Friday, September 01, 2006

Global Warming's Real Inconvenient Truth

RJ Samuelson at Wapo:
"Al Gore calls global warming an 'inconvenient truth,' as if merely recognizing it could put us on a path to a solution. That's an illusion. The real truth is that we don't know enough to relieve global warming, and -- barring major technological breakthroughs -- we can't do much about it. This was obvious nine years ago; it's still obvious. Let me explain."
Here's the thing enviro nut-jobs are loathe to admit: there's a finite amount of oil in the earth -- some say we've already passed "peak oil", the point of highest annual production, but all agree that we'll eventually run out.
Question: What is the probability that we, as a global economy, will not use all of the oil?
Answer: Zero. Someone will use it. Its cheap and we have trillions of dollars worth of equipment that requires it to function. We could pass Kyoto, pass even more draconian legislation -- America could stop using petroleum all together and STILL the oil would be burned by someone, by some struggling poor economy desperate for cheap energy.

The upshot is that all of the carbon contained in the oil will be put in the atmosphere -- there's just no question about it. So let's all stop whining about global warming and stop pretending that punishing american consumers is going to produce anything positive.

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