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.
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
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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.”
In 1885, the U.S. Geological Survey announced there was “little or no chance” of oil being discovered in
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
In 1974 the U.S. Geological Survey advised us that the
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
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.