Friday, February 02, 2007

Evolving Ourselves

There are two reports out today.

One is the NIE on the situation in Iraq.

It is a disaster.

The other is the IPCC report.

It is the Final Verdict on the disaster that awaits.

Mankind to blame for global warming say scientists
Fri Feb 2, 2007
By Gerard Wynn and Alister Doyle

PARIS (Reuters) - Mankind is to blame for global warming, the world's top climate scientists said on Friday, sending governments a "crystal clear" warning they must take urgent action to avert severe and irreversible damage.

The United Nations panel, which groups 2,500 scientists from more than 130 nations, predicted more droughts, heatwaves and a slow gain in sea levels that could last for more than 1,000 years even if greenhouse gas emissions were capped.

The panel's report predicts a "best estimate" that temperatures would rise by between 1.8 and 4.0 Celsius (3.2 and 7.8 Fahrenheit) in the 21st century.

"Faced with this emergency, now is not the time for half measures. It is the time for a revolution, in the true sense of the term," French President Jacques Chirac said. "We are in truth on the historical doorstep of the irreversible." more

Chirac has been quite candid lately.

And his leadership in climate change is a welcome addition to a world leadership vacuum.

Chirac calls for 'revolution' to deal with climate change
Montreal Gazette
February 02, 2007

PARIS – French President Jacques Chirac called for.a “revolution” Friday to counter the “guilty selfishness” of climate change.

“Faced with this emergency, the time for half measures is finished,” Chirac said at the opening session of an international conference on the environment, whose participants include Quebec Premier Jean Charest.

“It is time for a revolution,” the French president added. “A new industrial revolution, that of sustainable development, lies before us.”

Chirac proposed that this revolution would be led by transforming the existing United Nations Environment Program into a new United Nations Environment Organization, with a political mandate to propose common efforts to deal with climate change.

“We must build global governance for the environment,” Chirac said. “Multilateralism is the key to sustainable development.”

Sir Nicolas Stern, a British expert on climate change applauded Chirac's proposal, saying, “a global problem requires a global response.”

There was also testimony yesterday from the Z Man.

Here is a piece of former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski's testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"If the United States continues to be bogged down in a protracted bloody involvement in Iraq, the final destination on this downhill track is likely to be a head-on conflict with Iran and with much of the world of Islam at large.

A plausible scenario for a military collision with Iran involves Iraqi failure to meet the benchmarks; followed by accusations of Iranian responsibility for the failure; then by some provocation in Iraq or a terrorist act in the U.S. blamed on Iran; culminating in a "defensive" U.S. military action against Iran that plunges a lonely America into a spreading and deepening quagmire eventually ranging across Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan."

Two separate disasters.

Caused by the same thing.

Our Fires

Chirac is right.

On both accounts.

We must evolve ourselves.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interview from Marketplace Morning Report.
On The America Enterprise Institute's attempts to suborn scientists into
denying global warming:

STEPHEN BEARD: The Guardian newspaper is reporting that scientists and
economists have been offered as much as $10,000 plus expenses each if
they will rubbish the latest UN report on climate change. which is
published in Paris today. So if they write an article or make a speech
which picks holes or finds flaws in the UN report, they could earn
themselves up to $10,000.

JAGOW: You know, my first reaction is that this sounds like flat-out
bribery. Am I wrong?

BEARD: Well I suppose that depends on your point of view. This money has
been offered by a think tank funded by Exxon Mobil. This is the American
Enterprise Institute.

JAGOW: Right.

BEARD: According to The Guardian, it received $1.5 million from Exxon
Mobil and it has close links to the Bush administration. They no doubt
would argue they are simply trying to fuel the debate on climate change,
but the reaction of climate scientists here has been pretty negative.
One of the University of East Anglia said this is a desperate attempt to
distort science.

3:49 PM  
Blogger polit thoughts said...

The more interesting aspect of the American Enterprise Institute story is that it will likely work!

The media gets much more revenue out of portraying issues as either/or controversies. They will run whatever crap the paid studies assert.

The politicians don't get donations for issues that are clear and resolved. Controversy is the fuel for money, which in turn is the "mother's milk of politics."

The public is caught on the horns of a dilemma - if there is no real debate, there must be action. But the cognitive dissonance that rings inside our heads is about having "the good life" and hearing that it is destroying the future.

The next generation doesn't have to take action until we resolve the controversy - What's new on youtube?

These blocks and blockages must be broken. By any and all means necessary!

8:47 AM  

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