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Coal

Posted in Climate Change,World by Ryan on the December 30th, 2010

George Will explains why coal is a big deal.  He also touches on the elephant in the room that I have yet to hear a cognitive response to from advocates of reducing global emissions.

Fallows reports that 15 years from now China expects that 350 million people will be living in cities that do not exist yet. This will require adding to China’s electrical system a capacity almost as large as America’s current capacity. The United States, China, Russia and India have 40 percent of the world’s population and 60 percent of its coal.

A climate scientist told Fallows that stabilizing the carbon-dioxide concentration in the atmosphere would require the world to reduce its emissions to Kenya’s level – for America, a 96 percent reduction. Nations with hundreds of millions of people in poverty would, Fallows says, have to “forgo the energy-intensive path toward wealth that the United States has traveled for so many years.”

Hard Questions

Posted in Immigration,U.S. by Ryan on the December 21st, 2010

Time to ask them.

It does not have to be this way. If we chose our immigrants differently, immigration would upgrade the average skill level of the U.S. population. (As is, 31% of immigrants have not completed high school.) If we chose our immigrants differently, they could contribute more in taxes than they require in benefits. (As is, immigrants are 50% more likely to be poor than the native-born.)

Someday, the United States will probably have to double back and do something for the hard cases showcased in the Senate hearings on the DREAM bill. But if we really want to do something useful, we should do more than help the hard cases. We should ask some hard questions.

More Liberal Hypocrisy

Posted in U.S. by Ryan on the December 20th, 2010

Ruben Navarrette lays out yet another example of mainstream liberal hypocrisy.  This time, making fun of a politician shedding tears.

We’ve seen this skit before. Liberals make fun of Sarah Palin because, despite their declared affection for average Americans, they can’t stand the sight of one. And now some of them are making fun of Boehner because, despite their historical role as the party whose policies preserved the American Dream, they consider the fact that someone would get emotional over that storyline to be comedic material.