Junk environmental “science”, updated
There’s a lot of myths concerning the environment, and now we have a movie.
The first myth is that “earth is on the balance”. In fact, earth existed long before mankind, and the odds are it’ll be around long after mankind is gone (yes, I’m a woman, but I say mankind, so there). The issue is more accurately described as “mankind is on the balance”; the goal of sound environmental policy is to make earth more sustainable for “man” and “woman”.
A good place to start is Greenspirit, one of the permanent links in my website list. It has a section dedicated to Bjorn Lomborg’s The Skeptical Environmentalist, a good book whose main point is,
we should continuously be aware of the necessary prioritization — that we should strive to make the decisions, which actually do good and not just the ones that sound good. This requires straight and honest analysis that is willing to challenge any however well established myth.
Junk science weakens the arguments for truly sound environmental policy.
As to the movie, here’s what an expert has to say: ‘Day After Tomorrow’: A lot of hot air
Global warming? Some scientists think climate change strengthens El Niño, the large atmospheric oscillation responsible for a variety of weather — both good and bad. El Niños are known to rip apart hurricanes. So it’s more likely that climate change is weakening these storms than enhancing them.
I already saw a horror movie this week, so I’ll pass on Day After Tomorrow.
Update Now the entire state of Vermont‘s endangered due to the prospect of cheaper, more convenient shopping. “We think the danger to the character of Vermont communities and the landscape is so severe that it warrants making an exception and re-listing the state.”
Update: A friend sent this link to Envirotruth‘s Myths and Envirotruth Regarding Climate Change