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Earth Day! Our Day! A day to celebrate

This Sunday marks the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day. Once again, we can expect an all-out assault covering all communication channels, a barrage of all the most stale ideas concocted by the most backward-looking eco-obsession. The future is going to be painted bleak picture by a never-ending swarm of whiners, and the only hope offered some kind of “green repentance”, including the return to a pre-Neandertalian lifestyle.

And that is a shame. Because this Earth of ours is a truly beautiful planet, full of wonders, rich grasslands and forests, amazing canyons and sunsets, fantastic oceans and mountainous landscapes and creatures of all shapes and sizes.

We should all celebrate. We should celebrate the much progress achieved since 1970AD, the improving of quality of our air and water, the return from the edge of extinction of a large number of species. Indeed, these are the days of resurgence for the short-tailed Albatross in the islands of Hawai’i. And the days when we find out that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, often a source of endless alarms, has told he world that it currently impossible to determine if the climate has really become more extreme.

Instead, we will be bombarded by ads and news and ads masquerading as news, all nourishing a nihilistic environmentalism always ready to torments us, interested not so much in the enjoyment of the beauty of nature and its wondered, rather in fighting humanity, its prosperity and its abundance.

And yet those are exactly the basis of the nature of humanity, and of its ability to adapt, thrive and innovate, to be able to improve its life and the rest of nature’s, to get rid of the ravages of centuries past.

Enough with the environmentalism that tortures science and common sense to manufacture fear. Enough with the old, depression-inducing alarmism.

Remember, we are also the Earth and the Earth is also us too. There is no “choice” to be made between us and the Earth. This planet rhetorically describes as “fragile” is instead home to tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes and strong winds and ocean currents. It is also home to us, Humanity, children of the same Earth as every other form of life. Therefore we are Forces of Nature too, incrediably adaptable to, and able to cope with and surviving, the rest of the planet.

April 22 is Earth Day. It is also Our Day. A day to celebrate.

AGW Environmentalism Just a Moral and Fashion Statement

The Washington Post wakes up to the vacuity of so many anti-climate-change initiatives: “On Climate, Symbols Can Overshadow Substance – Lights-Out Event More Showy Than Practical” – by Shankar Vedantam

[…] the modern environmental movement […] has become a crusade that is partly moral statement and partly fashion statement. Earth Hour, Earth Day and the Miss Earth beauty pageant — “saving the planet, one pageant at a time” — generate lots of publicity, but they also tend to prompt people and companies to choose what looks good over what works.

[…] “Solar panels are popular because you can see you are doing something — and your neighbors can see it, too.”

[…] The behavior of individuals, companies and nations is largely determined by structural factors, not personal choices.

[…] When it comes to turning off lights, for example, Earth Hour would have produced far more energy savings — although no cool photos of darkened cities — if it had asked people to save energy during the late afternoon, rather than at 8 p.m.

 

L’Inopportuno “Earth Day”: Intervista a Roberto Vacca su skytv.it

Ricevo e rimando l’intervista andata al noto ingegnere e scrittore Roberto Vacca, oggi a skytv.it in occasione dell'”Earth Day”:

E’ ragionevole minimizzare l’uso di energia, acqua, metalli: il risparmio evita sprechi e ci rende più ricchi ed efficienti. Meno ragionevole installare pannelli fotovoltaici perché hanno rendimento basso (14%) e sono costosi, quindi sprecano risorse: meglio investirle in ricerca per realizzare fotovoltaico ad alto rendimento.
Il risparmio non va fatto per i motivi sbagliati, ad es. per timore che le attività umane producano riscaldamento globale del pianeta. Non lo producono: gli allarmi di Al Gore e IPCC sono infondati. Il clima varia per cause astronomiche con ciclo di 100.000 anni. Su Nord Europa e America 20.000 anni fa c’era uno strato di ghiaccio spesso 2 km: in 10.000 anni si è sciolto e il clima interglaciale ha favorito lo sviluppo delle nostre civiltà. L’attività solare, poi, produce un ciclo di mille anni: ora siamo in fase di alta temperatura, ma era più alta 1000 anni fa quando la Groenlandia era verde. Queste spiegazioni sono condivise da Freeman Dyson (uno dei maggiori fisici viventi) e da climatologici esperti (ad es. Prof. Luigi Mariani, Università di Milano, IBIMET, Istituto Biometeorologia CNR Bologna, etc.).
Le ragioni giuste per risparmiare sono, ad es., che il petrolio è più utile per alimentare l’industria petrochimica e quella farmaceutica, che non per essere bruciato.
Le iniziative come Earth Day sono inopportune: Il pubblico, esortato a risparmiare per ragioni sbagliate, quando capirà che non è l’uomo a modificare il clima del pianeta, ricomincerebbe a sprecare allegramente.
Iniziativa giusta sarebbe quella di far capire a tutti come stanno davvero le cose. Va fornita al pubblico informazione su quanta energia, quanta acqua, quante risorse consumiamo giorno per giorno. Poi sfidiamoci a risparmiare e controlliamo che cosa abbiamo ottenuto.
Il risparmio non si ottiene, ad esempio, usando un’auto che consuma pochissimo – se pi la usiamo per viaggi che si rivelano inutili. Serve organizzazione logistica per aumentare i rendimenti, evitare di costruire macchine e strutture inutili e risparmiare non solo energia ma anche tempo.