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Which nations' climate policies are working? Not working?

What methods or approaches have other nations adopted that the United States should look to while formulating its own legislation? Which climate policies have been adopted elsewhere that are not working?

Posted by Washington Post Editor on November 11, 2009 6:00 AM
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Intuition1010 Author Profile Page :
 

This issue is a joke. I think This should be removed since global warming is proved to be nothing but a hoax.... a SCAM!!!!

 
thomascanada Author Profile Page :
 

Only fools consider their bank accounts more important than the air we all breathe.

 
irvnx Author Profile Page :
 

The premise that a government must take action is probably is most bizarre notion ever, and one which then involves the destruction-- literally-- of the reason s this country was founded, i.e., to preserve our lives liberty and pursuit of happiness.
That people would think that Congress needs to intervene win our personal lifestyle shows how people's thinking has degraded their sense of propriety, and their prerequisites on the use of force..
WE ARE SLAVES~! Beholden to each other..

I guess when we need to be told when and how far we can go to work, enjoy leisure activities and even go shopping is a major readjustment to those of us who thought we lived in a free country..
You people are sick.. my liberty is not a subject for your concern, nor Congress, who think they have a mandate on adjusting citizens' behaviour to their liking

 
kavalair Author Profile Page :
 

The model we should use is the model that completely discounts this very flawed, hubris premise that man can actually change the climate.

All of the climate change advocates refuse to even consider recent data that blows their theories out of the water. They refuse to debate it. They stubbornly hold onto the it's "settled science" theory.

Global warming is nothing more than a liberal religion with massive costs for consumers. The libs involved all have financial stakes in this and stand to make millions, if not billions with this scam, while middle class America is obliterated.

 
jv26 Author Profile Page :
 

Exactly how much carbon has been permanently sequestered underground, and how do sequestration proponents prove the permanency? If it takes 500 years for carbon-rich gas to take on a solid form, so it can't migrate back to the surface, then 500 years from now someone can prove it worked. Until them, it is wishful thinking.
Burn a tree, coal, petroleum or any other form of stored carbon and you release the stored carbon, mostly as a greenhouse gas. Only stopping that burning will stop the greenhouse effect. All else is folly.

 
jv26 Author Profile Page :
 

Exactly how much carbon has been permanently sequester underground, and how do sequestration proponents prove the permanency? If it takes 500 years for carbon-rich gas to take on a solid form, so it can't migrate back to the surface, then 500 years from now someone can prove it worked. Until them, it is wishful thinking.
Burn a tree, coal, petroleum or any other form of stored carbon and you release the stored carbon, mostly as a greenhouse gas. Only stopping that burning will stop the greenhouse effect. All else is folly.

 
DwightCollins Author Profile Page :
 

any plan that puts one dime in al gores pocket is a rip off and should be prosecuted as fraud...

 
NCindependentthinker Author Profile Page :
 

ALANCE, I like your idea of trying to take the hysteria out of the discussion of climate change. I don't know if I fully understand your statement that "No one knows with any certainty if worldwide oceans are rising." The fact that sea levels have dramatically risen in the last 100 years and that it is continuing to rise (see http://www.cmar.csiro.au/sealevel/sl_hist_last_15.html) is well documented; see a recent review of published data and studies by Madhav Khandekar in ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT Vol. 20 No. 7 2009. Further more, the physics describing this sea level rise is robust; e.g., sea level rise by volume increase is explained by a) contributions from the melting ice on land and b) expansion due to the increasing temperature of the water. I support your proposal to make energy conservation a central tenet in the legislation. I think (based on the record so far in Europe) that cap and trade is not the best policy. Instead, an emissions tax (like what Sweden has) would be more useful in two ways: 1) encourage energy conservation (as you suggest) and 2) reduce green house gas emissions.

 
alance Author Profile Page :
 

Change the name of the climate legislation to energy conservation legislation. Get rid of cap and trade and focus on reducing energy consumption in our homes, businesses and vehicles. You don't need Al Gore's climate hysteria to scare people.

The Maldive islands are just a spit of sand in the Indian Ocean and could easily be destroyed by the next tsunami. No one knows with any certainty if worldwide oceans are rising. Climate geeks with faulty projections are just stealing government research money.

 
chatard Author Profile Page :
 

We should model legislation on the policies of ...Greenpeace. PETA, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Albert Gore, Jr., Ban Ki Moon, Hugo Chavez, Van Jones, Barbara Boxer, sophomores at the University of California, James Hansen and the Public Broadcasting System.

 
AForgottenMan Author Profile Page :
 

Dan Rather's show on HDNET a couple of weeks ago showed that "carbon offsets" are a terrible joke! Here is the transcript:
http://www.hd.net/transcript.html?air_master_id=A6510&pd=danrather

I suggest if you missed the show to read the transcript and decide for yourself.

 
mgbgt95 Author Profile Page :
 

who should the US turn to?

Try the largest installer of solar & wind in the world. China.

Europe is now in second place.

The American gov't is trying to clean up 2 wars, start peace talks in the mid-east, get health care for its citizens...the list is long. Why would climate change be on the agenda if it can be postponed?

China is not so burdened.

 
 
 
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