Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Global Warming - For the True Connoisseur...Demagoguery at it's finest

Demagoguery: Impassioned appeals to the prejudices and emotions of the populace.


From Charlie Martin at The American Thinker:
The scientific argument that humans have caused global warming – a major underpinning of the “Kyoto Protocols” – suffered a major blow last week, with the publication of a new study. The implications have not yet spread very far beyond the rarified circles of specialists, but the gospel of “anthropogenic” – human-caused – global warming has lost one of its intellectual foundations.
Click here for the rest.


Ray Evans "Nine Lies about Global Warming"

The Nine Lies:
1. Carbon dioxide is a pollutant.

2. The twentieth century has been the hottest in recorded history and the decade 1990–2000 the hottest ever.

3. The evidence linking anthropogenic (man-made) carbon dioxide emissions and current warming is decisive.

4. The scientific consensus is that anthropogenic CO2 emissionshave already caused significant global warming and must be severely curtailed to prevent future climate catastrophe.

5. Anthropogenic emissions of CO2 and the global warming caused thereby are responsible not only for higher temperatures and more droughts than in the past, but also for more
blizzards, unseasonal snow, and freezing weather. They are also responsible for increasing numbers of cyclones.

6. Because of anthropogenic emissions, the polar ice caps aremelting and sea levels are rising. The rising sea levels threatenlow lying island states in the Pacific and Indian Oceans with complete inundation.

7. Unless anthropogenic emissions of CO2 are reduced by 50–60 per cent of current levels by the year 2050, by 2100 our descendants will have to endure global temperatures of between1.4 to 5.8°C warmer than the present.

8. Tropical diseases such as malaria and dengue fever will spread from the tropics to the temperate regions.

9. Shutting down coal-fired power stations and replacing them with renewable energy sources such as windmills and solarpanels (or even nuclear power plants) will not cause unemployment or economic deprivation.

Another View on Global Warming, by Ryan Burke
It is my assertion that (Global Warming) is the "No. 1 crisis facing the world today"... but for a different reason: that the hysteria, speculation, mistruths, and media hype over "global warming" could result in the disastrous waste of worldwide attention, capital, and natural resources.

The catastrophic waste of efforts to stem what some perceive as harmful anthropogenic global warming would mean the preventing of Third World development, skyrocketing energy and food costs, and misdirection of capital that should be used to solve the real problems facing the world.

Let me first address the issue of global warming without respect to man's involvement. No empirical data exists to date that can confirm within any degree of certainty that the current warming trend experienced over the last 30 years will continue. In fact, though it is often not stated in global warming debates, global temperatures dropped from 1940 to the late 1970s, as well as from 1880 to 1910 ( Climate models that blame global warming on greenhouse gases cannot account for these drops. Actual temperature rises are also greatly exaggerated; the actual change in global temperature over the last two decades is 0.05 degrees centigrade.

No study or group of studies to date has been able to empirically link the burning of fossil fuels to sustained global warming. Not only do we not know how much fossil fuel burning affects global temperature, a recent study indicates that we don't know how much natural greenhouse emissions affect global temperature. A Reuters release dated Jan. 24 details the study, which implicates 10-30 percent of all greenhouse gas methane emissions are from living plants. Instead of starting a "nuke the plants, stop global warming" campaign, it is important to realize that the number of variables in play regarding global climate are so vast and unknown that it is impossible to accurately predict future climates.

The fact of the matter is that most of us wouldn't put our money on a 10-day weather forecast, let alone what the worldwide weather will be 20 or 30 years from now. Instead, we have environmentalists asking governments and businesses to spend tens of billions of dollars based on computer model predictions of weather that might affect people living 100, 200, and 1,000 years from now.
I love this comparison by Crichton...
To quote author and environmentalist Michael Crichton, "Let's think back to people in 1900 in, say, New York. If they worried about people in 2000, what would they worry about? Probably: Where would people get enough horses? And what would they do about all the horses-? Horse pollution was bad in 1900, think how much worse it would be a century later, with so many more people riding horses?" We have no idea what technologies will be in existence 100 years from now or what problems the people of the world will face. History has shown, however, that it was not through vast government spending, but through the free market that the solution to the "horse problem" was invented.

So shaky is the science behind global warming guesses that some scientists are actually betting $10,000 of their own money against some climatologists that the world will actually cool in the next decade. Two Russian solar physicists have linked global temperature to, not surprisingly, the sun's activity and they believe that as the sun enters a period of lessened sunspot activity, the planet will cool over the next two decades.

I am not claiming to have the answers when it comes to the tough questions, such as if global warming exists, what could cause it, what could prevent it, and what would result from it. I assert only that these are still very much unanswered questions and that before large sums of money are misguidedly spent, much more research with refutable hypotheses that survive experimentation are required.

Amen. The term "Global Warming" has come to mean "Humans are causing temperatures to rise and we're all going to die!". I'm not buying it yet...


Labels: ,

Subscribe to CBT

Enter an e-mail address for daily updates: