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How I Learned Not to Deny Climate Change
Real Clear Politics ^ | May 1, 2012 | Robert Tracinski

Posted on 05/02/2012 9:21:27 AM PDT by dead

I do not deny the reality of climate change. No, this is not a change of mind, reversing my longstanding skepticism toward claims of human-caused global warming. I have never denied climate change—and that is precisely why I reject the global warming hysteria. But a fascinating new scientific contribution from Danish physicist Henrik Svensmark, who is single-handedly blowing away the alleged "consensus" on what drives the climate, has given me a whole new appreciation for climate change.

The term "climate change denier" is obviously objectionable because of the word "denier." That word is carried over from the phrase "Holocaust denial" and is meant to smear global warming skeptics by associating us with the vicious motives of those who airbrush the crimes of the Nazis. But the more substantive objection to this phrase is that we skeptics do not deny the reality of climate change. We embrace it all too thoroughly.

We understand that the climate is changing and that it has always been changing. The four-and-a-half-billion-year history of the Earth is a history of constant, wild swings in global temperatures and weather, from the steamy jungles that nurtured the dinosaurs to the vast equatorial glaciers of "Snowball Earth."

(If you follow the link about Snowball Earth, by the way, you may notice that the theory is controversial and has its own skeptics. Funny how that works. In genuine science, for any new theory there is a competing theory, and the question is settled by more evidence and not by people lining up behind some top-down political "consensus.")

So we're skeptical of any claim that the very small trends in the global temperature record over the past few decades are anything extraordinary...

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agw; climatescammers; globalwarming

1 posted on 05/02/2012 9:21:32 AM PDT by dead
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To: dead
The term "climate change denier" is obviously objectionable because of the word "denier." That word is carried over from the phrase "Holocaust denial" and is meant to smear global warming skeptics by associating us with the vicious motives of those who airbrush the crimes of the Nazis.

Too bad liberals can't use all that 'cuteness' to some creative purpose.

2 posted on 05/02/2012 9:24:37 AM PDT by GOPJ (Had a Christian minister yelled at a bunch of gay students - the New York Times would have covered i)
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To: GOPJ

They think they did.


3 posted on 05/02/2012 9:26:57 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead

You’ve got arabs and eskimos. Get a U-Haul and move to where the food is.


4 posted on 05/02/2012 9:26:57 AM PDT by WSGilcrest (/s)
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To: dead
How I Learned Not to Deny Climate Change

My gov't grant got pulled...

5 posted on 05/02/2012 9:26:57 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: dead
The alarmists who warn about recent man-made global warming are the ones who deny the reality of climate change. They are, in fact, advocates of climate stasis. They assume that the "normal" climate is basically what it was in 1970—not coincidentally, about the time of the first "Earth Day"—and any recent variation from that norm must require some extraordinary explanation.

The money quote.

6 posted on 05/02/2012 9:27:12 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: GOPJ

This change of terminology has got to stop or the left will be controlling how we use words.

WORDS MEAN THINGS.

The issue is and has never ever been “Climate Change”. The issue in dispute is and always has been MAN-MADE GLOBAL WARMING.

Let’s use that term and not not “climate change”.


7 posted on 05/02/2012 9:28:28 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: MrB

Screw the CLIMATE CHANGE scam. What we need is a CHANGE OF CLIMATE. Adios Obama and take the communist infested garbage that has infested our government with you after the next elections.


8 posted on 05/02/2012 9:31:46 AM PDT by spawn44
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To: SeekAndFind

Indeed. The biggest way the left manipulates the language is through conflation of terms.
They did it with abortion and birth control.
They do it with “science”.
Many more examples exist.


9 posted on 05/02/2012 9:31:52 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: GSWarrior
I thought this quote summed up part of the problem very concisely:

Note, in this context, the way in which the man-made global warming alarmists declare that only certified "climatologists" have any authority to speak on the subject, dismissing the legions of skeptics from fields like geology or physics. On a practical level, you can see how this helps preserve the monopoly of the establishment. A relatively small group of academics at a fixed number of universities and research institutes, all supported by the same government agencies with the same agendas, get to decide who joins the closed club of "climatology." Whereas if you have to bring in the geologists and the physicists and the astronomers, they have all come up through independent institutions with sources of funding that tend to be more varied and less political.

10 posted on 05/02/2012 9:32:41 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead

Read while looking out the window at a 43 degree F day in May in MA...


11 posted on 05/02/2012 9:32:55 AM PDT by pabianice (ame with)
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To: dead

You can’t deny climate change.
The climate changed today from yesterday
We have 4 seasons, we have winters with snow and winters without.
The climate has been changing since the beginning of time and will keep on changing regardless of what human beings think say or want.


12 posted on 05/02/2012 9:34:08 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: GSWarrior

Agreed. ;-)


13 posted on 05/02/2012 9:35:09 AM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: dead

I recently read an article where we have a new study showing man made localized climate warming.

It was a study done on the local area effects of wind farms done around a large Texas Wind Farm and showed that Wind Farms raise temperatures, with related impact, where they are built.

The Law of Un-Intended Consequenses from Socialist Planners is always observable.


14 posted on 05/02/2012 9:35:23 AM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
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To: SeekAndFind
A new word: ANTHROPODGENIC ~by Lange, Charles Nzavi: Diversity patterns of freshwater gastropods in lake habitats with and without anthropodgenic disturbances in Lake Victoria, Kenya.

This has to do with Disturbances by gorillas ~

A proposal ~ refer to "climate change' as "anthropodgenic disturbances" ~

(NOTE: I this is about gorilla poop in the water or something)

15 posted on 05/02/2012 9:39:56 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: dead

Excellent article. Thank you for posting it.


16 posted on 05/02/2012 9:44:01 AM PDT by paterfamilias
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To: WSGilcrest

17 posted on 05/02/2012 9:44:08 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: SECURE AMERICA

Climate change is so severe here in SE MI that I turned my furnace off today and just a couple months ago I was required to use it! At this rate of warming I will need to cool down my living environment.

We MUST increase taxes to stop this tragedy!


18 posted on 05/02/2012 9:45:32 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: dead
Great points. I am currently reading a book called "Sync" by Steven Strogatz, a leading author on chaos theory. It is amazing how much chaos theory was advanced by cross-pollination of various disciplines such as quantum physics, meterology, biology, engineering, and mathematics. To dismiss experts in other field that understand the underlying physics and mathematics and to only rely on the core group leads to inbreeding and monolithic thinking.
19 posted on 05/02/2012 9:55:11 AM PDT by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Or even better:

CATASTROPHIC MAN-MADE GLOBAL WARMING.

Their premise for action is that we control the warming AND the warming will devastate our world.


20 posted on 05/02/2012 9:57:45 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: dead
When the sun is more active, it's magnetic field

I gather RCP ain't got no educatorial staph to learn 'em some real good spelling and grammer and whatknot.

21 posted on 05/02/2012 10:00:19 AM PDT by Dysart
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To: dead
I'm all about "climate change" as it is simply part of Earth's evolution over time. BUT, one thing I NEVER hear the coolaide drinkers talk about, ever, is:

The solar cycle (or solar magnetic activity cycle) where the Sun has an 11 year cycle.
The inclination of the Earth's orbit which has an approx 100000 year cycle.
Our solar system's celestial location within an arm of the Milky Way.

These things DO have bearing on our humble little blue rock; but that negates the teeth gnashing by the commie pinko's.

22 posted on 05/02/2012 10:01:07 AM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m a denier of AGW. Anthropogenic Global Warming (human induced)


23 posted on 05/02/2012 10:02:51 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: dead; All
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 (1880 – 1956)
Journalist – magazine editor


24 posted on 05/02/2012 10:03:20 AM PDT by QT3.14 ( Globaloney Warming)
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To: CSM

We were using our air conditioning a couple of weeks ago and three days later using the heater.


25 posted on 05/02/2012 10:05:18 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: KC Burke
Extreme climate change on a very local level...


26 posted on 05/02/2012 10:22:01 AM PDT by C210N (Wanted: Tagline)
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To: Michael Barnes

And don’t forget that it’s apparently warming up on Mars.

I guess the Mars Rover didn’t have emission controls.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/02/070228-mars-warming.html


27 posted on 05/02/2012 10:32:44 AM PDT by fruser1
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To: dead
. A relatively small group of academics at a fixed number of universities and research institutes, all supported by the same government agencies with the same agendas, get to decide who joins the closed club of "climatology."

This brings up the warning from Eisenhower's farewell address:

In this [technological] revolution, research has become central, it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.

The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present – and is gravely to be regarded.


28 posted on 05/02/2012 11:07:07 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: cuban leaf

Well in that case we can go right past tax increases and right to complete wealth confiscation! In the interest of eliminating such drastic shifts in our climates!


29 posted on 05/02/2012 1:31:41 PM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The issue is and has never ever been “Climate Change”. The issue in dispute is and always has been MAN-MADE GLOBAL WARMING. Let’s use that term and not not “climate change”.

Good point - you're right - words matter.

30 posted on 05/02/2012 2:05:40 PM PDT by GOPJ (Had a Christian minister yelled at a bunch of gay students - the New York Times would have covered i)
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To: dead

Apocaholism:

The compulsion to find sources of doom which provide a rationale for instituting massive command and control legislative and regulatory regimes. In addition to providing power to the its adherents it has the added benefit of enhancing the sense of moral and intellectual superiority to adherents over opponents who are characterized as being stupid and/or evil. All tactics to vanquish opponents are justified as the end (global salvation) justifies the means.

Examples: Malthusian population growth, imminent global pandemic, catastrophic anthropogenic climate change.


31 posted on 05/02/2012 2:44:10 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: kosciusko51

meteorology


32 posted on 05/02/2012 3:16:06 PM PDT by larryjohnson (USAF(Ret))
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To: larryjohnson

sorry


33 posted on 05/02/2012 3:21:06 PM PDT by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: dead

I agree with the author 100%. The issue is not “climate change” because the climate is always changing. It’s whether man not only caused it to change, but whether man can really do anything to keep it from changing.

Whenever confronted by the “global warming” types, I make these points:

1. Have you seen those Norwegian cattle ranches in Greenland? No, it’s too cold there for cattle. Well, they were there 1000 years ago, when the world was much warmer than it is today.

2. So I assume you are trying to return the earth to a more optimal colder time, such as when this spot was buried under a mile thick sheet of ice like it was 70,000 years ago. Is that what you are advocating?

3. Did you know that geologists believe that permanent ice like that found in Antarctica & Greenland has only existed for about 5% of the world’s history? What does that tell you about the “optimal” temperature of the earth?


34 posted on 05/03/2012 5:26:49 AM PDT by henkster (Wanted: Politicians willing to say "No" to people. No experience required.)
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To: SeekAndFind

WORDS MEAN THINGS.


You have just hit upon the secret of the Left -— to the Left, words DON’T mean things (when they don’t want them to).

When I was at UCLA in 1960, I took a Course entitled “Philosophy of Science”. The instructor took the first three weeks laying the foundation for the premise that, since each person learns words differently, they mean different things to different people; and thus no two people can every truly communicate completely.

On the last day to drop classes, I stood up in the middle of the lecture, and told the instructor that, since people cannot truly communicate, in particular he could not communicate with me, and since I couldn’t learn anything from that communication, I was wasting my time, and so I was dropping his class ... and walked out and dropped it.

Since that time, I have noticed that Left loves to redefine words ... and that it is integral to their assaults on our culture
... like “Marriage”
... and “family”
... and “torture”
... and “tolerance”
... and “establishment of religion”
... and “fairness”
... and “natural born citizen”
... and “regulate interstate commerce”
... and “shall not infringe”
... (feel free to add to this list).

This is not new. Recall that “Alice in Wonderland” was a satire of the then current political system; and in it was the scene where it was said: “When I use a word, I mean it to mean exactly what I mean it to mean, no more, and no less.” Of course, that line was spoken by someone obviously insane ... now it is mainstream.


35 posted on 05/03/2012 1:14:01 PM PDT by Mack the knife
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36 posted on 05/21/2012 1:10:52 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: SECURE AMERICA
You can’t deny climate change. The climate changed today from yesterday. We have 4 seasons, we have winters with snow and winters without. The climate has been changing since the beginning of time and will keep on changing regardless of what human beings think say or want.

Oh, you're not kidding. It's 97 here now, up from 72 about 12 hours ago. If you extrapolate that trend, it's gonna be 300 or more by this weekend! I better whip up some cookie dough!

37 posted on 05/21/2012 11:42:06 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Mack the knife
Of course, that line was spoken by someone obviously insane ... now it is mainstream.

...and yet still used only by the obviously insane -- it's just that there are so many MORE of them than there used to be.

38 posted on 05/21/2012 11:44:49 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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