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Our mission is to rescue environmentalism from the radicals and Global Warming Hysterics

24 september, 2008

Så här skrev jag om EcoWorlds ledare från den 1 augusti i år:

”Här kommer en av de bästa sågningarna av hela Global Warming Hysterin jag sett på länge. Det är från fredagens EcoWorld (”an information resource on nature and clean technology”) i Editor’s Commentary. Det är faktiskt första gången på länge som jag har sett att aktiva miljökämpar går ut och fördömer hela Global Warming Hysterin för dess ovetenskapliga grunder och de GIGANTISKA kostnaderna för deras nonsensåtgärder.

Det finns faktiskt hopp för miljörörelsen. En miljörörelse som ägnar sig åt riktiga problem som folk dör av här och nu. Och som ser till kostnaderna för dessa åtgärder.”

Och nu har de återkommit med ett nytt, kraftfullt inlägg mot extremismen och Global Warming Hysterikernas framfart i miljörörelsen i gårdagens numer (23 september).

De säger så här:

But we also believe environmentalism needs to be rational, not extreme, and our mission is to rescue environmentalism from the radicals.”

Jag lyfter på hatten och välkomnar hjälpen från miljökämpar som vill återta miljöfrågorna från radikala fundamentalister som inte bryr sig ett smack om vanligt folk och deras levnadsvillkor. Eller för den delen verkliga miljöproblem.

Som sagt:

Det finns faktiskt hopp för miljörörelsen. En miljörörelse som ägnar sig åt riktiga problem som folk dör av här och nu. Och som ser till kostnaderna för dessa åtgärder.”

Se mitt tidigare inlägg: Local and global environmental policy is lead by a coterie of fanatics and their powerful opportunistic bedfellows

Ledaren finns här:

Editor’s Commentary

Rational Environmentalism

Posted on: September 23rd, 2008 by Ed Ring

Back in March 2008 we first posted an essay entitled ”Rational Environmentalism,” where we explicitly stated fifteen principles that we believe summarize our editorial position on what environmentalism should be, versus what environmentalism has become.  We did this because we had just been noticed – perhaps we should consider this an honor, but we don’t – by a professional PR firm whose charter is to smear anyone who questions global warming, or the radical policies being advocated to mitigate alleged global warming.

This post is to restate those principles, because we want to make certain our position is clear.  We don’t consider EcoWorld to be a ”greenwashing” website, because greenwashing is the process of obfuscating facts and presenting misleading information in order to further the public relations agenda of a polluter.  We don’t think that’s right.  We think pollution should be cleaned up.  But we also believe environmentalism needs to be rational, not extreme, and our mission is to rescue environmentalism from the radicals.  So here are these fifteen precepts – in brief – and if you wish to read them in their entirety, please click here to the original post:



(1)  We believe in emphasizing limited government, free markets, and individual liberties.

(2)  We believe ”smart growth” is damaging the economy and the environment.

(3)  We believe there is not compelling evidence that human CO2 emissions are causing potentially catastrophic climate change.

(4)  We believe there is abundant land, and ”urban service boundaries” are meant to inflate the price of homes to increase property tax revenues to the public sector.

(5)  We believe California‘s ”Global Warming Act” is a tactic to reduce public entity budget deficits through fees and hidden taxes (such as CO2 emission auctions).

(6)  We believe budget deficits can be eliminated by placing ALL retired workers in America on social security and medicare, including retired public employees – and NOT through global warming taxes & fees.

(7)  We believe nuclear power is safe, and Yucca Mountain is a safe repository for nuclear waste.

(8)  We believe the ”alarm industry” is far better funded, by 100 to 1 or more, than the ”denial industry.

(9)  We believe cars, busses and roads are a far, far more efficient solution to mass transit challenges than light rail.

(10)  We believe CO2 is the LEAST of our air pollution concerns, and we should focus on reducing genuine air pollution.

(11)  We believe if there are regional climate impacts caused by man, they are more the result of deforestation, aquifer depletion, and desertification – than atmospheric concentrations of CO2.

(12)  We believe that many green entrepreneurs and green politicians have been corrupted by the fascistic urgency of the global warming message, and are unscrupulously exploiting it.

(13)  We believe centralized mandated solutions to alleged global warming will inhibit innovation and undermine our ability to achieve energy independence and genuine pollution reductions.

(14)  We believe the excessive focus on CO2 is slowing the trajectory of solutions to genuine environmental challenges, if not reversing them.

(15)  We believe we may modify these principles at any time, based on factual evidence.



This is the message that needs to come through – loud and clear.  There are other items that could be added to this list, but they don’t belong on it because they aren’t about the beliefs we hold or the policies we advocate, but instead are about the conversation we are having.  And what of this ”conversation?”  Has it turned into a farce?  Is conversation still possible?

We believe it is wrong – and an opportunistic diversion – to take these 15 points and use them as evidence we are ”greenwashing,” because we aren’t.  We are providing what we believe is a rational response to today’s mainstream environmentalism having lost sight of the balance between the needs of people, profit, and the planet.  And we see the urgency of the global warming ”crisis” not as a crisis, but as a tactic.  Why?  Because we’ve done our homework, and haven’t written off every informed skeptic in the world as a tool of corporate interests – rather, we’ve read their material, and found it compelling.

Alekos Panagoulis, a 20th century Greek freedom fighter, a man of exceptional courage and tenacity, wrote the following:

”This is the epoch of the ism.  Communism, capitalism, marxism, historicism, progressivism, socialism, deviationism, corporativism, unionism, fascism: and nobody notices that every ism rhymes with fanaticism.  This is the period of the anti: anticommunist, anticapitalist, antimarxist, antiprogressivist, antisocialist, antideviationist, anticorporativist, antiunionist: and nobody notices that every ist rhymes with fascist.  It is through locking oneself up in a dogma, in the blind certitude of having gained absolute truth, whether it be the dogma of the dictatorship of the proletariat or the dogma of the virginity of Mary or the dogma of law and order, that the sense or rather the significance of freedom is lost, the only concept that is beyond appeal and beyond debate.”

Panagoulis, who was killed before personally witnessing the positive consequences of his courage, saw power for what it was, a mountain, a mountain with left flanks and right flanks, but more than anything else – a mountain with daunting mass; presence; power. And if your only animating ideology rests upon one wing or one flank, at the expense of the other, you are only part of the mountain, only a reflection of your reflexive adversary, you have become a puppet; you are no longer the patient, transformative, liberating wind of change, nor an agent of freedom.

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Global Warming Appetizer – Heavy Snow Fall In South Africa Blamed On Global Warming. As is Ice Storms in Kenya.

24 september, 2008

Unexpected snowfall and freezing temperatures in the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa has been described by so called climate experts as a feature of global warming.

The country experienced its coldest night on record two nights ago – in the spring time.

The adverse weather has shocked and surprised many locals, with forecasters warning that worse conditions could follow.

The snow is part of a continuing pattern of cold snaps across the continent that has also seen unprecedented ice storms in Kenya, resulting in 4 inch deep hail covering the ground.”

”In a South African Independent article titled ”Warming has a hand in recent wild weather”, Joanne Yawitch, the deputy director general in the department of environmental affairs and tourism, noted that ”climate change”, as in man made climate change, was playing a role in the adverse weather patterns: ”What it raises for South Africa is the ability to develop a [resilience] to weather changes and how to deal with these,” she said.

The comments echo those of World Wildlife Fund development and sustainability program manager Paul Toni, who recently told reporters in Australia that ”The freezing temperatures are proof of the urgent need to cut carbon pollution.

That’s right – in case you weren’t aware of the new climate change catch-all explanation, man made CO2 emissions now cause global cooling as well as global warming.

Indeed, all weather events, be it snow, rainfall, storms, hurricanes, typhoons or earthquakes are also now caused by CO2 emissions. This is because none of the current weather trends fit in with the notion that has been pushed for the best part of a decade now that an overall heating of the Earth mandates the poor and middle classes be hit with multiple forms of lifestyle restriction and CO2 taxation in order to save the planet. ”

”Warming has a hand in recent wild weather”

”Conservation group WWF has blamed climate change (i.e Global Warming) for the coldest August in Sydney for more than 60 years.”

                                  Global Warming Anyone?

‘Snowfall’ shocks Kenyan village

Residents of a village in central Kenya were shocked to see a blanket of hail resembling snow covering their land.

”I have not seen such a thing ever since I was born,” said one resident of Nyahururu.

”Where shall we graze our cattle now? We do not know when this thing will melt,” said another.

The Meteorological Department dismissed claims that the area had experienced snowfall, saying it was just hail which did not melt because of cold weather.

There is snow in Kenya – but only on the summit of the nearby Mount Kenya.

The storm caused widespread damage to food crops, grazing fields and greenhouses at a nearby flower farm.

The hail covered 100 acres (40ha) of land and was at least four inches deep, privately-owned NTV station reported.

‘Looks like stone’

”You can see this is heavy, it’s not powdery the way you’d expect snow to be,” said Samuel Mwangi, the assistant director for weather forecasting at the Meteorological Department. ”Nyahururu is cooler so when the hail falls, it will tend to linger for hours on the ground,” he said.

James Kariuki, a local journalist, said at least 50 acres (20ha) of maize and 10 greenhouses at a flower farm were damaged by the storm.

Many of the villagers said they had never witnessed such an occurrence.

”This is not even rain, it is something that just fell suddenly. Even if you try digging into it, you will not find any water, it just looks like stone,” one villager said.

Mr Mwangi said that parts of western Kenya frequently experience hail storms, but there the stones melt instantly due to high temperatures.


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