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

Posted By Nicolas Loris On February 17, 2010 @ 12:14 pm In Energy | Comments Disabled

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 [1],

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 [2],” 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 [3], 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 [4](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 [5]:

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 [6]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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[1] said: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1245636/Glacier-scientists-says-knew-data-verified.html

[2] Global Warming: The Other Side: http://www.kusi.com/weather/colemanscorner/81583352.html

[3] In part 4 of the documentary: http://www.kusi.com/weather/colemanscorner/84176222.html

[4] blamed the scandal-laden Climate Research Unit : http://www.sepp.org/

[5] says George Mason economist Walter Williams: http://www.gmu.edu/depts/economics/wew/articles/10/GlobalWarmingUpdate.htm

[6] has a solution that would : http://www.foundry.org/2010/02/11/climate-and-rent-seeking/

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