Sunday, June 25, 2006

I think therefore I don't exist

The Myron Ebell Climate takes one of its well needed breaks to check out the political swamp in which this sick fish swims.

Earlier this year I commented on the idiocy of Peter Stoney who claimed that if the Liverpool container port wasn't allowed to expand, it would lose so much business to ports in mainland Europe that it would have to shut down. What made his analysis so insane was the assumption that transport could be treated like a commodity that could be manufactured elsewhere in the world, in spite of the fact that it was not a physical entity.

After checking the story out, I've found that Mr Stoney was not 100% wrong, as I had thought. Fact is, these new superships are so massive that it takes up to ten ordinary sized cargo carriers to unload one of them. So it makes sense to park them in Antwerp after they have brought underwear from China, and ferry the goods to regional ports like Liverpool. It is this business which this corporate mouthpiece says we must sacrifice our coastline to.

Unfortunately, since he failed to mention this reasoning in any of his writings, he can't take the credit for assertions that are partly correct due to a coincidence. Like any corporate fighter, he misrepresents the case by waffling on about jobs which the harbour corporation would rather not create if it could possibly be avoided, while completely not mentioning the massive windfall profits for investors who do not experience the degradation, and are the sole and only motivation for this project.

And so we move on to the latest story of Iraq's WMDs, and take note of the fact that in 2003 there was not only no unfabricated evidence for the existence of these illegal weapons, but a great deal of incentive for the dictator of Iraq to declare and destroy all traces of previous American-sponsored stockpiles. In spite of this, the people of the US allowed their government to commit over one trillion dollars towards the invasion, destruction, and occupation of this oil-rich country.

Imagine what could have been done towards the mitigation of global warming had they deployed this wealth constructively. Since none of it has come from the pockets of Exxon, Myron Ebell has had little to say. Anyways, his job is to lie about things which do exist by claiming they don't, not the other way round.

Now, after three years have passed, the US government has made a statement which summarizes the situation of Iraq's WMDs in six utterly pitiful paragraphs.
Since 2003 Coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent.
Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq's pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist.
Pre-Gulf War Iraqi chemical weapons could be sold on the black market. Use of these weapons by terrorists or insurgent groups would have implications for Coalition forces in Iraq. The possibility of use outside Iraq cannot be ruled out.
The most likely munitions remaining are sarin and mustard-filled projectiles.
The purity of the agent inside the munitions depends on many factors, including the manufacturing process, potential additives, and environmental storage conditions. While agents degrade over time, chemical warfare agents remain hazardous and potentially lethal.
It has been reported in the open press that insurgents and Iraqi groups desire to acquire and use chemical weapons.
In other words, they have found the out-of-date chemical weapons sold them before 1991. Others are still to be found in the lair of the Loch Ness Monster. And the people fighting the occupation force are willing to use any weapon that exists and is available.

The statement is the truth. It's a lie to claim it is anything but a complete refutation of every single government claim made about WMD before the war. Our dear leaders and their entire supporting power apparatus does not give a toss!

I conclude with a quote from John Stewart of the Daily Show who said of the CEI ads:
I haven't seen an ad defending a chemical process since 1996's "suck on this Krebs cycle".
In it, Myron's friends taught us that Carbon Dioxide was a natural process of life and breathing, so couldn't be classed as a pollutant.

If you buy that of logic, neither is shit. The CEI is full of it.


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