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Global Warming? Here’s the Other Side of the Story

Posted by on Oct 29 2013 | Economic LIberties, Global Governance/World Government

Debates about climate change always have been clouded (wordplay intended) by two key facts: (1) The discussion is dominated by government agencies and by persons and entities soaked in government money, and (2) their incentives are to promote stormy scenarios that (supposedly) justify even more government control.

For example, a lot of the high pressure blast on the subject (and some would say “hysteria”) blows out of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC is not only funded by governments, but is, in turn, sheltered by the UN, an entity consisting of governments.

An alternative to IPCC is the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), a collection of distinguished scientists whose conclusions differ markedly from the views of their governmental rivals. The NIPCC has issued a new report. It finds that, not surprisingly, global temperatures have changed over time, but that
* There has been no warming for the last 15 years despite an increase in atmospheric CO2,
* the past shows that warming tends to precede CO2 buildups, not follow them,
* by historical and pre-historical standards, the present atmosphere is actually “starved” of CO2,
* if the planet does experience a rise in CO2 levels, with or without some warming, this would be a sunny, not a dismal, thing for the environment.

The findings are much more detailed that that. Get a summary of the full tsunami of evidence here.

P.S.: The summary doesn’t say so, but even if the best forecast is for significant warming, the best response would be freedom, not regulation. History shows that the wealth and flexibility of free economies afford far more ability to respond to changed conditions than command-and-control “solutions.” Wealthy people can afford ecological response; impoverished people cannot.

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Arms Trade Treaty conference ends without agreement

Posted by on Jul 27 2012 | Genocide, Global Governance/World Government, guns, International Human Rights Law, International Law

The weeks-long conference at the United Nations to produce an Arms Trade Treaty is ending without the creation of a treaty. None of the draft treaties which have circulated in the past several days came remotely close to finding consensus support.

The impossibility of achieving consensus involved a wide variety of issues and nations, far beyond the Second Amendment concerns that have been raised by many American citizens.

The 2001 UN Programme of Action on Small Arms remains in effect. Over the last two decades, a large gun control infrastructure has grown up in the United Nations, not only in the headquarters building, but also within many of the UN various commissions and departments. Likewise, there are a significant number of NGOs which have a strong commitment to global gun control, and to using international law and the UN to solve what they consider to be the problem of excessive gun ownership in the United States. The NGOs and their UN allies have successfully used the 2001 PoA to sharply restrict gun ownership in some parts of the world, and they would have used the ATT  for the same purpose. That they did not succeed in creating an ATT may be very disappointing to them; they are not going to go away, or relent in the pursuit of their objectives.

But in their pursuit, they are not going to have the new weapon of an ATT. This is good news for human rights worldwide, especially for the fundamental human right of self-defense against violent criminals, and against violent criminal tyrannical governments.

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Debate on Libya and the War Powers Act

Posted by on Jun 08 2011 | Constitutional Law, Global Governance/World Government, International Human Rights Law, International Law, libya, Russia, War Powers Act

(David Kopel)

Featuring British NGO representative Leslie Vinjamuri (pro-intervention, sees no legal problem), American peace activist Robert Naiman (anti-intervention, considers the intervention unconstitutional), and me (pro-intervention, but opposed to Obama doing it in violation of the Constitution and the War Powers Act). On the RT (formerly, “Russia Today”) television program “Crosstalk.” 27 minutes.

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