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Why you won't find me on the bandwagon

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Many people wonder why I don’t take part in the Global Warming movement, and the simple answer is: “I’ve been there, I’ve done that, and I still refuse to buy the t-shirt.”

I’ve been around the block, around the country, and around the world, and one thing I can tell you honestly and truthfully is that no doomsday cult has ever been right. Not one. Many have the good sense and common courtesy to dry up and blow away. Some change their tune and deny that they were ever a doomsday cult (like the Jehovah’s Witnesses and some Mormon sects) but some change their tune and deny that they ever played the polka they just finished before breaking into their current waltz.  

 Do you remember the very first Earth Day? I do. Environmentalist Nigel Clader warned “The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind.” We the poor students of that era not only had to contend with “New Math” (a liberal educational experiment to see what happens when you destroy an entire nation’s mathematical skills) had the coming Global Ice Age.

We had unapologetic gurus like Professor Paul Ehrlich, Vice President Gore's hero and mentor, predicted in his 1968 book “The Population Bomb”  there would be a major food shortage in the U.S. and “in the 1970s ... hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death.” Ehrlich forecasted that 65 million Americans would die of starvation between 1980 and 1989, and by 1999 the U.S. population would have declined to 22.6 million. Ehrlich's predictions about England were gloomier: “If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.”

I put $20 on England and that chiseling bastard failed to pay up. Of course Professor Ehrlich wants to see people suffer and die, as he said in 1992 “Giving society cheap, abundant energy would be the equivalent of giving an idiot child a machine gun.”

However hysterical hyperventilation is nothing new and doesn’t begin and end with bad environmental policy. In 1972, a report was written for the Club of Rome warning the world would run out of gold by 1981, mercury and silver by 1985, tin by 1987 and petroleum, copper, lead and natural gas by 1992.

Gordon Taylor, in his 1970 book “The Doomsday Book,” said Americans were using 50 percent of the world's resources and “by 2000 they [Americans] will, if permitted, be using all of them.”

In 1975, the Environmental Fund took out full-page ads warning, “The World as we know it will likely be ruined by the year 2000.”

Harvard University biologist George Wald in 1970 warned, “... civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”

In 1885, the U.S. Geological Survey announced there was “little or no chance” of oil being discovered in California, and a few years later they said the same about Kansas and Texas.

In 1939, the U.S. Department of the Interior said American oil supplies would last only another 13 years.

In 1949, the Secretary of the Interior said the end of U.S. oil supplies was in sight.

In 1974 the U.S. Geological Survey advised us that the U.S. had only a 10-year supply of natural gas. The fact of the matter, according to the American Gas Association, there's a 1,000 to 2,500 year supply.

So do I believe that everyone is lying about Global Warming? In a word: “Maybe.”

The Global Warming debate can be summed up best with “Steins Law” – not economist Herbert Stein whose law states “If something cannot go on forever it will stop” (Actually he said “Unsustainable trends cannot be sustained.”) but his son Ben Stein’s Law of Hollywood Guilt which in Rush Hour 2 became Carters Law of Criminal Investigation: “Always follow the rich white man.”  

Rich White man to follow: Al Gore. I admire Al, he has rich people lined up around the block to give him HUGE amounts of money for absolutely NOTHING. He sells them Carbon Credits, which means that his company, which produces nothing, will also not produce carbon for whom ever pays him a huge stack of cash. And to insure that he’s got trendy spend thrifts heaving cash his way he produces a movie to terrorize the world into believing his view of things. He even claims that in the near future the oceans will rise 20 feet – even the UN estimates state that he’s exaggerating by over eighteen and a half feet.

In his movie he smugly questions "Is it possible that there are other things we should worry about besides terrorism?"

Yes there are, REAL things to worry about: UG99 is one of the most insidious threats to human life on this planet yet Big Al has everyone worrying about the possibility of the cost of shore front property going up. The fact that some asshole imported a virus from Australia into the US and wiped out nearly half the bees in North America is VASTLY more important that the fairytale of “Science by Consensus”

Gore says accumulation of greenhouse gases "is a moral issue, it is deeply unethical."  WATER IS UNETHICAL???

Are you kidding me?

Yeah, I said water. Oh yeah, that’s right, Mr. Gore doesn’t go on to explain what greenhouse gasses are. 95% of them are water vapor. He doesn’t mention that the rest is mostly naturally occurring gasses like methane which not only seeps from cows but from wetlands, swamps, lakes, ponds, oceans and oh just about anywhere plants decay.

He also doesn’t mention that a lot of temperature changes are caused by the earths orbital eccentricities and variations in the sun’s output – he failed to mention that while the Earth has been warming so has Mars. Global warming on Neptune's moon Triton as well as Jupiter and Pluto, and now Mars has some scientists scratching their heads over what could possibly be in common with the warming of all these planets ... Could there be something in common with all the planets in our solar system that might cause them all to warm at the same time?

Nah. Must be intergalactic SUV’s, right Al?

Mr. Gore and his ilk also don’t mention what the temperature of the earth would be if the greenhouse gasses suddenly stopped “greenhousing” - That would be somewhere close to 0. About the same amount of respect I have for hucksters preying on the good intentions of those that really want to make a difference. If Al had any amount of honesty at all he’d give each of his followers a stick with a spike at the end, a bag and get them picking up litter. There’s no way on earth better to learn about the environment that to actually DO something in it.

Nope, I have grown beyond the religious hyperbole of the Sacred Church of Climatology, I can clearly see what is important and what is not. Preventing nuclear arms from falling into the hands of mindless zelots IS important. Finding water for communities that are draining their aquifers that naturally won't refill as fast as they're being drained IS important. Preventing eco-maniacs from killing people they disagree with IS important. Keeping PeTA from slaughtering puppies and kittens IS important. Insuring Al Gore has a dozen nice warm 50,000 square foot mansions to enjoy the environment from between flights in private jets or rides in his flotilla of SUV’s – not important at all.

 

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(Anonymous)
May. 17th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
Overall, not bad. The comments however are stereotypical church of gore. In defense of the climate scientists however, most papers that I have read on climate change do not fault AGW via CO2 except a few from IPCC authors. The majority have not been alarmist and state the CO2 MAY be a factor, because after all, its only a hypothesis, unproven and not actually even a consensus (except for IPCC employees).
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