William F. Jasper
In March 2010, Nor-Cal Produce, a family-owned produce business in West Sacramento, was fined $32,500 by the California Air Resources Board (ARB, or CARB). The company was not charged with, or even accused of, illegal emissions; like many other businesses, it had merely failed to notice a new regulation posted by CARB requiring all semi-trailers, shipping containers, vans, and rail cars with diesel-powered refrigerators to file a report with the agency.
What a difference a year can make! In December 2009, thousands of politicians, diplomats, and bureaucrats swarmed into Copenhagen for the 15th Conference of Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), accompanied by hordes of journalists, celebrities, and paparazzi. According to a UNFCCC press release at the close of the conference, “119 world leaders attended the meeting, the largest gathering of heads of state and government in the history of the UN.” President Barack Obama was there. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was there, along with a sizeable congressional delegation. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was there. Britain’s Prince Charles was there. Billionaire activist gadfly George Soros was there. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Bloomberg, Thomas Friedman, Darryl Hannah, and Bianca Jagger were there. And, of course, Al “Mr. Global Warming” Gore was there.
Mother Nature has not been helpful to global warming alarmists of late. The record cold wave she unleashed across much of planet during the recent United Nations climate change conference (known by the unwieldy bureaucratic acronym UNFCCC-COP16/CMP6 — really) extended even to the fabled, usually warm-and-sunny beaches of Cancun, Mexico, as we previously reported (Record Cold at Cancun Climate Confab).
As the U.S. Senate prepares to consider enormously expensive cap-and-trade legislation, supposedly aimed at curbing alleged global warming caused by man-made emissions, scientists and policy makers at a conference in Chicago heard from experts in various scientific fields challenging the crumbling assumptions that have provided the foundation for global-warming alarmism.
For millions of environmental activists the Compact Fuorescent Light bulb (CFL) has become a popular mascot rivaling the World Wildlife Fund's panda bear symbol. Corporations, governments, and NGOs have jumped on board General Electric's green CFL bandwagon, singing the praises of the now-familiar curly lamps.
The Heartland Institute's fourth International Conference on Climate Change is scheduled to take place in Chicago May 16-18 and will feature more than 27 foreign experts from a dozen nations.
The annual Gallup survey of Americans' attitudes on environmental issues, reports the polling group, "shows a public that over the last two years has become less worried about the threat of global warming, less convinced that its effects are already happening, and more likely to believe that scientists themselves are uncertain about its occurrence."
The recently concluded United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, known in UN-speak as COP15, provides a timely glimpse into a brave new zoological carboniferous epoch. As we all “know” by now, anthropogenic (man-made) global warming, or AGW, is the mother of all apocalypses, threatening all life in the universe, and causing every woe imaginable, from blizzards and droughts to tsunamis, earthquakes, cancer, dandruff, halitosis, toenail fungus, drug addiction, prostitution, and inflation.
"FREEZE MAY KILL 60,000," blared the headline of London's Express newspaper on January 11. The following excerpt gives an idea of the grim picture in much of the UK:
As Britain's winter of discontent threatened a fresh wave of blizzards and freezing temperatures last night, [Prime Minister] Gordon Brown stood accused of failing to protect the nation.... Experts predict a massive spike in death rates — with up to 60,000 more people dying than average because of the wintry conditions. The British civilian death toll in the Second World War was 67,000.
At the U.S. Press Center in the luxurious Rio Sheraton, a young reporter slammed a telephone down with an expletive. "I can't believe this guy!" he said to nearby colleagues, referring to a religious radio-talk show host with whom he had just finished a live interview. "He wanted to know if there were a lot of socialists down here promoting socialism at the Earth Summit. Like there was some socialist conspiracy." A round of laughter ensued from journalists within earshot. "I haven't seen any socialists, have you?" chortled another reporter. "He's just another religious, right-wing idiot," chimed a third newsman.