Tuesday, July 14, 2009

SURFS UP

This article by Charles Colson was just too good to pass up and not post for others who may not read Mr. Colson’s daily take on things. For those who believe that the chief occupier can stop the rising seas they need to especially pay close attention to the story told in Mr. Colson’s writing. Unfortunately the leftist will ignore the story and call it “folklore” and continue with their foolish plans to “stop the warming”.

Mr. Colson ends his article with this: “Eventually, the tide will come in. Let’s pray that it’s only our vanity that gets washed away.” I might add and perhaps those foolish enough to believe they can stop the “tides”.

Surf's Up!
Climate Change and Hubris

July 14, 2009

As the story goes, the courtiers of the 11th-century Anglo-Scandinavian king, Canute, told him that he was “so great, he could command the tides of the sea to go back.”

Knowing that this was nonsense, Canute, a pious Christian, had his throne moved to the beach. As the waves came in, he commanded them to desist. When the waves paid him no mind, he proclaimed, “Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings. For there is none worthy of the name but God, whom heaven, earth and sea obey.”

Twenty-first century governmental leaders could learn a lot from this 11th-century Viking king.

At the recent G8 summit, the leaders of the world’s largest industrialized economies agreed to stop the world from getting too warm. Really. In their communique, they said that “the increase in global average temperature above pre-industrial levels ought not to exceed 2 degrees [Celsius].” Or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

Just like it’s one thing to command the waves the desist and another to literally stem the tide, saying that temperatures ought not to rise and actually making that happen are entirely different matters.

By way of making that happen, the G8 communique calls for the 32 industrialized nations to cut CO2 emissions 80 percent by 2050. As you no doubt realize, 32 nations are more than 8 nations. That means that the G8’s plans to limit the world’s temperatures require that other countries join them in standing athwart the climate and saying, “Go back!”

Or, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel put it, “even if all G8 countries cut their emissions, we will not meet the 2 degree goal without the emerging economies.”

And the problem is that the emerging economies like China, India, and Brazil have no interest in yelling, “Go back!” Brazilian president Lula spoke for many when he said, “We don’t want to continue to be second-class citizens. We want to go to the top floor.” For that matter, Russia, a member of the G8, has said that it won’t “sacrifice economic growth for the sake of emission reduction.”

Nobody knows how, or even if, the kind of cuts being discussed can be made without sacrificing economic growth.

What is certain is that simply declaring that the world shouldn’t warm up more than we want won’t magically solve the technical and economic challenges.

To be fair, not everything about the pronouncement was Canute-like. For one thing, I am fairly certain that nobody was seated on a throne when the communique was released.

But while the Viking king knew the limits of his authority and competence, the hubris of world leaders today, in contrast, has us imagining that we can control the weather. As the G8 was setting the global thermostat, Bill Gates and others claimed to have developed a technology that suppresses hurricanes. I’m serious.

It isn’t only the weather. We also speak about “directing our evolution” through biotechnology. Our confidence in our ability to control nature knows no bounds.

Eventually, the tide will come in. Let’s pray that it’s only our vanity that gets washed away

6 comments:

Leslie said...

Good post Ticker.

Shall we all stop breathing too? That is certain to stop some of that nasty CO2! But alas, probably not enough to drop the temp. 2 degrees... if only we had someone to save us...

Maggie M. Thornton said...

I think the point that we are also trying to control humanity through biotechnology is an excellent point. Changing humanity - not that is serious.

Many, many, many experts do not believe that we are continuing to "warm." I'm not an expert but I read everything I can about it. I'm not convinced that we are warming.

I believe those believing in global warming don't really have a clue, they have a business.

Leslie said...

Maggie, you are so right. It is all a money making scheme and a control of individual lives issue. More control = more power; more power = more money. So many people just eat whatever information is fed to them, while others don't care to research the truth, still others are totally duped...

Always On Watch said...

What I've noticed about the current political leadership: megalomania.

I know that the analogy is overused, but I am reminded of the rise of Hitler in the 1930's,

Leslie said...

AOW, I am too. Amazing how history can repeat itself when humans are not studying and watching...

Ticker said...

Leslie, Maggie, AOW, thank you for your replies. Many of us in the real world understand what is happening but unfortunately our elected representatives are living in the world of Id and don't have a clue. It is as Maggie and Leslie stated, it's all about the money and the power.
It's time that We the People shut off the money and hence the power. The best way is to speak at the ballot box and remove those who are not listening. If all else fails it would appear that then it will be time to take to the streets and make a noise that will be heard around the world, not just this country, to let all know that We the People say, enough is enough and too much is nasty. It's reaching the nasty point quickly and it needs to stop.