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Global Warming Chainletter?

June 14th, 2007 · Posted by Who Knows? · 6 Comments

Take a look at an Interesting Argument About Global Warming. This thing is uncannily similar to a chain letter, hehe… (is this an example where I will break my own policy by passing it on? Seems so, I’m posting it on my blog. ;) ) To those that do a lot of thinking, this video will not be particularly new (it might be described as Pascal’s Wager applied to Global Warming), but I think it is rather well presented and explained?

Of course, things are different in developing countries, consider Africa for example…

What should Africa do? Should Africa not build power stations to save millions of lives by providing an improved economy and electricity in homes so people can use electric stoves instead of fires that fill their lungs with soot? That is a much more tricky situation. Should the first world countries have a “monopoly” on industrialization just because they were first? It doesn’t seem right, eh…

Hey, by all means, everyone here in Africa, play your part. Reduce, reuse, recycle (in that order), use your energy saving light bulbs (though in the Western Cape, we typically do that to avoid power failures?), do not waste hot water (or cold water for that matter), etc… And be glad you don’t have to deal with public policy making with regards to industrializing the rest of Africa? Hehe…

There is a little section on Mitigation in developing countries in the Wikipedia article Mitigation of global warming. The Kyoto Protocol article also mentions developing countries a few times. Global policy does indeed take developing countries into consideration. I’m sure it is all a tricky balancing act.

So what were your impression of this video clip? (Is it a useful chainletter? Am I doing it a disfavour by labelling it as such?)

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bitingmynails // Jun 15, 2007 at 3:45 am

    There are too many global warming deniers out there, it seems like more and more every day, calling the anti-emissions movement a global swindle and hoax, a myth, a conspiracy of depopulationists, global government types, and self-serving politicians like Paul Watson, Maurice Strong and Al Gore; and saying that we believers and activists are zealots of some new “Ecotheist” religion; that we are dupes, victims of pop-culture hysteria – and worse! They seek to obscure the facts and deny the consensus about the most critical issue of our time and the direst threat ever faced by our precious Mother Earth!

    I would love to see a skilled writer tackle some of these books and review/debunk them. These books distract from the fact the debate has long been over and the time for action is now. We are running out of time to get the populace fully behind this. We can’t just ignore these heretics and traitors. Everyone who is concerned about this issue should read some of these books to see what their enemies are up to.

    “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism” by Christopher C. Horner.

    “Shattered Consensus: The True State of Global Warming”, by Patrick J. Michaels

    “Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years”, by Dennis T. Avery

    “Meltdown: The Predictable Distortion of Global Warming by Scientists, Politicians, and the Media”, by Patrick J. Michaels

    “The Satanic Gases: Clearing the Air about Global Warming”, by Patrick J. Michaels and Robert C. Balling, Jr.

    “The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World”, by Bjorn Lomborg

    “The Chilling Stars: The New Theory of Climate Change”, by Henrik Svensmark

    “Global Warming and Other Eco Myths: How the Environmental Movement Uses False Science to Scare Us to Death”, by Ronald Baily

    “Global Warming – Myth or Reality?: The Erring Ways of Climatology”, by Marcel Leroux

    “Is the Temperature Rising? The Uncertain Science of Global Warming”, by S. George Philander

    “Climate of Fear: Why We Shouldn’t Worry About Global Warming”, by Thomas Gale Moore

    “It’s the Sun, Not Your SUV: Co2 Will Not Destroy the Earth”, by John Zyrkowski

    “Global Warming: The Truth Behind the Myth”, by Michael L. Parsons

    “Global Warming in a Politically Correct Climate: How Truth Became Controversial”, by Mihkel M. Mathiesen

    “Global Warming: Opposing Viewpoints”, by Tamara L. Roleff

    “Environmental Overkill: Whatever Happened to Common Sense?”, by Dixie Lee Ray

    “Hot Talk Cold Science: Global Warming’s Unfinished Debate”, by S. Fred Singer

    “Taken by Storm: The Troubled Science, Policy and Politics of Global Warming”, by Christopher Essex

    “Apocalypse Not: Science, Economics, and Environmentalism”, by Ben Bolch

    “Silencing Science”, by Steven Milloy

    “Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds”, by Charles Mackay

    “State of Fear” by Michael Chrichton

  • 2 William Campbell // Jun 15, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    I am in total agreement, almost. I am a scientist, and I will look into some of the books you have listed, and perhaps I’ll try and counter the stupidity. But there is one other point that has come near and dear to my heart. That is the topic of Oil depletion. Global warming and oil depletion pose a tandum threat against our society and perhaps the human race that is larger and more awesome than anything we have ever faced. About a year ago I started assigning my organic chemistry students a project each term. They are to put together a powerpoint presentation and give it to the class on some topics related to oil depletion (since oil is the raw substance from which we get most of our organic chemicals). Every last one of my students ends up being amazed at how totally important oil is to our very survival, and how frightening it is that this resource has been and is being squandered and is on the verge of running out.

    It is my firm oppinion that between global warming and oil depleation, that we have less than a few decades of industrial society left. And, the longer we take to begin, in earnest, to address these topics on a global scale, the harder the crash will be.

    I would love to get involved in public discourse around these topics if I can find an outlet.

    Regards

    Bill Campbell

  • 3 Steve // Jun 19, 2007 at 9:48 am

    Didn’t watch. Needs Flash. Why do people still insist on using it?

  • 4 Hugo // Jun 19, 2007 at 9:57 am

    Why do people still insist on not having flash? ;-) Yea, it irritates when Flash is overused, but this is a movie clip, ala YouTube or Google Video. Flash is “the way”. (While I love that you can download avi’s from Google Video, it’s not the best solution. Flash, I believe, is the best solution. Embedded videos might be the other option: also causes pains for Linux users.)

    Get your PhD finished, then you can upgrade your computer to a modern, hip distro. And congrats on the job! (Uh, I knew one of my friends would get the job… heh, sigh…)

  • 5 Steve // Jun 25, 2007 at 9:38 am

    Flash is not “the way”. Embedded video’s make much more sense. Even if they cause me trouble, I won’t complain about them…

  • 6 Hugo // Jun 25, 2007 at 10:04 am

    You feel the same about Google Video and YouTube then, I guess?

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