As Carter Wood noted here earlier, there’s a UN conference on climate change taking place in Nairobi this week, and there’s lots of fun and mischief surrounding it. US Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Chair of the Senate Environment Committee and a guy who knows a thing or two about the topic and who dares to think for himself, yesterday called the Nairobi klatch a “brainwashing session.” He probably wasn’t too far from the truth.
Al Gore, for his part, is in Australia, calling the US and Australia “Bonnie and Clyde” for not signing on to the treaty that was voted down 95-0 when Al Gore was President of the US Senate. Australian PM John Howard, unbowed by the former Veep says they ain’t gonna drown any time soon. Advantage Howard.
Kofi Annan says climate change is more serious than “the proliferation of deadly weapons.” Really? Now there’s a guy who’s lost his compass. Ought he not worry that misguided efforts to stem the hysteria might retard development in the countries that need it most to lift themselves out of poverty? Maybe nobody worries about poverty anymore.
Finally, in the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” category comes Nobel Prize winner Paul Crutzen in Nairobi, observing that maybe if we lay down a little pollution it’ll block the sun and stop the one degree rise in temperature that’s happened over the last century from continuing — to another degree in the next hundred years. Professor Roger Pielke, Jr. weighed in on that one, calling it just so much “politically-motivated research” (ya think?), cautioning as follows: “Starting with a desired political outcome and then generating the science to support that outcome is not the most effective way for science to support policy, even coming from a Nobel laureate.”
Mark us down as agreeing with Pielke, Inhofe and Howard and disagreeing with Al and Kofi. Not sure what to make of the “bring it on” pollution guy. He might just need a vacation.
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