Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Bali Conference on Global Warming/Climate Change

The United Nations has been holding a climate conference in Bali, Indonesia. A huge number of people winged their way to the island resort for this meeting. It boggles my mind that so many still think that global warming as a disaster waiting to happen is a done deal. I want to present some information to you from the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works: Minority Page. The minority members of the committee, led by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), have a blog here and that is where I'm getting this information. The December 11 and 13 posts are of particular interest.

On December 11, a post by Marc Morano (who posted all 3 articles I'm going to link to) titled "Skeptical Scientists Urge World To ‘Have the Courage to Do Nothing' At UN Conference" that illustrates how far from a scientific consensus the global warming 'beliefs' are. There are links in the article to other material. Some quotes:

Lord Christopher Monckton, a UK climate researcher, had a blunt message for UN climate conference participants on Monday.

"Climate change is a non-problem. The right answer to a non-problem is to have the courage to do nothing," Monckton told participants.

"The UN conference is a complete waste of our time and your money and we should no longer pay the slightest attention to the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,)" Monckton added. (LINK)

Monckton also noted that the UN has not been overly welcoming to the group of skeptical scientists.

"UN organizers refused my credentials and appeared desperate that I should not come to this conference. They have also made several attempts to interfere with our public meetings," Monckton explained.

UN IPCC reviewer and climate researcher Dr. Vincent Gray of New Zealand, an expert reviewer on every single draft of the IPCC reports since its inception going back to 1990, had a clear message to UN participants.

"There is no evidence that carbon dioxide increases are having any effect whatsoever on the climate," Gray, who shares in the Nobel Prize awarded to the UN IPCC, explained. (LINK)

"All the science of the IPCC is unsound. I have come to this conclusion after a very long time. If you examine every single proposition of the IPCC thoroughly, you find that the science somewhere fails," Gray, who wrote the book "The Greenhouse Delusion: A Critique of "Climate Change 2001," said.

"It fails not only from the data, but it fails in the statistics, and the mathematics," he added.
Note that Dr. Gray is a member of the UN IPCC and shares in the Nobel Prize awarded to that group.

The two December 13 posts are titled "Over 100 Prominent Scientists Warn UN Against 'Futile' Climate Control Efforts" and "Global Carbon Tax Urged at UN Climate Conference". The first post is about an open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. It contains a copy of the letter and a list of those who signed it. The second post tells of advocacy for a global carbon tax which would, in effect, be an attempt to redistribute wealth and would diminish future prosperity. A couple of quotes from that piece:
However, ideas like a global tax and the overall UN climate agenda met strong opposition Thursday from a team of over 100 prominent international scientists who warned the UN that attempting to control the Earth's climate was "ultimately futile."

The scientists wrote, “The IPCC's conclusions are quite inadequate as justification for implementing policies that will markedly diminish future prosperity. In particular, it is not established that it is possible to significantly alter global climate through cuts in human greenhouse gas emissions." The scientists, many of whom are current or former members of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), sent the December 13 letter to the UN Secretary-General. (See: Over 100 Prominent Scientists Warn UN Against 'Futile' Climate Control Efforts – LINK)

The environmental group Friends of the Earth, in attendance in Bali, also advocated the transfer of money from rich to poor nations on Wednesday.

“A climate change response must have at its heart a redistribution of wealth and resources,” said Emma Brindal, a climate justice campaigner coordinator for Friends of the Earth. (LINK)

Calls for global regulations and taxes are not new at the UN. Former Vice President Al Gore, who arrived Thursday at the Bali conference, reiterated this week his call to place a price on carbon dioxide emissions. (LINK)

In 2000, then French President Jacques Chirac said the UN’s Kyoto Protocol represented "the first component of an authentic global governance." Former EU Environment Minister Margot Wallstrom said, "Kyoto is about the economy, about leveling the playing field for big businesses worldwide." Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper once dismissed Kyoto as a “socialist scheme.” (LINK)
I highly recommend reading these blog posts. They will give you information you might not get anywhere else.

You can find out about congressional committees by going to the Federal Legislative Branch page of the US Government official website. You can then click on "Committee Office Websites" for either the House or the Senate and find out what committees there are, clicking on the committee name to find out what said committee is doing. Informative reading.

On a side note, if you have not been able to post comments because you did not have a Google/Blogger account, that is no longer the case. Blogger was making some changes to the comments portion of the program, but you can comment by selecting either "Nickname" or "Anonymous" and post a comment without having to register anywhere.

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At 6:19 PM, Blogger Rhonda said...

This is awesome!
Finally someone that makes sense!

At 6:37 PM, Blogger Mary A said...

Thanks for your comment, Rhonda, and for stopping by. I visited your blog--loved the snow pics!

At 4:17 PM, Anonymous JR said...

If you want a real hoot, read the bill congress just passed re, mileage, the great ethanol give away (nothing like more pork for farmers), etc. I wonder what brainstorm they're going to have when milk cost $10.00 a gallon. This bill is not a problem solver, but rather a problem maker.

At 9:16 AM, Blogger Mary A said...

JR, I agree that it's a problem maker. The bill represents foolish thinking that will begin to damage our economy, based on wrongheaded "science" by Al Gore and company, as well as other not-thought-through ideas floating around out there.


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