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2008 International Conference on Climate Change: Tanton, Innis, McElhinney

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Track 4: Climate Change Economics (2:15-3:45pm)

Thomas Tanton
Fellow in Environmental Studies
Pacific Research Institute
Lessons Learned from the California Experience

Tanton began this track with an overview of the history and warning of the future of California, and the implication its policies have on the rest of the United States. The state has implemented a wide variety of policies, from the Pavley Bill setting emissions standards and MPG requirements, to low carbon fuel standards, all of which force a burden on consumers and the economy. The push for less carbon in fuel means at least 5 million gallons of “something else” – undoubtedly the inefficient production of biofuel. Estimates of California’s climate policy reveals that Assembly Bill 32 will be a $512 billion hit to the economy. All of this despite California having the 8th lowest per capita gasoline consumption across the fifty states.

Roy Innis
National Chairman and CEO
Congress of Racial Equality
Defending Civil Rights: Proposed Climate Change Prevention Laws Would Roll Back Civil Rights Progress

Ann McElhinney
Director and Producer
Not Evil, Just Wrong
The Real Politics Behind Global Warming: The Redistribution of Wealth


Roy Innis, civil rights leader, and Anne McElhinney gave passionate pleas for the economic civil rights that global warming policies too often ignore. The media monopoly combined with the “American people who want to do the right thing” have cloaked the debate over global warming as a moral one. Innis pointed to our three presidential candidate nominees and said “Barack wants change, but not this kind of change.” He recognized that the implementation of global warming policies weighs down disproportionately on the poor of America, shown by the doubling of corn prices due to biofuel in recent years, as well as the poor of the world. Both Innis and Anne pointed to the “green lunacy” of the 1970s that caused the DDT ban, and this particular effect on sub-Saharan Africa: 60 million preventable malaria deaths since the ban in 1972. Since then, in 2006 the World Health Organization completely reversed its prior view of the pesticide, saying it is okay to use the pesticide even for indoor spraying. It has also been shown that bald eagle populations were seriously affected by hunting and human encroachment of territory, rather than DDT.

Innis described going to film a documentary in Uganda, where the government is not allowed to use DDT because Europeans refuse to provide support to the country otherwise. He spoke to a woman whose child was in a coma due to malaria and explained to her the DDT story, and she replied “but DDT is bad for the environment.”

Written by climatebet

March 7th, 2008 at 5:50 am

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