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.
Riddles, jokes and hoaxes can be fun! But at some point, before either a scam, wishful thinking, or a charade drags on and on and on and becomes conventional wisdom, responsible adults with authority should step in and put an end to it, else deceit and malice “win” the day.
So, let’s hear it for Accountability (and our coastline property investment) re destructive fictional constructs, a send a Global Warning ™ to those who would profit by distortion, unwarranted threat, and fear-mongering. Gore would be hawking Kansas resort property if he really believed. He‘s a fraud, but we all knew that, to inc, the SCOTUS ’00.
"Hopefully a technological solution will be forthcoming, but meanwhile we will need to continue expanding our energy generation to meet our nation's economic needs. Today we generate one million megawatts of electricity, 52% of it from coal, 36% from gas and nuclear power, 11% from petroleum-fired and hydro-electric plants, and just 1% from wind and solar sources. According to future projections we will need another 100,000 megawatts--10% more energy--by 2020. Just a little of that will come from the congressional preference for "renewable energy," so we will need energy from all our existing sources for many decades.
Neither Kyoto nor Bali will solve our global energy emission problems. According to a Princeton University study a few year ago the world could hold its carbon dioxide emissions flat if 700 nuclear power plants were built around the globe, for they do not increase global warming. But they are not favored by the climate establishment, and so are not a part of the Bali solution.
Which makes one wonder whether the Kyoto/Bali emotion isn't really energy ballyhoo. Progress can be made in reducing global emissions through technological breakthroughs, not by an economic equality effort by nations irritated by America's economic success over the past decades."
(Mr. du Pont, a former governor of Delaware, is chairman of the Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis. His column appears once a month.)