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Weekly John Locke Foundation
research division newsletter focusing on environmental issues.
The newsletter highlights relevant
analysis done by the JLF and other think tanks as well as items in the news.
1. EU CO2 Reduction
Plans face internal opposition as Poland blocks new targets
Apparently Poland has had enough of the "carbophobes"
in the old European Union who want to set stringent CO2 reduction targets for
the Union thereby shackling the potential for economic growth for newer members
from the former Soviet Union. According to the European
Energy Review, Poland
blocked a ministerial resolution
endorsing the European Commission's low-carbon 2050 roadmap. Last June, it said
it didn't like the reference to a 25% emissions cut in 2020 - the EU is currently
committed to just 20%.
Poland is arguing that
Europe must act "according to
the speed of global developments"...or watch its energy-intensive industries
depart and its economy suffer. Poland wants a country-by-country, sector-by-sector
analysis of what the Commission's low-carbon 2050 roadmap will cost.
And apparently Poland has support among its Eastern European
Poland may have been the sole voice
of opposition to the roadmap on Friday, but the Czech Republic and Romania at
least, reportedly support it behind the scenes.
2. 25% of Obsessive
Compulsive Disorder sufferers act on fears of global warming
This is the result of a new study of OCD sufferers in
Australia. As reported on the New Zealand website Stuff:
More than a quarter of
patients with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in a recent study in
Australia were found to have obsessions which directly related to climate
change. The majority were male.
The patients were found to be
carrying out rituals, such as checking lights, stoves and taps were turned off,
so they could reduce their global footprint.
And Australian psychiatrists
have discovered the first case of climate change delusion.
Dr Joshua Wolf and Dr Robert
Salo, of the Royal Childrens Hospital in Melbourne, treated a 17-year-old who
was convinced that if he drank water, millions of people would die of thirst.
What is unfortunate is that the Stuff article takes
dire predictions about future global warming as a given, as did the researchers
doing the study, without ever mentioning that in fact the planet has shown no
warming trend for about 15 years.
Washington Post: ATI's FOIA lawsuit against UVA continues, with good chance of
The American Traditions Institute (ATI) has been
trying for some time to get its hands on email communications written by
climatologist Michael Mann and owned by the University of Virginia. Mann's work
at UVA led to the now discredited "hockey stick" graph that drove
many of the conclusions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change during
the last decade.
exposed during the "climategate" scandal revealed that Mann suddenly
changed data sets that were being used to construct the graph at a crucial
point. He did this in order to "hide
the decline" in temperatures that would have been inconsistent with the
alarmist ideology he wanted to propagate. This was the same ideology that was
driving the IPCC and its conclusions.
Mann is trying to
hide the email communications that he had with other researchers while he was
working on his now infamous study. The Washington
Post has a very good article explaining why ATI's lawsuit has a good chance
of success. The primary reason is that:
U.Va. apparently has already
given the 12,000 e-mails to Mann himself, though he left Charlottesville years
ago. The American Tradition Institute, the conservative group hoping to show
that climate change scientists like Mann manipulated their data, argues that
U.Va. can't give the e-mails to one person and not another. By giving the
emails to Mann, the university has waived any exemptions they're claiming to
the state Freedom of Information Act, ATI says.
You gave 'em to him, you
gotta give 'em to us, basically. And a number of well-informed FOIA experts in Virginia
say that ATI is right.
"I would agree with
that," said Megan Rhyne, executive director of the Virginia Coalition for
Open Government. "Once you turn it over in one venue, you're deciding to
give it out."
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