Thursday, March 12, 2009

41% of Americans Believe Global Warming Risks Exaggerated

Poor Al Gore. He stumps and preaches and spreads the word, but fewer and fewer Americans are coming up for the global warming altar call. In fact, a full 41% of Americans now believe that the media representations of the dangers of global warming are exaggerated.

This is good news, of course, for it indicates a growing sense of distrust amongst Americans for the pre-digested and pre-loaded opinion pieces that are presented as news on major media outlets. Considering all points of view and making up your own mind is once again becoming the norm.

For instance, in an article the other day on the AP, they hyped the certainty of impending global warming disaster. Accompanying the piece was a photograph of an iceberg floating in a sparkling blue ocean. The iceberg, of course had a large hole in the center, indicating its fragility. The caption however, reveals that the photo was taken in August of 2007. Imagine, an Arctic iceberg melting in summer.

It's not really about what they say, and definitely not about the headlines. Often, it's what they don't say. Another article stated that 2005 - 2007 were the hottest years on record according to "some measurements". They didn't tell you that those measurements were later proved to be faulty and that the hottest year on record was actually 1934.

So here's to the growing number of thinking Americans, to those who are tired of the hype and misinformation and prefer to make up their own minds. Without them, we wouldn't have an America today, and without them, we won't have one in the future.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Yo Yo Global Warming/Cooling

Have you noticed that scientists who do not believe that global warming is man-made, all say pretty much the same thing? Sun activity, natural cycles and a coming cooling trend are the major themes, although each may vary a bit in their predictions.

On the other hand, global warming alarmists all tell a different story, and their stories and predictions keep changing. At first they said the below-normal cold temperatures and above-normal snowfalls that have plagued North America and Europe were directly caused by global warming. Then they decided that perhaps there was a La Nina event causing this cooling. Then they decided that global warming was going to return in 2009. Since it continued to get colder, they changed all that to global warming making a comeback after a decade of cold.

Despite the fact that a group of Japanese scientists have reversed their opinions and decided that global warming is not caused by man, the fear-mongers and power-mad global warming alarmists continue to warn us of the impending doom. The only problem is, they disagree on when that doom is going to be.

For instance, in this article in Discovery News we are told that some scientists, such as Kyle Swenson, are completely baffled by this cooling trend happening smack-dab in the middle of runaway global warming.

"This is nothing like anything we've seen since 1950," Kyle Swanson of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee said. "Cooling events since then had firm causes, like eruptions or large-magnitude La Ninas. This current cooling doesn't have one.".... Swanson thinks the trend could continue for up to 30 years.

Thirty years of cooling is still considered to be a sign of global warming? How gullible do they think we are?

Pretty gullible, I would say, if you then read this article published only a day or two after the Discovery article.

There is a 50-50 chance the Earth's temperature will rise to a level of disaster over the next century, according to research from British climate scientists.

Even with heavy cuts in greenhouse gas emissions of 3 percent a year from 2015, the chance of preventing the temperature rise from exceeding 2 degrees Celsius (3.8 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2050 is no more than half.

The article is entitled "Only 50-50 Chance of Saving Planet From Warming Catastrophe, Scientists Say". Well, I have news for them. In the long term, the chances for saving the planet are exactly nil. Our sun has already lived a large part of its limited existence. The long term being in the area of a few billion years or so, but the point is the same. Some things are going to happen naturally. The temperatures will go up, they will go down, weather will go in cycles, just as the earth's climate has changed and is changing throughout its 5 billion year history. At some point, when our sun collapses into a white dwarf and the Earth is a victim of its expansion and increasing heat, then the notion that we could save the planet by changing out our light bulbs will be seen for the ludicrous self-importance that modern man tends to display. Or it would, if any humans still existed.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Gore Effect Hits Washington - Again

This happens so often, it's becoming a tradition. Call together a bunch of people to descend on Washington to discuss, lecture on, protest or otherwise promote the theory of man-made global warming and you can bet they will be snowed out.

This last protest, aimed at shutting down Washington by demanding the closing of the Capitol Power Plant, which heats a number of government buildings, was particularly ironic. Many who had planned to join the protest couldn't get there because their flights were canceled due to the storm. Washington was pretty much shut down anyway - not due to the protest, but due to a March 1st blizzard that blanketed the entire east coast with snow and ice.

Even Nancy Pelosi couldn't make it due to a cancelled flight. Imagine, the Speaker of the House missing a chance to demand that government buildings be closed...

This latest debacle in the "climate change" agenda (remember, it's not global warming anymore, since the Earth hasn't warmed since 2001) is just another example of the famed "Gore Effect". The Gore Effect can be defined as:

The phenomenon that leads to unseasonably cold temperatures, driving rain, hail, or snow whenever Al Gore visits an area to discuss global warming.

Maybe it's not just irony, perhaps it's something more. Perhaps it's just Mother Nature having her best laugh at the people who claim to control her. I know I giggled.