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Whackynation: Free Trade and a cleaner environment

Monday, June 11th, 2007

The stereotypical conservative is an environmental bulldozer; Willing to plow over anything will bring them a higher profit. While I am sure there are some cases that feed that stereotype, I’ve never much agreed with it based on conservatives I personally know. Over the weekend I attended the Whatcom Republican’s monthly meeting. The room was filled with local conservatives, conservative candidates for office and conservative elected officials. I heard not one remark that even hinted at sacrificing our environment for a profit. In fact I heard quite the opposite. I heard applauding for local candidates such as Damon Gray who want to address environmental issues on the waterfront and the watershed before making decision about development.

I tend to think that greed leads people to choose money over the environment. Greed is a human trait and as such is not confined to either the Democratic or Republican Party.

Mathew Mannweller wrote Free Trade and a cleaner environment at the WhackyNation. It’s one of the posts that make that site more than a blog. It crosses the line from the typical react to the news post to the constructive thoughtful side of issues. In this case his article starts with

With all the talk about global warming at the G-8, Washington State’s attempt to initiate its own “mini-Kyoto”, and the passage of I-937 mandating renewable energy, I thought I would take a shot at explaining how the free market sometimes does a better job of protecting the environment than government mandates.

and comes to a close with

Liberals who oppose free trade on environmental grounds must face a difficult decision. They must decide if they truly want to help the environment, or, simply feel good about themselves.

and has a heck of a lot of good stuff in between.

Local global warming research

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

I think I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Why won’t local media report the research of our own Don J. Easterbrook? Is it anti-Bellingham? Is it anti-Whatcom? Is it anti-WWU? Perhaps it is if you consider the state of local politics, but it is also sound thinking by a local professor on a subject that Former Vice President Al Gore, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), most Democrats and mainstream media say is one of the most important issues facing the world today. Global Warming!

I have a vague recollection of a blurb somewhere announcing that Professor Easterbrook was going to speak at the NW Business club a few weeks ago. I worked and didn’t go the May 9th presentation, but I really did expect to read something about it in the news. I still haven’t seen any follow up stories. Where is the big front page article? Is there no room for facts and sound science in political arena of global warming?

Perhaps someone who attended the NW Business Club meeting could write to the Herald? Perhaps someone who attended could write a story for the Herald? Perhaps someone who attended could email me their thoughts regarding his presentation and I’ll post it here.

Or you could just spread the word about his research that is generously available on his website Don J. Easterbrook.

Ego-Offsets

Monday, March 26th, 2007

Some people have such a huge egos that they need to balance things out by purchasing “Ego-Offsets” It’s a way of spending money on things that make it look like you care about something other than yourself.

WWU to curb its emissons
BELLINGHAM — Western Washington University is pledging to curb greenhouse gas emissions and fight global warming, as part of a national college environmental campaign.

WWU President Karen Morse recently signed a letter of intent for the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, which is an effort to address global warming by getting institutions to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions…

The purest form of Ego-Offsets; the president gets her ego fed; everyone at the college with an ego gets their ego fed; Bellingham gets it’s ego fed; everyone believes it is done for our children who will inherit our planet not someones ego; taxpayers purchase the offsets; and facts, which usually are sparse around egos, are thrown to the wind.

Criticisms of Mr. Gore have come not only from conservative groups and prominent skeptics of catastrophic warming, but also from rank-and-file scientists like Dr. Easterbook, who told his peers that he had no political ax to grind. A few see natural variation as more central to global warming than heat-trapping gases. NY Times

Why would the president of WWU listen to Former Vice President Al Gore’s inconvenient truth rather than Western’s own Professor Easterbrook? Ego!

So in a sense Carbon-Offsets are really a form of Ego-Offsets. Some humble person in Kenya is paid to plant a tree so that the purchaser of the Ego-Offset can draw attention to themselves while they spout about how they care about our world.