melting the ice

132 mayors from across the across the political spectrum, representing nearly 29 million Americans across 35 states have joined together to do what the President of the United States would not — honor the international Kyoto Protocol on global warming. Choosing not to follow the lead of our corporate-appointed Commander-in-Chief, these 132 mayors have come together with the intention of reducing “heat-trapping gas emissions (in their cities) to levels 7 percent below those of 1990, by 2012.” (via The New York Times)

For those of you in Michigan and interested in learning more about the subject of Global Climate Change and what can be done about it, Senator Carl Levin will be discussing just that at UM’s Ross School of Business this June 2nd at 5:00 PM. According to the press release:

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., will deliver the public keynote address, “Federal Action on Climate Change: Issues and Challenges,” to kick off the University of Michigan’s June 2-3 conference on climate change strategy. Levin’s talk is open to the public. No tickets or registration are required.

“As the Kyoto Treaty enters into force in 2005, there is great interest and concern over how best to consider whether the United States should be taking serious measures to address climate change as we move forward,” said Andy Hoffman, associate professor at U-M’s Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources & Environment. “The challenge is to move beyond climate change as an environmental issue and also consider it as an issue of global trade, jobs and labor, energy and national security.”

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6 Comments

  1. john galt
    Posted May 19, 2005 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    If you really want to help… move to Ohio, join the Amish.. Then instead of wood burn alcohol to cook your food. Actually burn alcohol for everything, you’re going to have to plant alot of corn, so you might go hungry in the winter.. But you will have done your part.. Of course “developing” countries like China and Brazil won’t take part in this (part of the treaty), but just of the difference you can make (your livestock will emit more greenhouse gas than you will mitigate).

  2. Stella
    Posted May 19, 2005 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    One of Brazils brilliant ideas is to send soldiers to gun down hordes of abandoned, impoverished children in the streets, instead of dealing with the actual causes effectively, whats so great about Brazil?
    Dont even get me started about China.
    Seems like we’re learning quite a few things from them- such as taking an intensely religious peoples holiest articles and commiting gross sacrilege in front of the captive audience. Or forcing them to commit the sacrilege themselves and thats only one, psychological, aspect of torture, as we’ve traditionally learned an awful lot of “interesting” techniques from our good, economic buddies.

  3. Posted May 20, 2005 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    thanks for the advice, john.

    I’m actually leaving in a few hours to go to ohio, so if i meet any amish hanging around the bus station in downtown cleveland, i’ll be sure to tell them ‘john galt sent me’, and inquire as to their membership guidelines.

  4. Tony Buttons
    Posted May 20, 2005 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    So, if I’m understanding you correctly, Mr. Galt, you’re suggesting that we do nothing about Global Climate Change because Brazil won’t join us. Is that correct? Fascinating strategy.

  5. john galt
    Posted May 20, 2005 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    the ice isnt melting!

    now I was going to post the text, but I’ll try a link this time

    http://www.nature.com/news/2005/050516/full/050516-10.html

  6. mark
    Posted May 21, 2005 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Are you suggesting that there is no such thing as Global Climate Change, John?

    And, as for that article, you might want to read it. It actually says that the ice is melting… It just says that new snow is offsetting the loss right now.

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