UN Environmental Summit in Johannesburg S Africa



  • Anybody hear that the delegates are wearing a button which reads,
    “What Should We Do With the United States?” I bet I know what most of them are thinking!
    –--------------------
    “I’m going to Disneyworld!” - Summit Delates majority concensus



  • Nah. I rather let the Democrats get chewed out on this one. 🙂



  • Where’s your global patriotism?
    –----------------------------------
    Long live the UN! :roll: - Xi



  • Sorry Xi, but sitting in a knitting circle isn’t exactly my idea of helping out. I’m sure the democrats would love it, but my place is out in the field doing something for a change.



  • Well, i think calling the US a member of the “axis of ecological evil” is too true.



  • Unfortunately i have to agree with F_alk. I am wishing that our (terrible, useless, lame duck of a) Prime Minister would have the balls to come out and openly support the kind of environmental reform packaged with Kyoto, but i’m guessing that until the US does, Cretien is going to continue to be wishy-washy on this issue (too) in order to not risk a decline in productivity and it’s competitive edges over the US (and Russia).



  • Bush didn’t go, but Colin Powell did go. Bush was busy on vacation in Texas.



  • Well, i think calling the US a member of the “axis of ecological evil” is too true.

    Explain. For every negative aspect you give of environmental disaster, I can probably give you a positive one. And what use does calling “US a member of the 'Axis of Ecological Evil” do for you?



  • @TG:

    Well, i think calling the US a member of the “axis of ecological evil” is too true.

    Explain. For every negative aspect you give of environmental disaster, I can probably give you a positive one. And what use does calling “US a member of the 'Axis of Ecological Evil” do for you?

    I’m guessing that this line is targetted more at F_alk than at me. I would consider Canada to be a member of the “Axis of Ecological Miscreants”.



  • Nah, this is fun for the whole family! 🙂 Nothing better than a good fight. Especially one over US policy (as it always is).



  • CO2 Metric tons per capita - 1996

    
    Germany             10.51
    
    United Kingdom       9.47
    
    Italy                7.03
    
    France               6.20
    
    USA                 19.99
    
    Canada              13.80
    
    

    Private initiative does not work, Kyoto is an important step. By not accepting it, the american are doing a good move from an economical standpoint ONLY for short term. Air pollution do horrible thing to physical and mental health (by reducing the % of O2 in the air), and will eventually be a problem for the US economy… (not only Air but also Water pollution will be problem in the near future)

    Fin



  • Private initiative does not work, Kyoto is an important step. By not accepting it, the american are doing a good move from an economical standpoint ONLY for short term.

    Private initiative does not work? President Bush and the DoE plan to reduce America’s greenhousegas emissions relative to the size of our economy by 18% over the next to 10 years. The air and water in the US, by most measures, are the cleanest they have been for decades. For the short term, Kyoto would put millions of Americans out of work - something that isn’t easily solved. For the cost of Kyoto for one year, we could give clean drinking water and sanitation to every human being on earth.

    (not only Air but also Water pollution will be problem in the near future)

    I do not think that CO2 will effect water in the near future.



  • The South African Environmental Summit -

    At the first one, in 1992, the delegates adopted almost 2,500 recommendations, of which less than 1% have been enacted by the majority of governments which sent representatives.

    At the current Summit, the delegates are discussing hunger while enjoying extravagant luncheons. One of these luncheons included over
    1000 pound of lobster,
    450 pounds of salmon,
    300 pounds of patee,
    200 pounds of caviar, and
    this is just a partial list.

    The Environment-

    The US had eliminated 98% of it’s 1974 automobile emisssions by 1992.

    In 1925 environmentalists said we would run out of oil in 20 years(1945).
    In 1945 environmentalists said we would run out of oil in 30 years(1975).
    In 1970 environmentalists said we would run out of oil in 100 years(2070).
    In 1995 environmentalists said we would run out of oil in 200 years(2195).
    Sounds like we’ve found more oil and become more efficient in its’ use.

    Yquote -
    “Bush didn’t go, but Colin Powell did go. Bush was busy on vacation in Texas.”
    Y, His vacation consists of DAILY meetings to keep him updated on hotspots and important events. Unlike 535 US legislators who take fact
    finding trips to Paris(France) with their wives . . . or pop into their home district office once a week and call it work. Why don’t liberals talk about the legislators’ vacations?

    F_kquote -
    “axis of ecological evil”
    Oh, how original!
    Sound like the Have Nots complaining again.
    Mt. Pinatubo(sp?) spewed more pollution in one shot than the US did in the last 100 years. The Earth cleaned it up in 2 years.
    Environmentalists worried about the Alaskan frozen tundra and carribou(sp?) when the Alaskan pipeline was built, but now acknowledge that the carribou are doing better now(since they have a warmer place to congregate, but the Tundra hasn’t thawed.
    The Exxon Valdez was the worst oil tanker spill in known history. It was said that the Alaskan coast would never recover, no, in 100 years, no, in 20 years. Most environmentalists now acknowledge that the Alaskan coast had recovered within 10 years of the accident! They discovered that the oceans clean themselves(like a washing machine[in the news in the mid '90’s], and that the oceans pollute themselves on a regular basis[in the news this year]).

    F_Squote,
    “CO2 Metric tons per capita - 1996”
    Lawn grasses and weeds produce CO2 in large quantities. The US has more weeds and lawn grasses than these countries. Oh, I almost forgot! We also produce and export a great quantity of items, too.And how about China and India’s production/pollution today?
    –--------------------------------------------------
    Liberals cannot handle the truth. Too bad I don’t know it all. -Xi



  • 1000 pound of lobster,
    450 pounds of salmon,
    300 pounds of patee,
    200 pounds of caviar, and
    this is just a partial list.

    Sounds pretty hypocritical to me. What a pity.

    Rio failed because it tried to accomplish too much, I will expect Johannesburg to be the same.



  • Environmentalists worried about the Alaskan frozen tundra and carribou(sp?) when the Alaskan pipeline was built, but now acknowledge that the carribou are doing better now(since they have a warmer place to congregate, but the Tundra hasn’t thawed.

    Do you know how much species die each years ? Do you think it is normal ?

    Lawn grasses and weeds produce CO2 in large quantities. The US has more weeds and lawn grasses than these countries.

    Haha… it is not calculate like that. It is how much CO2 Humans are throwing in the air… And the earth is not recovering for that, just look at the % of 02; it is not as high as it is supposed to be.



  • Do you know how much species die each years ? Do you think it is normal ?

    I dunno, how much do you believe in evolution? The extinction of species is inevitable, but I agree - not at this pace. As for Xi’s Caribou statement, I can indeed verify it as fact (though I’m not sure how much the warmer temp. has to do with this). But then again, what would I know? I’m all in favor of protecting endangered species –- wait, I’m the Axis of Ecological Evil and I guess I’m suppose to play the sterotypical role of the destroyer of nature. So be it.



  • @Anonymous:

    Haha… it is not calculate like that. It is how much CO2 Humans are throwing in the air… And the earth is not recovering for that, just look at the % of 02; it is not as high as it is supposed to be.

    How the he– do they calculate(read ESTIMATE) that/ Oh, yeah, it’s scientists. It’s a GUESSTIMATE.

    Well, if environmentalists really cared they’d martyr themselves to show how much they believed in the cause. I’ll supply the knife for them to use. In addition, I’ll cover them with a gun, so that if anyone tries to stop them, they will be successful.

    “Smrt ili Sloboda!” -Yugoslavian translates to “Death or Freedom” - Xi
    I’m a helpful kinda guy. - Xi



  • @TG:

    Private initiative does not work, Kyoto is an important step. By not accepting it, the american are doing a good move from an economical standpoint ONLY for short term.

    Private initiative does not work? President Bush and the DoE plan to reduce America’s greenhousegas emissions relative to the size of our economy by 18% over the next to 10 years. The air and water in the US, by most measures, are the cleanest they have been for decades. For the short term, Kyoto would put millions of Americans out of work - something that isn’t easily solved. For the cost of Kyoto for one year, we could give clean drinking water and sanitation to every human being on earth.

    (not only Air but also Water pollution will be problem in the near future)

    I do not think that CO2 will effect water in the near future.

    Well, turns out that Cretien did submit the Kyoto Protocol to the Parliament afterall (at least something good will come of his “legacy”). I included Moses’ quote as i believe in the short run the US will pick up business that Canada will lose for tightening up our pollution laws. At the same time, in the long-term i think that countries (developed, scientifically and economically forward-thinking countries) will develop sources of energy much more cheaply and environmentally friendly than the ones used by our backward thinking neighbours (sorry for the shot - i’m only half-serious 🙂 )



  • At the same time, in the long-term i think that countries (developed, scientifically and economically forward-thinking countries) will develop sources of energy much more cheaply and environmentally friendly than the ones used by our backward thinking neighbours (sorry for the shot - i’m only half-serious )

    Backward thinking neighbors, eh? So every your country will earmark more than $4.6 billion over the next five years in tax credits for enewable-energy investments such as wind and solar power and energy-efficiency projects? So your country will spend hundreds of millions-billons on nuclear fusion research each year? So every other country should have more wind turbines and solar cells installed than in the United States? So you will donate more than $6.4 billon to environmental groups around the world? Of course, America is the “Ecological Axis of :evil:” – so disregard all of that. We secretly want to destroy the planet and don’t give a damn about the environment! Oh, how good it is to live the life of the “Ecological Axis of Evil.” 😛



  • Moses Said:

    I dunno, how much do you believe in evolution? The extinction of species is inevitable

    But moses, a dog is a cat is a tree is a human. We cannot let allow animals to die, after all animals are people too.

    That was my liberal, animal rights person impression. 🙂



  • That is why Americans spend literally billions of dollars to protect and help fund the rehabilitation of endangered species from becoming extinct ones here and around the world. Wait! We’re suppose to be the Ecological Axis of Evil! This would be contradicting ourselves and I say let’s kill ‘em all! :roll:



  • @TG:

    For the cost of Kyoto for one year, we could give clean drinking water and sanitation to every human being on earth.

    to all the 2 billion people that don’t have it at the moment? Could you please back up your claim, and give your thoughts on “how long” will htese ppl have access to clean water?



  • @TG:

    Backward thinking neighbors, eh? So every your country will earmark more than $4.6 billion over the next five years in tax credits for enewable-energy investments such as wind and solar power and energy-efficiency projects? So your country will spend hundreds of millions-billons on nuclear fusion research each year? So every other country should have more wind turbines and solar cells installed than in the United States? So you will donate more than $6.4 billon to environmental groups around the world? Of course, America is the “Ecological Axis of :evil:” – so disregard all of that. We secretly want to destroy the planet and don’t give a damn about the environment! Oh, how good it is to live the life of the “Ecological Axis of Evil.” 😛

    So that is more that (4.6 + 6.4) billions plus at least one for fusion tech…
    that’s at least 11 billions for that. Can you give a benchmark of other spendings by the US gov?
    How many wind turbines are there in the US? How much power do you get out of renewable sources? (In absolute numbers (Watts), relative to the total production and per capita please).

    Numbers may sound great, but you need to have numbers to compare them to to get the real picture.



  • @Xi:

    lots of claims. Not a singel source or back up.

    I claim: you are a liar. All you say is nonsense. I give as much proof for this as you give for your opinion.

    You claim scientists work by guessing, but you are not working properly (scientific) yourself when claiming stuff. Please, tell us where you get your stuff from. If it is from www.thereisnopollutionintheworld.com then suddenly your claims would look much less believable

    The US had eliminated 98% of it’s 1974 automobile emisssions by 1992.

    Standing alone, this is close to lying.
    It sounds like: In 1992 all the cars in the US put only 2% of the stuff into the air that they put there in 1974. That cannot be.
    Please, back up your claim!

    In 1925 environmentalists said we would run out of oil in 20 years(1945).
    In 1945 environmentalists said we would run out of oil in 30 years(1975).
    In 1970 environmentalists said we would run out of oil in 100 years(2070).
    In 1995 environmentalists said we would run out of oil in 200 years(2195).
    Sounds like we’ve found more oil and become more efficient in its’ use.

    Where do you get this quotes from?
    Esp. where did you get the 1195 quote from.
    Did you ever think of what happens once we run out of oil? Did it ever cross your mind how long it took nature to make it, and how we burn through it, using it for heating, while we could make the most amazing polymers out of it?

    F_kquote -
    “axis of ecological evil”
    Oh, how original!
    Sound like the Have Nots complaining again.

    It’s not my idea. Follow the news.
    And of course the the Have Nots complain, as they have not because of the haves who took it. (oversimplified, my last hope you can understand that now!)

    Mt. Pinatubo(sp?) spewed more pollution in one shot than the US did in the last 100 years. The Earth cleaned it up in 2 years. …

    For this and the others things: How do you know? Where do you get that from? Why are those sources more reliable than the “guessing environmentalists” ?
    Am i the first one to complain that you are bloody poor debater?

    F_Squote,
    “CO2 Metric tons per capita - 1996”
    Lawn grasses and weeds produce CO2 in large quantities. The US has more weeds and lawn grasses than these countries. Oh, I almost forgot! We also produce and export a great quantity of items, too.And how about China and India’s production/pollution today?

    India and China will become even worse than the US once they consume as much…. when everyone there needs his climatized home with automatic watering for the lawn during midday and a car for each member of the family…
    And your lawn argument is silly. Any chlorophyllic plants bind CO2, and bind more during the day than they produce during the night. Take any biology book for that.



  • to all the 2 billion people that don’t have it at the moment? Could you please back up your claim, and give your thoughts on “how long” will htese ppl have access to clean water?

    Sure. The statement was made by Bjorn Lomborg in his the book, The Skeptical Enironmentalists. If you interested, I suggest checking out the book itself. However, the statement has been used in other articles as Time and National Geographic. For the gist of it, for the cost of complying with the Kyoto Protocol will be U.S. $150 billion to $350 billion annually (compared to $50 billion in global annual development aid). With global warming hurting primarily Third World countries, we have to ask if the Kyoto treaty is the best way to help them. The answer is no. The cost of meeting the Kyoto treaty for just one year would be enough to solve the biggest problem in the world—we could give clean drinking water and sanitation to every person on the globe. This would save two million lives each year and prevent half a billion people from contracting a severe disease. In fact, for the same amount the Kyoto Protocol would have cost just the U.S. every year, the UN estimates that we could provide every person in the world with access to basic health, education, family planning, and water and sanitation services. Wouldn’t this be a better way of serving the world?

    We need to focus more on development than on sustainability. Development not only possesses intrinsic value but in the long run it will lead the Third World to become more concerned about the environment. Only when people are rich enough to feed themselves do they worry about the environment and future generations. Focusing more on sustainability can easily result in prioritizing future generations at the expense of current generations, which is a backward way of solving our problems. In contrast, focusing on development has the advantage of both helping people today and creating the foundation for a better tomorrow.

    Also, that numbr is 2.4 billion - damned that Ecological Axis of Evil!

    So that is more that (4.6 + 6.4) billions plus at least one for fusion tech…
    that’s at least 11 billions for that. Can you give a benchmark of other spendings by the US gov?

    Oh please, all powerful German Government, we don’t know what to do! Please save us from becoming the Ecological Axis of Evil. Please, tell us how much your government spends on alternative energy in relation to total spending! Please, tell how much we should spent without significantly hurting the economy! Oh the terrible life of the Axis of Ecological Evil…

    How many wind turbines are there in the US? How much power do you get out of renewable sources? (In absolute numbers (Watts), relative to the total production and per capita please).

    Nearly 1,700 megawatts was from wind farms built across the U.S.
    Wind energy output has increased a 66% last year with an additional $3 billion in windpower projects at work. Of course the wind production is relative from each year. Relative to total production, wind energy in California is about 1.27 percent of the state’s production of electricity in 2000, including imports from Southwest United States and the Pacific Northwest. Over 13,000 wind turbines in California alone. Relative to per capita, new, utility-scale, wind projects are being built all around the United States today with energy costs ranging from 3.9 cents per kilowatt-hour (at very windy sites in Texas) to 5 cents or more (in the Pacific Northwest). This is to compete at $0.015 to $0.03 per kilowatt-hour against for current generators, but government hopes to slash price of wind at $0.025 per kilowatt-hour as stated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Additionally, U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the Wind Powering America initiative with goals to power at least 5% of the nation’s electricity with wind by 2020, increase the number of states with more than 20 megawatts of wind to 16 by 2005 and 24 by 2010, and increase federal use of wind energy to 5% by 2010. But behind this is the secret Ecological Axis of Evil AKA the United States ready to destroy the ecological world. Save us!


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