Is this a good response to the proposed Copenhagen Protocol?
This may be the best climate change post I have ever read. Source: http://en.cop15.dk/blogs/view+blog?blogid=1909# "Problem 1: There exists no subset of man that is smarter than the whole of mankind to decide how to allocate the resource we make of the earth and our ingenuity. That includes you, international panels, the IPCC, the United Nations Security Council, the U.S. Congress, and every other group that imagines that central control will do better than the rational decisions of 6.5+ billion people who are FREE people. Fix the FREEDOM issue, and we -- mankind -- will fix the other issues. No socialist adventure creates wealth, because the controls exercised by a relative few mandarins always are less efficient and far more destructive than the composite decisions made by millions of free people. Since your "climate justice" concept is socialist by design, it is not to be trusted, because it violates basic human liberty. Problem 2: All taxes tax the poor. It's not who writes the check, it's who pays the price. Every time some well-intentioned person insists that legally-obtained wealth should be confiscated and re-distributed, I can only shake my head in disbelief, for that person ignores the best and most equitable redistribution method ever devised: that wealth is used to invest (that means jobs created and wages paid) and to consume (that means jobs created and wages paid). The person who spends $5 million on a house now has an elegantly organized pile of rocks and metal and wood and whatnot, and the people who built it -- or mined the ore, or harvested the logs, or built the machines to help those processes -- now have the money. Tax that $5 million away from the one who had it, and you not only reduce the incentive to build wealth in everyone who is subject to those same rules, but you also pump a large portion of it into the hands of bureaucrats who do nothing productive, and who do not believe in the incentive process of the market. Initially, everybody loses except the bureaucrats, but the poor, whose lives are the most economically vulnerable, are the first to suffer. In the end, all mankind suffers from the reduction of wealth-creation incentive. Problem 3: The current "crisis", climate change, is a manufactured imagination, a perfect storm for grant-seeking scientists and control-seeking politicians. My education through college was in Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science. When I read the fantasies of the modelers, describing impending doom, it takes my breath away, because I know it is simply a lie. Not only are the models not empirically sound, leaving out major components of the climate system -- like precipitation, cloud albedo, convective heat transport, solar magnetic and particle influence -- and distorting others -- like the presumed positive feedbacks for water vapor, when earth's history has amply demonstrated a tendency to correct imbalance, not swing wildly into any sort of unrecoverable extreme, even when CO2 was more than 10 times what it is today. CO2 and water vapor act like window shades on the atmosphere: passing some IR radiation, absorbing some, and reflecting some. Water vapor is 50 times more of the atmosphere than CO2, so in a sense CO2 is the 51st window shade applied to the window of the earth. We all have felt the effect of a window shade. Now imagine a second shade applied to the same window: what the first one passed through, the second one gets to act upon. The effect of the second is logarithmically less than the first. By the time you get to the 51st window shade, CO2, the effect of each additional unit of so-called greenhouse gasses is reduced to almost nothing. And so it would be for the 52nd, and 53rd, etc. CO2 is NOT the driver of climate, and no amount of modeling will ever make it so. And that's before we get to the positive, absolutely necessary function of CO2 in the maintenance of life on the earth. Problem 4: So-called "green" energy technology advocates are simply lying when they talk about all the enterprise created by energy mandates: they ignore the "broken window" axiom of economics, which demonstrates that destroying something for the sake of replacing it with something else has a negative outcome on overall prosperity. Witness the need by those advocates (1) to subsidize such technologies, (2) to deceive people in how well they work and (3) how much they cost, (4) to marginalize competing technologies -- such as hydroelectric dams, nuclear power, and biofuel power production using renewable timber waste and the like -- (5) to downplay the huge grid reconstruction costs associated with widely dispersed and non-constant energy production, and (6) to ignore the storage issues that make for such technologies impossible to use for baseload power, when baseload power is always the backbone of, and cheapest part of, any energy delivery system. If some sort of international consensus for establishing control of the energy res Ooops, last paragraph got cut off: "If some sort of international consensus for establishing control of the energy resources of the planet is built in Copenhagen this year, the poorest of the planet should weep, because that consensus will be their death warrant, written by those in rooms illuminated and air-conditioned by inexpensive power, but read and lived out in huts with no more possibility of the prosperity that continuing access to inexpensive power could bring, all under the guise of "protecting" the earth from a trace gas that does no harm and is the fertilizer of everything green and growing." I thought that would bring out the political stripes. You guys on the far left are hard and fixed and closed minded and I would never give you control of anything in my life. You can't even hold a decent discussion without ending up at the point where you are "correct". ************************ By the way, I'm Liberal (slightly left of centre). You guys are Marxist/Communist/Socialist and you scare the crap out of me. You're telling me how I'm wrong, how you're right, what needs to be done, why it's the only way to do it and step aside if you're not on board. I'm with the Conservatives on this one. They may fly to my right but at least I can see them. You're so far left, you're in a fog bank. ************************** And you don't know the first thing about economics, although, that doesn't seem like a stumbling block.
Asked By: Ottawa Mike - 10/20/2009
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Sounds like a modern day Ayn Rand.
Answered By: Richard the Physicist - 10/20/2009
This is at the heart of economic conservatism and free markets. The left typically believe in a central authority. Conservatives have come to realize that it just doesn't work. The actions of millions is far more effective than centralized redistribution. I thought the article did a very good job of explaining the... More
Answered By: jim z - 10/20/2009
Couldn't those same arguments be applied to EVERYTHING government does? If you believe that, you should also want to get rid of government services, defense departments, transportation administrations, law enforcement, etc.. People whine about government spending on things that they disagree with, and act like it's... More
Answered By: pegminer - 10/20/2009
No. To be blunt, every single point is totally wrong and utterly stupid. If we listened to this guy we'd still have acid rain, major ozone depletion, polluted waterways and air, no police, no fire departments, millions of people in poverty, no military, no paved roadways, no highways, and so on and so forth. As... More
Answered By: Dana1981, Master of Science - 10/20/2009
Common sense and reason are conservative concepts and those who would rule through dictate rather than reason will always object to evidence based arguments. Of course all flavors of leftist politics will always support any tactic that gives the left added power and control. And they will fight any educational program... More
Answered By: James E - 10/20/2009
Oh yeah, we should nix public education... More
Answered By: say 'no' to stop signs - 10/20/2009
Problem 1 – false. (1) Assumes perfect information, (2) perfect information transfer and (3) perfect understanding. All three are impossible. 1) The last Renaissance Man who knew everything died hundreds of years ago. Today only specialists with a lifetime of study and accumulated knowledge have the true answer. The... More
Answered By: Dr. Blob - 10/20/2009
That right-wing ideology has never worked and it never will. Society will never police itself, that's why there is a government.
Answered By: Physics student - 10/20/2009
1) AWFULLY WRONG. The architecture of the Kyoto Protocol leaves to every country the choice on how to achieve the emissions it has pledged to and how to distribute the economic burden/reward (if any) throughout its economy. It is entirely up to the country to either use command and control, environmental markets... More
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