I was commenting on the Christian Pipe Smokers forum on a thread about Global Warming, and one abundant source of irritation with the subject occurred to me;
Let's say for the sake of argument that Global Warming could be happening. Let's further speculate that it's possible that the activities of humans may contribute to it. Those things can perhaps be profitably argued.
That whole scientific issue needs to be separated - ripped away - from concepts like the Kyoto Protocol, the U.N. Climate Change Commission, Cap and Trade (and other political machinations) in the public psyche.
I will allow that I am by no means certain that Global Warming could not be happening, and I can't be sure that human activity does not contribute to it. Fine. Let's discuss it.
What I can say with more or less complete confidence is this;
Even if Global Warming is happening and even if humans are contributing to it, and even if we give to Al Gore and the other internationalists everything they want and cooperate in every conceiveable way... Kyoto, The U.N., Cap and Trade, etc... will accomplish precisely nothing, except to move a lot of confiscated money around, some of which will be spent on highly visible (and highly dubious) politically motivated public projects, much of which will go to pay kickbacks to well-placed individuals, and the remainder of which will simply vanish through black holes in the ledger sheets and reappear quietly in a parallel universe of Swiss bank accounts.
And the globe will continue to warm (or not warm) exactly as it would have, regardless. The political muckety-mucks at the U.N. and elswhere most likely don't believe in Global Warming themselves, or flatly don't care whether it is happening or not. They smell cash and power.
Remember what happened to the Stimulus money that went to firms like AIG? No? Don't feel bad. Neither does anyone else. Billion$ are simply unaccounted for (officially). And that's small beer compared to Cap and Trade.
This exercise might be helpful; when you hear people promoting "Cap and Trade", just think "Oil for Food".