Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Are The Global Warming True-Believers Becoming Desperate?

I'm not sure how true it is that the "greens" are going "crazy", but the concept of man-caused global warming (and climate change) is certainly under attack. Here is a summary of what has been happening lately. Of course much of this is opinion, but I think it is worth considering. (source)

July 28, 2008
The Greens Are Going Crazy
Alan Caruba
It’s hard to ignore the fact that the Greens are going crazy, not just in the United States, but around the world. They are increasingly frantic over the opposition being voiced against global warming, one of the greatest hoaxes in modern history.

The Greens have bet everything on global warming as the reason for giving up the use of long established sources of energy such as oil, coal and natural gas. The object has been to slow everything the modern world calls progress.

In India, a spokesman for that nation of one billion people has flatly refused to accept the global warming hoax. China shows no sign of yielding to the global warming lies. The greatest agricultural and mercantile economy to have ever existed, the United States of America continues to thwart its own growth by yielding to the lies.

Recently the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, said that “coal makes us sick. Oil makes us sick. It’s global warming. It’s ruining our country. It’s ruining our world.”

No, what makes us sick is listening to such preposterous lies. A Rasmussen telephone survey taken after Sen. Reid’s absurd statement found that 52% of voters surveyed rejected his views about coal and oil, double the amount of those who agreed.

What is troublesome, however, is that the same survey found the voters evenly divided on whether global warming exists or poses a threat. Fully 47% of those surveyed believe that human activity affects the climate. Both candidates for President are publicly committed to the global warming hoax by varying degrees.

Despite an intense, decades-long propaganda campaign, coupled with indoctrination in our nation’s schools, the truth is beginning to emerge.

In March, an international conference on climate change organized by The Heartland Institute brought together over 500 of the world’s leading climatologists, meteorologists, economists and others for three days of seminars and presentations that completely refuted the pronouncements of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and disputed the lies of Al Gore’s famed “documentary.”

As recently as July 8th, the Space and Science Research Center held a news conference in which it stated that the warming that has occurred since the end of the Little Ice Age in 1850 was completely natural, i.e., had nothing to do with human or industrial activity.

More significantly, the Center went on record saying that, “After an exhaustive review of a substantial body of climate research, and in conjunction with the obvious and compelling new evidence that exists, it is time that the world community acknowledges that the Earth has begun the next climate change.” The current warming period is not only at an end, but a distinct cooling cycle has begun and will bring “predominantly colder global temperatures for many years into the future.”

Just how crazed has the environmental movement become? On July 7th it was announced that Argentine scientists have been strapping plastic tanks to the backs of cows to collect and measure how much methane gas they produce.

Methane, like carbon dioxide, is a minor component of the Earth’s atmosphere. Methane is also released from swamps, landfills and other sources. If it and CO2 played a significant role in determining the world’s climate, it would be a cause for concern, but it is the Sun that primarily drives the Earth’s climate cycles. Solar activity has gone quiet in recent years as fewer and fewer sunspots, magnetic storms, have been seen.

To maintain the global warming hoax, thousands of events and natural phenomena have been blamed on it. A recent example is the floods in America’s mid-West. The National Wildlife Federation released a statement on July 1st blaming global warming.

Climate experts at The Heartland Institute were quick to respond. Dr. Joseph D’Aleo, Executive Director of the International Climate and Environmental Change Assessment Project, said, “Alarmists have adopted the can’t-lose position that all extremes of weather - cold, warm, wet, or dry - are all due to global warming”, adding that, “The record snows, severe weather, and heavy rainfall have been the result of rapid cooling in the northern tier of the United States and Canada, not global warming.”

Early in July, Bret Stephens, writing in The Wall Street Journal, called global warming “a mass hysteria phenomenon”, noting that “NASA now begrudgingly confirms that the hottest year on record in the continental 48 was not 1998, as previously believed, but 1934, and that six of the 10 hottest years since 1880 antedate 1954. Data from 3,000 scientific robots in the world’s oceans show there has been slight cooling in the past five years…”

The global warming hoax has never been about the climate. It is about competing economic theories. “Socialism may have failed as an economic theory,” wrote Stephens, “but global warming alarmism, with its dire warnings about the consequences of industry and consumerism, is equally a rebuke to capitalism.”

The United States Senate refused to consider the UN Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change that requires massive reductions in carbon dioxide emissions based solely on the global warming hoax, but other nations did sign on. None have ever met their obligation to limit CO2 emissions, nor need they have bothered.

At the recent G8 conference an international agreement to cut CO2 emissions was given serious consideration despite the fact that the Earth is now a decade into a cooling cycle likely to last several decades or longer. The impact of this proposal on the lives of ordinary citizens will prove needlessly costly. Proposals in some nations for various taxes based on global warming are a form of fraud.

The sensible refusal by leaders in emerging economies such as China and India would make it impossible for any limitations on carbon emissions by Western nations to have any impact, even if such reductions had anything to do with the realities of the Earth’s climate.

The only thing that can be predicted with certainty is that the Greens will become increasingly unhinged and crazed by the failure of the global warming hoax.

© Alan Caruba, July 2008 Contributing Editor Alan Caruba writes a weekly column posted on the Internet site of The National Anxiety Center. He blogs at Warning Signs.


Anonymous said...

I agree that the green movement is digging itself a deep hole over "global warming". I believe that we should protect and preserve the world environment. Unfortunately, while the green left is going ballistic over CO2 there is widespread destruction of wild habitat all over the world. The green movement should drop climate change and put all its efforst into protecting ecostsems around the world, otherwise it will be seen as a laughing stock as soon as the world realises that dangerous global warming is not happening.

Peter said...

I totally agree. The "Green Movement" is on the verge of being a global farce, or laughing stock. Their actions damage real and honest science and concern for our environment.

Anonymous said...

Our deperation stems from the unwillingness of reasonable people to listen to reason. We have committed climaticide and every day, we draw closer to the tipping point, beyond which our entire civilization will change. Wak up and smell the smog!

John Nicklin said...

If you are refering to the green lobby as the unreasonable people who won't listen to reason, you are absolutely correct. Take a look around you, the air in NA is cleaner now than 50 years ago, particulate matter is way down. It was as warm or warmer in the past, even GISS now says that 1935 was the warmest year in the 2oth Century. Anarctic ice is growing, except for the pennisula. Arctic ice is not disappearing as we have been told repeatedly. Look at the real world evidence, not the models.

Al Gore is not a climate scientist, he is however, an excellent marketeer who is making damned good money proclaiming the end of the world. Even the IPCC doesn't agree with his apocalyptic views.

James Hansen gave three scenarios in the 80s. One scenario, the one where we would have to forgo all carbon dioxide emitting activities, shows a temperature rise that is not substantially different than what we have seen over the last couple of decades of the last century, even though we did not escew our SUVs.

Since 1998 we have not seen any increase in temperature. We have seen a major decrease in average temperature over the last year, and yes, one year doesn't mean much. In the grand scheme of a planet that is 4.5 billion years old, 100 years doesn't mean anything either. Oddly, CO2 has continued to rise over the last 10 years, but temperatures haven't followed suit.

Few, if any, skeptics would argue that the there has been no increase in temperature, there has been, it amounts to about 0.6C or 0.7C +or- 0.2 degrees C over 100 years. Call that catastrophic if you like. I call it undetectable by the average human being.

And as for tipping points, show me one study, peer reviewed as the green lobby insists, that proves the tipping point premis.

So, be a reasonable person, look at the observable, real world and tell me with a straight face that we are on the road to disaster.

Just so you don't decide to tell me that I don't care about the earth or its environments, I do think that we need to be better stewards, that we need to stop activities that truely harm the ecosystems around us. I also believe that the current GW hysteria is the wrong way to go about it. Doing the right things for the wrong reason is self destructive.