Thursday, December 16, 2004

Global Warming Scare (Updated)

Thanks to MaxedOutMama for the tip leading to this article by Paul Driessen on the hysterics, politics, and shaky science behind the global warming scare. Bashing the U.S. over the Kyoto Protocol is a favorite preoccupation of the American left these days, with significant connivance from Europeans. However, as Driessen writes,

Actual satellite and weather balloon data - as well as historic and geologic records of numerous warming and cooling cycles - contradict computer models, theories and assertions that humans are causing disastrous weather events and climate shifts. Arctic temperatures were even higher in the 1930s, before cooling again for several decades. Science's editors didn't mention countless studies that analyze natural warming and cooling cycles - or the fact that 18,000 scientists have signed a petition saying they see "no convincing scientific evidence" that humans are disrupting the earth's climate.

The mainstream media, of course, has taken this extremist liberal cause to heart, and some aren't even subtle about it:

Former Boston Globe editor Ross Gelbspan urged a Washington, DC audience in July 2000: "Not only do journalists not have a responsibility to report what skeptical scientists have to say about global warming. They have a responsibility not to report what these scientists say." In a similar vein, Time science editor Charles Alexander told a Smithsonian Institution conference: "I would freely admit that on [global warming] we have crossed the boundary from news reporting to advocacy."

This article is interesting, but it's far from the only source available to counter the assertions of the global warming coterie. Give it a google, and you'll see what I mean.

UPDATE

One of the items your googling should turn up is this recent article by Michael Crichton in Parade Magazine. Leading into a discussion of various overstated, dire predictions we've all suffered through, he writes:

I was reminded of this when I came across this 1972 statement about climate: “We simply cannot afford to gamble…We cannot risk inaction. Those scientists who [disagree] are acting irresponsibly. The indications that our climate can soon change for the worse are too strong to be reasonably ignored.” This author wasn’t concerned about global warming. He was worried about global cooling and the coming ice age.

You'll also find numerous references to hysterical press reports from the 1970s, notably in Time and Newsweek, about the terrible threat of global cooling. Seems like back then the mainstream media had also "crossed the boundary from news reporting to advocacy" in response to the environmental wackos of that decade.

2 Comments:

Blogger jigajoom said...

Just as a note, global warming and the hole in the o-zone layer are not related. They occur in two seperate parts of the atmosphere. The hole in the o-zone layer is a man-made problem though.

4:36 AM, December 17, 2004  
Blogger Gindy said...

I honestly think that the wheels are coming off of this Kyoto cart. I know the E.U. is pushing it really hard. But, I have to hope that Americans will see through it.

2:20 PM, December 17, 2004  

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