December 2007 Archives
global warming over already? - By LORRIE GOLDSTEIN - Let's set the
cat among the pigeons heading into 2008 by referencing a recent column
by award-winning British science journalist David Whitehouse on climate
The article's title in the Dec. 19 edition of the British weekly New
Statesman says it all: "Has global warming stopped?"
Whitehouse, BBC science correspondent from 1988-1998, science editor
BBC News Online (1998-2006), the 2004 European Internet Journalist of
the Year, author of The Sun: A Biography, and holder of a doctorate
in astrophysics, says recent global temperatures reveal an inconvenient
"With only a few days remaining in 2007 ... the global temperature
of 2007 is statistically the same as 2006, as well as every year since
2001," he writes. "Global warming has temporarily or permanently
ceased. Temperatures across the world are not increasing as they should,
according to the fundamental theory behind global warming -- the greenhouse
effect. Something else is happening and it is vital that we find out
what or else we may spend hundreds of billions of pounds needlessly."
Whitehouse can't be easily dismissed as a climate change "denier."
In fact, he says there's no denying "the period 1980-98 was one
of rapid warming," adding "the working hypothesis of (carbon
dioxide) induced global warming is a good one that stands on good physical
principles" and "clearly the world of the past 30 years is
warmer than the previous decades ..." But, he cautions that current
scientific theories -- that aerosols in the atmosphere, or an ocean
cooling effect, are masking global warming -- aren't convincing. (12/30/07)
warming hype - By Allan Schwindt - Much has been written and spoken
recently on the global warming issue. If one relies solely on the information
being presented, there is little wonder why it is believed there is
a real consensus on it. This "consensus" is now being presented
widely as "science," which it certainly is not. In the scientific
world, such a claim in any other field would be considered trash. Consensus
simply does not equal science, particularly when a huge portion of available
data has been ignored.
At the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali any scientist with input
that does not agree with the popular point of view is not welcome. Bjorn
Lomborg, a Danish scientist recently wrote the book, "Cool It,"
in which he lists many positive results from global warming. He is now
under attack by those who oppose his thinking, calling him "Hitler"
and other despicable names. This kind of diversity comes right out of
Saul Alinsky's playbook where he recommends, "If you can't support
your points with facts, attack the character of your opponent."
This approach worked down in Oregon, as well. When George Taylor, the
state climatologist was stating some factual data that Gov. Ted Kulongowski
didn't agree with, Taylor was sent packing... (12/24/07)
Warming Will Save America from the Right...Eventually - By Dave
Lindorff - Say what you will about the looming catastrophe facing the
world as the pace of global heating and polar melting accelerates. There
is a silver lining.
The area that will by completely inundated by the rising ocean - and
not in a century but in the lifetime of my two cats - are the American
southeast, including the most populated area of Texas, almost all of
Florida, most of Louisiana, and half of Alabama and Mississippi, as
well as goodly portions of eastern Georgia, South Carolina and North
Carolina. While the northeast will also see some coastal flooding, its
geography is such that that aside from a few projecting sandbars like
Long Island and Cape Cod, the land rises fairly quickly to well above
sea level. Sure, Boston, New York and Philadelphia will be threatened,
but these are geographically confined areas that could lend themselves
to protection by Dutch-style dikes. The West Coast too tends to rise
rapidly to well above sea level in most places. Only down in Southern
California towards the San Diego area is the ground closer to sea leve...
Report Debunks "Consensus"
U.S. Senate Report: Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed Man-Made
Global Warming Claims in 2007 - Over 400 prominent scientists from
more than two dozen countries recently voiced significant objections
to major aspects of the so-called "consensus" on man-made
global warming. These scientists, many of whom are current and former
participants in the UN IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change),
criticized the climate claims made by the UN IPCC and former Vice President
The new report issued by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's
office of the GOP Ranking Member details the views of the scientists,
the overwhelming majority of whom spoke out in 2007.
Even some in the establishment media now appear to be taking notice
of the growing number of skeptical scientists. In October, the Washington
Post Staff Writer Juliet Eilperin conceded the obvious, writing that
climate skeptics " appear to be expanding rather than shrinking."
Many scientists from around the world have dubbed 2007 as the year man-made
global warming fears "bite the dust." (LINK)
In addition, many scientists who are also progressive environmentalists
believe climate fear promotion has "co-opted" the green movement.
This blockbuster Senate report lists the scientists by name, country
of residence, and academic/institutional affiliation. It also features
their own words, biographies, and weblinks to their peer reviewed studies
and original source materials as gathered from public statements, various
news outlets, and websites in 2007. This new "consensus busters"
report is poised to redefine the debate. Read
global warming stopped? - By David Whitehouse - "The fact is
that the global temperature of 2007 is statistically the same as 2006
and every year since 2001"
Global warming stopped? Surely not. What heresy is this? Haven't we
been told that the science of global warming is settled beyond doubt
and that all that's left to the so-called sceptics is the odd errant
glacier that refuses to melt?
Aren't we told that if we don't act now rising temperatures will render
most of the surface of the Earth uninhabitable within our lifetimes?
But as we digest these apocalyptic comments, read the recent IPCC's
Synthesis report that says climate change could become irreversible.
Witness the drama at Bali as news emerges that something is not quite
right in the global warming camp... (12/19/07)
The hype of global warming - By Phil Drietz, Delhi, West Central
Tribune - This is in response to the Nov. 23, 28, and Dec. 14 letters,
all of which contend that man-made carbon dioxide is causing global
warming. The Dec. 14 letter said one of the reasons for cancellation
of new coal-fired plant construction is because of risks posed by imminent
global warming laws. The Nov. 28 letter says we need the independent
scientific minds of the ORE-STEM complex with its 1,000-plus incubator
need to waste money on global warming fight - The Earth has a fever?
How dumb does Al Gore think we are?
World climate has cooled and warmed many times; the current warming
is consistent with history, and maybe, just maybe, is a little warmer
because of human activity.
Humans will adapt, animals will adapt, as we all must when climate changes,
as it does with great regularity.
There isn't any reason to believe that we need to radically alter the
lifestyles of everyone on the planet, spending trillions of dollars
in the process, so that the year 2100 can be a degree or two cooler
than it would be otherwise. There are much better and more urgent things
to spend those trillions on, like better water supplies and disease
controls for poorer nations, or more research into nuclear energy and
- yes! - production of power from our very, very abundant fossil supplies.
Clean air, by all means, but burying our carbon like a bone? Let's not.
Mitigation of global warming is unnecessary and futile. This great new
collectivist cause only provides an excuse to plunder our wealth, to
provide welfare for "green" industry, and to restrict our
freedoms. ~ Stan Kerr, Normal (12/17/07)
Part of Global-Warming Model May Be Wrong - Part of the scientific
consensus on global warming may be flawed, a new study asserts.
The researchers compared predictions of 22 widely used climate "models"
- elaborate schematics that try to forecast how the global weather system
will behave - with actual readings gathered by surface stations, weather
balloons and orbiting satellites over the past three decades.
The study, published online this week in the International Journal of
Climatology, found that while most of the models predicted that the
middle and upper parts of the troposphere - 1 to 6 miles above the Earth's
surface - would have warmed drastically over the past 30 years, actual
observations showed only a little warming, especially over tropical
"Can the models accurately explain the climate from the recent
past? It seems that the answer is no," said lead study author David
H. Douglass, a physicist specializing in climate at the University of
is too much - It was comforting to read a fair and balanced published
report in the Daily Herald on Nov. 28, "A Great Lakes warning,"
that did not give environmentalists the final say in whether it is urgent
that a pact need be signed by eight state legislatures, including Illinois,
and Congress to protect water levels in Lake Michigan and other Great
In the article, climate change was credited with putting additional
stress and pressure on the Great Lakes.
The hyperbole surrounding global warming has gotten out of hand.
The American people have been led to believe that scientific consensus
favors global warming. Why? Because scientists who challenge what they
perceive as untruths are ridiculed and shunned by the mainstream media,
while alarmist global warming views, such as those presented by Al Gore
in his documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," are promoted
and held up as truth. How convenient that Gore is cashing in on a $6T
energy business as a hands-on partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield
& Byers... (12/13/07)
Bolt: Global warmers set a hot pace at Bali - THE instant Kevin
Rudd signed the paper on Monday to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, he signed
away $150 million of your money.
Or possibly as much as $2.5 billion, if reported leaks from senior government
figures are right.
If that's what we lost on just day one of our new Kyoto future, imagine
what this will cost us in the years ahead. Apart from our sanity, I
You see, the problem with Kyoto isn't just that it's a sweet symbol
that will actually do little to cut emissions, and nothing at all to
stop the planet warming. (In fact, the planet has stopped warming already,
The real problem is it's a money pit, and we've fallen right in, facing
huge fines from the very first day for emitting too much gas.
You didn't know? Oh, dear. Well, I'm sure the media will mention it
once they've finished praising our new Prime Minister as a saint of
their great global-warming faith. Bolt
the world: Dump Kyoto - A new book
by Bjorn Lomborg counts the millions of lives that could be saved if
Kyoto's trillions were spent on other projects - Everyone has their
favorite barometer of Canadian left-wing received wisdom. Stephane Dion,
the Toronto Star editorial board, Naomi Klein and Linda McQuaig are
all worthy contenders. But lately, I've been tracking a more obscure
pundit with equally impressive dogma-spouting ability: UBC political
science professor Michael Byers, author of the recently published manifesto
Intent for a Nation: What is Canada For? Anti-Americanism, greener-than-thou
environmentalism, starry-eyed multilateral-ism, strident cultural and
economic nationalism-- Byers is the whole package.
In yesterday's Star, Byers issued forth on Stephen Harper's opposition
to Kyoto. And he did not disappoint. Our Prime Minister is "playing
games while the planet burns," he concludes. Harper's "nasty."
He's a "small man" who's damaging the "long-term interests
of humanity" in the furtherance of a narrow political agenda...
Is man really to blame for global warming? - For many the issue
of man's role in global warming is indisputable. Unless we change our
lifestyle world catastrophes are just around the corner.
Certain scientists and environmentalists view "greenhouse gases"
as the culprit, the major component of which is CO2. The science, as
they view it, is settled. The U.S. is the world's largest industrialized
nation, therefore, we need to lead the way by making changes to reduce
This certainly sounds reasonable until you look at both the science
and the motivation. It has become fashionable to go "green,"
from the cars we drive to the light bulbs we use.
The argument from environmentalists, who curiously are predominantly
left-leaning socialists, is that we need to give up individual rights
for the good of the many. They go on to say that the U.S. needs to give
up some of its sovereignty so that some international body such as the
U.N might regulate us.
The troubling trend is that our political leaders of both parties have
all but given up resisting this move. No one wants to be labeled "anti-environment."
But let's look at the science.
The following information is readily available on the Internet from
sources such as: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy,
Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, World Resource Institute
and the U.S. Geological Survey.
CO2 emissions are generally listed in metric tons. 1 gigaton (GT) equals
1 billion tons. These are global figures.
Rain forest emissions: 1 GT per year; forest fires: 2-3 GT/yr.; human
respiration: 3-6 GT/yr.; combustion of fossil fuels: 6-7 GT/yr.; world
volcanoes: 13 GT/yr.; all human activity (includes fossil fuels): 25
GT/yr.; all plants: 60 GT/yr.
Are you noticing something here?
Fossil fuel consumption represents only 7 percent of this list, which
is not complete. When compared to total atmospheric CO2 at 730 GT, it
is only eight-tenths of 1 percent. And we are going to affect global
warming by not using gas in our cars
The U.N. recently released a study that claims raising animals for food,
generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the
Well there you have it. Let's all join Al Gore and become vegetarian
bike riders and we can save the planet.
There is hope however. It seems now that the environmentalists are at
odds with the tree huggers. Apparently planting more trees isn't the
answer since trees give off CO2. Ooops.
Finally, if you read far enough into the literature of these same scientists
you'll eventually come to a little reported bit of information that
just doesn't fit. The projections of increasing CO2 lead to the inevitable
conclusion that it will produce an increase in water vapor in the atmosphere,
resulting in - you guessed it - "global cooling."
The next time you have the urge to think we have more ability to change
the world's climate than all the natural forces or our main source of
energy, the sun, ask yourself, are all the smart scientists on one side
of this debate? ~ PETER MUEHLEIS, Sheboygan (12/04/07)
and Carbon Markets Are No Answer to Global Warming Advocates In Bali
to DeBunk Myths
COMMUNITY NEWS -- The Global Forest Coalition (GFC) is present in Bali,
Indonesia, for the 13th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, 3rd-14th
December, with a team of campaigners from around the world, including
Indigenous Peoples' representatives, to expose the false 'solutions'
- agrofuels and carbon markets - being promoted by many governments
It is now increasingly recognised that these failing solutions are also
having devastating impacts on the world's 854 million chronically hungry
people, 1.6 billion forest-dependent people and on forests and biodiversity
around the globe. There is also growing evidence that many are even
making climate change worse... (12/04/07)
Golden Compass" Promotion Aids "Awareness" About Polar
Bears' Plight - By Matthew Balan - Believe it or not, "climate
change" and the "perilous state of the polar bear" is
being used to justify a global giant's campaign to help market an upcoming
Coca-Cola is among the many corporations that is participating in a
promotional partnership with Time Warner to market the upcoming movie
'The Golden Compass,' which is based on the first of Philip Pullman's
'God-killing' trilogy of novels, 'His Dark Materials.'
Author Rick Kephart wrote Coca-Cola, telling them that group of villians
in the novels is called 'The Magisterium,' which is the name of the
Catholic Church's teaching authority. The response Kephart received
from Coca-Cola tried to change the subject to the "hot topics"
of climate change and polar bears, of all things... (12/03/07)
Useless Global Warming Study - By Pat Barron, The Bulletin - Just
in time for Christmas, Pennsylvania's Senate passed a do-nothing, patronage-enhancing
bill to study global warming (see "Bill to Study Global Warming
in Pennsylvania Passes Senate" by Bradley Vasoli, Nov. 26). But
this really isn't even touted as a global warming study. No, it is a
study to determine how to study global warming.
Next I suppose our lawmakers will find that there still are a couple
of their pals without patronage jobs, so they will fund a study to study
the study that is designed to determine means to study global warming.
As Sen. Ted Erickson, sponsor of the bill, states, global warming will
produce jobs. Undoubtedly! At least it is producing jobs for those sycophants
who will study global warming... (12/03/07)
Absurdity of the day...
divorces contribute to global warming - Sydney: Increasing number
of divorces are contributing to global warming, says a new study that
suggests people should save their marriages to save the environment.
After divorce a woman moves out and forms a new household. The study
by researchers at the Michigan State University found that this leads
to less efficient use of natural resources, more demand for land for
housing, and higher expenditure on utilities, reported the online edition
of News Australia.
Researchers surveyed 3,283 homes in the US between 2001 and 2005.
They found that households where couples divorced registered a 61 per
cent increase in the number of rooms per person, compared with a six
per cent increase in households where couples remained married.
Due to higher consumption per person, an individual in a divorced household
might also generate more waste. These factors contribute to global environmental
changes such as climate change and biodiversity loss, the study said.
What are people searching for?
warming, celebrity melt-downs in top Yahoo searches in 2007 - SAN
FRANCISCO: A review of Yahoo searches reveals global warming, celebrity
meltdowns, social networking and a literary boy wizard's final adventure
captured mankind's attention in 2007.
The US Internet giant sifted billions of searches made this year by
its hundreds of millions of users worldwide to identify trends regarding
what piqued people's interest.
The results were posted on Monday at Yahoo's website under the banner
of "Top Trends in Search in 2007" ... (12/03/07)
Bush Wrongly Blamed for America's Non-participation in Kyoto - By
Noel Sheppard - As climate alarmists around the world gather at a tropical
resort in Bali to discuss the liberal bogeyman known as global warming,
it is a metaphysical certitude green media will cheerlead the event
while distorting science and history to blame all the planet's supposed
ills on George W. Bush.
A fine example of this was a piece posted at Yahoo Friday evening which
in its very first paragraph completely misrepresented the facts behind
the Kyoto Protocol, and, especially, who was in the White House when
this treaty was agreed upon and signed. Noel
of global warming are grossly exaggerated hobgoblins - I will certainly
admit to being one of those unconvinced by the claims that we are undergoing
catastrophic warming. It is the case, as Paul Shaw says (Letters, November
29), that some glaciers are melting. It is also the case that some are
growing and some just sitting there. That there are currently glaciers
in the Alps blocking places which, in Roman times, were used as passes,
means that even the glacier evidence shows nothing outwith historical
The major recent piece of evidence, which sadly has gone unreported
by the British media, is that it has recently been proven that US records
purporting to show current extreme warming were wrong. They were distorted
by the fact that recording stations, which, a century ago were in open
countryside, are now deep inside cities (in one case beside the outlet
for a factory's air-conditioning system). The corrected US figures now
show 1934 was the warmest year on record and four of the 10 warmest
were in the 1930s. To be fair, this error has not been accepted by other
countries but since the fullest records were kept by the US, and an
even higher proportion of urban records, this is difficult seriously
to deny... (12/02/07)
the Other Side Is Saying About Global Warming - By Ajith Guptha
- While the majority of celebrities and many scientists in the world
view global warming as a disaster of epic proportions, not all agree.
Some people, even scientists, have opposing viewpoints that are based
on their own formal observations and the data from many sources. It
is interesting to explore what these people have to say about global
One of the most talked-about aspects of global warming is the rise in
sea levels. If you are to believe most people who speak on global warming,
you have to think that many habitable places on earth will soon be underwater.
There is some evidence to refute this.
There is a professor of paleogeophysics and geodynamics at Stockholm
University who presents interesting data. According to this professor,
the sea levels are in the same range they have been in over the last
three hundred years. There has not even been the slightest rise in sea
levels in the last decade... (12/02/07)
Global Warming and the Tax the Rich Scheme - By Noel Sheppard -
Have you noticed the genie concerning the real modus operandi behind
climate alarmism beginning to peek its head out of the bottle lately?
After the United Nations announced earlier in the week that rich countries
- code for America, of course - are going to have to pay billions of
dollars to help poor nations deal with global warming, several international
press outlets published articles of similar content.
Is it possible media are recognizing that since the Democrat presidential
candidates are all advocating a tax the rich platform it is safe to
begin discussing the need for developed nations to foot the bill for
international global warming solutions? Noel
Of The Kyoto Treat - In case you missed it, since most media has
not published this story, this is why I believe the global warming is
a hoax just to get money out of us and to increase the nanny state.
It was reported by Bloomberg News that Japan, Spain and Italy will miss
their emissions goals that they agreed to meet under the Kyoto Treaty.
They will face fines close to $33 billion.
Why have they failed to meet their goals? It is because their economies
grew more than they expected and they did not spend the money to upgrade
their industrial plants to emit less emissions.
So because the economy grew and the people received more money in their
pockets, they will now pass more taxes to their citizens. This is what
this whole process is all about. The UN will get more money they did
not earn and the people in those countries will suffer because they
did what any country should do, they prospered.
Another story in the AP says we should pay the UN $86 billion by 2015
to help the poor affected by global warming. We are the evil one who
is causing the world to end even though China is about to overtake us
in this area. India is coming up strong and the Arab countries, flush
with oil money, are growing big time. But no one writes stories that
these countries should pay billions to the world.
The point is that this movement is not save the world, but is to take
money from us and to teach us we are wrong. We need to be put down so
someone else can be first. Our country supports the world every day
with our giving, our military, and by the resource of our free people.
Everyone needs to realize what this is all about. ~
Bruce Caldwll, Signal Mountain (12/01/07
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