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Saturday, February 03, 2007

Global Warming Hysteria;
separating the facts from the fiction


Hat tip to Cox and Forkum for the cartoon. You can read their related commentary and links Here.

The MSM seems to be obsessed with global warming these days. I don't object to their examining the phenomenon, but I do object to their lack of objectivity, and their one-sided reporting.

In fact there seems to be a growing wave of hysteria and "emotional thinking" surrounding the issue. The MSM fans the flames of this hysteria, and facts are simply ignored. Most disturbing to me is the trend of thought that anyone who questions whether or not global warming is being caused by humans needs to be SILENCED. That is always the tactic of people with something to hide.

The only way to separate good science from the bad, is to be free to examine all the facts. That does not suite the environmental fanatics who want their fragile version of global warming to be treated like a religion that must not be questioned.

Neal Boortz had a very good post about these issues yesterday:

WHY AM I SKEPTICAL ABOUT MAN-MADE GLOBAL WARMING?

The following are some very good reasons as to why we should all be skeptical about the hysteria and question the hype:

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# Because the sun is warmer .. and all of these scientists don't seem to be willing to credit a warmer sun with any of the blame for global warming.

# The polar ice caps on Mars are melting. How did our CO2 emissions get all the way to Mars?

# It was warmer in the 1930s across the globe than it is right now.

# It wasn't all that long ago that these very same scientists were warning us about "global cooling" and another approaching ice age?

# How much has the earth warmed up in the last 100 years? One degree. Now that's frightening.

# Because that famous "hockey stick" graph that purports to show a sudden warming of the earth in the last few decades is a fraud. It ignored previous warming periods ... left them off the graph altogether.

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# Because many of these scientists who are sounding the global warming scare depend on grant money for their livelihood, and they know the grant money dries up when they stop preaching the global warming sermon.

# Because global warming "activists" and scientists seek to punish those who have different viewpoints. If you are sure of your science you have no need to shout down or seek to punish those who disagree.

# What happened to the Medieval Warm Period? In 1996 the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a chart showing climatic change over a period of 1000 years. This graph showed a Medieval warming period in which global temperatures were higher than they are today. In 2001 the IPCC issued another 1000 year graph in which the Medieval warming period was missing. Why?

# Why has one scientist promoting the cause of man-made global warming been quoted as saying "we have to get rid of the medieval warming period?"

# Why is the ice cap on the Antarctic getting thicker if the earth is getting warmer?

# In the United State, the one country with the most accurate temperature measuring and reporting records, temperatures have risen by 0.3 degrees centigrade over the past 100 years. The UN estimate is twice that.

# There are about 160,000 glaciers around the world. Most have never been visited or measured by man. The great majority of these glaciers are growing, not melting.

# Side-looking radar interferometry shows that the ice mass in the West Antarctic is growing at a rate of over 26 gigatons a year. This reverses a melting trend that had persisted for the previous 6,000 years.

# Rising sea levels? The sea levels have been rising since the last ice age ended. That was 12,000 years ago. Estimates are that in that time the sea level has risen by over 300 feet. The rise in our sea levels has been going on long before man started creating anything but natural CO2 emissions.

# Like Antarctica, the interior of Greenland is gaining ice mass.

# Over the past 3,000 years there have been five different extended periods when the earth was measurably warmer than it is today.

# During the last 20 years -- a period of the highest carbon dioxide levels -- global temperatures have actually decreased. That's right ... decreased.




# Why did a reporter from National Public Radio refuse to interview David Deming, an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma studying global warming, after his testimony to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unless Deming would state that global warming was being caused by man?

# Why are global warming proponents insisting that the matter is settled and that no further scientific research is needed? Why are they afraid of additional information?
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Yes, why indeed? Because they don't want their lies exposed. The truth always holds up to scrutiny, and people who are advocating lies have to prevent that scrutiny from happening if they are to have any hope of making their lies persist.

There are plenty of good reasons for being against pollution. One can easily argue that strengthening emissions standards is in our own best interests for health reasons. But as Boortz rightly points out, the hysteria behind the global warming movement is politically driven:

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# The United Nations is anti-American and anti-Capitalist. In short .. I don't trust them. Not a bit. The UN would eagerly engage in any enterprise that would weaken capitalist economies around the world.

# Because after the fall of the Soviet Union and worldwide Communism many in the anti-capitalist movement moved to the environmental movement to continue pursuing their anti-free enterprise goals. Many of the loudest proponents of man-made global warming today are confirmed anti-capitalists.
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(bold emphasis mine) There needs to be more honesty surrounding this issue, and less hysteria and hype. Good science and facts need to replace "emotional thinking", which isn't really thinking at all, but political manipulation.
     

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