We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Readers know that, as a general rule, we post climate links and essays in our "Political" category rather than in our "Natural History and Conservation" category.
Information every month, accumulating year after year, confirms our impression that the "Global Warming Crisis" is politically-driven, regardless of the merits of the science.
The Left loves Global Warming, because it has the potential to scare people into giving further power and control to state apparatuses. If it doesn't pan out, they will need to find another strategy. But they have invested a lot of time and energy into this one, and will be naturally reluctant to let it go.
Regular readers also know that it's my opinion that some warming would be to the benefit of humanity, as it has been in history. England thrived with its vineyards during the medieval warming, and Greenland was green and agricultural. I am skeptical about whether that is happening now, though. More likely, the opposite. I trust tropospheric measures more than land measures, which are corrupted by all sorts of local variables.
In the event of the worst case which the fearmongers promote (and even they admit exaggerating for effect), not a darn thing can or will be done to make a difference. Humans have adjusted to, and survived, far worse in their brief time on this earth.
I also happen to believe that there are too many people. I am open to being wrong about that, but I do feel that it would be a shame for the entire planet to be paved. From what I know about the world, prosperity and opportunity seem to be the best routes to population rationality and land conservation.
Bird Dog ... Man-made global warming is very important to some folks because they have made it into a cash cow, and as you observe above, the Big Government folks want it to be believed in by us ignorant folks in flyover country because it gives them another hand in our pockets Even in the skewed data promulgated by the Goracle, James Hansen his captive climatologist, and others buying into the Big Scam, human implication in the so-called CO2 scare was always less than 10%. Most of us here in the devoted commenters on Maggies are intelligent enough to know that CO2 is an essential gas, like oxygen, and an essential fertilizer for all plant life, that keeps this big old world running well.
And that if you want to live in a sand box, remove all CO2.
Prosperity, opportunity and the rule of law entailing protection of property and contracts. The most egregious manipulators and usurpers of those rights have been the worst stewards of the natural world. The tragedy of the commons is the tragedy of collectivism and statism. The left, always looking to the state, the collective or abstract democracy, usually under the most irrational even fantastic assumptions, as the solution creates the problems utilizing all the crackpot theories and revisionist history available. They must be fought, their theories and cultish psuedo-science must be debunked only because of the power they seek. Traditional 'conservatives' have little problem with the beliefs of others absent the quest for power and coercion. Most conservatives or liberals in the classical sense I think would agree with the notion that one can belive whatever one wants but there is no right to force it down your neighbors throat.
In our world are devout Catholics who believe it their Divine destiny to procreated mightily, Muslims who believe their birthrate to be a weapon against the infidels, Mormons who believe it their duty to empty "the hall of souls", cultures that believe a man is measured by his sperm donations and a woman by the number of sons produced, and then there are pure idiots like the woman who laid eight on the welfare system all at in one littering. I have little hope for birth control, though the occasional government does invoke a little temporary genocide and birth limits in their sphere of influence. Nature tries to assist with the random tsunami, flood, epidemic, and such. The breeding capacity of the human female manages to exceed all the natural and artificial barriers to restrain her; her force is beyond man's ability to resist, and she only needs to overcome one. Eve doomed us all.
Re too many people: Your wish is coming true, BD. Wherever contraceptives and abortion are readily available, populations are falling. Look at Europe, Russia, Japan, Iran, arguably China and India.... World population is aging as never before. Perhaps you were born 100 years too early, or too late?
I’m all for atmospheric manipulation technologies. After we’ve learned how to keep the earth’s within a sanctioned optimum tolerance we can go and transform Mars and overpopulate that planet as well.
Hey, Commander ... What makes you think we're anywhere near "atmospheric manipulation techniques?" That smacks somewhat of arrogance. We can't even keep hurricanes from happening, or diminish their severity. I know.
RE: Paving the World Over
Having been an over-the-road driver, I can tell you that people who have never been out of New York or Los Angeles always feel the country is over populated. Take a drive anywhere away from the Coasts and you can drive all day and never see a sign of civilization.
I would favor mandatory birth control for people living within 50 miles of the Ocean.