The current frenzy over global warming has galvanized the public and cost taxpayers billons of dollars in federal expenditures for climate research. It has spawned Hollywood blockbusters and inspired major political movements. It has given a higher calling to celebrities and built a lucrative... read more
“Sustainability' is a buzzword adopted by the Environmental movement as justification for reducing our consumption of natural resources. The basic idea of sustainability is that our present rate of use of most natural resources is not sustainable, and that we should work toward making it sustainable.”Dr. Roy Spencer
“On the face of it, it sounds like a legitimate goal. But to the extent that some of our natural resources are truly limited, it is obvious that their continued use can't be 'sustained' forever. If a resource is finite, then we will run out eventually, no matter how little we use at a time. The only way to avoid totally depleting it is to stop using it completely. All we can do for nonrenewable resources is to make them last a little longer.”Dr. Roy Spencer
“Is there any point in making a limited resource last longer? Future generations will undoubtedly have developed new technologies that greatly reduce our dependence on these resources. For every twenty years that we use petroleum, we find more than twenty years of additional supply. In fact, so many new oil finds are occurring that there are increasing numbers of geologists that don't believe all of it could have come from ancient forms of life. There is simply too much of it.”Dr. Roy Spencer
“And many resources will never be used up. The quantities in Earth's crust are simply too abundant. Even if the massive amounts in the ground were to start getting scarce, at some point it will be easier to go retrieve them from where we eventually put many of them after we were done using them: landfills.”Dr. Roy Spencer
“Free markets provide the best mechanism for sustainability. As a specific resource is gradually depleted, its cost goes up. This leads to the development of new technologies that then become more cost competitive. The adaption to dwindling resources that free markets automatically provide then prevents the resource from ever getting used up. That so many people fret over dwindling natural resources is one more example of the simple linear thinking that leads people to believe that Global Warming will be a serious problem. They see a current trend, and extrapolate it far into the future, not realizing that there are other forces at work that help to stabilize the system.”Dr. Roy Spencer
“The simplistic, linear thinking that causes some people to worry about the climate system is the same simplistic thinking that also prevents them from understanding the self-regulating nature of the free market economic system. It is tempting to view such people of being simple-minded.”Dr. Roy Spencer
“Similar types of linear thinking lead to the oft-reported claim that species are going extinct every day due to the human pressures on ecosystems. This scientific 'theory' is definitely not scientific observation, and is little more than urban legend. New species are still being discovered by biologists every year. How is it that we could know there are no remaining members of a species anywhere in the world, but then we discover a new species we never knew existed? No wonder so many people are confused about science ...”Dr. Roy Spencer
Chapter 1: Global Warming Hysteria
All natural disasters are now caused by global warming.
Chapter 2: Science Isn't Truth
What we know isn't necessarily so.
Chapter 3: How Weather Works
The Mission: to move heat from where there is more to where there is less.
Chapter 4: How Global Warming (Allegedly) Works
The popular explanation, and why it is probably wrong.
Chapter 5: The Scientists' Faith, the Environmentalists' Religion
Belief in dangerous global warming is more faith than science.
Chapter 6: It's Economics, Stupid
Views on what should be done about global warming are usually related to what we believe about economics and wealth.
Chapter 7: The Politics of Climate Change
No other public issue has so much potential for abuse of authority.
Chapter 8: Dumb Global Warming Solutions
Are they really serious about fixing global warming, or are they just pulling our leg?
Chapter 9: Less Dumb Global Warming Solutions
New energy technologies of the future are the only hope to "save" us from the threats posed by global warming.
Chapter 10: Summary
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