Skip to comments.EDITORIAL: Uncertain climate (Throwing cold water on The Post's warming story)
Posted on 05/24/2009 7:48:24 AM PDT by markomalley
A person needn't be a buffoon or political hack to be skeptical of global warming. That would be news to The Washington Post's news desk, however.
A Post article on May 19 falsely reported that there is a "consensus" among scientists and a growing portion of the American public that human carbon emissions are causing a dangerous, long-term increase in worldwide temperatures. The facts, overwhelmingly, show no such consensus.
The Post's David A. Fahrenthold reported that Republican "warming skeptics" are becoming ever bolder on Capitol Hill even as "most" or a "consensus" of "scientists around the globe have rejected their main arguments - that the climate isn't clearly warming, that humans aren't responsible for it, or that the whole thing doesn't amount to a problem." He continued: "Public opinion has also shifted" in favor of warming's existence and importance.
The latter claim is risible. Earlier this month, Gallup poll editor Frank Newport told U.S. News & World Report's Paul Bedard that on global warming, "Any measure that we look at shows Al Gore's losing at the moment. The public is just not that concerned." The highest number of respondents ever, he said - 41 percent - thinks warming claims are exaggerated. That 41 percent swamped the 28 percent who think the threat is "underestimated." Of eight major "environmental issues" (including water pollution and loss of rain forests), the public ranked warming last. The Pew Research Center in January reported climate change ranking dead last among 20 major public concerns.
Respected scientists are far from united on the issue. Reports in August from the International Geology Congress - and from other conferences or major scientific organizations in Canada, Japan, Australia and elsewhere - indicate majorities disagreeing with climate-change dogma.
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“Write legislation that calls for study of global cooling. Much like the 70’s.”
Independent of the “political science” (heh), there is “objective reality”. The planet is currently in a cooling trend, and will likely remain so for at least twenty years. This gives us time to understand the climate better, and make more accurate long-term forecasts (or possibly decide it doesn’t make sense to try for whatever reason, such as vulcanism).
It’s entirely possible the cooling trend is longer-term, and we’re sliding into the next ice age - we’re about due.
Regardless, there’s no need for alarmism, CO2 is in fact generally a good thing to increase, and there’s sure no need to spend TRILLIONS of dollars on a nonexistent problem.
We now know GW is a fraud but but please will anyone tell us how to stop Waxman and the Dems from instituting this fraud as a way to hike taxes and destroy capitalism and our own energy resources domestically? So far, no one can stop them and that is now becoming criminal for our future needs.
Gore and his Capital “cronies” need to realize that the American public all know that this Carbon Foot Print nonsense isn’t being bought by the public. We all know it is just a way for the government to “sock” it to people living in good ole’ USA who pay their taxes. Guess these government folks don’t yet realize that the general public has had it’s belly full of the sham! Shame on Gore for pushing this “project”. It’s not enough that those elected who have participated in the ruin of the American way of life and who are responsible for allowing the destruction of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Enron, and Social Security( giving S.S. out to folks who come in and have very little vested in the program. How about a formula that basically says that if you paid in this much; you can draw up to this much and no more.). As for California’s consideration of doing away with welfare; that should have been done a long time ago! Welfare was never designed to be “a way of life”. It was designed to be a hand up and to get folks on their feet. It was never designed to support illegal immigrants who have never paid into the system. If all the aid is going to support illegals; welfare needs to cease because it’s not benefiting those who paid into it. If there isn’t going to be help for those who paid into it; why have it?
A dirty secret hidden in plain view, research follows the grants.
Amazing that Obama told Ca. and Fla. oh maybe you can drill, after the Bush proclamation. Then, he cancelled both types of safe expanded drilling. Then he told Jindal in La. that he could not drill in the Gulf. Now frankly, I am getting tired of this tyrant telling states what they can do when he has no Const. right to do so. There are some federal laws , of course, to get around, but the states should just do it. Period. Shale oil as Barosso pointed out today and Gulf oil as even Crist dealt with a while back .
You are exactly right and the money they use is public funds. One of the advantages for the Left is they control many of the universities and direct research grant money to those who will give them the "science" they want.