Libertarian Leanings

Libertarian Leanings is a column by by Peter Burrows, who blogs at silvercityburro.com and can be reached at elburropete@gmail.com.

It does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Grant County Beat.

By Peter Burrows 6/17/21 elburropete@gmail.com - silvercityburro.com

Why is China building military bases on coral reefs in the South China Sea? Don't they know that increasing CO2 in the atmosphere is going to inundate entire island nations, not just coral reefs? Are they crazy?

They probably didn't see this 2011 article from Scientific American that details a grim sea-rise scenario, which today reads more like a Grimm scenario, as in Grimm's Fairy Tales:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/which-nations-most-risk-climate-change/

That same year, a special edition of the Chinese Science Bulletin (October 2011) had eight articles about a climate project begun in 2009: "Research on tree-ring and millennium climate change in China." The introductory editorial noted that "research on global climate change has been at the frontier of contemporary sciences," and "whether the greenhouse effect produced by human activities is a major factor responsible for modern global warming."

The most important conclusions of the Chinese study were: (1) that temperatures in the Medieval Warm Period (950 AD to 1250 AD) were "comparable to those in the current warm period over China," and (2) that "the effect of solar activity on climate cannot be neglected in any period of the millennium."

Both conclusions were at odds with the idea that carbon dioxide, CO2, is the driving force behind climate change. Most importantly, the Chinese not only confirmed the existence of the Medieval Warm Period, MWP, they determined that temperatures in that 300-year period a millennium ago were as warm as today's.

By Peter Burrows 5/19/21 - elburropete@gmail.com

One of the featured speakers at last month's "Leaders Summit on Climate" was China's president Xi Jinping. Since the ostensible purpose of the "Summit" was to reduce the world's carbon dioxide emissions to prevent catastrophic climate change, Xi's presence was only fitting. After all, China is by far the world's largest emitter of CO2, responsible for some 30% of the world's total, and China emits about twice the CO2 as does the U.S., the world's number two CO2 producer.

China is also a world leader, along with India, in adding CO2 to the atmosphere. China's CO2 emissions increased last year by 1.5%; and Chinese leaders have publicly stated that the nation's CO2 emissions will continue to increase until 2030, nine years from now. I would guess by 2030 China's CO2 emissions will be at least three times that of the U.S.

If you think China will then honor its pledge and begin to reduce CO2 emissions, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. China will still be able to claim its CO2 per capita emissions are much lower than in the U.S. and, besides, on a CUMULATIVE basis, China has a long way to go before their CO2 matches that of the U.S. or the EU.

By Peter Burrows - elburropete@gmail.com -- silvercityburro.com 5/15/21

On April 22 and 23, President Biden convened a virtual conference of 40 countries, the stated purpose of which was "to galvanize efforts by the major economies to tackle the climate crisis." I read the summaries of the topics addressed over the two days, and was unable to find any specific examples that I would call a "crisis," which I define as a destructive, here-and-now problem.

"Crisis," however, is one of the two most important words in the progressive lexicon, the other being "racist;" and, as we all know, a crisis is not something that should be allowed to go to waste. Since there is no real climate crisis, the obvious answer is to create a fake one, hence the "Leaders Summit on Climate."

Participants included the "17 countries responsible for approximately 80 percent of global emissions and global GDP," and "the heads of other countries that are demonstrating strong climate leadership (or) are especially vulnerable to climate impacts."

By Peter Burrows 4/24/21 elburropete@gmail.com (Past articles no longer on the current Libertarian Leanings page in "The Beat" are archived if you know the title, and they can also be found at silvercityburro.com.)

A month after taking office Dec. 1, 2019, the President of Mexico, Manuel Lopez Obrador, did something very smart: he turned Mexico's electricity future away from renewables and back to oil and coal. He did this by cancelling a "clean energy" auction that would have had Mexico paying millions of dollars for electricity generated by solar panels and wind turbines.

He then cancelled two transmission-line projects that would have transported the renewable energy around the nation. He also called for more investment in coal and had the temerity to note that high subsidies for renewables had led to "very high costs." His new director of Mexico's state-owned electric utility, the Federal Electricity Commission (Comision Federal de Electricidad or CFE), dismissed wind and solar as unreliable and expensive.

The criticism was immediate and risible. Mexicans could now expect blackouts because of the reduction in intermittent electricity sources, which everywhere else in the world leads to MORE blackouts. In the same vein, Mexicans could count on higher prices because Mexico was, somehow, going to become the only place in the entire world where adding wind and solar to the generation mix would lower electricity bills.

By Peter Burrows elburropete@gmail.com 4/2/21

The Democratic Party is finding it impossible to reconcile the conflicting interests of its various constituents. Jews and Asians, for example, are two ethnic groups who overwhelmingly vote for Democrats, yet they are being increasingly victimized on the streets by blacks who go unpunished and by school standards being lowered to accommodate a few blacks who can't be educated.

Thus, the imaginary victimhood of blacks creates real victimhood for Jews and Asians, but there are only 7 million Jews and maybe 20 million Asians in America, vs. 40 million blacks.

Simple demographics, however, doesn't explain why the Democrats, from Biden on down, are so eager to accommodate transgenders, the latest group to claim victimhood. They probably amount to only 1-2% of the population, if that. Outraged feminists and soccer moms should be raising Hell about the absurdities of transgenderism, but the highest elected woman in America, Vice President Harris, is apparently OK with transmen competing in women's sports.

I guess that in today's woke world, "equity" trumps everything, and "equity" is in the eye of the progressive beholder.

By Peter Burrows - elburropete@gmail.com 3/30/21

I think it's ironic that so many liberal white people, consumed by some sort of narcissistic guilt, are openly flouting their racism by trying to show they aren't racists. Nothing illustrates this hypocrisy better than the lowering of academic standards now being openly pushed at ALL levels of education, not just college, where quotas and affirmative action have been hurting black kids for years, largely at the expense of Asian kids.

I wrote about this spread of "dumbing down" in my last article, "White Math and Black Math." (Grant County Beat, 3/27/21.) Let me repeat a sentence from a supplemental instruction course that the Oregon Department of Education recommends for Oregon's math teachers:

"White supremacy culture shows up in math classrooms when the focus is on getting the 'right' answer."

 By Peter Burrows 3/27/21 elburropete@gmail.com -- Action finally being taken to accommodate intellectual inferiority of Black Americans --

Nothing says "white supremacist" more than getting the correct answer to a math problem, and some compassionate educators in Oregon are finally doing something to change that disgusting state of affairs. The Oregon Department of Education, in their February newsletter, celebrated Black History Month by calling attention to efforts to address systemic racism in all the STEM disciplines (Science – Technology – Engineering – Mathematics) but especially mathematics:

"Are you or your Professional Learning Team looking for a deeper dive into equity work? Our friends at the Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction are offering a virtual micro-course beginning February 25, 2021, titled 'Pathway to Math Equity Micro-Course 2.0: Valuing and elevating student discourse in the math classroom.' --- In this online course, educators will learn key tools for engagement, develop strategies to improve equitable outcomes for Black, Latinx, and multilingual students ---. For information about "A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction," visit www.equitablemath.org"

If you visit that site, you will find five steps to take, called "Strides." On page 66 of the first Stride, "Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Instruction," you will find a long overdue recognition of what's been so obvious for so long. Summarized for brevity:

 By Peter Burrows 3/24/21 - elburropete@gmail.com

It's snowing here in Silver City, NM, which happens occasionally, but rarely in the last week of March. In the 16 years I've lived here, this is the coldest March I can recall. What's-her-name tells me my memory isn't what it used to be, so maybe I'm mistaken, but I don't think so.

At the Geezer Lunch Club meeting a couple weeks ago, the quips were on the order of, "Boy, we could sure use a little of that global warming about now," and, "Where's Al Gore when you need him?" Devastatingly witty stuff like that.

Typically, the media portrays an unusual weather event as due to Global Warming (always capitalize a religion) unless it doesn't fit the lib narrative, and then it becomes just "weather." I can hear you lemming-libs about now: "This snow storm is just weather! Just weather, you evil-dirty-bastard-racist climate-denier!!" (You forgot, "Islamophobic-maskless germ spreader.")

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