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Team of Rivals

26 Jun

Kudos to the The New Republic for bringing on Jim Manzi as an in-house critic. 

Kudos to Jim Manzi for starting out this new forum by posting a fantastic takedown of Gore/Krugman’s climate cost benefit analysis (or lack thereof).  While this is standard Manzi fare, he gets extra points for having his arguments run next to an oil-splattered web ad from Alliance for Climate Protection’s Repower America.


Sucks to Your Ass-mar!

11 Jun

One more digression on the Murkowski vote: since when did asthma become the leading justification to wreak economic havoc via greenhouse gas regulations?  I believe this has been driven by the frequent statements by Senator Lautenberg of New Jersey about his grandchild with asthma during any climate discussion in the Environment and Public Works Committee, as well as the complete inability of most members of Congress to describe the long, complex linkages involved in climate change and its solutions.  Senator Boxer credited Lautenberg’s asthma  testimonial with carrying the day: 

I want to say, as I note Senator Lautenberg standing here, I felt the moment this debate came together was when he came to the floor to make a statement, brief though it was. He talked to us not from his notes but from his heart, about what it means to him as a grandparent to watch a grandchild suffer and struggle through asthma, and as he has noted on this floor on more than one occasion, his family making sure that when this child plays in an athletic tournament or goes somewhere, how close is the emergency room.

This is what we are dealing with today, pollution. And today we said: We stand with the physicians, we stand with the scientists, and we are going to move forward toward a clean energy economy and all of the jobs that will come with it, and all of the technologies that will make America a leader in the world.

I’m not a climate scientist, nor do I play one on Fox News, but I am pretty sure the carbon dioxide- asthma connection is still very much in the developmental stages.  I am fairly certain that no one claims that higher carbon dioxide concentrations, absent higher temperatures, increases the incidence of asthma.  Consider, then, that Congress just voted to allow unaccountable EPA bureaucrats to regulate large swaths of the American economy in order to prevent a tenuously-linked occurence of increased asthma decades down the road when the associated temperature rise occurs. 

Look, I have mild asthma.  I understand some people have it worse, and I imagine it is terrible. Even if there is a correlation between global warming and asthma, there are literally hundreds of other things, from rat feces to pollen patterns to “nature deficit disorder,” that have been associated with these problems. I also suffer from serious seasonal hayfever.  In that case, though, the leaps-and-bounds of non-drowsy, 24-hour, over-the-counter allergy drugs have effectively fixed me (and, in my mind, might represent the greatest innovation in the last half-century).  Unlike Congress, I am both more confident in the ability of the market to bring an effective solution to the problem itself.  I am not willing to do serious harm to the innovative sections of our economy to prevent a chain of linkages that, in the worst case scenario, look like this: