The IPCC, working group III (mitigation), has just released its summary for policymakers with crazy statements such as that the reduction of CO2 below the present levels will be cheap, and all this nonsense.
The whole original Kyoto plans were calculated to reduce the temperature by 0.07 Celsius degrees by 2050 while the production of CO2 is growing almost uniformly everywhere in the world - despite the current hysteria - and these people want to say that their megalomanic Lenin-Stalin-like five-year and eight-year and thirty-year plans won't cost much.
See www.ipcc.ch, news.google.com. I have given these particular not-quite-sensible people enough space already so let me keep it short. The only arguably positive random by-product of this madness is that the IPCC has recommended a modern nuclear reactor for every Greenpeace office in the world.
Mike Honda: an indoctrination amendment
This news is much less publicized but maybe even scarier. On Wednesday night, the U.S. lawmakers discussed an amendment to their bill about NSF - the final bill passed 399:17. The amendment written by Rep. Mike Honda (CA) asks NSF to fund special activities meant to introctrinate K-12 students with ideology about the man-made global warming. Honda even explains that "people normally can live without any understanding of science but AGW is an exception."
Wow. Your humble correspondent thinks just the opposite. Basics of serious, solid, and well-established science and methods that the students can actively and independently use in the future should be taught at these schools instead of ad hoc pre-boiled myths and shaky, ideologically polluted pseudoscientific results promoted by the morally and professionally lousiest segment of the contemporary scientific community. For example, if the education didn't fail so miserably a few decades ago, at least somewhat educated and critically thinking people could be members of the U.S. House instead of people such as Mike Honda today.
The despicable amendment passed 252:165 and attempts to guarantee that the education would be scientifically balanced have failed. Well, reasonable children will have to try to defend their intellectual integrity against some of the teachers with additional rubber bullets in the class. I wish the teachers who join this politically-driven brainwashing campaign an extremely hard time in the class.
Via David Legates and Willie Soon.
Figure 1: This particular Mr Honda of course has nothing to do with the famous motorbike brand. To damage the good name of the brand even more, he drives Toyota Prius. ;-) For visual reasons, I chose to add a picture of a real Honda instead of the ludicrous parody of Honda from California.