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November 18, 2010

Lead Author of IPCC 4th Report: Yeah, Global Warming Regulation Is Primarily A Vehicle For Global Redistribution of Wealth

There is an argument offered by those on the right who are skeptical of "global warming" but still favor controlling carbon, because, well, hey, it helps, right?

Well I'm not really at all sold that controlling a perfectly unobjectionable (and vital!) gas "helps" at all.

In addition, this sort of thinking -- well, what's the harm if we just go along with this anyway? -- tends to have bad consequences.

Like, why bother getting the actual science right when you believe that the wrong answer is beneficial anyway?

I can't help but think that 90% of the global warming alarmists think this way. Okay, so maybe we have to fudge some data and some statistical techniques and invent strange new manners of determining statistical relevance because the typical ways say we can find no relevance in our weak data; but we're doing God's Work, right? So it's all good.

So, like, what's this alleged scientist doing spending so much time of his limited brain-bandwidth on issues of redistribution of wealth?

(NZZ AM SONNTAG): The new thing about your proposal for a Global Deal is the stress on the importance of development policy for climate policy. Until now, many think of aid when they hear development policies.

(OTTMAR EDENHOFER, UN IPCC OFFICIAL): That will change immediately if global emission rights are distributed. If this happens, on a per capita basis, then Africa will be the big winner, and huge amounts of money will flow there. This will have enormous implications for development policy. And it will raise the question if these countries can deal responsibly with so much money at all.

(NZZ): That does not sound anymore like the climate policy that we know.

(EDENHOFER): Basically it's a big mistake to discuss climate policy separately from the major themes of globalization.

Sign me up.

More at the link, too.

Thanks for DrewM. I've been lost in that TSA thread, by the way.



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