Keepin’ It Real

April 24, 2007

Live Earth concerts set to have more than 1 million attendees

Filed under: Global Warming — mary @ 10:19 pm

On July 7th, the group Live Earth will host its Concert for a Climate In Crisis in 7 arenas in all 7 continents across the globe. According to its website Live Earth expects to have over 1 million attendees at its 7 venues. So far the planned venues are:

Shanghai
Sydney
Johannesburg
London
Brazil – TBD
Japan – TBD
United States – TBD
Antarctica – TBD

Also they expect to have over 100 musical headliners at these venues.

http://liveearth.org/?p=22

Also, according to the website:

SOS is designed to trigger a global movement to combat our climate crisis. It will reach people in every corner of the planet through television, film, radio, the Internet and Live Earth, a 24-hour concert on 7/7/07 across all 7 continents that will bring together more than 100 of the world’s top musical acts. Live Earth alone will engage an audience of more than 2 billion people through concert attendance and broadcasts. MSN has partnered with SOS to use its reach to make the Live Earth concerts available across the globe. The Live Earth audience, and the proceeds from the concerts, will create the foundation for a new, multi-year global effort to combat the climate crisis led by The Alliance for Climate Protection and its Chair, Vice President Al Gore. SOS was founded by Kevin Wall, who won an Emmy as Worldwide Executive Producer of Live 8.

I do have a few environmental concerns:

How will those 1 million concert attendees get to the concert? Does anyone really think they are all going to walk?

Will the 100+ stars performing at these concerts fly commercial and take public transportation to the concert venues?

How many support people must be employed around the globe to broadcast this event? Will they fly then drive to work?

Will 2 billion televisions/radios/computers all tuned into this concert at the same time create a carbon footprint?

How much trash will be produced at the venues?

Will Sheryl Crow have a problem with all the toilet paper used by these 1 million concert goers?

Will a live concert in Antartica harm the delicate ecology?

And my biggest question: How much money will Al Gore make as Chairman of this foundation?

This grandiose extravaganza is all well and good. It allows stars to visit exotic locations (surely on someone else’s dime), most likely by luxurious means, while feeling good about saving the planet. But, if as the organizers claim, our planet is in crisis, this surely adds to the earth’s burden.

But, in this do as I say not as I do world of Hollywood, media, and music, the end always justifies the means. And in the entertainment industry, self-righteously raising awareness is the ultimate means to be attained.

I suggest that we the people do something to save the planet: Let’s all turn off our televisions, radios, computers and cell phones that day. Let’s putter in our gardens or walk in the park. Let’s not travel to exotic locations to watch the likes of Sheryl Crow preach and perform. Let’s vow not to use stamps or envelopes to send donations to line Al Gore’s pockets that day.

We, too, can change the world.

2 Comments »

  1. -CO2 is only 0.038% of the atmosphere. Of that only 3.4 to 5% is man-made.

    -Mankind IS NOT the primary cause of GW now or for instance during the Medieval period when it was actually warmer than today. Mankind was neither responsible for the little ice age either or the warming taking place on Mars or Pluto today.
    Greenland was called Green-Land for a reason, it was green. The Vikings lived there during the Medieval warming period and it was hot enough to cultivate grapes. Did the Vikings drive SUV`s !?

    -CO2 antedates temperature fluctuations and does not precede them.

    -There is enough CO2 in the atmosphere to absorb almost all of the IR in the main carbon dioxide absorption bands.Added CO2 would still only cause an incremental increase in the amount of infrared absorption.Each time CO2 is doubled the increase in temperature will be less than previously simply because all the longwave radiation that can be absorbed has already been absorbed. It`s been calculated that CO2 absorbance is 376 units per km for 380 ppm. Doubling CO2 at it`s absorbtion bandwidth would only cause an increase IR absorbtion of about 0.17%.

    -Temperatures have both risen and fallen during the period atmospheric CO2 has been rising. CO2 only plays a very minor part in climate change and man-made CO2, even less.

    -Spending billions if not trillions to redistribute wealth(Kyoto) and creating a precursor to a command and control economy only to reduce the earth`s temperature by about 0.003055225 °C by the year 2050 or so, is just not worth it.

    -” Kyoto represents the first component of an authentic global governance.”

    Jacques Chirac at The Hauge 2000

    -The IPCC claimed climate change to be “very likely” 90% man-made. All scientific statistical tests are subject to a 95% confidence interval and must be proven with objective data and analysis Therefore, the IPCC`s “very likely” claim is opnion, not scientific fact.

    -National Research Council report on the UN`s IPCC/Mann chart stated that Mann`s method was biased towards producing hockey stick-shaped temp. chart, that uncertainties had been underestimated. In otherwords, the UN`s IPCC Temp. chart was false.

    -Last year the National Academies convened a committee and asked scientists to model temperatures from a thousand years ago to within 0.5 °C (0.9 °F). None claimed they could, except for Mr. “hockey stick” himself, Mike Mann. And we all know his “hockey stick” temp. chart has been debunked long ago,regardless of “peer review” aka, fellow travellers.

    -Climate models are programmed to overstate potential warming response to enhanced greenhouse forcing by a huge margin.

    -The 2007 IPCC Summary for Policy Makers (pols) was released before the report itself so that ” Changes (other than grammatical or minor editorial changes) made after acceptance by the Working Group or the Panel shall be those necessary to ensure consistency with the Summary for Policymakers or the Overview Chapter. See Appendix A to the Principles Governing IPCC Work, p4/15 ”
    They released the IPCC’s the political conclusions first, and then will adjust the actual science to fit them.

    -Climate change related projects accounted for over 25% of the 3-year total reported grants and contributions received by 10 of the top-20 institutions. For 6 organizations, climate change grants accounted for 50% of their reported grants and contributions received.

    -Of the list of recipients of those private funds reveals that the vast majority are spent by groups favoring restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions and believe that climate change requires dramatic government action.

    -The U.S. federal government spent nearly $2 billion to support climate change science programs in 2004.

    -Global alarmists are dependant upon these funds and must continue to produce doomsday scenarios.

    -Algore owns oil stock (oxy) and owned a zinc mine.

    -Algore lied in his book and has a history of exaggerations, I “took the initiative in creating the Internet”, there was ” no controlling legal authority that says this was in violation of law” ( it was) , stated he ” found a little place in upstate New York called Love Canal” and of course, “within as little as 10 years (GW will) make it impossible for us to avoid irretrievable damage to the planet’s habitability for human civilization.”

    -Alogre`s his manions use 20 X the electricity of an average home. he “buys” his “carbon offsets” from himself, through a transaction designed to boost his own investments and return a profit to himself. To be blunt, Gore doesn’t buy “carbon offsets” through Generation Investment Management – he buys stocks.

    Algore`s book, An Inconvenient Truth is rife with either one sided, misleading,speculative,exaggerated or just plain wrong statements:

    One-sided statements

    • It neglects to mention that aggregate mortality and mortality rates due to extreme weather events declined dramatically during the 20 th century.

    • It neglects to mention the circumstances that make it reasonable rather than blameworthy for America to be the biggest CO 2 emitter: the world’s largest economy, abundant fossil energy resources, markets integrated across continental distances, the world’s most mobile population.

    • The book impugns the motives of so-called global warming skeptics but never acknowledges the special-interest motivations of those whose research grants, direct mail income, industrial policy privileges, regulatory power, prosecutorial plunder, or political careers depend on keeping the public in a state of fear about global warming.

    • AIT never addresses the obvious criticism that the Kyoto Protocol is all economic pain for no environmental gain and that regulations stringent enough to measurably cool the planet would be a “cure” worse than the alleged disease.

    Misleading statements

    • AIT implies that, throughout the past 650,000 years, changes in CO 2 levels preceded and largely caused changes in global temperature, whereas the causality mostly runs the other way: CO 2 changes followed global temperature changes.

    • It ignores the societal factors that typically overwhelm climatic factors in determining people’s risk of damage or death from hurricanes, floods, drought, tornadoes, wildfires, and disease.

    • It implies that a study, which found that none of 928 science articles (actually abstracts) denied a CO 2 -global warming link, shows that Gore’s apocalyptic view of global warming is the “consensus” view among scientists.

    • It reports that 48 Nobel Prize-winning scientists accused Bush of distorting science, without mentioning that the scientists acted as members of a 527 political group set up to promote the Kerry for President Campaign.

    Exaggerated statements

    • AIT hypes the importance and exaggerates the certainty of the alleged link between global warming and the frequency and severity of tropical storms.

    • Claims polar bears “have been drowning in significant numbers,” based on a report that found four drowned polar bears in one month of one year, following an abrupt storm.

    • Portrays the collapse in 2002 of the Larson-B ice shelf—a formation the “size of Rhode Island”—as harbinger of doom. For perspective, the Larson-B was 180 th the size of Texas and 1/246 th the size of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS).

    • AIT presents a graph suggesting that China’s new fuel economy standards are almost 30% more stringent than the current U.S. standards. In fact, the Chinese standards are only about 5% more stringent.

    Speculative statements

    • AIT blames global warming for the record-breaking 37-inch downpour in Mumbai, India, in July 2005, even there has been no trend in Mumbai rainfall for the month of July in 45 years.

    • It blames global warming for recent floods in China’s Sichuan and Shandong provinces, even though more damaging floods struck those areas in the 19 th and early 20 th centuries.

    • It blames global warming for the disappearance of Lake Chad, a disaster more likely stemming from a combination of regional climate variability and societal factors such as population increase and overgrazing.

    • AIT warns that a doubling of pre-industrial CO 2 levels to 560 ppm will so acidify seawater that all optimal areas for coral reef construction will disappear by 2050—implausible because coral calcification rates have increased as ocean temperatures and CO 2 levels have risen, and today’s main reef builders evolved and thrived during the Mesozoic Period, when atmospheric CO 2 levels hovered above 1,000 ppm for 150 million years and exceeded 2,000 ppm for several million years.

    • It warns of “significant and alarming structural changes” in the submarine base of the WAIS, but does not tell us what those changes are or why they are “significant and alarming.” The WAIS has been retreating since the early Holocene. At the rate of retreat observed in the 1990s, the WAIS should disappear in about 7,000 years.

    • It warns that half the Greenland Ice Sheet could “slide” into the sea, even though the ice sheet sits in a bowl-like depression surrounded by mountains that restrict glacial outflow to the sea.

    Wrong statements

    • AIT claims glaciologist Lonnie Thompson’s reconstruction of climate history proves the Medieval Warm Period was “tiny” compared to the warming observed in recent decades. It doesn’t. Four of Thompson’s six ice cores indicate the Medieval Warm Period was as warm as or warmer than any recent decade.

    • It claims the rate of global warming is accelerating, when it has been remarkably constant for the past 30 years—roughly 0.17°C/decade.

    • It attributes Europe’s killer heat wave of 2003 to global warming; it was actually due to an atmospheric circulation anomaly.

    • It claims that 2004 set an all-time record for the number of tornadoes in the United States. Tornado frequency has not increased; rather, the detection of smaller tornadoes has increased. If we consider the tornadoes that have been detectable for many decades (F-3 or greater), there is actually a downward trend since 1950.

    • It blames global warming for a “mass extinction crisis” that is not, in fact, occurring

    So called man-made global warming is merely a trojan horse for the marxist left. Warming, through its primary antidote of withdrawing carbon from production and consumption, is capable of realizing the marxist utopian dream,through environmentalism, of an egalitarian society based on rejection of economic growth in favor of a smaller population’s eating lower on the food chain, consuming a lot less, and sharing a much lower level of resources much more equally(aka, carbon trading).

    Comment by Thomas Denison — April 25, 2007 @ 10:13 am | Reply

  2. Thomas:

    I would disagree just a bit with your last paragraph. This whole scam is designed not to make us all equal, but to make those like Al Gore and his friends superior, while the rest of us settle for a lower standard of living. I guarantee that Al Gore and the Hollywood crowd will continue to fly in jets and live in mansions while they expect the rest of us to ride bikes and turn off the lights in our 700 square foot homes.

    Comment by keepitreal — April 25, 2007 @ 10:39 am | Reply


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