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Vegetarianism and Global Warming – what Next?

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Francis Moore Lappe’s daughter Anna has written her own book – “Diet for a Hot Planet”.  Her mother wrote “Diet for a Small Planet”, promoting a vegetarian lifestyle, back in 1971.  Now her daughter is doing her own thing and playing off the title of her mother’s book.  And she is pitching her update of her mother’s original ideas as a measure to combat global warming.

This Anna Lappe is a sad case of one of my pet peeves – someone who degrades what could be a real environmental message by climbing on the global warming bandwagon.  Inevitably, AGW will be exposed for what it is – the biggest scientific scam since Piltdown Man.  The perpetrators of the Piltdown hoax sought to discredit the theory of evolution. While they were misguided creationists, at least they had the saving grace of humour.  AGW is far more sinister – it is a con of biblical proportions that will make its promoters extremely rich, and is intended to provide the religious power base of the UN.

Along comes Anna Lappe, preaching sustainable agriculture.  Nothing wrong with that – factory farming over time destroys the land, sooner or later.  The California dustbowl, land slips in hillsides stripped of trees and over-grazed by sheep and cattle, pollution of streams and rivers with run-off from farms, decline in bird populations, increasing reliance on pesticides that destroy not only the pests but also their natural predators.  And so on.  But climate?

“We hear little about how food affects climate,” she said.  No surprise – because it does not significantly affect global climate (although it clearly can affect local climate – for example, deforestation and excess draw-off from rivers both powerfully affect local climate).

Every human being has a religious standpoint, and vegetarianism, like atheism, monotheism, polytheism, agnosticism, animism, communism, capitalism or any other ism (or AGWarmism), is a form of religion.  Anna Lappe has every right to believe in vegetarianism – and every right to talk about it.  But to claim that meat-eaters contribute to global warming is twaddle.  Even Realclimate says that methane is not a threat to the planet.  And it is becoming more and more evident that CO2 is not the pollutant that the AGW believers say it is.

All the CO2 and methane from farming or any other source has a negligible effect globally.  And contrary to Lappe’s beliefs, livestock rotated through cropping fields enhance the fertility and sustainability of the land with their manure.  Want to destroy land?  Just crop it year after year.  Want to sustain it?  Put everything you don’t eat back into the land as compost.  Plant it in grass every so often, then graze it with cattle or sheep, then let the pigs in, and then the chickens.  Then crop it again.  Small-holding real organic farmers have known that for centuries.

The pity is, when the world backlash rejects AGW, it may also reject all environmental and conservationist theories and initiatives, even the ones that are soundly scientifically based.  They will be tainted by association.

Reference: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/03/AR2010030302065.html

Environmentalism is Endangered

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Wake up, environmentalists!  Your movement is on the road to extinction, and you are your own worst enemies.  Your movement is committing suicide, by hitching its wagon to possibly the greatest scientific scam since Piltdown Man.  Seriously.  You have leapt unthinkingly on the bandwagon of preventing Anthropogenic Global Warming.  That bandwagon is headed for a crash, and environmentalism will be its most serious casualty.  In her Globe and Mail column on Saturday, Margaret Wente had this to say.  It’s worth reading.

The scam has been sold to the world by the IPCC and Al Gore, and environmentalists have swallowed the whole thing, hook, line and sinker.  So have the media.  The ” war”  against Global Warming has become a cause celebre, and those who promote global action to reduce CO2 have become media darlings.  But the world is beginning to wake up to the scam, and when the IPCC, Al Gore and AGW itself are finally discredited, the media will disown them.   Environmentalism will be tarred with the same brush.

Why tilt at the windmill of man-made CO2 and methane emissions when there are real enemies to fight?  Unlike man-made CO2 and methane from farm animals, deforestation and wetland destruction really do have a significant climate impact.  Strip-mining, oil spills, over-fishing, bottom trawling, whaling, industrial, agricultural and urban pollution, land-fill waste disposal, intensive forced farming and the destruction of natural wildlife habitats all diminish the sustainability of life itself.

Stick to your knitting, environmentalists – get back out and concentrate on the real environmental issues.  We need you to do that.  And to do it, you need credibility and respect.  It will be very hard to maintain your credibility when you smell of Anthropogenic Global Warming bullshit.

The Nobel Used-Car Sales Award

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In 2007, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Al Gore, “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change”.

Eh?  The promoters of the greatest scientific scam since Piltdown Man are awarded a Nobel Peace Prize?  Anthropogenic climate change is at best a speculative theory, and Al Gore and the IPCC have cynically disseminated it as knowledge.  The truth is, scientists have not been able to validate the theory.  They have not demonstrated a causal connection between CO2 produced by mankind and global warming.  Moreover, the IPCC have cherry-picked and manipulated proxy and temperature records to provide a picture consistent with the theory,  failed to provide open access to the raw data they have used to record global temperatures, and relied on computer models for their “evidence” of man-made climate change.  In effect, they have perpetrated a sales job.  And Al Gore has taken a travelling slide show presentation as sales collateral on his mission to convince world leaders.  A presentation that promoted IPCC-manipulated data and conclusions as hard fact, glossed over the real temporal relationship between historical warm periods and atmospheric CO2, blasted scientific skepticism as bias, appealed to scientific “consensus” and “authority”, cast aspersions on all who would disagree with its message, and warned of catastrophe if we don’t accept this tenuous idea as the truth and take immediate disruptive action to cut CO2.

For that, he and the IPCC were awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.  It’s time to rename that prize.  This occurrence of it is nothing but a sales award.

P.S.  I have formally nominated Al Gore for the forthcoming Ig Nobel awards.  Two, in fact:

Nomination for the Ig Nobel Prize for History:

Citation – by using his presentation to show conclusively that there was no Middle-Age Warm Period, Al Gore has set the historic record straight again, exposing Chaucer and the Doomsday Book as frauds for incorrectly recording the presence of orange groves and black grape vineyards in England in the Middle Ages.

Nomination for the Ig Nobel Prize for Scientific Methodology:

Citation – By citing glacial records of rises in atmospheric CO2 that follow each rise in the temperature of the earth as proof that CO2 concentrations caused the rises, Al Gore redefines causality and demonstrates that our intuitive sense that causes precede their effects is fundamentally wrong.

For his chicken-licken successes, Al Gore may well become the first man in history to be awarded both a Nobel and an Ig Nobel award for the same piece of work.