ARGUMENTS

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What for centuries raised man above the beast is not the cudgel but the irresistible power of unarmed truth. 

Bois Pasternak, 
poet and novelist (1890-1960


Scientific advantage

Some cosmologists, searching for primordial gravitational waves — ancient ripples in space-time produced in the first moments after the Big Bang  — announced in 2014 March that they had found them.  On January 30 this year, another team reported that it had reanalyzed the results and found only a cosmological will-o‘-the wisp.

The first team were criticized in some quarters for rushing to publish. But as the latest paper proves, one of the fundamental advantages of the natural sciences is their ability to correct themselves, a feature not shared with all disciplines!

Adapted from an article in the Economist, 2015 February 7.



The Impossibility of Growth
George Monbiot wrote in the Guardian on 2014 May 27:
The inescapable failure of a society built on growth and its destruction of the Earth's living systems are the overwhelming facts of our existence. [But] they are the 21st Century's great taboo. Statements of the bleeding obvious, the outcomes of basic arithmetic, are treated as exotic and unpardonable distractions, while the impossible proposition by which we live is regarded as so sane and normal and unremarkable that it isn't worthy of mention. That's how you measure the depth of this problem: by our inability even to discuss it.
CACOR and the Club of Rome do discuss it and should make as many opportunities as possible to reach and persuade audiences beyond their immediate circles.
Monbiot's full article may be found here.


Global warming 

We should take global warming as understood. Like Standard and Poor's, environmentalists should refer to it as global warming, not climate change:  there is more to global warming than climate change, which is inherently variable. Let's concentrate on what can be done, if anything, and adaptation to inevitable change.



IPCC has failed
In his review of The Climate Files, Robert Hoffman argues that the flaws in the design of the IPCC process may be as important in the world's failure to effectively address the issue of global warming as the interest-group-financed campaigns by deniers.



BC's carbon shift is working
 So say researchers at Sustainable Prosperity. They find that since the introduction of its ground-breaking carbon tax, use of oil, gas and diesel has dropped 16 percent and the BC economy has outperformed Canada’s. (source: University of Ottawa/Sustainable Prosperity)

BC's carbon tax started at $10/T CO2e in 2008, increased annually, and was capped at $30/T in 2012.  The editor finds it hard to believe that a tax, currently equivalent to 7¢/L of gasoline,  costing about 150¢/L when the study was conducted, could reduce consumption by 16% in a sector notorious for price inelasticty. Is this a case of measuring the noise, rather than the signal?  

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