Global warming? Nothing can be done about it!

So says Margaret Wente.  How can global warming be stopped if countries that are the largest contributors are not committed to the necessary reductions in their GHG emissions?

Ms. Wente referred to the proposed new US regulations on coal-fire electricity generating plants, such as the large Ohio plant in the attached image. (Source Wikipedia) As she points out, these regulations are subject to review and comment, a process that will last into next year.  Expected legal challenges could result in further extensive delay.  So there could be little reduction in US GHG emissions for some years, a circumstance that may result in the US missing its Copenhagen targets.

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What PR Problem?

“Climate’s Big PR Problem” is the title of Margaret Wente’s column on the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  This just-released report sets out the physical science behind climate change. Ms. Wente claims that the world has stopped warming up, which she describes as “a monumental PR headache for the IPCC. …

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A convert to global warming?

Margaret Wente, a columnist with the Toronto Globe and Mail, is retaining her denialist credentials – well sort of. This time the principal point in her column is based on the comments of Judith Curry, the head of the Climate Science Department of Georgia Tech. Professor Curry claims that climate models do a poor job …

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Why we must act

Margaret Wente did us a favour by her assessment of the efforts to explain to uncommitted Canadians the need to take action against global warning (Globe & Mail, Saturday, October 16th). She points out that people find it hard to react to invisible, distant threats. So they shrug off evidence, such as the significant reduction in Polar Ice Caps, that is short of calamitous.

And there are plenty of other worries on which people focus: in Canada concerns about global warming is somewhere below crime, health care, taxes, municipal spending, transportation and the economy. So, as she observes, the lamentable lack of political action is understandable: the Canadian government has just been reading the polls.She asks:” W hy are people cooling on warming?”  She might have questioned whether people have really been other than cool. Instead, she blames the apocalyptic language used by some environmentalists.  Here she departs from journalistic fairness.  She comments: “When they say we are doomed unless we radically change our way by the end of next week, people figure the problem is exaggerated.”  No environmentalist has referred to such an absurd time line, and certainly not Tim Flannery, whom she refers to in her article.

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