Friday, December 07, 2007

But I know useless begging won't help me

Scientists beg for climate action

For the first time, more than 200 of the world's leading climate scientists, losing their patience, urged government leaders to take radical action to slow global warming because "there is no time to lose."

A petition from at least 215 climate scientists calls for the world to cut in half greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
The appeal from scientists follows a petition last week from more than 150 global business leaders also demanding the 50 percent cut in greenhouse gases.
Umm, how bad does a problem have to be before business leaders agree with scientists!? (e.g. think of the link between cancer and cigarettes.)

There are zero peer reviewed articles that deny climate change is a fact, and that it is caused by man. (Prove me wrong and I'll publish your post and the peer-reviewed article on top for a week.)

But the AssPress* does adhere to journalmalisim 101:
Policy analysts, who weren't part of either petition, split on how meaningful the two petitions are.

What's happening is people are agreeing "that the cost of inaction is on the high side and the cost of action is affordable," said Joseph Romm, a policy analyst at the liberal think-tank Center for American Progress, energy business consultant and trained physicist.

But Jerry Taylor, a senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute said "scientists are in no position to intelligently guide public policy on climate change." Scientists can lay out scenarios, but it is up to economists [to] weigh the costs and benefits and many of them say the costs of cutting emissions are higher than the benefits, he said.
First, I have a friend who is an economist, (econometrics to be exact), and he'd be very upset that some bozo PolySci major said he wasn't a scientist.

Second, Jerry Tailor-My-Opinion-To-Whoever-Pays-Me didn't disclose that he's a whore for Exxon. No wonder he's the Director of Natural Resource Studies for the sCATOlogical Institute.

* h/t to skippy for the appellation.

Cross posted at VidiotSpeak