Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Has Europe Found the Thermostat?

I am not so brash as to declare the Bush Administration brilliant, but at least they are maintaining a modicum of common sense in the face of environmentalist nonsense.

A Tangled Web: Pleased to see that the United States has rejected the European Union's ludicrous pompous all-encompassing target on reduction of carbon emissions. President Bush's environmental adviser James Connaughton, chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said the United States is not against setting goals but prefers to focus them on specific sectors, such as reducing dependence on gasoline and cleaner coal. "The U.S. has different sets of targets," he said.

Quite right. Naturally, Nancy Pelosi has been doing her best to undermine the position of the Bush administration on this eco-wackery. But here's the thing, when dear Nancy had the chance to vote in FAVOUR of Kyoto, she refused to do so. What has changed? It strikes me that this is really all about the political Left (and that includes Angela Merkel by the way) adopting a de-industrialization combined with increased government control of our lives strategy and then wrapping it in the comfort blanket drivel of "saving the planet."

The source story dutifully explains the environmental “plan” being advocated by adult politicians. It’s all about targets, goals and deadlines.

Yahoo News: Germany, which holds the European Union and G-8 presidencies, is proposing a so-called "two-degree" target, whereby global temperatures would be allowed to increase no more than 2 degrees Celsius — the equivalent of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit — before being brought back down. Practically, experts have said that means a global reduction in emissions of 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

Some Europeans apparently believe they know how to work the global thermostat. If only the Americans would cooperate, then human control over planetary temperature could proceed. Human control with precision less than 2 degrees Celsius which is greater than I can achieve between rooms of my own home. Until someone shows me they can adjust the total free energy in a closed system using only parts per million of CO2 concentration adjustments, I’m not going to support a return to the impoverished populations of the middle ages. Seriously, turn off the computer and build a clear Plexiglas box, take some pellet gun cartridges and prove something in the real world.