Monday, March 15, 2010

Dr. Steven Chu: Climate Denial bigger than Tobacco Denial

Honest American citizens would be much better informed, if not well-versed in denial, to listen to dedicated, honest scientists who know what the hell they're talking about:
Energy Secretary Steven Chu discussed the stiff competition the United States faces from China, which is moving quickly to close down inefficient coal plants as well as nurturing its fast-growing wind and solar industries. He is charged with helping implement President Obama's ambitious agenda to invest in alternative and renewable energy, end our addiction to foreign oil, address the global climate crisis and create millions of new jobs.
"One can honestly say that if we don't do this, we will not be economically competitive. The debate for whether smoking causes lung cancer and emphysema was actually in the first decade among scientists, but they muddied the waters for 2½ more decades. Climate change, on a global scale, is a much bigger deal, and people are trying to muddy the waters, particularly people who think they might lose.
"A lot of businesses in Silicon Valley see the opportunity. The push back comes from more traditional businesses, like oil and gas, and energy-intensive businesses. Take agriculture: Rural America can benefit greatly from clean technology. They have land, so they can have wind turbines. They can have carbon offsets from planting trees. They can have biofuel from biowaste. Now you have three different income generators in rural America that could dwarf or at least be comparable to the cash you'd get from growing food crops.
And not from dismantled & unethical, if not fraudulently unmanly, hard-core scoundrels like Tony Watts:
"Anthony: Your use of false claims to accuse NOAA scientists of deliberate deception was not just mistaken, it was unethical. If you have any honor at all, you’ll set the record straight. You owe it to everyone, and especially to NOAA, to admit that you were wrong. And you certainly owe it to NOAA to apologize. You need to make a highly visible, highly public admission of error, and apology, for using falsehoods to accuse others of fraud. Are you man enough?" Tamino's Message to Anthony Watts

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