January 13, 2004

CLIMATE TERROR HASTENED

Academic Matt McDonald emits tears over greenhouse emissions:

The announcement that Australia has abandoned the international greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme of the Kyoto Protocol hammers another nail into the coffin of a legitimate climate change policy in Australia.

Hopefully that nail was made of depleted uranium, and the coffin built entirely from the last tree of its species. Although Melanie Phillips is more nuanced and balanced on global warming than me (I donít even care if global warming is happening; letís get this sucker cooking, thatís what I say) her comments on the likes of McDonald are still worth reading. Consume some precious earthly energy by clicking the link and taking a look.

Posted by Tim Blair at January 13, 2004 01:01 AM
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Meanwhile in North America, all those belching SUVs and coal-fired power plants have caused a record cold snap.

Posted by: perfectsense at January 13, 2004 at 03:55 AM

It's amazing!

Posted by: Big Dog at January 13, 2004 at 04:10 AM

I'll only start to believe in anthropogenetic global warming when they detect an increase in temperatures in the atmosphere, rather than the surface where all kinds of factors can contribute to the observed increased temperatures. Still not much evidence of this.

Posted by: rexie at January 13, 2004 at 04:18 AM

Illinois soft coal got sh*tcanned by the EPA not too long ago. Boy, it's gonna be a cold one here in S-Word country.

Posted by: Tongue Boy at January 13, 2004 at 04:21 AM

Forget the burial. How bout a nice cremation. Not natural gas or propane. Exotic wood.

Posted by: Jim at January 13, 2004 at 04:31 AM

I came across some suggestive (but in no way conclusive) data the other day on the site I use for weather reports.

There's a link to show you the record highs and lows for any listed town for each month of the year, with their date and year.

I noticed that in 9 cases out of 12 for my home town, the record low was more recent than the record high - the opposite of what you'd expect to see if temperatures were trending higher.

Clicking around, I checked about 12 cities in the state, and could not find a single one where most of the record highs were more recent than the record lows for the months, although the differential was more typically 7-5 than 9-3.

Anecdotal stuff, to a large extent - but I wish I had all their data in a spreadsheet or database, so I could run some analysis on it.

Posted by: Parker at January 13, 2004 at 05:31 AM

"Oh my God! You killed Kyoto! YOU BASTARDS!"

Let's see... so far it's the U.S. Congress, Bush, Russia, and now Australia that's killed Kyoto, and that was after it was crippled by the fact that two of the largest industrial polluters in the world (China and India) were exempt to begin with. Sucker has more lives than a cat, doesn't it?

Posted by: LabRat at January 13, 2004 at 06:09 AM

Hey, when you give a bureaucrat a sweet deal with lots of travel, posh hotels and fancy expense accounts, you generally need a stick of dynamite to loosen their grip on it...

Posted by: mojo at January 13, 2004 at 06:13 AM

Let's see... so far it's the U.S. Congress, Bush, Russia, and now Australia that's killed Kyoto, and that was after it was crippled by the fact that two of the largest industrial polluters in the world (China and India) were exempt to begin with. Sucker has more lives than a cat, doesn't it?

You forgot to mention only two European nations are going to meet their targets.

Posted by: Quentin George at January 13, 2004 at 06:21 AM

"Oh my God! You killed Kyoto!"

It does seem that Kyoto is a bit like Kenny on South Park -- killed off every episode. How many times can it die?

Posted by: Bruce Rheinstein at January 13, 2004 at 06:34 AM

Kyoto was basically a huge wealth redistribution scheme in which the greatest culprits (aka the United States) spends billions buying credits from less developed nations when emissions goals inevitably fail to be met. Bush has gotten the rap for shitcanning this monstrosity but the U.S. Senate was about 67 votes short of the 67 needed for ratification which means that it would never have been ratified even if President Ralph Nader was sitting in the Oval Office.

Posted by: Randal Robinson at January 13, 2004 at 07:48 AM

The greenies are directly responsible for the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia: wildfires. Their policy of no hazard reduction burning is not only destroying our national parks, it's pumping billions of tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, every summer.

Posted by: Byron_the_Aussie at January 13, 2004 at 08:18 AM

Parker,

I can understand why this is so difficult for you to understand, being an uncaring, right-wing Nazi and all, but let me explain. Global warming suggests that the earth is warming up, but it must cool first, getting colder and colder, until it is eventually too hot. Kind of like the "wrap-around" feature on the old 80's video games. Remember, cold=hot. You may only truly understand this if you are a Progressive, as it requires 'nuanced' thinking.

Hope the sarcasm was obvious...

A regular RWDB,

Posted by: Jerry at January 13, 2004 at 08:55 AM

Tim!

WARNING! WARNING!!

Do not hit your depleted uranium nail with a hammer (unless you are in an inert atmosphere such as argon or dry nitrogen). The metallic uranium will spark and ignite on impact - it looks really cool in dim light or near darkness.

WARNING! WARNING!!

Posted by: Russell at January 13, 2004 at 09:24 AM

Well, of course Australia is going to destroy the world by dropping Kyoto, what with your enormous home-heating bills, your absolute lack of solar energy, and of course, all the greenhouse emissions from your throngs of joeys and illegal-immigrant rabbits. Wanna buy some yellowcake and speed things along?

Posted by: slayerdaddy at January 13, 2004 at 11:36 AM

I am still waiting for some group to cry out for the automobile companies to share the technology by which they ship SUV's to the rest of the solar system to cause warming -
= = = =
Mars Emerging from Ice Age, Data Suggest
By SPACE.com - Scientists have suspected in recent years that Mars might be undergoing some sort of global warming. New data points to the possibility it is emerging from an ice age... "Odyssey is giving us indications of recent global climate change in Mars," said Jeffrey Plaut, project scientist for the mission at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory...

Mars is Melting
Dave Smith of the Goddard Space Flight Center. "Southern summer on Mars begins September 29th; by then much of the polar cap will be gone."

Still warming Pluto's tenuous atmosphere is expanding and warming even as the planet moves away from the Sun...

more warming
seems several moons and planets are "melting".

Posted by: John Anderson, RI USA at January 14, 2004 at 01:23 AM

Is NZ still planning to tax farmers for their stock's flatulance?

Posted by: rabidfox at January 14, 2004 at 06:37 AM