Thursday, December 20, 2007

Another Cold Winter Night in Wisconsin

Global warming is now and has always been the scary fairy tale needed to frighten people into a retreat from the modern economy. It is digital fiction programmed into computers and edited, not by scientists, but rather by government appointees to the United Nations. The farce has gotten so out of hand that scientists world wide are now fighting back hard. H/T The DANEgerus Link Round Up.

U.S. Senate Report: Over 400 prominent scientists from more than two dozen countries recently voiced significant objections to major aspects of the so-called "consensus" on man-made global warming. These scientists, many of whom are current and former participants in the UN IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), criticized the climate claims made by the UN IPCC and former Vice President Al Gore.

Here in Wisconsin the early hard winter this December is severe enough that ice bends buildings to their breaking points and follows a February where record blizzards obliterated all previous snowfall totals. Yet here in Madison, enclaves of people sincerely believe humanity has already pushed the environment Past The Tipping Point so “it's no longer possible to prevent catastrophic climate change”.

Of course the activists flying around don’t believe the end is near. The political use of apocalyptic prophecy is entirely about gaining control over people and wealth which is why the personal car is a primary target for regulation. Nothing quite demonstrates the complete subordination of private enterprise like unnecessary and unrealistic mandates enforced by stiff fines. Some European automakers are beginning to see the clear and present danger looking them in the eye.

Germany Cries Foul Over EU Plans to Cut Car Emissions: Germany has attacked European Commission proposals to cut car C02 emissions limits, saying they unfairly hit the country's auto industry. The measures are intended to curb global warming. Under the plans, automobile manufacturers would have to reduce carbon emissions produced by their fleets of passenger cars to an average of 120 grams per kilometer by 2012. Currently, new cars emit some 160 grams on average. Should they not comply to the guidelines, automakers are to face steep fines. With several commissioners dissenting, the European Commission -- the EU's executive arm -- agreed on a four-year phase-in period from 2012 for the fines.

Before we consent to even more restrictions on free thought, free enterprise, free markets and free movement, it is time to confront the ghost story justification behind the demands for these increasing government intrusions. What is needed is an Innocence Project for carbon dioxide. The molecule is not guilty of any of the charges against it.