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  • Government's New Climate Service Shouldn't Be Used as Doomsday Device

    The Washington Post reports that The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has proposed to create a new climate service and website that would provide the public with information and predictions about the impact of global warming. If this turns out to be yet one more source of apocalyptic government press releases and other such hype, it’s the last thing we need. Just look at the cover of NOAA’s already-existing National Climate Data Center report showing a photoshopped house under water to get a sense of how much are tax dollars are already being wasted on NOAA scares, not to mention those from NASA, EPA and other bureaucracies with a piece of the climate action.

    What we really need is more scrutiny of such scary claims. Climategate – the release of emails showing exaggerated temperature increases and other misconduct among key contributors to the UN’s major global warming report, may well implicate some of NOAA’s work. But don’t expect to hear too much of that on the new website. Recent revelations show that claims of Himayalan glaciers melting and hurricane damage increasing due to global warming are also suspect, but again this is the kind of thing federal global warming researchers are busy trying to ignore. Rather than focus on bringing truth and transparency to the scientific debate on climate change, the government officials continually push that the science is settled and to save the planet we need resembling the actions of Audi’s “Green Police” commercial.

    For those who haven’t seen the ad, (available here), green cops arrest average citizens for small environmental infractions. The ad even includes a super-sniffing anteater and Cheap Trick rerecording “Dream Police” into “Green Police” as the theme song. Some of the infractions are quite over the top but many are either punishable by fine today or are currently being proposed. Some cities, including Washington D.C., have implemented a plastic bag tax. The phase-out of incandescent light bulb will commence in 2012. There are some who want to ban bottled water because it creates too much waste and uses too much energy. San Francisco passed a law that says if residents or businesses do not recycle properly, they would be hit with fines and could have their garbage collection stopped. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said, “We don’t want to find people. We want to change their behavior.” And that’s the legitimate problem with overreaching environmental policies that limit personal freedoms.

    Jonah Goldberg said of the green police ad: “The commercials arrive at precisely the moment when that inevitability is unraveling like an old pair of hemp socks. The global warming industry is imploding from scientific scandals, inconvenient weather, economic anxiety and surging popular skepticism.” Let’s hope NOAA’s new climate service isn’t another avenue to reignite the doomsday scenarios to protect the government’s iron grip on the scientific consensus.

    Senior Policy Analyst Ben Lieberman co-authored this blog.

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    6 Responses to Government's New Climate Service Shouldn't Be Used as Doomsday Device

    1. CommieBlaster, Chica says:

      FLASH!!

      This Brand New Video Blows a Huge Gaping Hole in Obama's Cap and Tax Scheme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVm5-6H_sH4

    2. Evan, Washington says:

      As much as I hate not being able to smoke in bars, I can understand the desire to have a clean personal environment – but wasting tax-dollars on enforcing anti-littering laws and the like is too much. The best incentive to change behavior is economics, how about giving people a TAX BREAK for environmental awareness?

      I'm no climate scientist, so I can't say whether humans are doing anything irreversible to the environment or not; it sure doesn't seem much warmer. Still, I have nothing against environmentally conscious products and behavior if you can afford to do so. When somebody can prove to me that the energy-efficient light bulbs are definitely cheaper than incandescant bulbs, I will switch.

      You would think if folks actually cared about "saving the planet" they would innovate some way to make it cost-effective rather than imposing ridiculous taxes. That's what China's doing.

    3. Mike, Ellicott City, says:

      I can think of no government agency more ripe for politicization than a "climate service". NOAA's predisposition to the Global Warming agenda tells the tale. A "Climate Service" is just a federal jobs program, sure to be filled with public union labor doing nothing other than belting out green propaganda.

    4. Lare, Illinois says:

      Audi's web page on the Green Police makes clear that Audi fully supports, agrees with, and encourages all activities of the Green movement worldwide.

      Audi writes:

      While the Audi Green Police will be reaching over 100 million on Super Bowl Sunday, we hope that their efforts provide even a fraction of the benefits that the everyday official green police units in the United States, the United Kingdom, Vietnam and Israel are having in educating their populace and enforcing environmental protection laws within their own countries.

      The ad is NOT a satire.

    5. Anon says:

      Obama´s AGW Scam In Full Throttle!!!

      Obama is creating a fraudulent "Department of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW)," that wastes tax-payer money, and infiltrates the DoD, CIA, DHS, DOE, NASA, and NOAA.

      Say no to Junk Science, Cap and Trade, Global governance, and to the usurper in the White House, Mr. Obama.

      Obama is treason 24/7/365.

      Impeach Obama

    6. Joe Ohio says:

      when a scientific study has to skew the facts to fit their predictions the study is a lie!!! When the study "accidently inverts a date as 2035 as the date the ice in the oceans and glaciers will melt when they actually mean 2350 then the study is flawed beyond fixing and it is time to start over!!!!

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