"If all the books, magazines and newspapers printed in a year were put on Amazon’s Kindle or the iPhone or some other electronic reader, the US would meet its obligations to cut its carbon footprint under the Kyoto accords."
Someone, somewhere is going to figure out that this alternative fuels conundrum is a zero-sum game, and calculate the energy needed to run all those computers and i-phones for reading all those books, magazines and newspapers.
Here’s an imponderable for you: what would happen to your carbon footprint if you stepped in carbon paper?
I find it ironic that on the day that thermal fea- monger, Al Gore is sharing the Nobel Peace Prize with the UN, a major ice storm has slickened roads and sidewalks across the country, grounded hundreds of flights, and cut power to tens of thousands from the Southern Plains to the Great Lakes. More, colder weather is on the way, with ice storms threatening from Texas to Pennsylvania.
Mike Norman has his "No-Weasel Zone.” I think we need to come up with a “Green Weasel” equivalent.
I think I’ve found one:
A physician in Western Australia wants to charge families a $5000-plus "baby levy" at birth, and an annual carbon tax of up to $800 a child. Associate Professor Barry Walters says every couple with more than two children should be taxed to pay for enough trees to offset the carbon emissions generated over each child's lifetime.
Gee, doc, why didn't they write that one into the Kyoto Accords...and sock it to the Chinese, the most populous strain of homosapiens now inhabiting the planet?
By the way, the good doctor in Australia might be interested to learn that the Southern Hemisphere’s ice cover now is at the same level as last June, i.e., a level seen during the last winter in the Southern Hemisphere, according to http://www.icecap.us/.
The site notes that "there are two more millions square kilometers of ice now compared to December 2006. And the large positive anomaly has persisted since September. In the Northern Hemisphere, the ice and snow cover have recovered to within 1% (one snowstorm) of normal with the official start of winter still more than 12 days away."
Wonder if anyon'e warming to the idea?