Today, the Cat has the mother of all scoops. New and groundbreaking research shows that the United Nations causes global warming.
This is one of those days that will be imprinted in memories: 15 March 44BC, 11 November 1918, 3 September 1939, 22 November 1963 and now 3 December 2012.
In what is sure to be Nobel Prize winning research, this is conclusive proof. The science is settled.
This rigorous statistical analysis and modelling demonstrates the strong link between global warming and the cumulative number of United Nations “International Year of” observances. That is, the more “International Year of X” that the United Nations organises, the more the planet warms.
The chart below shows that there is a strong positive correlation (of 0.86) between the two variables.
Now governments around the world can remove carbon taxes, emissions trading schemes, wind turbine subsidies, etc. They are all harmful. Instead a special levy on proponents of International Year observances will correct this extreme negative externality. The proponents of existing and new International Year observances should pay (by direct credit) to each and every person in the world who pays tax a sum of $US 15. This would be sufficient, by our estimates, to internalise that negative externality.
As the IPA suggested this line of research, the presently anonymous researchers will be sure to thank the IPA when receiving the Nobel Peace, Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature and Economics prizes.
So go to bed tonight thinking that, at last, we know the causes of climate change. (HT: Noodle)
Note: UN Observances are presently: International Days, International Weeks, International Years and International Decades (plus anniversaries).
Why not International Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Centuries? We could have the International Second for Harmony, the International Century for Peace etc.