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Sunday, July 16, 2006
Global Warming: Brokaw Reports and Decides

I am currently watching “Global Warming: What You Need To Know”, hosted by Tom Brokaw on the Discovery Channel. Since I am not a true believer in global warming, most of it is obnoxious nonsense. Talk of losing half of the worlds species, lots of rain, not enough rain, blah blah blah. I would like quote my favorite liberal mantra at this point: the world isn’t black and white, it is often shades of gray. For arguments sake, lets say global warming is happening, and that humans are causing it.

Short list of “grays”:

*If you want to lower carbon emissions, forget hybrids, nuclear power is the way to go. Coal plants emit far more CO2 each year than vehicles. In fact, “40% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions stem from the burning of fossil fuels for the purpose of electricity generation. Coal accounts for 93 percent of the emissions from the electric utility industry.”[1] By contrast, “20% of U.S carbon dioxide emissions comes from the burning of gasoline in internal-combustion engines of cars and light trucks (minivans, sport utility vehicles, pick-up trucks, and jeeps).”[2] In other words, the best way to fight global warming is through nuclear power, not hybrids.

*Are you scared of global warming? Maybe you should be, maybe not, but don’t look at the US. Certainly the US is responsible for 25% of CO2 emissions today, but China and India comprise close to 40% of the worlds population and have booming economies that are rapidly industrializing. Rather than rolling back Western lifestyle, the focus should be on developing China and India in ways that are conducive with battling global warming.

*One of the main arguments against global warming initiatives is that it will hurt the economy. The greenest of the green try to deny this (as some did in Brokaw’s documentary). If fighting global warming doesn’t hurt the economy, then why not regulate China and India in the Kyoto Protocol? The reason is it does hurt the economy.

*If the US wants to truly fight global warming, it has to find a zero emissions vehicle. If we could develop technology that could be applied to everyday vehicles as well as commercial trucking, the US would cut emissions by 1/3. In the mean time, hybrids are a waste of time, resources, and brain cells. Anyone who thinks hybrids help anything needs to reevaluate their position. The same people that argue for hybrids argue against ending the gas tax. They argue that cutting taxes would just encourage more driving, and this is true, but what do you think hybrids do?

I believe a lot of this environmental hysteria has more to do with socialism and a disdain for the West rather than a true belief in wanting to help the environment. You can see it every time you see an “environmentalist” making their point by pointing to “greedy” corporations.

P.S. I still don’t believe humans are causing global warming.

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