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Reid Detchon

Reid Detchon

Reid Detchon is vice president for energy and climate at the United Nations Foundation. He also serves as executive director of the Energy Future Coalition, a broad-based non-partisan public policy initiative focused on oil dependence, climate change, and global energy poverty. ALL POSTS

What's at stake for Republicans

Only the future of the party.

Climate change is not going away, it's getting worse. Its impacts will grow in severity for the rest of our lives, and before long, being against climate change legislation will seem unthinkably wrongheaded -- like being against civil rights or in favor of riding motorcycles without a helmet.

Republicans who say that global warming is a hoax deserve the ridicule they get. Republicans who want to see action on climate change but don't like Waxman-Markey have to get off the sidelines and into the game. That's what Sen. Lindsay Graham did, showing admirable political and moral courage by bucking the party line and joining with Sen. John Kerry in an op-ed outline of bipartisan climate legislation.

Only in Washington is climate change considered such a partisan issue. Many Republican
governors -- notably California's Arnold Schwarzenegger, but also Charlie Crist (Fla.), Tim
Pawlenty (Minn.), Jon Huntsman (Utah), and George Pataki (New York) -- have been leaders on climate and won strong public support for it.

In the UK, Conservative Party leader David Cameron competes with Prime Minister Gordon Brown for leadership on the climate issue. The Blue Blog of the Conservative Party makes "the economic case for acting on climate change." It was the Conservative Party's icon, Margaret Thatcher, who saw the way forward many years ago -- she was a chemist, and she understood the science.

Support for environmental values is so strong in the U.S. that voters assume all candidates share those views. Republicans may think they can oppose climate legislation on a wave of economic populism and climate skepticism fueled by the oil and coal industry's deceitful advertising -- but if they choose the wrong side of history with legislative obstruction, they will have to answer not only to their children, but to the voters one day.

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Credibility and elections are at stake for Republicans and Democrats.

Be aware and warned about dangers and solutions available for the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

A Better Solution - A Different Direction

The goal is survival, food and good health.
The goal is not investment, opportunities, and new technology.

There is no need for a UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December. They have no power to implement change and they only have a draft without details on how to proceed.
On Sept 24, 2009 Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the Libyan leader reminded the world that when the nations signed the UN Preamble, details had to be filled in later. The later details did not line up with what the nations signed on to. It will be the same with this treaty.

God is against gathering of nations for leadership, wisdom, protection and provision. Each nation has God for all things if they use the wisdom He sent to them.
Psalm 2: 4, 5 “He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. :5 Then shall He speak to them in His wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure."

Climate Change is about the destruction man is making on the planet through the employment system. To cap some present businesses and promote others in the rest of the undeveloped world has no wisdom or effectiveness. It is an empty promise to gain control of nations. None of their efforts stop destruction of the planet from pollution, disease or war.

God has a simple SOLUTION. "Retire." Back out of our unnecessary employment lifestyle and turn to create a garden paradise lifestyle with each family choosing trees, plants and pets that provide fresh food around them. It is an abundant life with families together with true freedom and independence. It is the ONLY SOLUTION and it is sustainable through eternity.

The garden paradise lifestyle is a solution to world problems of climate change, pollution, energy crisis, war, immigration, reoccurring financial crises, disease, poverty, inequality, crime and social programs etc. It is quick, easy, fair and inexpensive. There is no need for the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in December.

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11-09-09 The Copenhagen Treaty Explained, Part 1.

Marie Devine
God has solutions to world problems we created by ignoring His wisdom.

Posted by: MarieDevine | November 9, 2009 10:32 PM
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You know, if they aren't cherry picking the data, why did they change the name from "Global Warming" to "Global Climate Change".

Why are scientists admitting that they are painting a worst case scenario to keep the public interested.

Why are crazies like this guy from the UN pushing the worst option possible, cap and trade?

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | November 8, 2009 11:41 PM
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Common_Cents1 accuses climate scientists of cherry picking data to support their theory of climate warming. What does he think citing the water temperature at 20 fathoms in the Gulf of Maine is? All you have to do if you want a more holistic view is to download the NASA satellite data available for free at the DAACs. How do you explain those shrinking glaciers, collapsing ice sheets? How do you get around the basic physics of CO2: it is transparent to shortwave radiation from the Sun, but largely opaque to long wave radiation leaving the surface of the earth and CO2 concentrations have been increasing steadily in parallel with the rise in human population growth, fossil fuel use and deforestation.

Posted by: killifish2007 | November 3, 2009 11:38 PM
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The Republicans are banking on the idea that Americans will find the changes required to deal with climate change too distasteful to accept and therefore choose to maintain the delusion that human numbers and human activity can be increased on this planet forever if we just let the entrepreneurs do their thing. Americans don’t like intellectuals (if your so smart why aren’t you rich) and are suspicious of science, so it will be easy to sell them the snake oil of being able to make copper out of other metals (Julian Simon of the Heritage Foundation) and cope with a continually growing population if we just have the right incentives out there. After all the goal is to be captain of the ship even if it is sinking. Even people active in environmental organizations have tried to obfuscate the issue by coining the oxymoron “Smart Growth”. To paraphrase Kenneth Boulding, if you believe in infinite growth on a finite planet you must either be a fool or an economist.

Posted by: killifish2007 | November 3, 2009 10:09 PM
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Reid, go watch your tattered copy of SOYLENT GREEN and leave us alone laughing at your ridiculous predictions!

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | November 3, 2009 7:42 PM
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I've never regarded the Global Warming fiasco a hoax, but simply cherry picking climate science to support a left wing political agenda.

And when the science didn't fit any longer; terminology was shifted accordingly, esp. when Global Warming morphed into Climate Change and suddenly all the dire assumptions--my N. New England observatory is talking here, were suddenly washed away in a 'well if you don't like the weather, wait until tomorrow' moment.

Here in Maine, we are in our third year of a dramatically colder weather cycle as measured by heating degree days, snow falls, and weather events.

No explanation just 'crickets' and endless litanies about how hot it was in the 80's.

There has been no measurable increase in the height of the oceans; just a few mm every year as has been recorded for the past 141 years at Portland Head light. The projection is about 7 inches over the next 100 years; but the NRC threatens us with some obscure ocean level model that sees several feet of rise over the next 50 years.

Then there were the gloom & doom crop failures...woe be us; we gotta stop AGW NOW cause......Cause what? record apple crops, record blueberry crops, record maple syrup crops, record lobster crops.

Then there is the supposed warming of the Oceans.

Unfortunately the gulf of Maine buoys reveal otherwise, an decrease in temps at the 20 fathom level.

So lets move on to the eco-politicians real agenda...ECO_ENGINEERING! ...ocean seeding, CO2 reductions and other wacky science all supposedly going to lower temps and even out weather events.

But they never tell us at what cost and with how much temperature loss?...yet they call this science!

And now we find out one of the iconic graphs of AGW, the famous 'HOCKEY STICK' was done with 'selected' data.

So there goes all the tenets of good science...verification of data; replication of results; predictability.

Not a HOAX; but something even worse..the perversion of science to left wing political screed.

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | November 3, 2009 6:09 PM
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At the meeting this December in Europe exactly how do member states plan to enforce laws regarding pollution in countries like China and India? Without authority the western nations will be at the mercy of non members who will pay little or no attention to the proposals set forth. At this point there is nothing definite as to actions which would be necessary to enforce resolutions proposed.

Posted by: jjclark39 | November 3, 2009 3:06 PM
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