Skip to comments.John Coleman's (Weather Channel Founder) Comments Before the San Diego Chamber of Commerce
Posted on 06/14/2008 6:01:08 AM PDT by catfish1957
John Coleman's Comments Before the San Diego Chamber of Commerce Global Warming and the Price of a Gallon of Gas by John Coleman
You may want to give credit where credit is due to Al Gore and his global warming campaign the next time you fill your car with gasoline, because there is a direct connection between Global Warming and four dollar a gallon gas. It is shocking, but true, to learn that the entire Global Warming frenzy is based on the environmentalists attack on fossil fuels, particularly gasoline. All this big time science, international meetings, thick research papers, dire threats for the future; all of it, comes down to their claim that the carbon dioxide in the exhaust from your car and in the smoke stacks from our power plants is destroying the climate of planet Earth. What an amazing fraud; what a scam.
The future of our civilization lies in the balance.
Thats the battle cry of the High Priest of Global Warming Al Gore and his fellow, agenda driven disciples as they predict a calamitous outcome from anthropogenic global warming. According to Mr. Gore the polar ice caps will collapse and melt and sea levels will rise 20 feet inundating the coastal cities making 100 million of us refugees. Vice President Gore tells us numerous Pacific islands will be totally submerged and uninhabitable. He tells us global warming will disrupt the circulation of the ocean waters, dramatically changing climates, throwing the world food supply into chaos. He tells us global warming will turn hurricanes into super storms, produce droughts, wipe out the polar bears and result in bleaching of coral reefs. He tells us tropical diseases will spread to mid latitudes and heat waves will kill tens of thousands. He preaches to us that we must change our lives and eliminate fossil fuels or face the dire consequences. The future of our civilization is in the balance.
With a preachers zeal, Mr. Gore sets out to strike terror into us and our children and make us feel we are all complicit in the potential demise of the planet.
Here is my rebuttal.
There is no significant man made global warming. There has not been any in the past, there is none now and there is no reason to fear any in the future. The climate of Earth is changing. It has always changed. But mankinds activities have not overwhelmed or significantly modified the natural forces.
Through all history, Earth has shifted between two basic climate regimes: ice ages and what paleoclimatologists call Interglacial periods. For the past 10 thousand years the Earth has been in an interglacial period. That might well be called natures global warming because what happens during an interglacial period is the Earth warms up, the glaciers melt and life flourishes. Clearly from our point of view, an interglacial period is greatly preferred to the deadly rigors of an ice age. Mr. Gore and his crowd would have us believe that the activities of man have overwhelmed nature during this interglacial period and are producing an unprecedented, out of control warming.
Well, it is simply not happening. Worldwide there was a significant natural warming trend in the 1980s and 1990s as a Solar cycle peaked with lots of sunspots and solar flares. That ended in 1998 and now the Sun has gone quiet with fewer and fewer Sun spots, and the global temperatures have gone into decline. Earth has cooled for almost ten straight years. So, I ask Al Gore, wheres the global warming?
The cooling trend is so strong that recently the head of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had to acknowledge it. He speculated that nature has temporarily overwhelmed mankinds warming and it may be ten years or so before the warming returns. Oh, really. We are supposed to be in a panic about man-made global warming and the whole thing takes a ten year break because of the lack of Sun spots. If this werent so serious, it would be laughable.
Now allow me to talk a little about the science behind the global warming frenzy. I have dug through thousands of pages of research papers, including the voluminous documents published by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. I have worked my way through complicated math and complex theories. Heres the bottom line: the entire global warming scientific case is based on the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from the use of fossil fuels. They dont have any other issue. Carbon Dioxide, thats it.
Hello Al Gore; Hello UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Your science is flawed; your hypothesis is wrong; your data is manipulated. And, may I add, your scare tactics are deplorable. The Earth does not have a fever. Carbon dioxide does not cause significant global warming.
The focus on atmospheric carbon dioxide grew out a study by Roger Revelle who was an esteemed scientist at the Scripps Oceanographic Institute. He took his research with him when he moved to Harvard and allowed his students to help him process the data for his paper. One of those students was Al Gore. That is where Gore got caught up in this global warming frenzy. Revelles paper linked the increases in carbon dioxide, CO2, in the atmosphere with warming. It labeled CO2 as a greenhouse gas.
Charles Keeling, another researcher at the Scripps Oceanographic Institute, set up a system to make continuous CO2 measurements. His graph of these increases has now become known as the Keeling Curve. When Charles Keeling died in 2005, his son David, also at Scripps, took over the measurements. Here is what the Keeling curve shows: an increase in CO2 from 315 parts per million in 1958 to 385 parts per million today, an increase of 70 parts per million or about 20 percent.
All the computer models, all of the other findings, all of the other angles of study, all come back to and are based on CO2 as a significant greenhouse gas. It is not.
Here is the deal about CO2, carbon dioxide. It is a natural component of our atmosphere. It has been there since time began. It is absorbed and emitted by the oceans. It is used by every living plant to trigger photosynthesis. Nothing would be green without it. And we humans; we create it. Every time we breathe out, we emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. It is not a pollutant. It is not smog. It is a naturally occurring invisible gas.
Let me illustrate. I estimate that this square in front of my face contains 100,000 molecules of atmosphere. Of those 100,000 only 38 are CO2; 38 out of a hundred thousand. That makes it a trace component. Let me ask a key question: how can this tiny trace upset the entire balance of the climate of Earth? It cant. Thats all there is to it; it cant.
The UN IPCC has attracted billions of dollars for the research to try to make the case that CO2 is the culprit of run-away, man-made global warming. The scientists have come up with very complex creative theories and done elaborate calculations and run computer models they say prove those theories. They present us with a concept they call radiative forcing. The research organizations and scientists who are making a career out of this theory, keep cranking out the research papers. Then the IPCC puts on big conferences at exotic places, such as the recent conference in Bali. The scientists endorse each others papers, they are summarized and voted on, and viola, we are told global warming is going to kill us all unless we stop burning fossil fuels.
May I stop here for a few historical notes? First, the internal combustion engine and gasoline were awful polluters when they were first invented. And, both gasoline and automobile engines continued to leave a layer of smog behind right up through the 1960s. Then science and engineering came to the environmental rescue. Better exhaust and ignition systems, catalytic converters, fuel injectors, better engineering throughout the engine and reformulated gasoline have all contributed to a huge reduction in the exhaust emissions from todays cars. Their goal then was to only exhaust carbon dioxide and water vapor, two gases widely accepted as natural and totally harmless. Anyone old enough to remember the pall of smog that used to hang over all our cities knows how much improvement there has been. So the environmentalists, in their battle against fossil fuels and automobiles had a very good point forty years ago, but now they have to focus almost entirely on the once harmless carbon dioxide. And, that is the rub. Carbon dioxide is not an environmental problem; they just want you now to think it is.
Numerous independent research projects have been done about the greenhouse impact from increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide. These studies have proven to my total satisfaction that CO2 is not creating a major greenhouse effect and is not causing an increase in temperatures. By the way, before his death, Roger Revelle coauthored a paper cautioning that CO2 and its greenhouse effect did not warrant extreme countermeasures.
So now it has come down to an intense campaign, orchestrated by environmentalists claiming that the burning of fossil fuels dooms the planet to run-away global warming. Ladies and Gentlemen, that is a myth.
So how has the entire global warming frenzy with all its predictions of dire consequences, become so widely believed, accepted and regarded as a real threat to planet Earth? That is the most amazing part of the story.
To start with global warming has the backing of the United Nations, a major world force. Second, it has the backing of a former Vice President and very popular political figure. Third it has the endorsement of Hollywood, and thats enough for millions. And, fourth, the environmentalists love global warming. It is their tool to combat fossil fuels. So with the environmentalists, the UN, Gore and Hollywood touting Global Warming and predictions of doom and gloom, the media has scrambled with excitement to climb aboard. After all the media loves a crisis. From YK2 to killer bees the media just loves to tell us our lives are threatened. And the media is biased toward liberal, so its pre-programmed to support Al Gore and UN. CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The LA Times, The Washington Post, the Associated Press and here in San Diego The Union Tribune are all constantly promoting the global warming crisis.
So who is going to go against all of that power? Not the politicians. So now the President of the United States, just about every Governor, most Senators and most Congress people, both of the major current candidates for President, most other elected officials on all levels of government are all riding the Al Gore Global Warming express. That is one crowded bus.
I suspect you havent heard it because the mass media did not report it, but I am not alone on the no man-made warming side of this issue. On May 20th, a list of the names of over thirty-one thousand scientists who refute global warming was released. Thirty-one thousand of which 9,000 are Ph.ds. Think about that. Thirty-one thousand. That dwarfs the supposed 2,500 scientists on the UN panel. In the past year, five hundred of scientists have issued public statements challenging global warming. A few more join the chorus every week. There are about 100 defectors from the UN IPCC. There was an International Conference of Climate Change Skeptics in New York in March of this year. One hundred of us gave presentations. Attendance was limited to six hundred people. Every seat was taken. There are a half dozen excellent internet sites that debunk global warming. And, thank goodness for KUSI and Michael McKinnon, its owner. He allows me to post my comments on global warming on the website KUSI.com. Following the publicity of my position form Fox News, Glen Beck on CNN, Rush Limbaugh and a host of other interviews, thousands of people come to the website and read my comments. I get hundreds of supportive emails from them. No I am not alone and the debate is not over.
In my remarks in New York I speculated that perhaps we should sue Al Gore for fraud because of his carbon credits trading scheme. That remark has caused a stir in the fringe media and on the internet. The concept is that if the media wont give us a hearing and the other side will not debate us, perhaps we could use a Court of law to present our papers and our research and if the Judge is unbiased and understands science, we win. The media couldnt ignore that. That idea has become the basis for legal research by notable attorneys and discussion among global warming debunkers, but its a long way from the Court room.
I am very serious about this issue. I think stamping out the global warming scam is vital to saving our wonderful way of life.
The battle against fossil fuels has controlled policy in this country for decades. It was the environmentalists prime force in blocking any drilling for oil in this country and the blocking the building of any new refineries, as well. So now the shortage they created has sent gasoline prices soaring. And, it has lead to the folly of ethanol, which is also partly behind the fuel price increases; that and our restricted oil policy. The ethanol folly is also creating a food crisis throughput the world it is behind the food price rises for all the grains, for cereals, bread, everything that relies on corn or soy or wheat, including animals that are fed corn, most processed foods that use corn oil or soybean oil or corn syrup. Food shortages or high costs have led to food riots in some third world countries and made the cost of eating out or at home budget busting for many.
So now the global warming myth actually has lead to the chaos we are now enduring with energy and food prices. We pay for it every time we fill our gas tanks. Not only is it running up gasoline prices, it has changed government policy impacting our taxes, our utility bills and the entire focus of government funding. And, now the Congress is considering a cap and trade carbon credits policy. We the citizens will pay for that, too. It all ends up in our taxes and the price of goods and services.
So the Global warming frenzy is, indeed, threatening our civilization. Not because global warming is real; it is not. But because of the all the horrible side effects of the global warming scam.
I love this civilization. I want to do my part to protect it.
If Al Gore and his global warming scare dictates the future policy of our governments, the current economic downturn could indeed become a recession, drift into a depression and our modern civilization could fall into an abyss. And it would largely be a direct result of the global warming frenzy.
My mission, in what is left of a long and exciting lifetime, is to stamp out this Global Warming silliness and let all of us get on with enjoying our lives and loving our planet, Earth.
Al, we're waiting for your response......oh, wait, never mind, the Profit Algore says "consensus" has been reached and the "debate" is over......
He would be very busy combating the hysterics of The Weather Channel of today.
John Coleman is one of the very few things I miss since moving from San Diego a while back. I miss his Friday night reports on KUSI.
you don’t miss going to services at Trinity UCC or St. Sabina’s RCC?
excellent and scary
Less than half.
I once read that 10% of the population were active participants in the American Revolution.
It might have been the book 1776 by David McCoughlan, an interesting read.
Thank you Jim Coleman. Sad that your Weather Channel is now one of the most unabashed Global Warming advocates.
I love the point about co2 as a greenhouse gas. You want a really effective greenhouse gas, really el numero uno? Try dihydrogen monoxide. Ubiquitous, colorless, tasteless in pure form. Here is a substance that directly kills hundreds of thousands every year from inhalation. I swear, if it were up for FDA approval, the safety hazards of dihydrogen monoxide are such I’m certain it would be banned outright.
Unfortunately, a clever bit of propaganda has allowed it to be called “water”, and billions are made by greedy corporations who bottle it and actually tout its health effects. When is Algore going to take on the dihydrogen monoxide profiteers?
With the current sun spot activity at a such a low, many who study the phenomenon are beginning to think we might be headed into another "Maunder Minimum". If this proves to be true, the resulting cool down, with the inevitable ice and snow that will follow, should put the "warmers" in such a pickle that even the casual observer will realize these AGW folks are nothing more than snake oil salesmen.....
The problem is the legislative momentum it has already built up. So much of it is taken as a given by so many people that its almost developed its own language. The constant talk about "carbon footprints" makes me roll my eyes. There is a very real possibility that cap and trade laws will be put in place before the truth comes and is widely accepted, with all the catastrophic consequencies John Coleman mentions. As he says, we've has a taste already. One he doesn't mention is the potential effect on terrorism of the ever increasing sums being sent to the Middle East through rising fuel prices.
This is excellent. I wish I had just read it in the NYT instead of FR but we all have a forward button on our computers.
Right you are. Most sat on the sidelines, and many were loyalists. (British sympathizers)
" ... Loyalists were numerous and included small farmers as well as large landowners, royal officeholders, and members of the professions; they were to be found in varying strength in every colony. A large part of the population was more or less neutral, swaying to this side or that or else remaining inert in the struggle, which was to some extent a civil war. So it was to remain to the end ...
Anyone ever see the short film: Psychic Parrot?
Psychic Parrot makes prediction of the future and they are always right. One day Psychic Parrot announces that the world will end in one week.
Imagine the hysteria! The politicians all know SOMETHING has to be done!
They decide to fill up a spaceship with ‘all of the best people' (read: politicians) and send it to the moon to start a colony there.
The spaceship takes off. It lands on the moon.
Psychic Parrot makes a new announcement. Psychic Parrot says: “Braak! Psychic Parrot wrong! Braak!”
Then the Moon explodes.
How arrogant of man to think he can actually DESTROY the earth.
Yes, were commanded to be good stewards and, in many cases, have NOT been. But we are getting better at it.
BUT these guys like ALGORE want some sort of feel-good socialist utopia where THEY are in charge, directing every human activity into the CORRECT PATH.
With the alleged collapse of communism (it didnt. they just traded their uniforms for blue suits and tucked their guns into their waistbands for now!), the left needed some new boogeyman with which to herd humanity into the corral. The environment was the best bet and they have worked it like a rented mule.
I could go on for pages but I think you get the idea.
Re-read 1984 for the complete game plan.
And wonder if we might get their attention if several million folks sent a message such as this one to their legislators. And given the $$$$ the Middle East potentates surreptitiously funnel into our political campaigns, it will TAKE millions!
Its NOW time PAST TIME — to do the following things to break our dependence on FOREIGN supplies for our URGENT energy needs:
1. SPEED the permitting and construction of NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS HERE. If France can safely generate 80% of THEIR needs with nukes, whats OUR problem?
2. Immediately begin safe and ecologically sensitive extraction of the MASSIVE U.S. OIL SHALE DEPOSITS (Bakken Formation and others) and drilling in our off-shore coastal regions. Unless, of course, the Democrats prefer that those Gulf of Mexico deposits go to the Cubans and Chicoms.
3. Immediately ease the permitting of NEW REFINERIES HERE (ecologically sensitive, of course.)
4. Halt the IDIOTIC CORN ETHANOL based fuel program. It may be popular with agribusiness legislators and their pals BUT it is a NET ENERGY LOSER (more units IN than come OUT DUUUHHHHH!) This goofy program is along with the oil situation killing Americans on food prices but ACTUALLY killing FOLKS in other parts of the world. And THATS not only STUPID — its IMMORAL.
And heres a REAL benefit American families can understand: Once were no longer dependent on oil from the Middle East, we can bring our troops home and let those folks go back to doing what theyve honed into an art form over their several thousand year history killing one another instead of OUR boys and girls. Heck, once were out of there, they might even get along for a few decades.
Ohh WOE is me... whys everybody pickin on me???
send to libs
I can still hear his voice. I grew up with him at the weatherman in Chicago.
He revolutionized the way weather is presented on TV. It's wonderful to learn that he started the weather channel and has the brains and guts to stand up to the Global Warming Mafia.
I sent the link to this article to McCain’s election website. I respectfully asked that they have McCain to please read it. It might have been a waste of time, I know.
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