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  • VIDEO: Message to Global Warming Alarmists: Calm Down!

    “People, who do not believe in man-made global warming, are so beyond the pale of reasonable human discourse, that the only just and fair penalty for them is death.” This may seem a bit extreme to you, but as James Delingpole, author of the new book Watermelons: The Green Movement’s True Colors, observed in a recent Heritage event, it is the very tone that many in the green movement set in today’s global warming debate.

    Delingpole, whose book delves into the background of the organizations and individuals who have sought to push global warming to the top of the political agenda, spoke of the inconclusiveness of evidence utilized by environmental scientists in promoting their radical agenda. He also spoke at great length about the culture and tactics of intellectual conformity that many in the movement seek to enforce on their colleagues, the public and elected officials.

    “I think there is built into our DNA, this innate catastrophism. Every generation believes that it will be the last, it will be the one that so shapes the world, that it will destroy the world through its own evil.” It is that human response that leads environmental extremists, as Delingpole notes, to deride and disregard anyone who has not been convinced by their conclusions as a ‘denier’ of ‘scientific fact.’

    “If you take a look at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s research, IPCC has grown increasing shrill about its prognostications in regards to man made climate change doom. But in that period, no convincing evidence has been produced to show that human influence on climate is so significant or dangerous that we are all going to fry. On the contrary, global warming actually flattened around ten years ago; we’re now entering a period of global cooling.” Delingpole went on to lament that this type of research, presenting their work at The Heartland Institute’s annual conference on climate change, is often overshadowed by demagoguery and hyperbolic rhetoric. “I contend that the manmade global warming industry and it is an industry, a vast and costly industry, represents the biggest outbreak of mass hysteria in history.  Certainly the most expensive outbreak.”

    Those on the side of environmental extremism however, believe that any sort of cost benefit analysis that takes into account potential economic strain, is dwarfed by the impending doom the global warming threat poses. “There is this perception that environmentalist nurture. That without them, the world would go to hell in a hand cart.  I would contend that this is very much not the case.” Delingpole argues that it is the extreme rhetoric and demands of many in the environmental movement that actually make reasonable regulation and policy more difficult. “You don’t have to make a choice between either the environment or economic growth.  On the contrary, real environmentalism and economic growth go hand and hand.”

    Unfortunately, dialogue on the issue remains littered with exaggeration and misrepresentation. “One of the great propaganda victories that has been scored by the green movement has been to portray this world as having two kinds of people: on the one hand you have the caring sharing bunny hugging types, members of Greenpeace who care about nature; and on the other hand you have evil capitalists with big fat cigars in their mouth and dollar signs on their pinstripe suits.” With a dialogue like this, it makes reasonable debate and compromise an increasingly unlikely proposition. As Delingpole points out, the evidence is inconclusive as to whether climate change is actually caused by man or if subtle climate change is even a problem. But these types of open discussions can only occur when fear and propaganda are taken out of the equation. “What my book is really about is a plea for a more rational discourse about the environment.”

    Justin DiGennaro is a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: http://www.heritage.org/about/departments/ylp.cfm

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    21 Responses to VIDEO: Message to Global Warming Alarmists: Calm Down!

    1. Oakden Wolf says:

      "I feel a bit of an imposter talking about the science. I'm kind of — I'm not a scientist, you may be aware. … I leave the science stuff to you guys and I think it's good that we stick to our jobs." — James Delingpole

      Since this quote is DIRECTLY from Delingpole, on what basis does he make the following pronouncements? His "informed" opinion?

      - On the contrary, global warming actually flattened around ten years ago; we’re now entering a period of global cooling.” (There is no evidence of any period of global cooling; the most recent evidence is that Chinese coal plant emissions may have caused a slight decrease in the rate of global warming. The decade 2000-2010 was the warmest in the instrumental record.)

      - " the evidence is inconclusive as to whether climate change is actually caused by man" According to numerous scientific organizations, among other the American Geophysical Union, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the current compendium of scientific evidence indicates with more than 95% certainty — the level of undoubtable significance — that current trends in climate motivated by a steadily warming global temperature are primarily caused by anthropogenic influence.

      If we choose to be alarmed, perhaps we should listen to the hundreds of geologists, atmospheric scientists, oceanographers, meteorologists, hydrologists, biologists, botanists, entomologists, etc. etc. etc. who already are.

      http://tugpullpushstop.blogspot.com/

      • 475Linebaugh says:

        Yep. And Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barack Obama, and an entire entourage of scientists who are receiving millions to "research" man-caused global climate change, a compendium of people who all stand to profit in terms of money and power by convincing everyone else that the sky is falling, all agree with more than 100 percent certainty. The only thing alarming to me is the idea that they might succeed.

      • 475Linebaugh says:

        What I want to know is where was all that carbon before it became coal, oil, and gas? If those fossil fuels came from plants and animals that eat plants or eat animals that eat plants, then we have to conclude that at some point it was all in the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide, a form plants can use in photosynthesis to make their own food. The only form known quite frankly. Did the world fry then? I think we know that it was pretty tropical near the poles, but contrary to frying every living thing, living things actually thrived. I'll put my money on humans being better at surviving climate change than the dinosaurs did. And sleep well at night if not worrying about pretty much anything but climate change, man-caused or not. I have life to live! Global Alarmists should think about getting one, too.

    2. steve says:

      I know how to end the enviornmental movement. Give them a more convincing reason for world socialism. Then they will latch onto that instead.

    3. Alavas says:

      I think James Delingpole gave himself away when he said "If I had done my research…" Too bad he didn't delve deeper into the actual facts of climate change before jumping to the wrong conclusions.

    4. Dallas Beaufort says:

      The propaganda machine of the left in Australia are now implementing this tosh in federal Government, Today, What a poor excuse for human beings as they celebrate victory with this nothingness green agenda in their march to control man, I do expect the green police to arrest those who do not go along with this slant to increase taxation in some way to salve their lost souls.

    5. NikFromNYC says:

      The LA Times featured cold fusion in '89 before its debunking. Greens were aghast!
      “It’s like giving a machine gun to an idiot child.” – Paul Ehrlich (mentor of John Cook of the SkepticalScience blog, author of "Climate Change Denial")
      “Clean-burning, non-polluting, hydrogen-using bulldozers still could knock down trees or build housing developments on farmland.” – Paul Ciotti (LA Times)
      “It gives some people the false hope that there are no limits to growth and no environmental price to be paid by having unlimited sources of energy.” – Jeremy Rifkin (NY Times)
      “Many people assume that cheaper, more abundant energy will mean that mankind is better off, but there is no evidence for that.” – Laura Nader (sister of Ralph)

      CLIMATEGATE 101: "For your eyes only…Don't leave stuff lying around on ftp sites – you never know who is trawling them. The two MMs have been after the CRU station data for years. If they ever hear there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the UK, I think I'll delete the file rather than send to anyone….Tom Wigley has sent me a worried email when he heard about it – thought people could ask him for his model code. He has retired officially from UEA so he can hide behind that." – Phil "Hide The Decline" Jones to Michael "Hockey Stick" Mann

      Here I present A Global Warming Digest:
      Denial: http://i.min.us/ibyADs.jpg
      Oceans: http://k.min.us/idAw6Y.gif
      NASA: http://i.min.us/idFxzI.jpg
      Thermometers: http://i.min.us/idAOoE.gif
      Earth: http://k.min.us/ibtB8G.gif
      Ice: http://k.min.us/ibBgw2.jpg
      Authority: http://k.min.us/iby6xe.gif
      Prophecy: http://i.min.us/idEHdo.jpg
      Psychopathy: http://i.min.us/ibubmk.jpg
      Icon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmPzLzj-3XY
      Thinker: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n92YenWfz0Y

      -=NikFromNYC=- Ph.D. in Carbon Chemistry (Columbia/Harvard)

      P.S. In 1986 The Oxford Union debating society rejected "That the Doctrine of Creation is more valid than the Theory of Evolution" by 198 to 150.
      In 2010 they accepted “That this House would put economic growth before combating climate change” by 135 votes to 110."

      Today's view of this summer's "ice free" Arctic is here: http://tinyurl.com/icefreearct...

      Tobacco farmer Gore's six-fireplace palace: http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2010/05/exclusiv

      Consensus: There is an ether that pervades space. Continents don’t move (despite an obvious jigsaw puzzle match between them)! Dirty hands don’t kill surgical patients! Children are a blank slate, personality wise with no genetic influence! The best therapy is to treat human beings as if we were shocking pigeons and ringing bells for dogs. Non-coding DNA is just “junk”. Man will never fly. Viruses have nothing to do with ulcers or certain cancers. Bacterial spontaneously generate. Dietary cholesterol dominates heart disease occurrence just as CO2 dominates the latest warming trend.

      Central alarmist blogs that use selective comment censorship to create the false impression the skepticism is meager and easily debunked are owned by PR firms financed by green energy speculators:
      DeSmogBlog = green PR firm paid for by a $125 million online gambling site convicted money launderer.
      RealClimate = web site registered to left wing PR firm behind the junk science link of vaccines to autism and the silicone breast implant scare which bankrupted Dow Corning.
      ClimateProgress = left wing think tank.
      "SkepticalScience" = overlaps with a nuclear weapons design firm now getting $330 million green energy contracts.

      IPCC Glaciergate: 2035 was reported instead of 2305, based on a non-peer reviewed magazine article.
      IPCC Himalayagate: prediction of ice loss were basically made up in a WWF pamphlet.
      IPCC Greenpeacegate: a Greenpeace official was a lead author on the renewable energy chapter, one who cited his own non-peer reviewed work published with a green energy lobby foundation.a
      IPCC Amazongate: up to 40 per cent loss of the Amazon rainforest due to AGW was based on a WWF pamphlet about the effects of logging.
      IPCC Seagate: claimed that 55% of the Netherlands is below sea level, versus the real value of 26%.
      IPCC Africagate: claim that yields from agriculture could be reduced by up to 50 percent by 2020 were based on a pamphlet a by a Canadian advocacy group, written by an obscure Moroccan academic who specialises in carbon trading.
      IPCC Pachaurigate: the IPCC chairman was found to be deeply involved in carbon trading schemes, as a chairman of the board of many green energy companies.

    6. Perse says:

      Wow, so typical of the global warming alarmist, misrepresenting the facts. He was not referring to research on global warming, but to research on Sir Paul Nurse's stance on global warming, and to his hope to be able to actually persuade someone based on facts. Did you really even listen to the video?

    7. Leslie Graham says:

      And while I'm here I might add it's utterly ludicrous to try to cast the billions of people outside of (predominately) the southern USA who are extremely concerned about the prospect of climate change as 'socialists' or 'communists' or 'watermelons'. How pathetic that the denialist industry will sink this low
      I for one am a lifelong capitalist and am a reasonably succesfull property developer. I would very much like to continue my priviliged wealthy lifestyle. Lord knows it is difficult enough as it is these days – I shudder to think what it would be like under chaotic climate change and the global economic collapse it would undoubtably bring.
      There is a very good reason the vast majority of the world's population are not calm. It's because they are not political, blinkered or ignorant of the facts.

    8. Dr Gregory Young says:

      Well, as per the first three comments I've seen posted here, I am one of over 33,000 scientists of the world (my doctorate is from the University of Oxford (1980), and as both a physicist and neuroscientist, I can scientificially attest to the fact that Anthropological Gobal Warming is the scam of the century! It is the deceitful means to put more power and money into fewer hands in order to rule the planet according to their dubious philosophies. What with the majority of IPCC "declaration" now proven defunct because of faulty date, faulty reporting via disinformation strategies and the like, AGW is now known to be exactly what the Mr. Delingpole has come to be so informed and report here. Whereas the other three comments posted here now appear to be egregiously misinformed, and indeed, represent the opinions of "deniers," disinformers and fabricators of truth. I applaud Mr. Delingpole's interest and tenacity to reveal what most scientists now accept and is well published and documented.

      • Mark Schaffer says:

        Please post your CV and any research you have directly done on this issue…and next time try to use a real word in place of a word that shows you just may be lying about your educational background. "scientificially"? Really? Nothing else you write is supported in the primary research literature and is as specious as the claim about 33,000 scientists. Really? Exactly 33,000? How many have actual expertise in this subject that can be confirmed that are not emeritus cranks dabbling outside their field?

        • opit says:

          Just to clarify : you require that people working to promote climate change as per governmental decree to fix an international tax on the use of energy be the only ones qualified to have an opinion. Yes or No ?

    9. Bobbie says:

      As I write we we're just informed of a forecast of 80 mile an hour wind. I hear thunder and some flashers of lightening. It's absolutely nature! Uh oh. Sirens…. innovation in preparation/protection etc. Money isn't going to stop or change the global climate. People can protect themselves through the findings of proper independent scientific studies and research. Same as pollution. Sure some health may be effected depending on various factors. but that's where mankind innovates remedies. The human body is resilient although we all vary but it only makes sense that Natural resources exist to be used. .

    10. NikFromNYC says:

      I can't believe I'm posting content in favor of the Heritage Foundation. The usual transition of brainiacs from left to right, politically, despite my humor at the idea that the bible is the best religious tome of all, would not have been enough. No, it was the attack on science by the atheists that got to me. Now I am at war, son of a WWII veteran, fully engaged, at age 45, creating pro-science posters that ridicule and debunk AGW claims:

      The LA Times featured cold fusion in '89 before its debunking. Greens were aghast!
      “It’s like giving a machine gun to an idiot child.” – Paul Ehrlich (mentor of John Cook of the SkepticalScience blog, author of "Climate Change Denial")
      “Clean-burning, non-polluting, hydrogen-using bulldozers still could knock down trees or build housing developments on farmland.” – Paul Ciotti (LA Times)
      “It gives some people the false hope that there are no limits to growth and no environmental price to be paid by having unlimited sources of energy.” – Jeremy Rifkin (NY Times)
      “Many people assume that cheaper, more abundant energy will mean that mankind is better off, but there is no evidence for that.” – Laura Nader (sister of Ralph)

      CLIMATEGATE 101: "For your eyes only…Don't leave stuff lying around on ftp sites – you never know who is trawling them. The two MMs have been after the CRU station data for years. If they ever hear there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the UK, I think I'll delete the file rather than send to anyone….Tom Wigley has sent me a worried email when he heard about it – thought people could ask him for his model code. He has retired officially from UEA so he can hide behind that." – Phil "Hide The Decline" Jones to Michael "Hockey Stick" Mann

      Here I present A Global Warming Digest:
      Denial: http://i.min.us/ibyADs.jpg
      Oceans: http://k.min.us/idAw6Y.gif
      NASA: http://i.min.us/idFxzI.jpg
      Thermometers: http://i.min.us/idAOoE.gif
      Earth: http://k.min.us/ibtB8G.gif
      Ice: http://k.min.us/ibBgw2.jpg
      Authority: http://k.min.us/iby6xe.gif
      Prophecy: http://i.min.us/idEHdo.jpg
      Psychopathy: http://i.min.us/ibubmk.jpg
      Icon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmPzLzj-3XY
      Thinker: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n92YenWfz0Y

      -=NikFromNYC=- Ph.D. in Carbon Chemistry (Columbia/Harvard)

    11. Maxime says:

      The most worrying is that it seems that more and more people don't trust the media and environmental agencies anymore, all the more since the failure of the Copenhagen summit. I am currently working in carbon management company in South Africa (http://www.climateafrica.co.za/ , http://www.climatestandard.org/) and more and more people come up with stuff like "Why should we reduce our ghg emissions when volcanoes are responsible for more CO2 emissions than human activities?". I don't know where people hear that but i suspect anti-ecologist to be behind such statements. I did some research and volcanoes are responsible for 200 million tons of emissions whereas human activities represent 30 billion tons. I hope that the media will cover such questions more accurately, so that people become really aware of the problem.

    12. Bobbie says:

      Maxime, what problem? The human life span has increased since the 19th century! Please be specific so I can become aware. Thank you, kindly.

    13. Ken Gage says:

      The real alarmist is James Delingpole as he smugly asserts that the majority of scientists (who acknowledge that the human activity of dumping carbon into the atmosphere will have environmental consequences) are "eco-fascists." His presentation about his new book, Watermelons, comes off as a youthful, paranoid rant. And one wonders, as he advances a theory that global warming stopped or flattened out ten years ago and that we are now entering a period of global cooling, if this is the disinformation the oil and coal industry wants propagated and repeated for their own benefit?

      Although he offers no numbers to backup his hyperbole, it seems rather dubious that the "man-made global warming industry" could be costing us more money than the military industrial complexes' wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (if we may throw out big number examples).

      John Stewart Collis posited in his book Triumph of the Tree that, all those millions of years ago, the early atmosphere had over 4 times the amount of carbon in it. (And things were much warmer, too, obviously.) That carbon, of course, became forests and in turn coal and oil.

      It's a no-brainer that burning the earth's fossil fuels will re-release all that carbon. A four-year old child could figure it out; I'm not sure why James Delingpole seems so dense. Aside from the vested interests of oil and coal companies, we could switch to HYDROGEN and all kinds of green energy tomorrow, if we had to. That we don't is a testament to backwardness, ignorance and short-sighted greed.

    14. David Salter says:

      I started watching this thinking it was quite interesting, but then it made me angry. Why is a person who has such a seriously flawed perception of what is real, and what is nonsense, given air-time? He talks authoratively, and with good vocabulary and grammar – so you make the assumption that he must be fairly intelligent and knows what he is talking about – and then he shatters that illusion by saying something hilariously stupid – indicating that he hasn't the foggiest idea of what he is talking about. I refer to the comment that suggested a bit of global warming would be good, because we prefer warmer weather, and crops would grow better!!! Seriously naive I think.

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