Archive for April 3rd, 2009

Cap-and-trade still not working in EU

April 3, 2009

Bloomberg reports that,

The EU is struggling to show that a cap-and-trade system can reduce the heat-trapping gases that most scientists blame for climate change. Even though the recession is cutting Europe’s industrial production, carbon emissions still exceed allowances handed for free to polluters in 2008. President Barack Obama is also pushing a cap-and-trade program to slash U.S. emissions by 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050.

Hillary advisor: ‘Too many people’

April 3, 2009

In case you missed it, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s science advisor, Nina Fedoroff, told the BBC on March 31 that,

[Humans had exceeded the Earth’s] limits of sustainability… We need to continue to decrease the growth rate of the global population; the planet can’t support many more people… There are probably already too many people on the planet.”

A question for Dr. Federoff: Exactly who are the surplus people?

You know, the eugenicists only hated some people — those they viewed as genetically defective. The Nina Federoffs of the world seem to be even more indiscriminate.

Clean energy = ‘Large, centralized solutions’

April 3, 2009

In today’s Wall Street Journal article spotlighting the greens’ opposition to their own “solutions,” a spokesman for the World Wildlife Fund said that the only clean-energy options likely to matter are,

“large, centralized solutions… That’s the way it is… “We all grew up with this kind of mantra that small is beautiful… [But that] is not a model for a highly modernized, global world.”

There’s also a slight focus on green double-talk:

Late last year, the influential Natural Resources Defense Council helped sponsor ads ridiculing coal-industry ads boasting about progress toward cleaning up coal. “In reality, there’s no such thing as clean coal,” said a print version of the ad.

But last month, the NRDC, along with the Environmental Defense Fund, another prominent group, hosted workshops advocating more spending on clean-coal research. The rationale: Coal will remain a crucial fuel for decades, so it makes sense to try to clean it up.

“If NRDC had written all the ads by itself, we probably would have had a more nuanced ad,” says NRDC climate expert David Hawkins. “But it probably would have been a nuanced ad that doesn’t get noticed.”

If we let these people takeover, we’ll have earned the “final solution” they have in store for us.