Sunday, December 16, 2007

The United States is Evil... NOT!

After all the grief given those in the government who have opposed signing the Kyoto Treaty, who'd have thunk that our carbon emissions are increasing at a slower rate than those who have signed the treaty.

The American Thinker has a piece about this, with a downloadable Excel file with the data, for the obsessives out there.

The Kyoto treaty was agreed upon in late 1997 and countries started signing and ratifying it in 1998. A list of countries and their carbon dioxide emissions due to consumption of fossil fuels is available from the U.S. government. If we look at that data and compare 2004 (latest year for which data is available) to 1997 (last year before the Kyoto treaty was signed), we find the following.

Emissions worldwide increased 18.0%.

Emissions from countries that signed the treaty increased 21.1%.

Emissions from non-signers increased 10.0%.

Emissions from the U.S. increased 6.6%.

So, is it better to sign, or not to sign?

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Even the Pope!

The Daily Mail reports that the Pope has attacked "prophets of doom" who are creating fear of global warming based on ideology more than science.

The leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics suggested that fears over man-made emissions melting the ice caps and causing a wave of unprecedented disasters were nothing more than scare-mongering. The German-born Pontiff said that while some concerns may be valid it was vital that the international community based its policies on science rather than the dogma of the environmentalist movement.

God bless the Pope for telling it like it is.