Monthly Archives: April 2008

Obama would have opposed NAFTA, CAFTA and China’s membership of WTO

Ana­lysts who crit­i­cized Obama’s trade poli­cies as pro­tec­tion­ist and sil­ly were them­selves attacked for tak­ing mere cam­paign rhetoric too seri­ous­ly. Jagdish Bhag­wati in the FT offered five rea­sons to be reas­sured about Obama’s trade cre­den­tials. But it’s impos­si­ble to be san­guine about the remarks in this speech to the AFL-CIO in Penn­syl­va­nia. If he means them we should be wor­ried by his bizarre, con­spir­a­to­r­i­al view of Unit­ed States trade poli­cies. If he says these things but doesn’t believe them then we can be no less wor­ried (about the cred­i­bil­i­ty of his plat­form).

Solar-cycle link to cloud cover questioned

British sci­en­tists pub­lish­ing this week in the Insti­tute of Physics jour­nal Envi­ron­men­tal Research Let­ters cast doubt on the valid­i­ty of a link between ion­iz­ing cos­mic-ray radi­a­tion and low-lev­el cloud cov­er. This is one of the mech­a­nisms pro­posed for a solar-cyle link to cli­mate vari­a­tion. The paper is avail­able here