So much has been written about the Stern Report since it came out late last month, with the mainstream media being largely an unabashed Amen chorus, with nary a hint of independent judgment applied. They pretty much just accepted it all lock, stock, and barrel.
” Stern’s novelty was to produce two figures: that global warming would eventually reduce the size of the world economy by 10% if left to fester; but that curbing emissions at his recommended level would cost only 1% of global wealth.
Between those two suspiciously certain figures lies a world of conjecture, supposition and stabs in the dark… Doubts have been hardened into certainties, contradictory facts downplayed or omitted. The result is a tax-raising manifesto which could see Great Britain — which generates just 2% of world carbon emissions — sleepwalk into a growth-destroying agenda which will hit the poorest hardest.”
The second is from our friend Bob Carter, head of the Australian Environment Foundation, who after pointing out the many flaws in the study says in part:
“Though it will be lionised for a while yet, the Stern review is destined to join Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb and think tank the Club of Rome’s manifesto, Limits to Growth, in the pantheon of big banana scares that proved to be unfounded. It is part of the last hurrah for those warmaholics who inhabit a world of virtual climate reality that exists only inside flawed computer models.”
We pass them both along — in the interest of balance.
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