When Prime Minister Harper announced he will adopt an “intensity based” system for measuring greenhouse emissions, he was following the lead of President George W. Bush in using “greenhouse intensity” as a bogus way to measure carbon emissions. The “intensity based” system would do nothing to cut emissions – only marginally slow their growth. Moreover, as a “voluntary” mechanism, they would attract few, if any, serious polluters. “Intensity based” is merely a new form of jargon for “business as usual” while the world burns.
The words “global warming” provoke a sharp retort from Colorado State University meteorology professor emeritus William Gray: “It's a big scam.” And the name of climate researcher Kevin Trenberth elicits a sputtered “opportunist.”
(Grey repeated his assertion despite the publication of a meticulous refutation of his claims by a group of leading climate scientists.)
At the National Center for Atmospheric Research, where Trenberth works, Gray's name prompts dismay. “Bill Gray is completely unreasonable,” Trenberth says. “He has a mind block on this.”
“Scientists like MIT's Richard Lindzen, former Colarado State Climatologist Roger Pielke, the University of Alabama's Roy Spencer, and John Christy, Virginia State Climatologist Patrick Michaels, Colorado State University's William Grey, atmospehric physicist Fred Singer, Willie Soon, Oregon State Climatologist George Taylor [and] astrophysicist Sallie Baliuna, just to name a few. But you never hear of them.The media never talks about these well-established scientists.”
AG Lockyer states: “Vehicle emissions are the single most rapidly growing source of the carbon emissions contributing to global warming, yet the federal government and the automakers have refused to act.”
Maybe Gov. Schwarzenegger will finally trade in that Hummer for a Tesla electric.
As per the comments on the weekend by Teresa Heinz Kerry, Jim Inhofe has been perverting the public conversation on climate change by inviting cranky deniers to testify at his committee while preventing the Democrats from inviting anyone at all. Inhofe's latest guest is “Skeptical Environmentalist” Bjorn Lomborg - a man whose record of scientific research in this field is worse than Tim Ball's.