The Emperor’s New Clothes

11/26/09 – Thanksgiving

Today I am thankful for seeing the coincidence that the upcoming Copenhagen meeting on global warming is being held in the same city where the “Emperor’s new clothes” was written.


Perhaps this coincidence was to be expected as global warming will be significantly increased due to the hot air and pontification expended with no hope of tangible results.

The true believers are faced with yet another challenge to their reality as many scientists in the unwashed community have observed that the globe really has not warmed any more over the past decade. This coupled with the third world and the emerging economies reluctance to carry a large load in eliminating green house gasses will only divert the world’s effort at addressing any real problem and finding real cures.

Points to Ponder

  • Does the third world and the emerging (or recently emerged) economies such as Chindia have a legitimate point that the developed OECD countries brought the world to the current levels of greenhouse gasses and therefore they should bare the brunt of any cut backs?
  • Can the OECD countries cut back enough to even offset the additions from the emerging economies?
  • Does the third world and the emerging (or recently emerged) economies such as Chindia have a legitimate point in saying that they have a right to un hindered economic growth to catch up to OECD economic GDP standards?
  • Regardless of where current pollution came from, new emissions from all sources are growing faster than can be absorbed by nature.
  • Regardless of the rate in global warming or its directional trend, mankind should recognize that its environmental well-being and its ability for economic growth is enhanced by a cost effective minimization of its carbon footprint and its other impacts on the environment.
  • Can the world look to solutions with real potential impact such as nuclear power that does not require regressive or punitive policies for implementation?
  • Can governmental financial support be directed at:
    • Solving nuclear waste issues?
    • Weapons grade proliferation?
    • R&D for battery technology regarding flash recharge and capacity?

Conclusion?

“You only learn who is swimming naked when the tide goes out. “
Warren Buffet

Is this Emperor really was naked? We’ll soon see when the tide goes out at the conclusion of this meeting.

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