SEARCH BLOG: GLOBAL WARMING
Sometimes it is difficult for a former politician to find a place after his political career is over. Al Gore is one of those few who has a mission in life and is making a pile of money pursuing that mission: saving the planet.
Yesterday, Mr. Gore spoke to congress and said that if we simply place a "ban on any new coal-burning power plants — a major source of industrial carbon dioxide — that lack state-of-the-art controls to capture the gases" we can save ourselves. Well, that's not a big deal. It might cost some to accomplish that, but we can absorb the costs in our electric bills.
Of course, since 50% of our electricity already comes from coal-fired plants, that is not really taking care of the existing "problem."Mr. Gore also said that he "favors a “cap-and-trade” program for the U.S. economy, not just specific sectors such as electricity or manufacturing, which would set an overall limit on warming emissions but allow industry to meet the target by trading pollution allowances."
Mr. Gore also failed to say how he will convince China and India to implement his plan.
Actually, this might be a good thing for our economy as a whole new commodities trading board will be established and the billions of dollars that speculators will make will eventually "trickle back down " to the lower income people who will pay for those "credits."Meanwhile... we could have some bad weather because of CO2.
The irony of recent weather was, no doubt, completely lost on Mr. Gore and Mr. Jarraud. Go ahead, take a look at that link. Just when this expert and close associate of Al Gore said global warming was taking away all of the snow and was going to cause a drought in the west.Updated: 10:35 a.m. ET March 20, 2007
MADRID, Spain - Global warming is likely to bring more tidal waves, floods and hurricanes, leading meteorologists said on Monday.
"What we know is that global warming is very likely to lead in the future to more frequent tidal waves," the secretary general of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) told a news conference ahead of a meeting in Madrid on Monday.
"Heavy precipitation events are very likely to become more frequent ... and it's likely that hurricanes and cyclones will become more intense," Michel Jarraud said.
To be fair, I have said before and I will say again... weather anomalies are just that. They only proved what politicians are saying to the politicians themselves. Scientists can only snicker.Uh, scientists who aren't necessarily seeking the favor of politicians, that is.
While I don't necessary buy into Mr. Gore's vision of the CO2 doom machine, there is a potential alternative energy solution with a side benefit: significant reduction of landfills. Note that this has nothing to do with CO2 sequestering or carbon credits or creating hardships for low-income people.