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Climate Change Alarmist Alarmed They're Wrong
Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2011 | Marita Noon

Posted on 07/31/2011 9:55:08 AM PDT by Kaslin

For most of the last decade, alarmists have rung the global warming bell. Back in 2006, when Al Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth, was released, it seemed folks were beginning to wake up to the alarm. Public concern regarding global warming peaked following the release of Gore’s movie and is now back down to pre-propaganda levels. Addressing the declining public alarm about global warming, Edward Maibach, director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, said, “The erosion in both public concern and public trust about global warming should be a clarion call for people and organizations trying to educate the public about this important issue.”

Ed, Al, et al, should be alarmed, as three different news items in one week add to the public’s growing skepticism about global warming.

Most notable is the announcement of an “ongoing internal investigation” into potential scientific misconduct and integrity issues of Charles Monnett—the Anchorage-based scientist with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, whose 2004 observation of presumably drowned polar bears in the Arctic helped to galvanize the man-made global warming movement. Monnett’s paper “Observations of mortality associated with extended open-water swimming by polar bears in the Alaskan Beaufort Sea” was released in 2006. (Interestingly, Al Gore started his for-profit company, Generation Investment Management in 2004 and released his film in 2006.)

The scientist who reported on dying polar bears gave the global warming movement its mascot—even though he wasn’t studying polar bears. His study was on whales. He saw dead polar bears. While working on the whales, he made some observations based on anecdotal evidence—not science. Monnett’s report is filled with words like: speculate, suggest, may, presume, apparent, almost, and could. The basic conclusion found in his polar bear mortality paper is that the dead polar bears were the result of high waves during a storm. On the last page of the report, he states: “Although a number of published papers have discussed implications of climate change on polar bears, to date, mortality due to swimming has not been identified as an associated risk.” Despite the statement that the “poster-child” of global warming propaganda isn’t drowning due to climate change, and regardless of the fact that there have not been increasing reports of downing polar bears (other than those mistakenly killed by the researchers), alarmists embraced the polar bear as the icon—making it into the star of An Inconvenient Truth.

But now, the integrity of the author of this foundational work of the global warming movement is under investigation—bringing into question the integrity of the entire theory.

On July 28, the Globe and Mail, updated a report that indicates that melting ice—which is supposedly causing the polar-bear drownings—is not caused by global warming. Instead, Canadian scientists found that ice is melting more quickly than the predictions and it is melting due to varied salt levels in the older ice versus the younger ice. Simon Boxall of the Catlin Artic Survey explained that it is a more complicated process than simple warming. “Because fresh meltwater is colder than seawater, that means relatively warm water is being forced upwards. And that may be part of the reason that sea ice is melting so much faster than anyone thought it would.”

In the same week that the misconduct investigation was announced and the sea ice report was updated, The University of Alabama issued a press release heralding new findings from NASA’s Terra satellite. In short, as reported in Forbes, “The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide trap far less heat than alarmists have claimed.” Another assumption bites the dust. Unfortunately, billions of dollars of taxpayer money have already been spent in questionable projects resulting in a campaign to promote expensive ethanol, wind, and solar energy to fix a problem that doesn’t appear to exist.

Add these news items—all from just one week—to the climategate scandal, the overall lack of warming, and other predictions from the alarmists that have not been borne out, and one has to wonder how the alarmists can still believe. More and more, the American public is hitting the snooze button, and it is the alarmists who should be alarmed. It looks like they will have to find a new clarion call—a new way to spread fear, and a new way to restrict energy and control freedom.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: agw; climatechange; globalwarming

1 posted on 07/31/2011 9:55:11 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

They can only cry wolf for so long. Either their warnings of “..we ONLY have 5 years!...” expire, with NO indication of the impending doom, or folks just get tired and bored with it.

They’ll chill for a while and come back with a newly re-packaged message of global destruction.


2 posted on 07/31/2011 10:01:08 AM PDT by J40000
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To: Kaslin
one has to wonder how the alarmists can still believe.

Because it is a religion and has nothing to do with science, accurate or otherwise. It does not matter how many scientific studies come out contradicting the Church of Global Warming -- they will not be believed. It is a pagan religion and people will still continue to cling to it.

3 posted on 07/31/2011 10:01:45 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: Kaslin
The common sense of us ordinary people told the "experts" they were full of cr** and guess who was right????

People that believed them are called "sheep".

4 posted on 07/31/2011 10:03:37 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Kaslin
Since their goal is worldwide socialism and global warming was just a means to that end, they will soon shift to the next great manufactured catastrophe that only they can solve. Crying ‘wolf’ even louder won't work once the sheep realize it's a lie.
5 posted on 07/31/2011 10:07:02 AM PDT by JPG (Yes she can!)
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To: Kaslin

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed — and hence clamorous to be led to safety — by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”— H.L. Mencken


6 posted on 07/31/2011 10:10:52 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: Kaslin

It’s all about funding, and in tough times, the BS artists are first to go!


7 posted on 07/31/2011 10:15:05 AM PDT by Dogbert41 (http://www.durban3nyc.com/. Go there and learn what those who seek to destroy Israel are up to)
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To: Kaslin

Global warming in Mann Made. It’s a fraud, a con job and insidiously evil. It was never about the climate. It was about social and economic control of free people. The climate is not static. It gets warmer and colder all on it’s own. However, if the control freaks of the world can convince that a natural warming period is man-made, many people will most willingly give up social and economic freedom to save the planet. They a often too naive to realize that this climate cycle has happened before and will happen again.

The wheels are falling off the GW wagon and when it does, people need to be jailed, professional licenses revoked, employment terminated and public denouncement of their actions. They need to be purged from every position of power and influence. Then they need to get an old fashioned shunning for the rest of their lives.


8 posted on 07/31/2011 10:16:46 AM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: JPG

The next great manufactured catastrophe should be the shifting of the North and South poles. It’s only been going on for millions of years but somehow politically and financially it will be all our own fault.

I’m going to invest in GPS units.


9 posted on 07/31/2011 10:20:06 AM PDT by donhunt (I am sick and tired of those bastards insulting and lying to me.)
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To: donhunt
The next great manufactured catastrophe should be the shifting of the North and South poles. It’s only been going on for millions of years but somehow politically and financially it will be all our own fault.

I'd heard that the next manufactured catastrophe was the amount of CO2 dissolved in the oceans. The sea is turning into soda water and we're all going to die.

10 posted on 07/31/2011 10:23:17 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Steely Tom

I heard it was going to be a horde of Nazi lizardmen from the Earth’s core. And that it’s America’s fault because President Bush sent a team from Halliburton down there to brainwash them with that Nazi ideology.

And it was all financed by Israel, too.

;-P


11 posted on 07/31/2011 10:32:28 AM PDT by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: Steely Tom

Lubchenco, air-headed bimbo in charge of NOAA, has been harping on ocean acidification due to man made CO2 for quite some time. Her assertions are beyond hysterical.

http://globalwarming.house.gov/pubs?id=0014

Scroll down til you see her face. The 2 part video of her testimony before Congress in 09 would be hilarious but for the fact that the fools in Congress believe her.


12 posted on 07/31/2011 10:45:01 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: steelyourfaith

Ping!


13 posted on 07/31/2011 10:59:22 AM PDT by annie laurie (All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost)
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To: annie laurie; SteamShovel; Bockscar; Thunder90; rdl6989; marvlus; Fractal Trader; Whenifhow; ...
Thanx for the ping annie laurie !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

14 posted on 07/31/2011 11:04:43 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: donhunt

The shifting of the poles is well known and the result is visible at Greewnwich. No big deal. We adjust!!


15 posted on 07/31/2011 11:17:14 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: J40000

Exactly. Nutcase hysterics and the cynical opportnists who use them to advance a political agenda never give up. bttt


16 posted on 07/31/2011 11:21:59 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (Re-Focus: TEA means the "Taxed Enough Already" Grass-Roots Movement)
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To: LibertarianLiz
Al Gore was a (failed) divinity student. IMHO, he deserves to be awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree. Not just an honourary degree — a full, earned degree in divinity. Very few people have succeeded in founding an entirely new religion. None have been able to attract as many true-believers.
17 posted on 07/31/2011 11:57:38 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Kaslin

Someone forgot to add “a new way to justify government grants”


18 posted on 07/31/2011 12:00:01 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: LibertarianLiz

They won’t go away while they are still getting government funding


19 posted on 07/31/2011 12:01:16 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: GeronL
Devastating Rising Sea Level Fraud Rebuttal --- by a real Science Expert
20 posted on 07/31/2011 2:18:20 PM PDT by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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To: donhunt

Hmm... Manmade polar-shifting has some good cult potential!

What about the effects of manmade “rotation-slowing”?

This is the basis of my cult. We meet regularly and drink like 25hr days are already here. We hate windmills and anything else that slows earth’s rotation. To educate the public on the dangers of manmade rotation-slowing we made a documentary powerpoint called “Incomplete Loop ~ The Day The Earth Stopped Spinning”.


21 posted on 07/31/2011 2:40:19 PM PDT by TauntedTiger (Keep away from the fence!)
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To: Kaslin
From Jo Nova - Climate change suspect must be given a fair trial:

In law, if there is no defence, it’s a sham.
In business, if there is no competition, it’s a monopoly.
In science, if there is no debate, it’s propaganda.

I don't think I'm either an Alarmist or a Denier, but rather a Realist. We (Man) have changed some of our climate, in very small and limited areas, but Nature herself has corrected those once we get out of the way.

22 posted on 07/31/2011 3:10:28 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Kaslin

When did you say Algore was returning his ill-gotten luchre?


23 posted on 07/31/2011 3:31:01 PM PDT by Inwoodian
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