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Is Global Warming a Sin?
The Nation ^ | 5/14/07

Posted on 05/03/2007 9:01:57 AM PDT by Omega Man II

beat the devil by Alexander Cockburn

Is Global Warming a Sin?

[from the May 14, 2007 issue]

In a couple of hundred years historians will be comparing the frenzies over our supposed human contribution to global warming to the tumults at the latter end of the tenth century as the Christian millennium approached. Then as now, the doomsters identified human sinfulness as the propulsive factor in the planet's rapid downward slide. Then as now, a buoyant market throve on fear. The Roman Catholic Church sold indulgences like checks. The sinners established a line of credit against bad behavior and could go on sinning. Today a world market in "carbon credits" is in formation. Those whose "carbon footprint" is small can sell their surplus carbon credits to others less virtuous than themselves.

The modern trade is as fantastical as the medieval one. There is still zero empirical evidence that anthropogenic production of carbon dioxide is making any measurable contribution to the world's present warming trend. The greenhouse fearmongers rely on unverified, crudely oversimplified models to finger mankind's sinful contribution--and carbon trafficking, just like the old indulgences, is powered by guilt, credulity, cynicism and greed.

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: gobalwarming

1 posted on 05/03/2007 9:02:05 AM PDT by Omega Man II
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2 posted on 05/03/2007 9:04:44 AM PDT by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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Wow. Cockburn is about as far left as they come, and he’s crying “The Emperor Has No Clothes!”

Could the tide be turning against this Global Warming fraud?


3 posted on 05/03/2007 9:06:39 AM PDT by Omega Man II
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To: Omega Man II

4 posted on 05/03/2007 9:08:09 AM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: I see my hands

It’s a Sin to tell a lie. So, yes.


5 posted on 05/03/2007 9:11:19 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massgopguy

The best part was mention of the 30% drop in CO2 emissions due to the Great Depression that didn’t even make a dent in the rise of atmospheric CO2.


6 posted on 05/03/2007 9:15:42 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Omega Man II

As the new global religion gains strength, The Goracle will advance to a higher plain of existance. I wonder who the saints of this new faith will be? Will they have Bingo and pot luck dinners?


7 posted on 05/03/2007 9:18:14 AM PDT by SabianKinslow
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To: Omega Man II
Cockburn is about as far left as they come, and he’s crying “The Emperor Has No Clothes!”

I'm noticing the same phenomenon. GW has taken off like no one expected. Perhaps some semi-sane lefties are realizing that they may have overstepped on this one.

8 posted on 05/03/2007 9:21:57 AM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: Omega Man II
This appeared in The Nation? What next, an appreciation of The Wealth of Nations? A fawning profile of G.W. Bush? A vicious critique of Marxism?
9 posted on 05/03/2007 9:25:54 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets ("We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.")
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To: SabianKinslow

All Hail the Goreie


10 posted on 05/03/2007 9:25:54 AM PDT by Omega Man II
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To: randog

If the GOP congress and president had offered the US a reasonable energy policy the GW movement would not be quite where it is. Even people who are very skeptical realize that it would be a darn good idea to use less imported Arab oil. So they go along.


11 posted on 05/03/2007 9:26:34 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit (I don't care what side of the debate you are on: Weather is not Climate)
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To: Omega Man II
I realize that many experts believe that global warming caused by human activity is a fact.
Whenever I read or hear the opinions of experts, I am reminded of a quote attributed to Robert Cecil, 3rd Marquis of Salisbury, the last peer to be Prime Minister of Great Britain, which illustrates the dangers of relying on expert opinion.
“If one listens to physicians, nothing is healthy. If one listens to soldiers, nothing is safe. If one listens to clergymen, nothing is innocent.”
12 posted on 05/03/2007 9:28:31 AM PDT by quadrant
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To: Omega Man II

Is Global Warming a Sin?

No, but expelling warm air onto the pews in church might be.


13 posted on 05/03/2007 9:31:49 AM PDT by irishtenor (Save the whales. Collect the whole set.)
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To: Omega Man II
The left did proclaim after their Gore could not steal an election they had religion tooooooo. Now it seems to be Thou shalt not drive or Thou shalt not use more than one square per privy stop, unless you stop in a Gorism ticket booth to purchase your your pollution ticket.

Wonder what ‘global heaven’ is like????

14 posted on 05/03/2007 9:33:27 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: Omega Man II

Is Global Warming a Sin?

No, it’s a SHAM.


15 posted on 05/03/2007 9:34:51 AM PDT by KingRonnie9
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To: I see my hands

Over the top belief in Global Warming is definitely a religion to the left. We should continue to promote that fact of it being a religion to them....

Then let the other shoe drop and say that we must maintain separation of church and state.
We cannot allow government mandate in any form or fashion the ‘participation’ in this religion by forcing titheing, i.e., taxes. And no forced penance, i.e., penalties etc.


16 posted on 05/03/2007 9:40:06 AM PDT by GivemeaBREAK!
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To: Omega Man II
Wow. Cockburn is about as far left as they come, and he’s crying “The Emperor Has No Clothes!”

Yeah, seeing Cockburn's name on the by-line surprised me too. Maybe old-time leftists saved their credulity for Socialism and Communism, while modern leftists prefer to express their desire for control over other people through Environmentalism.
17 posted on 05/03/2007 9:52:33 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Omega Man II
Did you see the title of his next article?

Next: Who are the hoaxers, and what are they after?

18 posted on 05/03/2007 10:10:20 AM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: Omega Man II

What a damning article!

The earth isn’t getting warmer because of increased CO2, the earth has increased CO2 because the earth is getting warmer.


19 posted on 05/03/2007 10:19:30 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever (Ubi Petrus, ibi ecclesia, et ubi ecclesia vita eterna)
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To: Omega Man II

I think I just saw a pig fly by my window.


20 posted on 05/03/2007 11:58:47 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Omega Man II
"Could the tide be turning against this Global Warming fraud?"

Right after they abandon PC.

21 posted on 05/03/2007 12:01:17 PM PDT by deadrock
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To: I see my hands

LOL! A classic!


22 posted on 05/03/2007 12:03:38 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( Duncan Hunter '08)
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To: Omega Man II
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23 posted on 05/03/2007 12:13:31 PM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: Omega Man II
I like the constrast that the author draws between 'Carbon Credits' and the sinful indulgence licences that the Roman Catholic Church sold during the Dark Ages.

What depresses me most about this comparison is that the Roman Catholic Church held the Western world in the grip of their insanity for many centuries; "As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory springs".

Are we going to have to wait 500 years for our own Martin Luther and his 95 Theses to unburden us from the superstitious yoke of Eco-fanaticism?

If I had lived in the Dark Ages, I wouldn't have been a fearful servile superstitious nitwit nor would I have let the Papists burn me at the stake for being a heretic. Neither do I intend to let the New Age religionist wackos of the militant environmental movement do the same to me in modern times.

24 posted on 05/03/2007 12:16:40 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: Omega Man II

Cockburn was staunch in his belief the Clinton’s were guilty of criminal acts in Whitewater but he caved along with the rest when faced with the ultimate power the office of president holds.


25 posted on 05/03/2007 12:19:02 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Omega Man II

This just does more to cement the denial position solidly in the fringe territory; they don’t get any more fringe than the Nation when it comes to old-line magazines.


26 posted on 05/03/2007 12:20:56 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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In the full article, which Rush read from yesterday, Cockburn was enlightened about GW by an ex-US Navy Meteorologist who work had totally soured him on Climate Models. The GW models totally ignore water vapor, the most important greenhouse gas, simply because it is so huge and so impossible to model. We have no idea even how much precip. is falling to Earth at any given period. Also ignoring the effect of water's other forms--liquid and ice--makes CO2 modeling totally bogus.

As the guy told Cockburn: "The effect of CO2 compared to water vapor is like a couple of farts in a hurricane."

Though Cockburn is proud to term himself a radical, GW is not really a liberal issue, not even a radical's issue, it's an anarchist issue, one that is dedicated to the wholesale destruction of industrialized society. Maybe that is why this intellectually honest liberal realizes that it's not really going to help the poor (who will actually suffer the most) and is exposing the GW hoax for what it really is.

27 posted on 05/03/2007 12:54:49 PM PDT by DJtex
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To: DJtex

Thank you for your explanation of the Global Warming movement, and for the revelation of whom it would and would not benefit.


28 posted on 05/03/2007 1:15:23 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( Duncan Hunter '08)
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To: Omega Man II

Kind of sucks they canceled the show, dontcha think?


29 posted on 05/04/2007 1:26:57 PM PDT by MarkeyD (Make your Red State a Fred State!)
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To: Omega Man II
Thanks for the post. Good article.

From the article:

As Hertzberg says, water in the form of oceans, snow, ice cover, clouds and vapor "is overwhelming in the radiative and energy balance between the Earth and the sun.... Carbon dioxide and the greenhouse gases are, by comparison, the equivalent of a few farts in a hurricane." And water is exactly that component of the Earth's heat balance that the global warming computer models fail to account for.

Missing variables. A classic mistake. Every variable you omit, gives a greater role to CO2. They left out the clouds.

The human carbon footprint is of zero consequence amid these huge forces and volumes, not to mention the role of the giant reactor beneath our feet: the Earth's increasingly hot molten core.

This should be interesting when published. A fellow freeper has mentioned the earth’s core. It stands to reason that it’s behavior is not constant or understood.

Many articles and comments on FreeRepublic have emphasized the sun. And rightly so. The famed computer models that “prove” global warming omit the sun too.

So to catalog major omissions / weaknesses of the theory of global warming (ToGW): it omits the sun, the molten core of the earth, and clouds. And there are more omissions. Well, if you leave out all the important stuff, then it must be man-made CO2.

30 posted on 05/04/2007 7:10:28 PM PDT by ChessExpert (Mohamed was not a moderate Muslim)
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To: Omega Man II

“Is Global Warming a Sin?”

I don’t know that the Sun can be guilty of a sin.


31 posted on 05/04/2007 7:14:13 PM PDT by unspun (What do you think? Please think, before you answer.)
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