“Common-Sense Environmentalism” (Advocated by the Heartland Institute)

18 05 2008

Part of my motivation for this site is to identify credible, objective, conservative sources of information regarding political issues that are critical to the future of my family and our country. One surprisingly good source of objective information on important issues of the today is the Heartland Institute.

The Heartland Institute (http://www.heartland.org/) is a non-political nonprofit organization dedicated to the following mission:

“Heartland’s mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. Such solutions include parental choice in education, choice and personal responsibility in health care, market-based approaches to environmental protection, privatization of public services, and deregulation in areas where property rights and markets do a better job than government bureaucracies.”

This organization promotes and supports the idea of “Common-Sense Environmentalism“. Following is an excerpt from their description of this concept (full description found here)

Quoting the Heartland Institute: What is Common-Sense Environmentalism?

“Common-sense environmentalism recognizes that almost everyone today is an environmentalist. We all want a healthy, green environment for ourselves and our families. What distinguishes common-sense environmentalism from more extreme environmental activism is a commitment to fight real environmental problems rather than imagined ones and a realization that free markets are an ally rather than an enemy of environmental stewardship.”

“Common-sense environmentalists recognize that environmental scares are frequently unsupported by sound science and are often launched to further an anti-corporation, anti-free market agenda. Activists use junk science to stampede the public into fearing chemicals in the air, food, and water, and the possible consequences of poorly understood phenomena such as climate change.”

“The best way to achieve a healthy and green environment is to use sound science to distinguish real environmental issues from imaginary ones, and then to tap the efficiency of market forces to address the environmental issues that truly do exist. This enables us to prioritize environmental and public health problems – the first step in any serious effort to address a problem and to solve problems without trampling on other things we value, such as individual freedom and economic prosperity.”

Ah, the Rocky Mountains!

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Regarding the Issue of Global Warming, the Heartland Institute provides further commentary……

“Global warming is a prime example of the alarmism that characterizes much of the environmental movement. Media coverage of the topic is heavily slanted toward alarmism because “bad news sells,” making it difficult for climate realists to get a fair hearing. Al Gore’s recent movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” has been severely critiqued by many experts, yet it is being shown in high schools across the country as an educational documentary.”

“Climate science reveals that the world has warmed about 1 degree C during the past century, with half of that warming occurring before human emissions could have been responsible. Even if human activity is responsible for 100 percent of the warming since 1940, it is only about 0.5 degrees C., an amount so small it is within the error range of the instruments used to measure global temperatures.”

“There is no consensus about the causes, effects, or future rate of global warming. Most climate scientists doubt the reliability of computer models and the accuracy of land-based temperature records. Reports by the IPCC are unreliable due to political editing and rewriting of the reports’ conclusions. Some of the key evidence cited in past IPCC reports has been shown to be fraudulent.”

A view of the Canadian Rockies

“There is also disagreement over what to do about global warming. Economists believe the Kyoto Protocol, the treaty intended to reduce human greenhouse gas emissions, would cost its participants trillions of dollars while having little or not effect on the global climate. Meanwhile, the federal and state governments debate and pass legislation that will be similarly futile.”

“Many experts call for adaptation–making small changes to infrastructure and lifestyles to accommodate a slightly warmer world–rather than spend hundreds of billions of dollars trying to reduce emissions. Carbon sequestration could also play a role in responding to climate change.”

“All of the supposed catastrophic effects of global warming have been rebutted by scientists, including melting ice, hurricanes, other extreme weather, and extinction of wildlife.”

“An increasing number of experts believe the recent warming is due to natural cycles driven by variability in solar radiation.”

“Reliable experts on climate change include Patrick Michaels, S. Fred Singer, and Sallie Baliunas. Non-scientists who have rebutted climate alarmism include novelist Michael Crichton and Sen. James Inhofe.”

“For more information about global warming, go to Global Warming Facts, a Web site created by The Heartland Institute that focuses just on this issue.” (http://www.globalwarmingheartland.org/)

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Another scene from the Rocky Mountains

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29 05 2008
Carol

Thanks so much for taking the time to blog! I’ve enjoyed finding new facts to strengthen my belief on certain issues you’ve discussed!




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