Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Love global warming? Bah humbug!

I haven't gotten mad on Maria Energia yet, but this article did me in. The December 25 issue of Forbes Magazine includes an opinion piece, "Love global warming," by Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a business-oriented, conservative think tank.

Ebell thinks that global warming has been blown out of proportion, and that the effects of it will do more good than harm - so we needn't trouble ourselves with fixing our energy system. This opinion has been expressed by others who, not being able to argue that global warming isn't happening anymore, are now arguing that we can't do anything about it so we should just tough it out, or continue the energy-as-usual approach and see what happens.

What flabbergasted me is that Ebell - someone supposedly on the side of business - makes outlandish claims that folks in colder climes will welcome global warming, even having the presumptuousness to declare:
And I don't think too many people would complain if winters in Minneapolis became more like winters in Kansas City.
Really, Myron? You don't think people care that the moose in Minnesota are already disappearing because of the consequences of warmer temperatures? Well, we do. You don't think people care that the number of days for ice fishing and snowmobiling are shrinking, impacting not only our tourism industry and culture, but the businesses that depend on these activities? Well, we do. To claim to have a business perspective while flippantly dismissing the real impact that global warming is having on businesses...well that's just plain not Minnesota nice or smart.

The consequences of global warming are happening right now. So stand aside, Myron, while the rest of us with the vision and determination change our energy system into something cleaner, more efficient, and more innovative than what we have now.


Tom Konrad said...

Thanks for reconfirming my decision to stop reading Forbes a year ago... when I read a news magazine, I want analysis. Forbes is an apologist for the part of the business community that believes that there is no higher motive than the profit motive.

Anonymous said...

Bravo Maria! We don't mind if you get mad every now and again, after all, it's your world too.

Yes, animals will die, trees and insects will suffer, and our entire ecology may collapse - but the good news is everything will be just swell in Ebell's (little) world.

Wait till he hears the sound of millions of footsteps as everyone comes to move in with him.

This narrow view is a symptom of specialisation - something I wrote about yesterday. These people are completely out of touch with the intricacies of nature, but it's their job to report on subjects they have no experience with. From their offices, where the air-conditioning keeps a constant 18.5'C temperature and stable humidity, it's really hard to relate.