I don't usually rant, but this article in the Vaughan Citizen (my local freebie paper) requires it. Go read it right now - then read the rest of my post.
How can he say that the money spent on Y2K was worthless?? The reason "nothing happened" was BECAUSE the money was spent to fix the problems! Plus, it wasn't only Microsoft programmers who screwed up, it was most programmers in the world. (Note: I have no affiliation with Microsoft.) My husband likened this to him saying "Why did I pay those guys good money to replace the brakes in my car last week? I used them today and they worked FINE. What a waste of money!".
And then he goes on to base part of his premise on a work of fiction by Michael Crichton. I'm sorry, but no matter how much research Michael Crichton did for his book, that doesn't mean that he only included true facts! It's a work of fiction, intended to shock his audience.
Now, I'm not going to say whether or not the Kyoto accord was really necessary, because I'm no environmental scientist. But I don't see how cutting back on emissions can be a bad thing for the world. Even if the greenhouse effect isn't really caused by emissions, at least it will make the air more breathable for asthmatics and everyone else.