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Jewish World Review
July 30, 2009
/ 9 Menachem-Av 5769
Sanity From the Indian Subcontinent
Did you see the look on Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton's face when, during her visit to India, she visited with that
country's environment minister, Jairam Ramesh? It was that frozen smile we
have seen from her before, when the smiling lady is, as a matter of fact,
mad as hell. You saw it during her husband's impeachment. Bill has seen it
practically every day of their married life. Now we have seen it during her
three-day visit to India, where, among other things, she hoped to have India
at least show some respect for the Obama administration's proposed carbon
Instead of respect, she got rebuff. As Minister Ramesh
asseverated, "There is simply no case for the pressure that we, who have
among the lowest emissions per capita, face to actually reduce emissions."
The pressure he alludes to has been coming from the United States to adopt
some monstrous emissions regulation like our cap-and-trade bill now
blessedly being euthanized in the Senate. "And as if this pressure was not
enough," he went on, "we also face the threat of carbon tariffs on our
exports to countries such as yours." So our cap-and-trade bill not only
would impose economic costs (for Americans, $7.4 trillion in taxes, our
largest tax increase ever) but also perhaps would start an international
trade war by excluding imported goods from countries, such as India, that
reject our environmental diktats. China and Brazil do, too.
Secretary Clinton ought not to be surprised by the Indians'
recalcitrance. Ramesh has expressed doubt before that global warming is the
grave problem that trendy liberal Democrats insist it is. Late last week, he
even expressed doubt that Himalayan glaciers have been damaged by climate
change, despite environmentalists' insistence that the glaciers are melting.
Frankly, Ramesh sounded very much like what Al Gore calls a global warming
denier. Yet the Indian is in good company. There are a growing number of
scientists and political leaders who doubt the significance of carbon in the
atmosphere. In fact, they doubt the existence of global warming, period
and with good reason. Contrary to the environmentalists' computer
projections, there has been no global warming since 1998. Instead, we now
have global cooling. Actually, the past two years' worth of global cooling
has eliminated the past 30 years of global warming.
Possibly, Ramesh has read the latest scientific debunking of the
global warming position supplied by an important book, "Heaven and Earth,"
by Ian Plimer, professor of mining geology at the University of Adelaide. In
an interview with London's Spectator, the professor summed the book's
findings thus: "The hypothesis that human activity can create global warming
is extraordinary because it is contrary to validated knowledge from solar
physics, astronomy, history, archaeology and geology." Being a geologist,
professor Plimer has had to study climate conditions going back to the
origins of the planet, more than 4 billion years ago. He chides the global
warming hysterics for only studying the past 150 years. Other skeptics whom
I have noted in this column are the scientist Bjorn Lomborg and former
British Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretary of State for Energy Nigel
Nonetheless, hysterics rattle on, locked into the view
established by their guru, Secretary Clinton's friend Gore. "Global warming
is real," he said in 2006. "We human beings are responsible for the vast
majority of it. The results are bad, headed toward catastrophic." A few
weeks ago, he attributed brush fires in Australia to global warming.
"Cyclones are getting stronger," he added. "The fires are getting bigger.
… The sea level is rising." Then he warned that "refugees are beginning to
move from places they have long called home."
Well, the Indians are not alarmed, nor are the Chinese and the
Brazilians. Professor Plimer explains: "When I try explaining 'global
warming' to people in Iran or Turkey they have no idea what I'm talking
about." The prof claims that alarmists such as Gore and Clinton and, for
that matter, President Barack Obama are a self-centered minority out of
touch with human needs and with atmospheric conditions. "Eco-guilt is a
first-world luxury," he told The Spectator. "It's the new religion for urban
populations which have lost their faith in Christianity."
A timely explanation for their self-centered hysteria now comes
from an unlikely source, Cass Sunstein, a professor at Harvard Law School
and recently appointed to be administrator of the Office of Information and
Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget by President
Obama. In "Going to Extremes: How Like Minds Unite and Divide," he deposits
his finding that "like-minded people tend to move to a more extreme version
of what they thought" the more they talk with one another. The liberal
Democrats who now dominate the Obama administration have pretty much sealed
themselves off from criticism. They have been talking with one another for
years, reaffirming their prejudices and getting ever-more extreme. Now, on
the environment, they would impose on the whole world taxes and regulations
that would suppress economic growth and conduce to trade wars. Fortunately,
they are running up against the enlightened Indians and Chinese,
ex-socialists who have learned the benefits of growth. The surprise is on
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