson. His findings are published in the April 18 online edition of the journal Environmental Science and Technology.
See Climate Science Weblog post

Apr 26, 2007
Could Global Warming Be Halted by Controlling the Weather

Wall Street Journal On-line

Frustrated with the limits of public policy to tackle global warming, some scientists say the time has come to engineer a way to control the weather. The idea might seem appealing, says a science scholar, but it could have potentially harmful ramifications.

Climate engineering has become a popular topic among a group of scientists who are skeptical of the potential other environmental remedies, from carbon taxes to alternative energy, James R. Fleming, a professor of science, technology and society at Colby College, writes in the Wilson Quarterly’s spring issue. But the potential fixes being discussed reflect an overconfidence in technology, Mr. Fleming says, as well as an ignorance of the history of failed efforts to control the weather. See full story here

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