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Sunday, February 20, 2005

"All the potential culprits have been ruled out except one."

The London Times reports that proof has been found that global warming is caused by man-made emissions of greenhouse gases.

Computer modeling of changes in ocean temperatures compared natural variations in the earth's climate, or changes in solar activity or volcanic eruptions to greenhouse gas emissions. The results strongly suggests greenhouse gases are the culprit for a .9 degree increase in ocean temperatures over the past 40 years.

And so the environmentalists now have their "proof." But to what end? Do we restrain development of better living standards in the third world to keep ocean temperatures down? Or does anybody really think people are going to give up their cars?

3 Comments:

Blogger A Seattle Libertarian said...

I doubt anyone seriously believes that people are going to give up their cars, but there is probably some low-hanging fruit out there in terms of technologies that could be made more efficient for relatively little money.

10:55 AM  
Blogger J. Mills said...

Well, maybe it is "proof" . . . but of what problem?

Seems like there has been global warming since the last ice age, but few thinking people think that is a large problem.

Here again, conservatives/conservationists assume that things best remain unchanged.

There is nothing wrong - indeed there is everything right - about a dynamic ecology - and really no way to stop the world from spinning. (Assuming that this is not simply another cold fusion discovery.)

7:58 PM  
Blogger A Seattle Libertarian said...

Dynamic ecologies are great, but the concern with global warming (at least from my point of view) is human suffering.

Sea level rise and slight temperature shifts could have very real impacts on human populations- from forcing evacuations of heavily populated coastal regions to serious impacts on food production capacity. If there is a way to make these externalities clear to the people producing them (whether that is people burning fossil fuel, or raising cattle that produce large amounts of methane, whatever), there is probably an economic solution. You pollute, you pay.

10:55 AM  

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