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.
At Maggie's Farm, we are always skeptical when people try to politicize science, whether the subject is stem cells or climate. Rush Limbaugh always says "Follow the money," but here our rule of thumb is "Follow the power." Since politics tends to be more about power than about truth, I believe that we are wise to be skeptics.
Monckton has a series in the Telegraph: Climate Chaos? Don't believe it, which I highly recommend. If I could remember who linked it, I'd give them credit. Quotes:
This week, I'll show how the UN undervalued the sun's effects on historical and contemporary climate, slashed the natural greenhouse effect, overstated the past century's temperature increase, repealed a fundamental law of physics and tripled the man-made greenhouse effect.
Next week, I'll demonstrate the atrocious economic, political and environmental cost of the high-tax, zero-freedom, bureaucratic centralism implicit in Stern's report; I'll compare the global-warming scare with previous sci-fi alarums; and I'll show how the environmentalists' "precautionary principle" (get the state to interfere now, just in case) is killing people.
Is Mr. Stern a fearmonger? You bet. TCS. Do human activities effect climate? Sure - they have for 10,000 years, at the margins. But we just have to cope with change. Change is always with us, and we humans are clever sorts.
Image: Work garb in the year 2050, as predicted by global warming fearmongers. Image scientifically demonstrates that the crisis of global warming will result in women going around in scanty clothing. The so-called experts never calculate in just how much money we will all save on winter coats and long johns - and winter heating. Plus the ladies can give their seal coats back to the baby seals.