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Solomon and Mann on Global Warming

Glenn Fox sent this out to the Free Market Environmentalist group on Facebook today. It’s an interchange by Lawrence Solomon and Michael Mann on global warming. It’s a fairly serious interchange. If anything, it confirms that consensus does not exist on the issue.

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Walter Block on Free Market Environmentalism

Thanks to Brandon for offering a link in a comment on an earlier post on free market environmentalism. The link is to a YouTube video of Walter Block discussing the relationship between the environment and economics. Check it out:

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Market and the Environment

Two side interests of mine over the past number of years have been economics and environmental issues. In my mind, both fall under the rubrick of Genesis 1:26 and the command to humans to have stewardship over the earth. What’s sad is that often economics, especially the free market variety, and the environment fail to cohere in an amicable way. That’s why I have been excited to read about “free market environmentalism.” This may sould like a contradiction in terms, but I think that if you were to delve deeper into the subject you’ll see that the two fit together quite snugly.
Check out libertarian writer Walter Block’s “Environmentalism and Economic Freedom” hosted at the Mises Institute’s website. It gives you a taste.
Another good resource is the University of Guelph’s Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics group, in particular the writings by Glenn Fox – a self-styled “free market environmentalist.”
See also this interview with Ron Paul who ran for the Republicans in their primary last year:

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Eco-Salvation

Frank Furedi has an insightful piece on environmental theology called “In Search of Eco-Salvation” in a recent edition of Spike magazine. He observes that churches that have long abandoned the gospel now view salvation in environmental terms.

In August, Dom Anthony Sutch, a Benedictine monk, announced that he would hear
eco-confessions of sins against the environment at the Waveney Greenpeace
festival, in a confessional booth carefully constructed from recycled materials.

Furedi is right to say that this is a caricature in and of itself. He points to the erosion (pardon the pun?) of religious authority as the key reasono why people have turned from saving souls from hell to saving the earth from global warming.
[HT: Al Mohler]

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Global Warming Consensus?

Apocalyptic scientists and alarmist politicians (not to mention eco-friendly celebs) have been getting us reg’lar people “in the know” about global warming for a few years now. The line given is that there is a consensus in the scientific community about the earth’s warming and man’s influence upon said warming. Daily Tech has an article detailing a recent study (or re-study) done by Klaus-Martin Schulte that shows that there is no consensus and that the likelihood of a global catastrophe is slim.

Of 528 total papers on climate change, only 38 (7%) gave an explicit endorsement of the consensus. If one considers “implicit” endorsement (accepting the consensus without explicit statement), the figure rises to 45%. However, while only 32 papers (6%) reject the consensus outright, the largest category (48%) are neutral papers, refusing to either accept or reject the hypothesis. This is no “consensus.”

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I Was on the Global Warming Gravy Train

I get emails regularly from the Mises Institute. This one caught my eye and I thought I would post a link. It’s written by David Evans who worked for the Australian government for a number of years in a related field. His articles is called “I Was on the Global Warming Gravy Train.” It’s thought provoking.

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Documentary – Great Global Warming Swindle

Here is a link to a documentary making the rounds in Britain called The Great Global Warming Swindle. I haven’t had the chance to watch it yet, so I can’t comment on its veracity (Y Safle???). But I do hope to get to it soon(ish).

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Black Holes or Global Warming

Jeremy Smith, the assistant editor of Reformation 21, has a piece there on global warming in part of his ongoing column Spinning the Windows of Understanding. The article is entitled “The Attraction of Global Warming.” He makes the interesting point that popular science is in a hand-wringing state of worry over global warming, yet nobody makes a peep about the devestating result of Hawking’s theories of black hole information loss. It’s an interesting article to say the least.

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An Inconvenient Gore

This is a rant, but rants aren’t always bad. What Prelutsky says has a ring of truth to it and makes me ill thinking about holier-than-thou celebrities who don’t practice what they preach. Way to go Al and your care for the environment.

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More on Global Warming

More on the supposed warming of the globe. This is an article from Times Online written by Nigel Calder, the former editor of New Science. It is entitled “An experiment that hints we are wrong on climate change.”

[HT: Centuri0n]

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Perspectives on the Warming of the Globe

I’m amazed at how often global warming comes up in conversation. Some examples: I was entering the elevator in my apartment building and there was a twenty-something university student in there staring at me oddly, not moving his cart full of laundry. As the door closed behind me, in an eastern European accented voice he commented on the weather. In all his days in Toronto, so says he, there had never been a December without snow. “It’s global warming.” I replied that the weather comes in cycles and that we are in a period of warmth and should enjoy it. “No, this is man-made, and the earth is slowly warming.” The elevator opened and we parted ways.
Friends of mine have watched the recent Al Gore documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, to which the issue of global warming is a central theme. Again, we are told that man made emissions have been released into the atmosphere causing excessive warmth. Polar bears are dying, the ice in the Arctic isn’t freezing, and we should prepare for a global flood of Noahic proportions.
This morning a good family friend of my in-laws (and myself I might add), sent an email based on her having watched Gore, et al. She expressed concern and dismay for not having realised the consequences of global warming earlier. Finally, I thought, I should post my thoughts on this issue.
What I thought I would do is provide some links to articles that I have found helpful on dispelling the hysteria over global warming. I’ll annotate them giving a summary and thoughts on each link. I’ll be interested to read what you guys think out there in the blogosphere. So, without further adieu:
A Global Warming Primer – Robert Blackstock
Blackstock was, at the time of writing, a PhD student at Auburn University and taught environmental economics. Although this was written in 2001, it is a helpful introduction to the issue of global warming, giving a definition, an excursus into recent environmental concerns such as the “global cooling” paranoia of a previous generation, the inefficiency of computer modelling (helpful for those who watched Al Gore), the inaccuracy of collected data on global temperature, and the monetary gain for organisations such as WWF who rely on this kind of uproar about the environment. The final paragraph of this article provides helpful advice: focus on the important issues, not the periphery: “So, the question that Americans must ask is this: ‘Do environmental problems exist?’ The answer is yes, they do—but anthropogenic global warming is not one of them. Unfortunately, as long as people are distracted by the myths, their attention will not be centered on the facts.”

The Global Warming Scam – Nima Sanandaji and Fred Goldberg

This article is much more recent than the previous, having been written in 2006. Sanandaji is a Cambridge graduate and runs a Swedish think-tank called Captus and is the editor of their journal. Goldberg, having written his parts of the article from a polar trip, teaches at the Royal School of Stockholm.
The authors show that the research involved on the issue of global warming is relatively inconclusive and that there are many views regarding it. As some journals have reported, ice in the north is actually constant and in some instances thicker than others are saying. They also point to the variety of polar bear populations and that though some are depleting others are constant and even others are growing. Their concluding paragraph refers to “doomsday” theories and there is no reason to scare the populace into thinking that the world is warming to deadly degrees.
Unprecedented Global Warming? – Michael Heberling
This article comes from one of my favourite journals, The Freeman. The author is president of Baker College Center for Graduate Studies in Flint, Michigan. The article details the nature of Kyoto and shows how its two assumptions, that global warming is man-made and that there are unprecedented levels of global warmth are not tenable. Heberling pays particular attention to the latter showing the levels of global temperature change in history, from medieval warmth (which was warmer than today’s climate) to the warmth of the 1940s that wasn’t man-made. The final sentence of the articles is telling: “Enjoy the warm weather, while it lasts!” Meaning, obviously, that we’ll go through another cycle of cooling.
An Inconvenient Truth – Ronald Bailey
This is a review of Al Gore’s movie written by someone sympathetic to the notion that the earth is warming because of man-made pollutants in the atmostphere, yet disagrees seriously with Gore’s slide-show. He provides a lot of counter-evidence to Gore’s and outlines the emotionally driven rhetoric shown throughout the documentary.
For the last year or so I have been thinking on how, as an evangelical Christian, I can have better stewardship over God’s creation. It is sin to abuse the earth, of that there is no doubt. We are called by God to take care of our environment, and because of that mandate, all Christians should shame non-Christians in our care for the earth. Sadly, this is not always the case. I would love to know what organizations that are worth supporting. Sadly, eco-theology is often left-wing and liberal, advocating theologies that I could not attach my name to. What should we do, as Christians, to provide for the environment without falling to earth-worship?

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