Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Quiz #6 (With 1 Answer)

Inspired by MaxedOutMama's posts explaining why governmental actions to slow climate change will further wreck the economy, some questions:
  1. If GHGs cause warming, why are GHG emissions up but temperatures down?

  2. Why have so many of the computer models over-estimated increased temperatures and rising sea-levels?

  3. If GHG emissions drop in countries with economies in collapse, does that increase the likelihood (it doesn't prove it) that cutting emissions will undermine our economy and make the current downturn worse?

  4. If none of the proposed remedies--including the Kyoto carbon caps--will slow warming significantly, why not spend the money elsewhere?
Answer: Because Obama promised to "slash [America's] greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80% by mid-century, and "'help lead the world toward a new era of global cooperation on climate change.'" Regardless of the accuracy of the numbers, the science or the economics. Even if it drives us into a depression.

(Prior posts in the series here, here, here and here.)


OBloodyHell said...

> Because Obama promised to

Well, since he's so far backpeddaled on a lot of the other socialist stupidities he sold his voters on, why not this one?

Anyone with half a brain knows it's the wrong thing, particularly right NOW with the economy doing poorly.

And no one ever said Obama was stupid. Unwise, yeah, but stupid? No.

Carl said...

Agreed--if Obama can invent some green-sounding, but largely hortatory, climate change measure, thereby keeping his promise.