Politics and Global Warming

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I don’t remember the exact year, but sometime in the late 1950s or early 1960s my father loaded the family into the car and drove to Florida for a summer vacation. On the way to our destination I asked about the miles of dead trees that we passed. He explained they were orange trees that had been killed by the increasingly cold winters. My mother joked that soon Georgia would have to to change its name from “The Peach State” to “The Apple State” because peach trees couldn’t survive the colder weather.

There was no fear, no anxiety. My parents didn’t stockpile sweaters or cans of Sterno in anticipation of the coming ice age. There was no 1960s equivalent of Owl Gore to lead us through the impending disaster while he made hundreds of millions for his trouble. They realized climate always changed, and there was little humans could do but adjust to it. I still have some National Geographic magazines from the early 1970s where the effects of the next ice age were discussed.

Fast forward to today when global warming has replaced global cooling. Today everyone is alarmed. The world will soon become a fiery rock, after the oceans rise to cover the Statue of Liberty. These changes are largely self induced.

There are three basic positions on the question of man-made global warming.

One. Global warming is caused my man’s activities and the only way to combat it is by restricting the things that put carbon into the air, in other words progress.

Two. The studies that blame man for climate change are flawed, or maybe even fraudulent, and the believers are using these studies to advance their statist philosophy.

Three. Climate changes and always has. Man has about as much influence on the change as a dust mite has on a carpet. Reading 500 year old tree rings or 300 year old ice samples is comparable to reading tea leaves. We do not know what causes climate change so efforts to stem it are futile, if not dishonest.

I am neither a climatologist nor a mathematician. I am not competent to judge the many studies about global warming that have been published, I can read an article that says man made global warming is real and it makes perfect sense to me. Than I can read a study that picks apart that study as bogus or fraudulent science and it too makes perfect sense. I can read a piece that says there is no global warming at all, and it also sounds correct. I don’t know which position is correct.

My point is that the lines in the global warming debate seem to drawn along political lines. Big government loving statists come down on the side that warming is real and is caused by man, and only governments, rules, and bureaucracies can solve the problem. Believers in small, less intrusive government think that warming, if it exists at all, is a natural and not well understood part of nature. Just as other changes in climate have come and gone, this too will pass.

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Has Global Warming Been Solved?

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I noticed the country is in the grip of a large heat wave. Temperatures over 110 are not uncommon and highs of 90+ are almost the norm. It seems to me that in years past these high temperatures would have been blamed on man made global warming.

News casters would breathlessly report the weather and show alarm at the new highs caused by man made global warming.  They would almost be exopecting the entire earth to burst intob flames.

Experts would be called on to explain the relationship between the unusual temperatures and man made global warming. There might even be a feature on the phenomenon with wide eyed reporters explaining how the average person could reduce his carbon foot print.

Al Gore might even crawl out from under his rock to condescendingly explain why we are all living wrong. Then he would get into his private jet to fly to another interview.

But none of that is happening now. The extremely high temperatures are reported, then the weather goes on to the next story. Occasionally there might be a link between the heat and a forest fire, but never a link between the highs and el nino.

Another Genius Chimes In

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It was reported this morning that Senator Kerry proclaimed the Arctic would be free of ice in 5 or 10 years. I am tired of the self proclaimed experts predicting the end of the world, or something close.

Climate Expert, Thinking

I would have some faith in these predictions and computer models on which they are based if they could prove themselves in some way. Maybe some computer genius at NOAA could write a program that would predict the stock market next week. If that could be done, I’d take their end of the world scenarios more seriously.

Now we have Al Gore junior, John Kerry, getting on the we are all doomed bandwagon. That is, unless we tax ourselves into the stone age.

The climate always changes. Live with it.

Why Do People Embrace End-of-the-World Senarios?

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Since the beginning of time end-of-the-world beliefs have been kicking around. Most were based on apocalyptic religious beliefs aimed at getting people to embrace so religious sect or another. Others are based on scientific observations and studies.

One of the reasons given for colonizing the New World in the 1600s was that Europe was over populated and was running out of everything.

In recent years we have heard the world will run out of food, water, and other necessary natural resources. We have been told a hole in the ozone layer is destined to cause everyone to go blind or contract skin cancer. Our food is unsafe to eat. Our air is unsafe to breath. Our water is full of poisons. And on and on…

Al Gore and his anti-capitalist cronies tell us we are on the verge of baking ourselves to death. 

Yesterday I read that Australian Professor Frank Fenner has predicted the human race will go extinct in the next 100 years due to over population. Not one of the articles I read about his prediction questioned the premise.

If, for example, the world can sustain 6 billion people but can not sustain 7 billion and the population rises to that level, why can’t it go back to sustaining the 6 billion after the excess 1 billion dies off.

Somehow none of these doom and gloom scenarios ever come to pass. The world continues to spin and in general, the human race seems to thrive and advance on most fronts. Humans are living longer, healthier, wealthier, and more productive lives with each passing generation.

Why do we give and credence to these world is coming to an end scenarios that are advanced by nut jobs? Is there something in the human psyche that enjoys, or even requires, this tripe?

The Evidence Might Be Fake, but It Doesn’t Make the Conclusion Untrue

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Al Gore emerged from hibernation today with an editorial in the New York Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/opinion/28gore.html?pagewanted=1

Basically he said that while there might be a lot of bad, careless, and even dishonest science in the climate change scam, it doesn’t mean man-made global warming is not happening. It’s the old Dan Rather defense of his bogus Bush story. The documents he based the story about Bush’s National Guard service were fake, but that doesn’t mean the story is untrue.

Thanks Al. I needed a nice laugh this morning.

Hahaha!. I Told You So! Man-Made Global Warming Is a Scam.

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From today’s MailOnline (UK):

“Professor Jones also conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now – suggesting global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon.

And he said that for the past 15 years there has been no ‘statistically significant’ warming.”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1250872/Climategate-U-turn-Astonishment-scientist-centre-global-warming-email-row-admits-data-organised.html#ixzz0fZEkUHF3

In case you don’t know, Jones is the former head of the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit. He and his corrupt data are at the center of the man-made global warming scam.

See my thoughts on the subject in my post entitled “Solid Evidence of Climate Change.”

Another part of the scandal is why has the relic media in the US not done any research or investigation of the man-made climate change scam? The relic media is firmly on the side of Al Gore and the other hysterical alarmists. They accept everything said about global warming as fact. The relic media in the US is a disgrace. Like Phil Jones, they should resign. But unlike the somewhat honorable Jones, they will not.

LATER

In an unrelated article in today’s TimesOnline (UK), it is disclosed that many of the temperature measuring stations have been compromised. The data collected from them shows warming, but it is so corrupted that it is worthless. The stations have been influenced by urbanization, land use changes and having actually been moved. What a joke.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article7026317.ece

And James Delingpole, writing in the Telegraph (UK) points out the dishonesty in Sir Muir Russell’s official whitewash – sorry “independent inquiry” into the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) scandal. Delinpole notes that several members of the panel have vested interests in maintaining the scam. Others have histories of advocating for man-made global warming.

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100025934/climategate-the-official-cover-up-continues/

And once again, it is the British press that has done the work while the US relic media sits on its hands.

But of Course. Global Warming Causes Record Snow Storms

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From Time magazine today:

But as far as winter storms go, shouldn’t climate change make it too warm for snow to fall? Eventually that is likely to happen — but probably not for a while. In the meantime, warmer air could be supercharged with moisture and, as long as the temperature remains below 32°F, it will result in blizzards rather than drenching winter rainstorms. And while the mid-Atlantic has borne the brunt of the snowfall so far this winter, areas near lakes may get hit even worse. As global temperatures have risen, the winter ice cover over the Great Lakes has shrunk, which has led to even more moisture in the atmosphere and more snow in the already hard-hit Great Lakes region, according to a 2003 study in the Journal of Climate.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1962294,00.html#ixzz0f8sGWNd9

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