IPCC Report Missing Something

| | Comments (0)
From http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18466213/:

Described as a road map for curbing global warming, a report was approved Friday by delegates from 120 countries that lays out what they said was an affordable arsenal of tools that must be rushed into place to avert a disastrous spike in temperatures.

But a U.S. official raised concern about the economic costs.

The report, a summary of a study by a U.N. network of 2,000 scientists, said the world has to make significant cuts in emissions through increasing the energy efficiency of buildings and vehicles, shifting from fossil fuels to renewable fuels, and reforming both the forestry and farming sectors.

The document made clear that nations have the technology and money to decisively act in time to avoid a sharp rise in temperatures that scientists say would wipe out species, raise ocean levels, wreak economic havoc and trigger droughts in some places and flooding in others.


Delegates said the approval of the report should conclusively debunk arguments by skeptics that combating global warming was too costly, that it would stifle development in poorer countries, or that the temperature rise had gone too far to change.

What I want to know is, how can the conclusions of scientists possibly debunk -- let alone do so conclusively -- fundamentally economic claims?

For crying out loud, this is economics: how can anything be conclusive anyway? Even if they were economists and not scientists? That they would even claim it is conclusive make me question their motives and judgment.

Now Playing: The Beach Boys - Surf's Up

Leave a comment

<pudge/*> (pronounced "PudgeGlob") is thousands of posts over many years by Pudge.

"It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt."

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by pudge published on May 4, 2007 2:55 PM.

Listen to the American People was the previous entry in this site.

Disciple c. 1990 is the next entry in this site.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.