Saturday, December 30, 2006

Kolbert, Bailey & Easterbrook: global warming - debate over

All in agreement, now, "we're all global warmers now."

Aired August 4, 2006
Interview: News Hour with Jim Lehrer
Host Jeffrey Brown

See original transcript and You Tube video

Elizabeth Kolbert
Greg Easterbrook
Ronald Bailey (We're all global warmers now)

RONALD BAILEY, Reason Magazine: I'm delighted that the television goblins let me get to you finally.

JEFFREY BROWN: OK. We were just talking about the political conversation, where it stands now. We had mentioned earlier that there was this meeting in California between Governor Schwarzenegger and Tony Blair, a conversation in the public, in the media, a conversation in the business world. Where do you see things? Where do you see things shifting and how?

RONALD BAILEY: Well, basically I think that we're all global warmers now, that it's essentially going to be that we've all agreed that there is a trend toward a warmer planet and that humanity is, in fact, contributing to that trend.

The extent of that contribution is, I'm not quite nearly as sure of it as Ms. Kolbert is, but I think that where we stand is we all now agree that the temperature is increasing and that we probably need to do something about it.

Some of the proposals that are coming out, the symbolic stuff, the political theater that Tony Blair and Schwarzenegger engaged in, are not simply -- they're just political theater. They're not at all solutions to the problem.

JEFFREY BROWN: Why do you call it political theater, and why do you think they're motivated to do it?

RONALD BAILEY: Well, Schwarzenegger's clearly motivated to do it because he's trying to differentiate himself from President Bush. He's up for re-election, and he's got a real problem in a state that is predominantly Democratic, so he's basically selecting global warming and stem-cell research and that kind of thing as a way of differentiating himself from an unpopular president.

But one of the things that -- I did happen to overhear some of the conversation, and I have to agree with Gregg Easterbrook that very likely is the fact, if we set up this situation so that scientists and entrepreneurs can come up with these new technologies, then we should be able to solve the problem. We're not nearly in as desperate a situation as I believe some people argue that we are
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Later find comments to Hit and Run column notifying readers of Bailey's (we're all global warmers now) appearance on News Hour, transcript link...

Uh, not everybody agrees with Bailey...

August 18, 2006 Sunstein on Global Warming
Anonymous said...
I wouldn't know a Coasian deal from a Corsican. I can direct you to site which clearly states that there have been hundreds of ice ages followed by (you guessed it) Global Warming Events over the last 2.5 million years. Now I don't know about you, but an event that happened hundreds of times kind of looses it's special identity as a 'unique' event that can be pinned on our long suffering species Homo Sapien...


matthew said...
Everybody should read this speech by Michael Crichton.

Click on "Aliens cause global warming." Its not hyperbole to say most scientists' very livelihood depends on outside funding and outside funding has always followed who has the most alarmist conclusions. As this speech shows, this cycle has happened so many times with alarmist theories such as Nuclear Winter.

Reading Professor's recommended reading for students two sides of global warming note date April 4, 2005 was a mere month before the time of Ronald Bailey's announcement We're all global warmers now...

mentioned in class today (4/4/05) that it can be hard to sort through contradictory claims made by opposing sides in environmental debates. Some websites I have found helpful myself are the following. Click here for a website on "anti-environmental myths." For a contrasting perspective, critical of much of the environmental movement, click here to see the columns by Reason magazine's science correspondent. (Reason is a libertarian magazine.) I can't vouch for Bailey's reliability (or for the reliability of the anti-environmental myths website, for that matter). But Bailey has broken ranks with many environmental skeptics and conceded that DDT does thin the eggs of some bird species, which shows some commitment on his part to respect scientific evidence.

Don't forget the refrain now. We're all global warmers now.

We're All Global Warmers Now, Ronald Bailey, August 11, 2005

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