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  • Global Warming: What’s Credibility Got to Do with It?

    If the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change credibility has been taking hit after hit as several flaws were recently revealed in its 2007 report – the same report our politicians use to justify urgent action on climate change. The IPCC’s statement of principles reads, “IPCC reports should be neutral with respect to policy, but its claims that the Himalayan glaciers would be melted by 2035 were admittedly based on political action. Dr Murari Lal, the lead author on the IPCC report’s chapter on Asia, said,

    We thought that if we can highlight it, it will impact policy-makers and politicians and encourage them to take some concrete action.”

    But the problems go way beyond the IPCC report. In a new documentary, “Global Warming: The Other Side,” Weather Channel founder John Coleman not only debunks some of the common myths of global warming but also exposes more of the deception behind the manipulation of weather data.

    In part 4 of the documentary, Coleman interviews computer programmer E. Michael Smith and Certified Consulting Meteorologist Joseph D’Aleo and discusses how the National Climatic Data Center dropped thousands of data points from its climate data set – data points that were in cooler regions around the globe. The NCDC compares a baseline of 6,000 data points from 1950-1980 to about 1,500 points by 1990. Russians blamed the scandal-laden Climate Research Unit (CRU) for doing the same. But corporations and politicians have become so entrenched in this debate it might not matter says George Mason economist Walter Williams:

    Vested economic and political interests have emerged where trillions of dollars and social control are at stake. Therefore, many people who recognize the scientific fraud underlying global warming claims are likely to defend it anyway. Automobile companies have invested billions in research and investment in producing “green cars.” General Electric and Phillips have spent millions lobbying Congress to outlaw incandescent bulbs so that they can force us to buy costly compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL). Farmers and ethanol manufacturers have gotten Congress to enact laws mandating greater use of their product, not to mention massive subsidies. Thousands of major corporations around the world have taken steps to reduce carbon emissions including giants like IBM, Nike, Coca-Cola and BP, the oil giant. Companies like Google, Yahoo and Dell have vowed to become “carbon neutral.”

    Then there’s Chicago Climate Futures Exchange that plans to trade in billions of dollars of greenhouse gas emission allowances. Corporate America and labor unions, as well as their international counterparts have a huge multi-trillion dollar financial stake in the perpetuation of the global warming fraud. Federal, state and local agencies have spent billions of dollars and created millions of jobs to deal with one aspect or another of global warming. It’s deeper than just money. Schoolteachers have created polar-bear-dying lectures to frighten and indoctrinate our children when in fact there are more polar bears now than in 1950. They’ve taught children about melting glaciers.”

    Now it seems large corporations are jumping ship. BP, ConocoPhillips and Caterpillar all left the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (US CAP), a coalition of business and environmentalists that support legislation to reduce greenhouse gases such as cap and trade. With trillions of dollars on the table and up for grabs, corporations worked hard for a seat at that table in search of corporate welfare at the expense of the consumer. It’s no surprise 2009 was a record year for lobbying on energy issues.

    Heritage Senior Policy Analyst David Kreutzer has a solution that would benefit business and its consumers, “Stricter rules on lobbying can change the form the lobbying takes (indeed the numbers above only reflect official use of registered lobbyists), but reducing government control of the economy reduces the root cause of the lobbying and is the one solution to controlling the growth of rent-seekers and their mouthpieces on K Street.”

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    10 Responses to Global Warming: What’s Credibility Got to Do with It?

    1. Joseph J. Ley, Roger says:

      Non renewable energy conservation is laudible, but arbitrary prohibitions or restrictions are not justifiable.

    2. F.R. Duplantier, St. says:

      Pay tribute to Al Gore, the father of the global warming hoax, by sending "Fraudster the Snowman" (http://politickles.com/blog/?p=4008) to all your friends.

    3. Jacobus Kahunamea says:

      Global warming has become more of a secular religion than science. Proof and evidence don't matter, just belief. The True Believers would prefer to burn naysayers at the stake, (except that would release carbon into the atmosphere).

      The sooner that a Reformation takes place on this issue, the better.

    4. Dr. Bill Stone, John says:

      The you-tube videos produced by John Coleman are quite slick and his voice reminds me of Walter Cronkite. There is, however, no science here and the assertions made by Mr. Coleman are quite standard and have been addressed in scientific detail for those taking the time to do a little research. For example, lag between temperature rise and CO2 levels at the end of the last ice age does not mean the CO2 is not a green house gas: “When the Earth comes out of an ice age, the warming is not initiated by CO2 but by changes in the Earth's orbit. The warming causes the oceans to give up CO2. The CO2 amplifies the warming and mixes through the atmosphere, spreading warming throughout the planet. So CO2 causes warming AND rising temperature causes CO2 rise (see http://www.skepticalscience.com/co2-lags-temperat… ).”

    5. Lynn Merritt says:

      The same God who set the world in place and hung the stars and the moon controls the sun and is fully aware of the balance that is need to stop any global warming. He is the one who created all things and knows how they work. He is able to take care of us and the cost is not nearly as great.

    6. nothingbutlimericks. says:

      The Global Warming Central Committee

      It matters not how the wind blows,

      No diff' if it's warm or it snows,

      The earth's getting hotter,

      Fake date – no bother,

      Don't look at the facts – we knows.

    7. Sam, Bangalore says:

      Educating the coming generations about the global warming phenomena is a very good social responsibility which is done by many of the corporates peoples in America. This would lay down the foundation for the coming generation to think in the energy saving direction.

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    9. John Kaufman, Joliet says:

      I agree that conservation is the right thing to do. However, turning our society and economy on its ear for questionable science is wrong. Especially when there are many possible ideas that do not involve changing everyone to fit some envirnmental extremist view. One thing I would like to suggest, and it would create many jobs in the process is to plant trees along all of our roadways and in all new sub-divisions. This would have a 2-fold effect of reducing the carbon emmissions and also providing shade and wind abatement, all of which will improve heating and cooling efficiency in houses. ANother comment I would like to make is that engineering can address many of the concerns if given time and space to work. For example, and I do not remember the source and for that i apologize, but I recall reading in an trade journal an engineer suggesting that if he had about $1000 per engine, he could double the gas milage with no other changes to the automobile. Given that the urgency seems to be off, why do we not try ideas like this that are positive instead of mandating change that will ruin our economy and force us all to conform to someone's vision of how we should live.

      For the climate change believers, I would like to see an experiment done in a lab that definitively shows that increasing the carbon levels in the atmoshere will produce the level of temperature rise that is reported. I would also like to see that data correlated to the data showing solar output, cloud formation, temperature rise on other planets we monitor and any other possible sources of temperature change on this planet, to either support or refute the assertion that humans are causing global warming, or even that we are contributing to it and by how much. If our impact is a few percent, then disrupting our entire lives is a ridiculous activity, but if we are the majority contributor, then change is needed. Until I see a definitive, verifiable peer reviewed report with that kind of information and an open debate on the subject, I will always struggle to believe in the need for change.

    10. Lindsay Hergins, Sal says:

      Global Warming is a big issue and people need to realize this. We people can do little things to help like riding bikes or walking instead of driving to near places. Global Warming will come and its coming at an increasing rate. This is a very educational site and can give people a better perspective of Global Warming.

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