Saturday, March 12, 2005

The Death of Environmentalism

While new to this forum of thinking and thoughts espoused by minds who are engaged in science, qualitative proof rules these minds. So they would see it far better to advance the cause of this global consensus as a necessary withdrawal from states of Fear, that enviromental terrorism that is espoused by Michael Crichton seeks to induce?

Now we know the fictional state of being, when making decisions, is very undersireable, so by putting forth the obvious movement to confront resistance(enviromental terrorism) in American perception, did Michael do the American resistance justice in applying the reasons why it has not move to part of this global thought?

Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus

Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus stirred up quite a fuss when they unveiled their essay "The Death of Environmentalism" last fall, declaring the environmental movement kaput and calling for a more visionary and inspiring progressive movement to take its place. In an interview with Grist, Shellenberger and Nordhaus talk about their ideas, the responses they've gotten (or haven't), and what comes next. Get the backstory here.

Global warming politics in a post-environmental world

By Peter Teague, Environment Program Director, Nathan Cummings Foundation
So long as the siren call of denial is met with the drone of policy expertise -- and the fantasy of technical fixes is left unchallenged -- the public is not just being misled, it's also being misread. Until we address Americans honestly, and with the respect they deserve, they can be expected to remain largely disengaged from the global transformation we need them to be a part of.

While I am very disturbed by the stance of American policies and the ideas protectionism has fostered, the challenge I see is to remove this fear driven state from the capitalize basis of that society where it's breed?

I was interested in how and why the American resistance might have been induced into that societies public perception?

Did Michael Crichton seek to induce such fears, by getting the causes of 911 fostered into enviromental terrorism? When some saw, that out of respect for that society, a different tactic needed to be looked at?

By calming the rise of fundamental differences between the global population, and it's retrospective glances at enviromentalist activism, this report on the Death of Enviromentalism sought to seek balance in others views, as well as the American population?

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Ecology of Thought

If one looks at what can happen when a thought runs rampant, then what is rejected on the basis of skepticism and boldly spoken when given the evidence?

Faulty conclusions arise from faulty information? This would be the position in order to reject what others take as, common knowledge by the world community, and is rejected by the United States?

Next, and slightly more troubling, we have some rather misleading and selective recollection regarding Jim Hansen's testimony to congress in 1988. "Dr. Hansen overestimated [global warming] by 300 percent" (p247). Hansen's testimony did indeed lead to a big increase in awareness of global warming as a issue, but not because he exaggerated the problem by 300%. In a paper published soon after that testimony, Hansen et al, 1988 presented three model simulations for different scenarios for the growth in trace gases and other forcings (see figure). Scenario A had exponentially increasing CO2, Scenario B had a more modest Business-as-usual assumption, and Scenario C had no further increases in CO2 after the year 2000

“I do not think anything, young man. I know. That is the purpose of my research - to know things, not to surmise them. Not to theorize. Not to hypothesize. But to know from direct research in the field. It’s a lost art in academia these days, young man-you are not that young- what is your name anyway?”
“Peter Evans.”
“And you work for Drake Mr. Evan?”
“No, for George Morton.”
“Well, why didn’t you say so!” Hoffman said. “George Morton was a great, great man. Come along Mr. Evans, and I will buy you some coffee and we can talk. Do you know what I do?”
“ I’m afraid I don’t, sir.”
“I study the ecology of thought,” Hoffman said. “and how it has led to a State of Fear.”

Michael Crichton, State of Fear, page 450