Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Environmental News The Environmentalists Won't Like

Update: I am updating this because of a comment made by Wadard, which ties in with this article in today's

A study says high-mileage cars are not as environmentally friendly as you might think --

CNW Marketing Research of Bandon, Ore., concludes after two years of study that, even though hybrid cars use less fuel, they require more energy - and are therefore worse for the environment - than conventional cars because their design and manufacture are more complex and the costs of disposal or recycling are higher for their batteries, electric motors and other specialized components.

There IS a problem with global warming... it stopped in 1998

Consider the simple fact, drawn from the official temperature records of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, that for the years 1998-2005 global average temperature did not increase (there was actually a slight decrease, though not at a rate that differs significantly from zero).

In response to these facts, a global warming devotee will chuckle and say "how silly to judge climate change over such a short period". Yet in the next breath, the same person will assure you that the 28-year-long period of warming which occurred between 1970 and 1998 constitutes a dangerous (and man-made) warming. Tosh. Our devotee will also pass by the curious additional facts that a period of similar warming occurred between 1918 and 1940, well prior to the greatest phase of world industrialisation, and that cooling occurred between 1940 and 1965, at precisely the time that human emissions were increasing at their greatest rate.

Castro could drill off Florida coast

U.S. lawmakers aren't the only ones who, because of spiraling oil and gas prices and an unstable commodities market, have been studying the possibility of producing more domestic energy. Fidel Castro has also taken an interest, and his ambitions will, in a surprisingly short period of time, bring the Cuban drilling program much closer to the Florida coast. (Actually in a way this might be good, If the Cubans are already drilling there why shouldn't we?)

I am not saying that there are 100% right or wrong answers in this debate, but these two articles do back my contention that the quick simple answers are probably wrong.

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