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Global warming: The French connection
TowhHall.com ^ | 05/29/03 | Ann Coulter

Posted on 05/29/2003 7:42:37 AM PDT by Phantom Lord

Global warming: The French connection

Inasmuch as June is around the corner and it's still winter, it is time to revisit the issue of "global warming." A sparrow does not a spring make, but in the Druid religion of environmentalism, every warm summer's breeze prompts apocalyptic demands for a ban on aerosol spray and paper bags. So where is global warming when we need it?

In 1998, President Clinton denounced Republicans for opposing his environmental policies, citing Florida's inordinately warm weather: "June was the hottest month they had ever had – hotter than any July or August they had ever had." This, after the Senate rejected the Kyoto Treaty by the slender margin of 95-0. In fact, all the world's major industrial powers initially rejected the treaty, including Japan. That's right: Even Kyoto rejected Kyoto.

That same year, CNN's Margaret Carlson remarked that when her neighbors experienced temperate weather at Christmas, global warming was the word on everyone's lips. Adding to the world's supply of hot air, she said global warming was the big sleeper issue.

Well, this year, Washington, D.C., had the coldest February in a quarter-century. What are the scientific conclusions of Ms. Carlson's neighbors now? In a single day in February, New York got its fourth-deepest snowfall since 1869. Baltimore got more snow in February than in any other month in recorded history. I wish there were global warming.

In 1995, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change produced a computer model purportedly proving "a discernible human influence on global climate." According to the U.N., there was not enough evidence to determine if Saddam Hussein was a threat, but the evidence is in on global warming.

The key to the U.N.'s global warming study was man's use of aerosol spray. You have to know the French were involved in a study concluding that Arrid Extra Dry is destroying the Earth. In a world in which everyone smelled, the French would be at no disadvantage. Aerosol spray. How convenient.

According to global-warming hysterics, global warming would begin at the poles, melt the ice caps, and then the oceans would rise. On the basis of such fatuous theories, in August 1998, the host of NPR's "Science Friday," Ira Flatow, told his listeners to look out their windows and imagine the ocean in their own back yards. Explaining that receding glaciers in Antarctica would dramatically lift sea levels, he warned that their grandchildren could be "hanging fishing poles out of New York skyscrapers," thus qualifying as the world's all-time greatest "fishing story."

Since then, evidence disproving "global warming" has been pouring in. God knows how many trees had to be sacrificed to print new data refuting global warming.

In January 2002, the journal Science published the findings of scientists who had been measuring the vast West Antarctic ice sheet. Far from melting, it turns out the ice sheet is growing thicker. The researchers were Dr. Ian R. Joughin, an engineer at the jet propulsion laboratory of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Pasadena, Calif., and Dr. Slawek Tulaczyk, a professor of earth sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

About the same time, the journal Nature published the findings of scientist Peter Doran and his colleagues at the University of Illinois. Rather than using the U.N.'s "computer models," the researchers took actual temperature readings. It turned out temperatures in the Antarctic have been getting slightly colder – not warmer – for the last 30 years.

The chief scientist for Environmental Defense, Michael Oppenheimer, responded to the new findings by urging caution and warning that "there is simply not enough data to make a broad statement about all of Antarctica." That's interesting. We didn't have to wait for more data when lunatics curtailed the use of nuclear energy in this country on the basis of the movie "The China Syndrome." That was hard scientific evidence.

We didn't wait for more data when DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane) was banned on the basis of Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring, which brainwashed children into believing DDT would kill all the birds. American soldiers in World War II were bathed in DDT. Jews rescued from Nazi death camps were doused in DDT. It was a miracle invention: Tiny amounts of DDT kill disease-carrying insects with no harm to humans, protecting them from malaria, dengue and typhus. But in 1972, the U.S. banned one of the greatest inventions in modern history.

Now environmentalists are in a panic that African nations will use DDT to save millions of lives. Last year, 80,000 people in Uganda alone died of malaria, half of them children. The United States and Europe have threatened to ban Ugandan imports if they use DDT to stop this scourge. Environmentalists would prefer that millions of Africans die so that white liberals may continue gazing upon rare birds.

Liberals don't care about the environment. The core of environmentalism is a hatred for mankind. They want mass infanticide, zero population growth, reduced standards of living and vegetarianism. Most crucially, they want Americans to stop with their infernal deodorant use.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: coulter; french; globalwarming

1 posted on 05/29/2003 7:42:38 AM PDT by Phantom Lord
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To: Phantom Lord
Right on about the coldest winter on recent record. Also here in Pittsburgh PA we're having the coolest May that I remember. My marigolds are even wilting.
2 posted on 05/29/2003 7:47:30 AM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Phantom Lord
I wish there were global warming.

Not to worry, to the religeous (Environmental Druidism) left the cold Winters are as much a sign of "Global Warming" as a hot one.

3 posted on 05/29/2003 7:57:14 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Soddom has left the bunker.)
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To: Phantom Lord
Ann is great, and global warming is bunk, but I think she's a little off about the aerosol spray. Freon (the banned aerosol propellant and refrigerant) was never implicated in (supposed) global warming, but instead was banned because of evidence that freon damaged the ozone layer that protects us from the Sun's ultraviolet rays. Since the ban, the ozone layer has improved, so there is at least prima facie evidence of the connection. Also, switching to different refrigerants and propellants, while costly, is not an economy-buster. Really decreasing energy production would be.
4 posted on 05/29/2003 8:06:53 AM PDT by Stirner (height)
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To: Phantom Lord
Dang!

Does this mean my house on Central Florida's "Ridge" won't be oceanfront property anytime soon?

Can I sue the global warm-mongers(tm)?

It was upsetting enough to see the Ridge burned from space by a Xindi death ray on last week's 'Enterprise', and now this!

Hey . . . come to think of it, the show proved global warming false. It's set 200 years in the future, yet the coastlines were unchanged. And 200 years after that (c.f. 'First Contact'), the Solomon Islands in the Pacific are still above the waves.

No worries, mate.
5 posted on 05/29/2003 8:11:26 AM PDT by MalcolmS (Do Not Remove This Tagline Under Penalty Of Law!)
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To: Mike Darancette
As far as Ann goes, she certainly warms my globe...
6 posted on 05/29/2003 8:11:50 AM PDT by el_texicano
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To: Phantom Lord
"Rather than using the U.N.'s "computer models," the researchers took actual temperature readings."

What a novel approach!

(And what a beautiful lady!)

7 posted on 05/29/2003 8:28:15 AM PDT by Redbob
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To: Stirner
Since the ban, the ozone layer has improved, so there is at least prima facie evidence of the connection...

Hardly, just because of its ban in the USA doesnt mean its not getting vented in to the worlds atmosphere any less than it ever was. Lots of 3rd world compressors are still on Freon. Further, the "half-life" of the chloroflurocarbons is supposed to be a bazillion years - so clearly that ban cannot have anything to do with the "recovery" of the ozone hole.

PERHAPS there are natural variations in the ozone hole and that with longer periods of observation we will become familiar with these variations. Until then the Chicked Littles will Rule Our World.

Junk Science is like junk food.

8 posted on 05/29/2003 9:24:51 AM PDT by corkoman (did someone say WOD?)
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To: Phantom Lord
Thanks for the article.

Hopefully a lot of the good researchers on our side are arming themselves with the documented lies that been published as the mantras of the Watermelon Green Jihadists in America. I know of a couple who are working on this and will try to tie it in with the lies of the NY Slimes.

Of course the Ny Slimes and Washington Compost are two of the biggest pushers of the Global Warming lies/myths in America.
9 posted on 05/29/2003 9:29:32 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Time to visit this website and join up: http://www.georgewbush.com/)
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To: Phantom Lord
The enviralists with their ban on DDT have killed millions of innocent third world children and their parents.

The Uganda data here: "Now environmentalists are in a panic that African nations will use DDT to save millions of lives. Last year, 80,000 people in Uganda alone died of malaria, half of them children."

That is over 200 Uganda children and others dying each day.
One can only imagine if some pyscho killed that many each day with guns in Uganda.
10 posted on 05/29/2003 9:33:34 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Time to visit this website and join up: http://www.georgewbush.com/)
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To: Phantom Lord
Here is another way the Enviralists work behind the scenes to kill innocent third world children and their parents:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/919445/posts

If Americans need another reason to intensely dislike certain European governments that undermined American policy to liberate Iraq from the mass murderer Saddam Hussein, here is one. Those same governments are not only opposing the sending of donated American bioengineered food to starving African nations, they are spreading disinformation and lies so that African governments will not accept any.

In a May 21 speech to graduates of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., President George W. Bush "outed" the Europeans when he accused them of perpetuating starvation in Africa by lying about biotech food and subsidizing their agricultural exports, thus preventing poor nations from developing their own crops. The United States has filed a lawsuit with the World Trade Organization, complaining about the European moratorium on bioengineered crops.

Former Rep. Tony Hall (D-Ohio), who now serves as the U.S. ambassador to the U.S. Mission to the U.N. Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome, tells me, "Any leader who denies food to their people and they die deserves to be brought up on charges of crimes against humanity in the world's highest court."

11 posted on 05/29/2003 9:37:58 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Time to visit this website and join up: http://www.georgewbush.com/)
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To: Ciexyz
In Alaska we had the warmest winter since 1925. Also, the severe multi-year drought continues.
12 posted on 05/29/2003 9:40:41 AM PDT by RightWhale (gazing at shadows)
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To: corkoman
"Hardly, just because of its ban in the USA doesnt mean its not getting vented in to the worlds atmosphere any less than it ever was. Lots of 3rd world compressors are still on Freon."

Let's get to the point on the so-called "Freon Ban." What we're really talking about here is R-12, which carried the DuPont trade name of Freon. DuPont had a patent on it, so only DuPont could make R-12. Patents don't last forever, and DuPont's R-12 patent was nearing expiration. To preserve DuPont's near monopoly on automotive regrigerants, R-12 had to be banned to force the market to adopt another refrigerant standard - one that was not a chlorofluorocarbon, so as not to disprove their already faulty premise. This new standard turned out to be R-134a, which is an HFC - a hydrofluorocarbon. And 134a is not a direct plug-in replacement for R-12, so SOMEBODY got the bidness of making the rubber for the hoses and fittings for R-134a regridge systems. Can you say DuPont?

The switch to R134a had as much to do with preserving DuPont's monopoly on the domestic auto refrigerant market - and little to done with some ozone hole in Antarctica.

Of course, R-134a is slightly less efficient than R-12, but it does work fairly well. Of course, Propane would work really well, but that scares people a lot...

Back to R-12 - now, ANYONE can make it, since DuPont's patent expired, and yes, you can find a lot of R-12 in use around the world. Just not in the US.

Michael

13 posted on 05/29/2003 10:02:17 AM PDT by Wright is right! (Have a profitable day!)
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To: Stirner
Yea right. Please tell me how a gas that's heavier than air (normal 80% N mix) sinks to the ground and disintegrates in 3-4 days can somehow jump up and deplete the ozone layer.

I'm getting sick and F***ing tired of morons.
14 posted on 05/29/2003 11:34:23 AM PDT by Eagles2003
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To: Stirner
I apologize, I came down a little too strong in my last post.

We've got an DOE that finds a problem with R-12, dioxin and DDT, yet continues to mandate MTBE. Government is liberalism personified.
15 posted on 05/29/2003 11:44:25 AM PDT by Eagles2003
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To: Wright is right!
wow - thanks for the insights.
16 posted on 05/29/2003 11:51:16 AM PDT by corkoman (did someone say WOD?)
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To: corkoman
"wow - thanks for the insights."

There's more. Can't believe I left out the best part. Guess where DuPont has a huge presence? Nashville TN. Guess who was a US Senator from TN at the time this bit of legislative chicanery took place? And whom would you imagine to have been the sponsor of the Senate version of this legislation?

I don't know the answer to this one, but someone could check. Which US-based manufacturer of refrigerants has made major campaign contributions to the political aspirations of one Algore?

I used to hold a certification for refrigerant purchase - which, BTW, you can get online by passing an open-book test. So I'm somewhat familiar with this total Dupont Patent Scam.

Michael

17 posted on 05/29/2003 12:06:09 PM PDT by Wright is right! (Have a profitable day!)
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To: Phantom Lord
Damn, she is good. I used to get into huge arguments about the fallacy of global warming with my few liberal friends. They would get so angry with me for not agreeing that there was global warming......I loved pointing out that back in the 70's these same gloom & doom "researchers" were predicting a NEW ICE AGE!!!

When they can accurately predict the weather farther out than the next day....I will pay attention.
18 posted on 05/29/2003 12:41:14 PM PDT by Feiny (Oops, my Tag line is showing!)
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To: Grampa Dave
DDT the first of the chlorinated organic insecticides, was originally prepared in 1873, but it was not until 1939 that Paul Muller of Geigy Pharmaceutical in Switzerland discovered the effectiveness of DDT as an insecticide he was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine and physiology in 1948 for this discovery).

The use of DDT increased enormously on a worldwide basis after World War II, primarily because of its effectiveness against the mosquito that spreads malaria and lice that carry typhus. The World Health Organization estimates that during the period of its use approximately 25 million lives were saved. DDT seemed to be the ideal insecticideit is cheap and of relatively low toxicity to mammals (oral LD50 is 300 to 500 mg/kg). However, problems related to extensive use of DDT began to appear in the late 1940s. Many species of insects developed resistance to DDT, and DDT was also discovered to have a high toxicity toward fish.

The chemical stability of DDT and its fat solubility compounded the problem. DDT is not metabolized very rapidly by animals; instead, it is deposited and stored in the fatty tissues. The biological half-life of DDT is about eight years; that is, it takes about eight years for an animal to metabolize half of the amount it assimilates. If ingestion continues at a steady rate, DDT builds up within the animal over time.

The use of DDT was banned in the United States in 1973, although it is still in use in some other parts of the world. The buildup of DDT in natural waters is a reverisble process: the EPA reported a 90% reduction of DDT in Lake Michigan fish by 1978 as a result of the ban.
19 posted on 05/29/2003 12:44:20 PM PDT by Feiny (Oops, my Tag line is showing!)
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To: Eagles2003
"I apologize, I came down a little too strong in my last post."

Don't worry about it. You make a good point about freon being a heavy gas that I hadn't thought about. My point was not so much to defend the freon ban as to call attention to Ann Coulter mixing up ozone depletion claims with global warning claims. They could both be BS and yet still be different claims.

20 posted on 05/29/2003 12:56:02 PM PDT by Stirner
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To: feinswinesuksass
So you are in favor of DDT as a real late term abortion which kills millions of innocents.

There has been zero documented evidence that DDT is harmful to humans. There are centuries of evidence that malaria and other mosquito vectored diseases unchecked will kill millions of innocents.

http://www.acsh.org/publications/reports/ddt2002.html

THE DDT BAN TURNS 30 — Millions Dead of Malaria Because of Ban, More Deaths Likely

See also
HealthFactsAndFears.com Precautionary Principle Raises Blood Pressure
ACSH's press release on DDT

by Todd Seavey

June 2002

Today, the Senate is poised to enact an international treaty (the so-called POPs treaty) banning all use of DDT, despite the millions of people who have already died as a result of the U.S. EPA's ban on the chemical.

Thirty years ago, on June l4, l972, the Environmental Protection Agency's first administrator, William Ruckelshaus, rebuffed the advice of his scientific advisors and announced a ban on virtually all domestic uses of the pesticide DDT. This was done despite the fact that DDT had earlier been hailed as a "miracle" chemical that repelled and killed mosquitoes that carry malaria, a disease that can be fatal to humans.

Ruckelshaus (who later worked with the Environmental Defense Fund, the very activist organization that had urged the ban) cited health concerns in defending his decision. He reported that DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichlorethane) killed many beneficial insects, birds, and aquatic animals — not just malarial mosquitoes — and that it "presents a carcinogenic risk" to humans, based on laboratory studies showing increased cancer risk in mice fed extremely high doses. The scientific community was outspoken in opposing such a ban, noting that there was no evidence that DDT posed a hazard to human health. Yet the ban still took effect.

Now, thirty years later, it is vividly apparent that DDT was not hazardous to human health and that the banning of its domestic use led to its diminished production in the United States — and less availability of DDT for the developing world. The results were disastrous: at least 1-2 million people continue to die from malaria each year, 30-60 million or more lives needlessly lost since the ban took effect. This is especially tragic since there was hope of eradicating the disease altogether when DDT was first introduced and its potential was recognized.

Incredibly, despite the harsh lessons that should have been learned from the banning of DDT, governments around the world now stand poised to compound the error by enacting a global ban on DDT and related chemicals. Today, though DDT is banned in the U.S. and its use is discouraged by influential international aid agencies, some governments are at least able to use old stockpiles of the chemical or make a case for carefully controlled outdoor use of the chemical in emergency circumstances (though spraying homes would be more effective).

But even this minimal use of DDT could come to an end if the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, at the urging of Senators Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and Jim Jeffords (Ind.-VT), decides to eliminate the chemical altogether — along with other "persistent organic pollutants" (POPs) — by implementing an international POPs treaty, a treaty ostensibly aimed at chemicals that "pose a risk of causing adverse effects to human health and the environment." DDT is indeed persistent, but its mere presence is not indicative of adverse effects. DDT poses no known human health risk, but the treaty if passed will ensure ongoing widespread deaths from malaria.

THE PERIL OF MALARIA AND THE PROMISE OF DDT

There are some 300 to 500 million reported cases of malaria each year, 90% occurring in Africa. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about two and a half million people die of the disease each year, again, mostly in Africa, the majority of them poor children. Indeed, malaria is the second leading cause of death in Africa (after AIDS) and the number one killer of children there (with about one child being lost to malaria every thirty seconds). Many medical historians believe malaria has killed more people than any other disease in history, including the Black Plague, and may have contributed to the collapse of the Roman Empire. Malaria was common in places as far north as Boston and England until the twentieth century. Two thirds of the world lived in malaria-ridden areas prior to the 1940s.

That devastation all but stopped during the time that DDT use was widespread, around 1950-1970. Indeed, the discovery that DDT could kill malarial mosquitoes earned Dr. Paul MŸller the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1948. DDT, a chemical pesticide synthesized by MŸller in the late 1930s, was initially used against houseflies, beetles, various farm pests, and typhus-carrying lice on the bodies of World War II soldiers and civilians. America and England soon became the major producers of the chemical, using it to fight malaria-carrying mosquitoes, especially in tropical regions.

In all, DDT has been conservatively credited with saving some 100 million lives.


Enviralmentalists hate humans and want them killed off to protect mother earth.

21 posted on 05/29/2003 1:14:13 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Time to visit this website and join up: http://www.georgewbush.com/)
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To: Grampa Dave
I have no clue as to why you asked me such a ridiculous question. I don't know much about it, I was only posting a little info on DDT that I googled.
22 posted on 05/29/2003 2:48:00 PM PDT by Feiny (Oops, my Tag line is showing!)
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