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U.S. Should Act Unilaterally
on Climate Change

Bloomberg News, by Cass R. Sunstein

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 1/25/2013 10:16:14 AM

As his second inaugural address made clear, U.S. President Barack Obama is committed to taking action to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and thus to confront the threat of climate change. There are plenty of bad objections to taking such action, and we will be hearing a lot of them in the weeks and months to come. Yet one criticism -- let us call it the Sophisticated Objection -- deserves respectful consideration, not least because answering it will help us to specify the steps we ought to be taking. Those who make the Sophisticated Objection acknowledge that

Here we have another example of the perverse, twisted thinking of Cass Sunstein. 0bama sure doesn´t need any encouragement to "act unilaterally." That´s one area where he excels.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: LudicrousSextus, 1/25/2013 10:23:21 AM     (No. 9138501)

Article link is coming up invalid.

But then again, so is that ´inconvenient´ global warming crap...

One would think at least the AGW bozo crowd could come up with *some* prediction that would actually hold up...but failing that...they at least need to whip out a good theme song. Maybe ´Money for Nothing´ by Dire Straits?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 1/25/2013 10:45:19 AM     (No. 9138553)

The global warming debate(!) is a mare´s nest of confusion and slovenly thinking, not all of which appears to be conscious and deliberate. There are many well-meaning but not terribly clear thinking people who are darkening counsel by words without wisdom because they have not taken the trouble to analyze the issues involved.

1. Is global warming, in fact, occurring?
2. If it is occurring, is it significant? Do we truly understand the phenomenon?
3. If global warming is occurring, and if it is significant, does human activity account for a significant portion of it?
4. Can anything be done about it?
5. What are the cost/benefit factors in proposed solutions? How certain can we be that we can predict the unintended consequences of such interventions?

Dogmatic true believers in anthropogenic global warming talk as though these questions are all the same and that we have conclusive scientific proof and consensus about every single one of them. They talk as though the quite new science(?) of computer climate modelling and long range climate forecasting is absolutely certain and reliable. And they talk as though the earth´s biosystem were an inert thing incapable of adapting to change without planned human intervention.

Scientifically considered, this is all just so much thoughtless nonsense. Global warming is a political, metaphysical, religious movement dressed in scientific drag and peddled by people who know nothing about the topic or the methodology. Schemers and con men and fast buck artists are crawling all over the subject like maggots on carrion. The only real value of global warming ideology is as a topic for sociological study, as in the madness and popular delusions of crowds. It is an embarrassment to every pretense to human rationality and a profanation of the standards of honest science.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Hotrod, 1/25/2013 10:45:58 AM     (No. 9138555)

I remember when it was global warming. Now, it is ´´climate change.´´

It is all about the money and government power. Lots of people and organizations stand to suck up taxpayer money from the government. Untold numbers of studies that would be required. Gazillions of consultants would be needed to write the propaganda. More power to the EPA. It is all about the money and government power!

Meanwhile, the celebrity and government spoksmen fly around in their jets, drive their luxury automobiles, live in their oversized mansions and live their materialistic lifestyles.

Did I mention that its all about money and government power?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: artsy, 1/25/2013 10:51:58 AM     (No. 9138566)


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Reply 5 - Posted by: fhancock, 1/25/2013 11:04:40 AM     (No. 9138617)

Karl Marx junior speaketh

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Reply 6 - Posted by: LudicrousSextus, 1/25/2013 11:06:02 AM     (No. 9138620)

Thanks for the corrected link, #4 - and thanks for the ´analysis´, #2...

It is indeed somewhat less than amusing that the bulk of the ´climate change´ debate keeps trying to frame it in ´catastrophic´ terms. Again - literally *all* the ´catastrophic´ predictions of the AGW crowd to date have been *utterly* debunked. The latest? News that Greenland may not be in ´hot water´. One would think the ´impending´ changes would be to an agricultural advantage - given the population factor - which *can* be predicted somewhat. (Just don´t tell Paul E...)

As far as the US ´acting´ - the Federal government and ´science´ don´t have the track record one would at least hope that any ´group´ attempting to ´manage´ anything via ´science´ would have. One need only look at what Ethanol policy has accomplished - or rather - destroyed. (remember 3 cans of corn for a buck at the grocery?). ´Scientific action in spite of science´ - should be the government motto.

Climate ´change´ has existed since the beginning of ´climate´. Always has, always will. And pretty well since the beginning of the ´latest´ discussions - more credibility belongs to people like Anthony Watts - than Al Gore´s crew (known in climate circles as ´et al´...the lockstep crew).

Sure am glad I´m not young enough to have to factor ´climate garbage´ into my life´s future expense account...

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Mr. Hanky, 1/25/2013 11:17:54 AM     (No. 9138648)

I think Cass Sunstein should hold his breath until he turns blue for all the good it will do.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: tomishere, 1/25/2013 11:18:01 AM     (No. 9138650)

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Reply 9 - Posted by: tomishere, 1/25/2013 11:19:24 AM     (No. 9138656)

Thanks #2 for putting that in such a clear concise fashion.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Whamdbambam, 1/25/2013 11:23:32 AM     (No. 9138669)

Very nice and succinct, #2, thanks.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Grant Hodges, 1/25/2013 11:28:31 AM     (No. 9138685)

Let´s add:
China ain´t on board.
We decreased our emissions and the climate dictators were not pleased. Check it.
Plants are more fruitful and withstand drought better with elevated CO2 levels.

Either Stinky the Gunrunner doesn´t know these things, or he is a terrorist that only has to know how to fly the jetliner level.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: RockingStrata, 1/25/2013 11:32:19 AM     (No. 9138700)

The U.S. has acted unilaterally. Our CO2 emissions are down, thanks to natural gas from fracking.

China has acted unilaterally. Their CO2 emissions are way up.

Yay, unilateralism!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: eoddad, 1/25/2013 12:17:04 PM     (No. 9138811)

#5 you beat me to it.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Newtsche, 1/25/2013 12:39:19 PM     (No. 9138870)

The left stand by their AGW stance because they want the money their taxes/theft would generate, simple as that.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: SheikYerBooty, 1/25/2013 12:44:51 PM     (No. 9138892)

The atmosphere consists of 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen. CO2 makes up less than 1/2 of 1%.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: JimS, 1/25/2013 12:54:46 PM     (No. 9138913)

I am tired of arguing facts to these Warmist nimrods.
I agree we should act unilaterally.
Summary Execution to Warmists! How´s that for action, Cass?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: lancelink1, 1/25/2013 1:13:53 PM     (No. 9138954)

cass sunstein doesn´t know squat about science so he should shut the front door.

(Actually he doesn´t know Uranus from hisanus but that is astronomy and biology. I was thinking in broader terms and didn´t want to get into specifics).

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Reply 18 - Posted by: cheeflo, 1/25/2013 2:12:10 PM     (No. 9139062)

I agree the US should act unilaterally and do nothing. Other countries can do what they want, if they want.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: stablemoney, 1/25/2013 3:18:22 PM     (No. 9139185)

Dictators always act unilaterally.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: gobushcheneygo, 1/25/2013 3:35:46 PM     (No. 9139213)

Cass, if ´climate change´ is so unsettling to you, I have a suggestion...take a LONG walk off a short pier. Problem solved.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: nonsense, 1/25/2013 4:06:39 PM     (No. 9139274)

Isn´t "the most dangerous man in America" back at his cushy job at the elitist Leftist institution called Harvard? Perhaps he thinks that gives him Propaganda cred.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: franq, 1/25/2013 4:13:40 PM     (No. 9139283)

When I was in high school in the ´70s, the pendulum was on "Ice Age". It gradually swung to "Global Warming", and has since found equilibrium at "Climate Change". No difference, it´s an impending disaster that we humans must fork over money to avert. Lord help us.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: peebster, 1/25/2013 7:18:56 PM     (No. 9139587)

...I don´t have a degree in meteorology, or an advanced degree of any kind, but I´ve been around long enough to know a few things. One thing I do know is...when a politician tells me my lifestyle is ruining things, and he´ll fix it by taking more of my money...well I know I´m getting ´jobbed´.

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