Bali: 100 scientists appeal for reason

An open letter to the secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, signed by 100 scientists, claims the UN climate conference in Bali is “taking the world in the wrong direction”.

Attempts to prevent global climate change from occurring are ultimately futile, and constitute a tragic misallocation of resources that would be better spent on humanity’s real and pressing problems.

Among the 100 signatories, famous, infamous and otherwise, are the frequently link-worthy Luboš Motl, Ross McKitrick whom I’ve mentioned as having helped to break Michael Mann’s hockey stick temperature chart, John Maunder, who I presume is somehow related to Edward Maunder, discoverer of the correlation between sun spot cycles and in particular the Little Ice Age, Lord Lawson of Blaby, Thatcher’s Chancellor of the Exchequer who featured prominently in the film The Great Global Warming Swindle, Vincent Gray and David Evans, whom I mentioned the other day along with William Alexander, professor emeritus of the Department of Civil and Biosystems Engineering at our very own University of Pretoria.

Meanwhile, over at Blue Crab Boulevard, Gaius makes a pertinent observation: Bali is actually not about the climate, but about raising global taxes to fund supra-national institutions.

PS. Luboš Motl recently spotted a sweet video of the French version of Who wants to be a millionaire?. It makes a refreshing change from similar videos that try to infer Americans are the only bone-headed people in the world. Turns out they’re not. The question is, “Which body orbits the earth”. My French is sketchy, but I could more or less follow the heavy thinking that ensued:

The surprise is not just that the heavy thinker gets it wrong, but that 56% of the French audience agree with him. So now we know. The sun revolves around the earth, which in turn revolves around America.