Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Global Warming: A Reality Check !

There are people out there who say that global warming will drive many species to extinction, including the polar bears. That sea levels will rise dramatically as the Greenland ice cap melts before the end of the century. That hurricanes will get stronger, the Amazon rainforest will succumb to drought and the Himalayan glaciers will be gone by 2035....and much, much more. They are WRONG! These people deserve to be called phony alarmists. People like the Environmental Defense Fund that scare the "be-Jesus" out of our young people to donate millions to their left-leaning agenda and don't forget the head scare-monger himself, Al Gore, with his 35 lies, errors and omissions in his alarmist "Inconvenient Truth" film.

Last month's 4th Annual Conference on Climate Change by the Heartland Institute (they have a very informative website at http://www.heartland.org/) put the reality back into the present climate change situation. Here are some highlights of this three day conference which included dozens of scientists from two dozen nations:

  • Sweden's leading expert on sea levels, Nils Morner says sea levels are simply not rising around the Maldives, Tuvalu and Bangladesh, despite the fact that these low-lying places are the poster children of the supposed catastrophe caused by "global warming." Also New Zealand scientist Bob Carter stated that sea levels around Australia have actually fallen more than a meter over the past 6000 years and yet the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) continues to trumpet sea-level rise as a major concern and a reason to curb worldwide carbon emissions. He said, "In using IPCC advice to set their policies, national governments are NEGLIGENT and fail utterly to do their duty to their people." Ten years on, Europe's Emission Trading Scheme is a failure and has left their citizens with higher energy bills with nothing to show for the pain. This should be the key reason for Prime Minister Gillard and President Obama not to try it.
  • From Western Washington University's Don Easterbrook: "We have begun global cooling which I predicted in 1998 and the Russians confirmed in 2008." He also noted that natural global warming, much more intense than modern warming, has occurred many times in the past without substantial changes in atmospheric CO2 concentrations or Polar Bear numbers. Easterbrook also pointed out that twice as many people are killed by extreme cold as by extreme heat and that global cooling poses far greater other risks are well, including risks to food production and increased demand for fuel energy. Climate changes in the geologic record show a regular pattern of alternate warming and cooling with a 25-30 year period for the past 500 years. He summarized by saying, "Expect global cooling for the next 2-3 decades that will be far more damaging than global warming would have been."
  • From the most important non-warmist top atmospheric scientist, MIT's Richard Lindzen, who said that doubling the concentration of CO2 (which only makes up 0.0384% of our air) in the atmosphere would contribute only 1 degree (Celsius) to warming! All IPCC models predict more because they assume "positive feedback's" which only exist in models; real measurements show slight negative feedback. (Positive feedback means that climatic reaction to warmer temps would be changes that would lead to even warmer temps, which is not what's happening.) He reiterated that the Cult-of-Gore refuses to consider climate change could be part of a complex phenomena that has multiple causes than being based on a single cause.
  • Joseph D'Aleo described the fascinating topic of how global temperatures are measured. He noted that from 1990 there was increased missing data with either no or totally inadequate adjustments for the "urban heat island effect", a point made by several speakers. They pointed out that most of the warming that the IPCC has measured and treated like gospel, was simply the warming created in big urban areas that have encroached around the weather stations thus substantially overstating the actual changes in climate. Disgraceful!

The way I see it....the word "skeptic" should not be used: "Skepticism" implies doubts about a plausible proposition. Current global-warming alarm hardly represents a plausible proposition. Twenty years of repetition and escalation of claims does not make it more plausible as does the recent evidence from Climategate and other instances of overt cheating. It's clear that the warmists' data prove Mark Twain's maxim that "there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics." I rest my case.

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