The precautionary principle is exposed again for the insidious mindless posturing that it is.
Biofuel policies push more people into poverty as food prices rise and the poor are forced to spend more of their income on food. In a study published in Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Indur Goklany calculated the additional mortality burden of biofuels policies and found that nearly 200,000 people died in 2010 alone, because of efforts to use biofuels to reduce CO2 emissions.
Bad Government is a killer. (Jo Nova)
Donna Laframboise: How Much Harm To Humans Is OK?
Monday, 13 June 2011 14:35 Donna Laframboise, No Fracking Consensus
Thomas Stocker is a climate modeler. He also, we are told, holds “one of the world’s most prestigious scientific jobs, co-chairing a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change” (IPCC).
In Switzerland, where he resides, the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation refers to Stocker as “the guardian of our climate.” Based on comments he made this week to Canada’s Vancouver Sun newspaper he certainly can’t be regarded as a guardian of humanity.
Recently, the IPCC adopted new guidelines which say its personnel are supposed to be circumspect in their public comments:
“When speaking on behalf of the IPCC, individuals should take care…not to express views beyond the scope of the IPCC reports, or to advocate specific policies.” [bold added, see p. 7; backup link here]
But it seems Stocker didn’t get the memo. Instead he told a reporter that he thinks tripling – or even quadrupling – the price of gasoline could help save the planet. According to the newspaper, Stocker believes that:
“Much higher pump prices would help people realize there are “much smarter ways to go from point A to point B” than climbing into “three tonnes of steel and rubber” that spew greenhouse gases…”
Neither Stocker, nor the journalist who wrote the story, appears to be the least bit interested in what effect that sort of price increase might have on human beings. (GWPF)