Thursday, August 19, 2004


This headline in The Guardian tells us how desperate the windmill-lovers are getting now that even many Greenies now don't like windmills: "Behind the rural nimbyism of the protests against wind farms is the sinister presence of the nuclear lobby"

Ah! The arch-demon has been called up out of hell -- "the nuclear lobby". Kneejerk Leftist horror is now to be expected. Windfarm opponents like far-Left "Senator Ted Kennedy in the USA and noted environmentalist David Bellamy in the UK would however be pretty amazed to hear themselves identified as pro-nuclear campaigners.

The whole article is an amusing piece of Soviet-style propaganda that is almost self-fisking. But if you want your fisking done for you, Envirospin does an excellent job of it.


Policy-makers from Mars

"According to a new study appearing in the August 13 issue of the journal Science, "We already have the technology we need to take the world off the path toward dramatic climate change." But a cursory glance at the advance summary reveals that the study, conducted by Princeton Environmental Institute's Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI), is completely out of touch with economic, political, and environmental reality.

The forthcoming study claims that each of 15 recommended strategies could eliminate up to 1 billion tons annually of carbon emissions by 2054, though by not considering their costs the authors make their recommendations useless as public policy proposals. "The study basically says that if you coerce everybody to use a lot less energy and don't care about the cost, you can significantly reduce emissions," said Competitive Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis. "We needed Princeton University to tell us that?".....

CMI Strategy 9 is to add double the current global nuclear capacity to replace coal-based electricity. "This proposal should go over big with the no-nukes environmental establishment."

CMI Strategy 10 is to increase wind capacity by 50 times relative to today, for a total of 2 million large windmills. "The word boondoggle was invented for just such proposals, and in case CMI has not heard, there's a growing grassroots backlash against wind farms."

CMI Strategy 13 is to increase ethanol production 50 times by creating biomass plantations with an area equal to 1/6th of world cropland. This strategy is a prescription for decimating millions of acres of forest and other wildlife habitat. "I thought environmentalists liked trees and wildlife, but I guess these days anyone can qualify as long as they embrace the Kyoto agenda of climate alarmism and energy rationing."


Many people would like to be kind to others so Leftists exploit that with their nonsense about equality. Most people want a clean, green environment so Greenies exploit that by inventing all sorts of far-fetched threats to the environment. But for both, the real motive is to promote themselves as wiser and better than everyone else, truth regardless.

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