Climate change is a fact, says China
[update - CM1] bumping because this deserves a second look even if it is a quick post.
The Chinese Government has described the view that climate change is not man-made as a marginal and "extreme" outlook.
According to Xie Zhenhua, a deputy director at China's powerful National Development and Reform Commission, climate change is a fact based on long-term observation in many countries.
At the annual session of China's National People's Congress, he said that those who advocate that climate change is not man-made are holding an extreme and marginal view.
He said that the majority of the world's scientists believed that climate change has been caused by burning fossil fuels.
He and other officials said that more work needed to be done to ensure that scientific data on climate change was watertight, but the world had no choice but to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.
Mr Xie said climate change is not only something that ordinary Chinese people can feel and experience every day, but that it may soon have a huge impact on China's food security and even its economic stability.
They also stated that there is some differing of opinion on what is causing this, however that sensible policy is to recognize and begin to take steps to mitigate the risk.
"There are still two different viewpoints in the scientific field," said Xie Zhenhua, citing human activities and the scientifically scoffed-at sunspot theory.
Xie does not dispute that the climate is changing, however, and said Wednesday that the consequences of this change are alarming enough that countries should cut emissions anyway.
Not only do the Chinese recognize the dire predicted consequences in a warming Earth, they are putting their money where their mouth is.
The U.S. is historically been strong in developing new technologies, but uncertain policies and relatively low levels of spending on research and development make the forecast murky, Immelt said.
"Unless we have a broad perspective on job creation, innovation, and technology growth, we are going to fall behind as a country," he said. "We need growth as a country and globally we play in a much more competitive arena than any other time in our lifetimes."
In terms of policy, Immelt said China is "linearly focused on energy" with policies aimed at job creation. By contrast, the policy picture in the U.S. is uncertain in regards to renewable energy mandates or regulations to cut carbon regulations.
It seems the leadership of China see the challenge and intend doing something about it. A characteristic missing from leadership it seems in the United States and my home country, Australia - that drive for self preservation is being stamped out by parties of 'NO' in both countries.
March 10 2010
The Federal Government has attacked Tony Abbott for heading "the most obstructionist Opposition in 30 years", accusing him of economic sabotage and threatening payments to families.
They say the Coalition has blocked 41 bills in the past year, which is four times as many as any other Opposition in the past 30 years.
Same thing is being used as a tactic in the United States :
The frequency of filibusters -- plus threats to use them -- are measured by the number of times the upper chamber votes on cloture. Such votes test the majority's ability to hold together 60 members to break a filibuster. Last year, the first of the 111th Congress, there were a record 112 cloture votes. In the first two months of 2010, the number already exceeds 40. That means, with 10 months left to run in the 111th Congress, Republicans have turned to the filibuster or threatened its use at a pace that will more than triple the old record.
The frequency of filibusters -- plus threats to use them -- are measured by the number of times the upper chamber votes on cloture. Such votes test the majority's ability to hold together 60 members to break a filibuster.
Last year, the first of the 111th Congress, there were a record 112 cloture votes. In the first two months of 2010, the number already exceeds 40.
That means, with 10 months left to run in the 111th Congress, Republicans have turned to the filibuster or threatened its use at a pace that will more than triple the old record.
There is a common element to all this as well, with the enabler being a media magnate who has employed this tactic before :
The 1975 Australian constitutional crisis, commonly called The Dismissal, refers to the events that culminated with the removal of Australia's then Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, by Governor-General Sir John Kerr and appointing the Leader of the Opposition Malcolm Fraser as caretaker Prime Minister. It has been described as the greatest political and constitutional crisis in Australia's history.
Using a series of recent scandals as justification, the Senate announced it would defer any voting on the annual supply bills that appropriated funds for government expenditure until the Prime Minister called an election for the House of Representatives.
Rupert Murdoch's flirtation with Whitlam turned out to be brief.
As the Whitlam government began to lose public support following its re-election in 1974, Murdoch turned against Whitlam and supported the Governor-General's dismissal of the Prime Minister.
So by the time Mr Murdoch is 43/44, he has had the experience of being actively involved in first getting a government elected then destroying a democratically elected government bypassing the democratic process altogether. He does this via the influence of his media enterprise.
Also note the tactic adopted by the opposition party was one of complete non-cooperation in the parliamentary process. In other words they became the party of 'NO', sit still, refuse to do anything in order to cause a crisis and get the government prematurely dismissed.
They destroyed the democratic process and Rupert was right there assisting in pulling the levers.
The question is will the real media stand up to these tactics which Fox, News Ltd, along with the Conservative opposition parties, is employing to undermine the Democratic majorities in both Australia and the United States?
I can not for the life of me understand how a single media outlet manages to dictate the policy of both countries.
Australia's opposition leader Tony Abbott :
Abbott worked as a journalist for The Bulletin, an influential news magazine, and The Australian.
"The Australian" publication is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Limited.
And in the United States :
We have, it seems, ceded Democratic control over our legislatures to Rupert Murdoch and News Limited reporters in order to advance some bizarre ideological crusade against anything which would preserve or conserve a habitable climate.
Successful Megalomaniacs were something I only thought I'd see in James Bond films.
[ed note -CM1] Originally posted 2010-03-10 15:28:04 -0500.