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.
Best piece I have seen on the Lord Monkton letter (a perfect smack-down) and the whole politicization of geology and climatology in the interest of state and/or bureaucratic control over the world economy - at Classical Values.
Read his piece - it is funny. One thing I wonder about is not how much politicans hurt themselves when they get on quasi-religious bandwagons like this - we expect them to be foolish - but about how much scientists discredit themselves and the profession in this way.
I cannot remember a time in my life when loud scientists were right about any public policy or about any long-term prediction. Correct me if I am wrong (I know you will.). Just off the top of my head: the population "bomb," "Star Wars", the ABM Treaty, the Global Cooling Crisis, how to make peace with the USSR (surrender), Vietnam (surrender), the earth running out of oil (1970s), not to mention endless medical and health scares. People will gradually just tune out the hysteria.
There are endless facets to the war between enterprise and environment.
If you built an electric car and powered it with NiMH
batteries, Chevron would promptly sue you for patent violations. They bought patent rights for large format NiMH from Texaco who bought original rights from developers Ovonics.
You are forced to use small format D cells if you wish to use NiMH battery power.
Big Oil, Big Auto and government are dragging heels on the [EV] electric vehicle.
Understandable when you consider the employment disruption that follows. No motors, mufflers, manifolds, or millions of mechanical miscelleania. Not to mention oil, gas, filters, rubber hoses, anti-freeze, radiators, catalytic converters etc. see [EV] at:
I think this is an ideal time to deflate the steam in ME and South American oil wars, don*t you? = TG