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September 08, 2005

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Found your website while searching for Kibbe recipes. :)

A few comments -

Conservatives aren't contemptuous of environmental concerns. We are contemptuous of faulty science used for phony concerns which hide a different agenda. For example, Kyoto isn't about "global warming," it's about international socialist wealth redistribution.

We are contemptuous of ignorant arguments made to suit a political agenda - where the facts don't match the claim.

For ecample...

There are a few reasons the wetlands are eroding

One - Loiusiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries estimates that currently over 63,000 acres (25,000 hectares) of coastal wetlands have been demolished, or chomped, by the now ubiquitous nutria. The large, marsh-loving rodent, somewhere between a muskrat and a beaver, was brought to Louisiana from South America in the 1930s for the fur industry and has since claimed Louisiana's coastal wetlands as home.

Two - the wetlands of coastal Louisiana, which would act as a buffer and slow any storm during its approach to the city, are dying because the freshwater and nutrients that historically flooded into them from the Mississippi can no longer escape the river. At the same time, the sediment deposited here by the river long ago is subsiding, and no new sediment is overflowing to replenish it. The projects that caused this were started in 1928 and 1963... long before the "environmentalist" vs "conservative" disagreements you cite.

Three - Disregard for environmental questions? The national Sierra Club was one of several environmental groups who sued the Army Corps of Engineers to stop a 1996 plan to raise and fortify Mississippi River levees. This and other examples are examined at http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/berlau200509080824.asp

"Wouldn't a conservative want to conserve our planet?"

Yes, but based on science, not rhyming feel good statements that don't make logical sense.

For example, Global Warming. Is the earth warming right now? Possibly. However, several hundred years are but a blink of an eye in geological terms.

The earth warmed and cooled many times. It's been warming gradually for the past 10,000 years since the last ice age ended. The earths temp has changed many times over it's history, often drastically. The one thing it HASN'T been is static.

Kyoto won't do one thing to change it - it doesn't put any requirements on "developing" countries such as China, and sets no timetable for doing so. What it does is hobble the US competitively. Bush isn't the one who didn't sign it - Clinton didn't after the Senate voted 98-0 against it under his administration. Why? Because the carbon trading system will only encourage the last manufacturing in the US to move offshore... to places like China that would have no carbon emission restictions, and which have few environmental laws of any kind. In other words... the net result would be WORSE.

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