Both Alan Woods (columnist with The Australian) and Britian’s House of Lords have recently written on the economics of ‘global warming’.
I have received several emails asking me to post something about the House of Lords report. The first email arrived the day of the London Bombing and it got left in my growing ‘for the blog’ file.
Anyway an email received just yesterday read,
“In today’s Australian is an extremely well written piece by Alan Wood entitled ‘Kyoto is dead,let it be buried’ and subtitled ‘The Global Warming debate needs evidence’.
Rather than getting involved in never ending marginal debates about the science, which almost invariably end up with a lot of name calling (and even worse claims that because so and so doesn’t have a degree in whatever, he or she is disqualified from having both a brain and an opinion), the real issue is about the public policy of GW.
This turns around whether the Kyoto prescriptive model was a valid way treat a problem that is still in the porcess of being defined with any degree of certainty, or the USA way of throwing money at an energy effciency/technology solution is better. Wood is showing that it has already been decided that it is the latter, and we should all be thankful that common sense has prevailed.
Alan Wood refers to a House of Lords Committee report that is also extremely good and thorough. Not surprisingly both Wood and the Lords Committee are scathing in their criticism of the IPCC.
In my view whilst the ‘scientists’ are throwing bricks at each other, and being amazingly arrogant and manipulatve, the real issue once GW is established as being confirmed with an acceptable level of confidence will come down to how one solves the problem. Then it will get interesting.
Why not start a thread with either the House of Lords report or the Alan Wood article as the seed?”
Report by House of Lords
Associated Media Release
Now on a related issue, can anyone tell me the history of the negotiations behind the establishment of Australia’s Greenhouse Office. I can’t find an email I was sent about a year ago with a story that it was part of the deal with the Democrats to get the GST through?