A Few Things Ill Considered

Climate Declaration

Via Planet3.0 I see there is a declaration of the need, and competitive advantage it would bring, for action on climate change signed by a not insignificant number of major (non-fossil fuel) corporations.  As Michael Tobis points out, it is, rather strangely, presented as an image only.

So my contribution is running it through an OCR tool, formatting and presenting it below:

 

Tackling climate change is one of America’s greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century

(and it’s simply the right thing to do)

What made America great was taking a stand. Doing the things that are hard. And seizing opportunities. The very foundation of our country is based an fighting for our freedoms and ensuring the health and prosperity of our state, our community, and our families. Today those things are threatened by a changing climate that most scientists agree is being caused by air pollution. We cannot risk out kids’ futures on the false hope that the vast majority of scientists are wrong. But just as America rose to the great challenges of the past and came out stronger than ever, we have to confront this challenge, and we have to win. And in doing this right, by saving money when we use less electricity, by driving a more efficient car, by choosing clean energy, by inventing new technologies that other countries buy, and creating jobs here at home, we will maintain our way of life and remain a true superpower in a competitive world. In order to make this happen, however, there must be a coordinated effort to combat climate change—with America taking the lead here at home. Leading is what we’ve always done. And by working together, regardless of politics, we’ll do it again.

declaration

 

Appeals to selfishness are the only way out of this predicament.

 

Comments

  1. [...] UPDATE: Coby Beck does some OCR magic and provides plain text here. [...]

  2. #2 freddy
    April 21, 2013

    Climate change has always taken place and is the most natural thing on this planet. Therefore no need to be bothered by any climate change. Only poorly educated and low informed persons make a problem of it.

    America and the rest of the world must use more electricity in the future and not less. Less means back to poverty and stone age. That’s what green-lefty ideologists so eagerly and angrily want.

  3. #3 Wow
    April 21, 2013

    It has always had a cause, kaitroll.

    The cause this time is us.

  4. #4 Jan
    April 21, 2013

    @freddy-kaitroll,

    your “argument” is a non-sequitur. Even if climate did occur in the non-human past, it does not mean that we humans are unable to contribute to climate change by altering the composition of the atmosphere. And alter it we did: present CO2 concentration is 40% higher than at the time we started to burn massive amounts of fossil fuels.

    Whoever claims that the present Global Warming – and the evidence for this is overwhelming – is a naturally occurring phenomenon lacks the evidence. It has been shown many times that without our influence Earth’s climate would have gone a diffenrent way.

  5. #5 freddy
    April 21, 2013

    wowtroll and jantroll, you are wrong in dramatically exaggerating the role of mankind, as you can’t stay this narcisstic offense to warmists self-esteem. there is no overwhelming evidence of agw except the invention of it.

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