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Saturday, April 22, 2006

In honor of the day

Today is Earth Day and in honor of Earth Day, I would like to highlight 2 informative articles. First is this one out of the Los Angeles Times.

"MEET AL GORE, scaremonger. In 2004, Gore denounced President Bush for "playing on our fears." Today, he is at the forefront of a "green scare" about global warming intended to terrify Americans into submitting to his environmental policies. "

Ouch - that's harsh! As I said in my post on the 20th, the jury is still out on global warming. The facts are contradictory at best.

"But Gore & Co. aren't troubled by such details because the smears are all for a good cause. That's why Gore saw nothing wrong in bullying dissident climate change scientists when he was a senator or waging a mean-spirited campaign to discredit the work of his old mentor, Harvard oceanographer Roger Revelle, because Revelle thought alarmism was unwarranted." (emphasis mine)

And this is the man who was a heartbeat away from the Presidency - bullying any and all who dare to disagree with him. I never thought I would say this but I am so thankful that President Clinton was not impeached. A Gore presidency - no matter how brief - would have been disasterous to the world economy.

"Reducing global carbon dioxide emissions to 60% of 1990 levels before 2050, while China, India and (hopefully) Africa modernize, is inconceivable, ill-conceived and also immoral because it would consign generations to poverty. "

Here is something that is true and measureable.

"The air we breathe and the water we drink is substantially cleaner than it was at the time of the first Earth Day in 1970," said Peyton Knight, director of environmental and regulatory affairs for the National Center, adding, "Of course, good news on the environment, of which there is much, rarely makes the cut for the broadcast evening news."

Earth Day 1970 had it's good points and the genesis of Earth Day has done so measurable good. However we should not forget that we have scientific fact that this planet has undergone climatic change in the past. At one time the North American continent was covered with glacial ice and at another time (as a friend recently reminded me) it was covered with tropical rainforests. While we humans can effect the planet for good and for ill, the planet is not as fragile as the extreme environmentalists like Al Gore would have us believe.


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