Thursday, May 18, 2006

traitors to the human race

I'm copying this short piece in its entirety, from the Post's Washington in Brief news snippets.
Ad Campaign Targets 'Warming Alarmism'

The libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute is launching a national television ad campaign today attacking "global warming alarmism" and the calls for curbs on greenhouse gases linked to climate change.

The two 60-second spots -- which will air in 14 markets including Washington as well as Albany, Albuquerque, Anchorage and Dallas -- tout carbon dioxide as a harmless substance that humans breathe out and trees absorb.

"Carbon dioxide," the female announcer intones in each of the two ads, which cost $50,000 to produce and air. "They call it pollution. We call it life."

Pew Center on Global Climate Change President Eileen Claussen questioned the ads themselves, saying: "According to the CEI line of reasoning, you can never have too much of a good thing. Therefore what New England is experiencing is not so much disastrous flooding, but rather an abundance of life-sustaining rainwater."
Claussen has a nice analogy. Apparently the CEI has never heard of the idea that too much of a good thing might be bad for you.

It is criminal bordering on genocidal to not only ignore the compelling evidence that rising carbon dioxide levels ARE changing the planet's climate in unpredictable and likely deleterious ways, but to actually campaign AGAINST any efforts to reduce CO2 emissions. Look, we are going to have to change our fuel-burning habits starting pretty soon, and fairly drastically, or we could be well and truly screwed. How screwed? Oh, say collapse-of-global-civilization screwed, if we hit irreversible climate change points that work RAPIDLY, like the ones Tim Flannery identifies in 1976 and 1998 in his powerful book, "The Weather Makers".

If we don't at least TRY to reduce carbon emissions starting NOW to try to mitigate the effects of climate change, it will be global suicide. If the refusal to change from the "business as usual" attitude exemplified by short-sighted criminal morons like the Competitive Enterprise Institute, it will prove that humans are not as rational as we like to assume. I'd say we deserve our fate -- but the other species we are dragging into extinction shouldn't have to suffer with us.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Nick said...

I've posted a full commentary about these CEI ads and the internet frenzy surrounding them at greenr.

If you look at it, there have been 4 cycles of cooling and warming of +/-5 degrees C over the past 450,000 years, and I'm betting there weren't CO2 spewing humans to blame back then, so why should they be to blame now?

We are in the MIDDLE of a warming cycle, that still has +5 degrees C to go. Of course we are seeing global warming.

See my site for the full details.

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