Skip to comments.The Sky Is Falling! Or Is It?
Posted on 08/27/2003 5:27:47 AM PDT by JesseHousman
Modern-day Chicken Littles would like you to believe that the sky is falling or, more precisely, that the atmosphere is dangerously overheating. But they are wrong.
The steady stream of scary scenarios about global warming and its supposed cataclysmic consequences hasnt abated. It continues because its purveyors have an agenda that encompasses much more than environmental concerns. Those who insist that human beings, especially Americans, are endangering the future of mankind by causing the Earths atmospheric temperature to rise ignore the many scientific refutations of their claims. What they seek is control of fellow man: how he lives, how he works, and whether constitutional limitations on his government shall endure. In their drive for power, they are regularly aided by elements of the Establishment media that also ignore sound science.
One significant example of the ongoing fright peddling is when Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) managed to obtain a commitment from the full Senate that it will, before the year ends, consider their proposal to mandate controls on industrial emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2). The two senators insist that atmospheric CO2 must be reduced because it is the main cause of global warming. Predictably, Senator McCain argued that a voluntary approach to this problem wasnt acceptable because it did not "meet the urgency" of the threat.
Almost simultaneously, the governors of 10 northeastern states announced plans to spend the next two years developing a regional strategy to limit carbon emissions at coal- and oil-fired power plants in their areas. Their motive stemmed from the supposed need to combat global warming, a condition they too claim results from CO2 being pumped into the atmosphere by mans burning of fossil fuels.
Applauding both of these developments, the New York Times editorialized that a great deal more must be done "to slow the warming trend" that is an "issue of great public concern on which the world has spoken clearly."
If leading politicians and the nations leading newspaper agree that global warming is a serious problem, who dares to disagree? The answer is that a lengthening list of highly trained meteorologists, climatologists, geophysicists, and others in related scientific fields have, for decades, insisted that the political and journalistic doomsayers are wrong and that there is no global warming problem. These individuals continue to issue a stream of scientifically based responses that debunk the CO2 and global warming scares. We present only some of their findings by posing questions of our own and letting trained experts supply answers. In some cases, we shall cite the absurdities supplied by the non-scientific doomsayers.
Question: Has any senator risen to combat the McCain/Lieberman proposal?
Answer: On July 28th, Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senates Committee on Environment and Public Works, delivered an important speech attacking the claims of global warming alarmists and others who issue warnings about similarly unproved environmental threats. Senator Inhofe cited an array of scientific authorities to debunk the claims of "environmental extremists." He closed his remarks by urging colleagues to reject measures designed to treat nonexistent problems because they are "designed not to solve an environmental problem, but to satisfy the ever-growing demand of environmental groups for money and power...."
Q: What about the House of Representatives? Have its members been provided sound scientific perspective about carbon dioxide emissions and global warming?
A: On May 28, 2003, Dr. John R. Christy testified before the Committee on Resources of the U.S. House of Representatives. A professor of Atmospheric Science and director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Dr. Christy pointed out that carbon dioxide "is not a pollutant" and that its beneficial effect on plant life "is the lifeblood of the planet." Specifically addressing claims that CO2 is causing planetary warming, Dr. Christy added: "Climate models suggest that the answer is yes; real data suggest otherwise." He is only one of a growing number to point to inaccuracies stemming from reliance on climate models intended to predict the weather many years in the future.
Addressing widespread insistence that mans activity has caused recent warm weather, Dr. Christy, the recipient of awards from both NASA and the American Meteorological Society, pointed to several studies indicating that "the climate we see today is not unusual at all." He noted that, in 2000, "the U.S. experienced the coldest combined November and December" in over 100 years and that "the 19 hottest summers in the past century occurred prior to 1955." He assured the House Committee members, "looking at these events does not prove the country is experiencing global cooling any more than a hot July represents global warming."
Q: Does mans burning of fossil fuels actually account for most of the increased amount of CO2 in the atmosphere?
A: The July issue of the Geological Society of Americas GSA Today presented the results of independent studies conducted by a Canadian geologist and an Israeli astrophysicist. The two scientists agree that atmospheric CO2 is rising, but they contend that interplay between solar activity and cosmic rays from deep space, not mans activity, is the chief cause of this increase. Jan Veizer of the University of Ottawa and Nir Shaviv of Hebrew University of Jerusalem had arrived at this conclusion independently of each other. The two met last October when they discovered their findings to be astoundingly similar. Their conclusions square with the claims of internationally renowned scientists Sallie Baliunas and Willie Soon, who have maintained for years that solar activity is the principal cause of climate fluctuations.
Q: Is more CO2 in the atmosphere actually a good development?
A: If healthy plant life is desirable, more CO2 should be a goal because plants consume CO2 just as animals (including humans) consume oxygen. Dr. Robert Balling, the director of climatology at Arizona State University, claims that increased CO2, far from being harmful, is extremely beneficial. Referring to literature presented in publications produced for botanical scientists, Dr. Balling notes that there are "thousands of articles showing that elevated concentrations of CO2 will be beneficial for plants." Dr. Balling cited experiments where plants grown with elevated levels of CO2 were compared to similar plants grown without increasing the concentration of the supposedly dreaded gas. From New Zealand to America, the results reported in major peer-reviewed scientific journals are the same: Plants grown in the presence of additional CO2 showed greater growth, less need for water, greater drought tolerance, and increased ability to deal with plant stresses. Instead of viewing CO2 as a degrading pollutant, Dr. Balling urges fellow Americans to "drive out to the forest and feel good about the CO2 coming out of your tailpipe!"
Q: Didnt world leaders agree at 1997s UN-sponsored conference held in Kyoto, Japan, that industrialized nations must reduce CO2 emissions to combat global warming?
A: Yes, delegates from many nations accepted the Kyoto Protocol, which would, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, cost the United States as much as $283 billion annually. But, as Cato Institutes Mario Lewis states, adopting the Kyoto guidelines "would have almost no effect on global temperatures." Basing his conclusions on the work of such eminent scientists as Massachusetts Institute of Technologys Dr. Richard Lindzen, Lewis maintains that forecasts of greater warming of the planet "are based on questionable climate history, implausible emission scenarios, and unconfirmed feedback effects." He urges Congress to reject "the flawed science and exaggerated claims of those who predict catastrophic global warming." Yet the House International Relations Committee recently approved a "Sense of the Congress" resolution introduced by Rep. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) that advocates Kyoto-style suppression of domestic industrial activity to prevent impending climate catastrophe.
Q: Recent identical headlines in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times claimed that "Arctic Ice Is Melting at Record Level." Doesnt this indicate global warming?
A: Researchers from the Norwegian Polar Institute and the Norwegian Meteorological Institute have compiled data from ships logs dating back five centuries. These entries show that the current "retreat of ice observed in the Arctic occurred previously, in the early 1700s." In an article appearing in the Toronto Globe and Mail, Chad Dick of the Arctic Climate Systems Study pointed to "natural cycles in sea ice extent" and stated that low levels of ice 300 years ago occurred before there were any significant man-made emissions of greenhouse gases such as CO2. Also, the American Geophysical Unions EOS magazine published an article by Igor Polyakov who examined Arctic ice and temperature records from 1868 onward and found no evidence to back up those sensational claims.
Similarly, the January 2002 issue of Science magazine published the findings of scientists who, after measuring Antarctic ice formations, concluded that the ice near the South Pole is growing thicker. Another article appearing in Nature magazine pointed to the research led by scientist Peter Doran, who discovered temperatures in the Antarctic to have decreased, not increased, over the past 30 years. These scientific findings are among many that prompt Professor Patrick Michaels of the University of Virginias Department of Environmental Sciences to chastise the "liberal media" for badly misleading the public on global warming.
Q: How did the claims about global warming arise?
A: Dr. James Hansen of the National Aeronautics and Space Agency is reputed to be the godfather of the global warming scare. From his prominent position at NASA, he claimed in 1988 to be "99 percent sure" that mans activity was responsible for causing a rise in the Earths temperature. But, by 1999, he backed off from his dire assessment and stated: "The forces that drive long-term climate change are not known with an accuracy sufficient to define future climate change." Yet advocates of larger and more intrusive government continue to present global warming as a threat and mans supposed role in causing it as a fact.
Q: Reports coming out of Europe in mid-2003 pointed to a deadly heat wave. Isnt this an indication that global warming is a fact?
A: The summer heat wave throughout much of Europe was indeed severe, with Frances Health Ministry reporting on August 14th that the heat wave killed as many as 3,000 people in France. But only seven months earlier, in January 2003, Europe experienced unusually cold weather. During this unusually cold period, a rare snowfall hit central London and more snow surprised southern France. Germany and central Europe were also hard hit with freezing temperatures, snow drifts, and transportation blockages.
In December 2002, a separate cold wave in northern India claimed the lives of 1,500 persons and won designation as one of the top five global catastrophes of 2002. Only a few years earlier, in November 1998, an Arctic cold wave swept into Europe and claimed scores of lives.
The promoters of global warming ignore repeatedly occurring cold spells. But competent scientists dont ignore them; they contend that sharp fluctuations in weather conditions, producing either hot or cold, occur because of nature and are to be expected.
Q: Have responsible scientists ever organized to challenge the claims about global warming and CO2 emissions?
A: In 1998, a petition signed by more than 18,000 scientists sought to debunk the claims of global warming enthusiasts and even pointedly challenged the recommendations contained in the Kyoto Protocol. A letter from Dr. Frederick Seitz endorsing its content and an eight-page article reviewing the available research literature on the topic accompanied the widely circulated petition. When pressed, Dr. Seitz, a past president of the National Academy of Sciences, refused to remove his endorsement of the project. The accompanying article, written by physical chemist Dr. Arthur Robinson, stated that "predictions of harmful climatic effects due to future increases in minor greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide are in error and do not conform to current experimental knowledge."
The petition, signed by thousands of meteorologists, climatologists and atmospheric scientists, stated in part: "There is no convincing evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earths atmosphere and disruption of the Earths climate."
Q: In a world plagued with terrorism and other crises, just how serious is the global warming problem supposed to be according to the environmentalists?
A: In July 2003, Englands John Houghton, a former co-chairman of the highly politicized United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said that he "had no hesitation" in describing global warming as "a weapon of mass destruction." Adding to his hyperbole, Houghton stated, "Like terrorism, this weapon knows no boundaries [and] can strike anywhere in any form a heat wave in one place, a drought or a flood or a storm surge in another." According to this once-respected former chief of the British Meteorological Office, global warming "kills more people than terrorism."
Q: Have any claimants about the danger of catastrophic global warming expressed any doubts about their theory?
A: Dr. Stephen Schneider of the National Center for Atmospheric Research was quoted by the October 1989 issue of Discover magazine as saying that scientists are "ethically bound to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but...." So far, so good. Yet, after claiming that the earth faces "potentially disastrous climate change," he called on fellow global warming enthusiasts to "offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have." Compounding his willingness to deceive the public, he even suggested that colleagues had the option of choosing "between being effective and being honest."
Q: What do these environmental extremists offer in place of the use of fossil fuels?
A: The "alternatives" usually advanced include solar, wind, and geothermal power. But the minuscule amounts of energy available from these alternative sources will never come close to matching the energy produced by coal, oil, and natural gas, the targeted fossil fuels. Indicative of the blindness and/or moral bankruptcy of most global warming enthusiasts is their almost universally negative attitude about safe, clean and efficient nuclear power.
Only a few weeks ago, however, a group of MIT and Harvard scientists released a two-year study that boldly recommended increasing the number of Americas nuclear power plants from 100 to 300. This is good news, even though the group accepts the false notion that carbon dioxide is "a greenhouse gas that contributes significantly to global warming."
Q: What are the true goals of extreme environmentalists?
A: In 1972, Worldwatch Institute leader Lester Brown wrote that "an environmentally sustainable future requires nothing short of a revolution [that would include] restructuring the global economy, dramatically changing human reproductive behavior and altering values and lifestyles."
In 1991, Canadian billionaire Maurice Strong, poised to serve as the Secretary-General of the 1992 UN Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, wrote: "It is clear that current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class involving high meat intake, consumption of large amounts of frozen and convenience foods, ownership of motor vehicles, numerous electric household appliances, home and workplace air conditioning suburban housing are not sustainable."
In his 1992 book Earth In the Balance, then-senator Al Gore insisted that "the effort to save the global environment" must become "the central organizing principle for every institution in society." He called for a "wrenching transformation" of society that must include "completely eliminating the internal combustion engine" because it is "the single greatest threat to our civilization." Not surprisingly, he never gave up using his own automobiles, each of which possesses one of those supposed threats to civilization under its hood.
In 1993, the UN released Agenda 21: The Earth Summit Strategy to Save the Planet. This massive blueprint for regimenting "every person on Earth" calls for "a profound reorientation of all human society." It calls for monitoring and controlling "the environmental consequences of every human action."
Many other examples could be cited showing that the real agenda behind the global-warming scare is about enchaining the planet, not saving it.
And the agenda is.....emasculate the USA. Drain it of resources making it easier to fold into the NWO. In the process, of course, our institutions (now crumbling under onslaughts by ACLU and Homoseuxal Agenda) have taken such a beating that it would take decades to restore them.
CO2 facilitates plant growth.
Why do the rich hate the middle class so much?
I also think the author has been perusing FR. Good article though with lots of good data for future use.
Why would you mug a poor person?
Because the middle class have enough free time to look up and see what they are doing to us (if they can bring themselves to look away from the TV).
1.) Q: What percentage of the atmosphere is Carbon Dioxide?
A: About 0.06%, that's six one hundredths of one percent!
2.) Q: How much of an increase does this represent over the percentage of CO2 in the earth's atmosphere before the widespread burning of fossil fuels by humans?
A: That percentage is up from 0.04%, actually a 50% increase!
3.) Q: What is the most prevalent "greenhouse gas," and what percentage is it in the earth's atmosphere?
A: Water vapor. Between 0 and 4%, depending on local humidity. That's 300 times more on average than the percentage of CO2.
4.) Q: Since this much more common "greenhouse gas" is not at all dealt with by the Kyoto treaty, what do you propose to do about it?
A: Good question...
5.) Q: Do you actually expect us to buy this "global warming" crap in light of these facts?
A: Fill this in yourself.
I guarantee that any "eco-wacko" you might happen to "debate" on this issue will not be able to or will refuse to answer the first question. He or she will then get very angry and flustered, and sputter out something like "...what difference does that make?" or "What, ...are you some sort of wise guy?" You of course will answer " Yes, and very much wiser than you, for that matter."
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Sometimes that's a problem. Reduced drought stress in trees due to the fertilization effect of carbon dioxide is packing up the forests full of young seedlings. Besides fire exclusion, that's one reason why recent fires have been so severe. It's like anything else, there are benefits in some places and problems in others.
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