Kyoto in MontrealAnd now up for a post-mortem perambulation is the Kyoto Accord, as the hacks of the world bureaucracy and their symbionts gather, amidst much wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth, to condemn the USA for - what exactly? I do not know. After all, this great nation has done more carbon dioxide reduction than almost all of the countries that have ratified the "accord." These wackos blame Bush for stopping American involvement in Kyoto, yet the Senate voted 99 to 0 against it even before Bush ascended his throne. We are doing more - much more - to curtail carbon dioxide emission than are rest of the entire world put together. Not only in laws that affect about half of our economy, but by putting together a framework that will do what Kyoto never attempted to do, which is bring in most of the world's peoples and economies and work toward finding solutions to our problems, whatever these problems are. What Bush failed to do is kneel down to socialist forces that want the USA to weaken itself in some misguided scheme that springs from a serious misapprehension of how economies and wealth work.
One zero base thinker , David Warren, is, even though a Canadian, very clear headed (and who has long been one of our faves) and he has come up with a fine piece on the denouement in Montreal, He says of the credulous cretins of common confabulated corruption:
They still buy into the possibility that human acts might be contributing to a global warming trend that either is or is not happening, on a time scale that might be short, medium, or long. They just realize that if something must be done about greenhouse gas emissions, there have got to be more intelligent ways to do it, than by suppressing economic activity throughout the Western world.And, The Australian gets the deal in Montreal exactly right, with:
If a shifty salesman in a blue suit adorned with yellow stars appeared on your doorstep flogging a life insurance policy with high, high costs and low, low returns, would you turn over your hard-earned cash? Most likely you would shut the door in his face. This is effectively what some non-government organisations and governments are asking us to do when they call for drastic restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions in the name of saving us from climate change.Meanwhile, while government, NGOs, and the punditocracy continue to blab over nonsense, the clever, rational mind, the zero base thinker who knows that the common wisdom is always wrong and seeks the truth, will find that, while natural gas is a low carbon fuel, we are currently seeing a shortage of usable natural gas because of a carbon dioxide shortage!! Yes, the sad fact is that natural gas, and older deposits of petroleum in general, need CO2 to inject into the wells, to produce the hydrocarbon. Yet, there is a shortage of available CO2! The scenario goes like this: Natural gas is produced from a well, CO2 is extracted from it, and then the CO2 is pumped into the ground (for perpetual storage) which causes crude oil to come out of the formerly depleted oil well, that had been previously given up for dead. More gas, more oil, less carbon. But do we hear the government, the NGOs, or the eco-loonies saying anything about this? NOOOOOO!!!
Carbon dioxide will be reduced if and when it is economical to do so, not before. The green movement ignores economic argument as an article of faith. Until they are willing to assign a value, in currency, to CO2 reduction, clean air or water, or whatever, they have no chance of achieving their goals. And, until they embrace nuclear power, they will never convince the rest of us that they are serious about CO2-caused global warming. And only then.