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Global warming ugliness: Czech prez calls shenanigans!

February 12, 2007

A few stories came out in the media this weekend that attack the media-hype tidal wave of global warming. Here’s just a quick roundup of them:

Cosmic ray chart (Telegraph)A few staffers here in the New Era office were having a heated debate on global-warming science and theories Friday, and I found a story about how the long-term cosmic rays cycle affects the warming of the planet.

The London Telegraph put out a story this weekend trumpeting the theory. Writer Richard Gray examines how increased solar rays affect cloud cover.

From his article:

“We may see CO2 is responsible for much less warming than we thought and if this is the case the predictions of warming due to human activity will need to be adjusted.”

Mr Svensmark last week published the first experimental evidence from five years’ research on the influence that cosmic rays have on cloud production in the Proceedings of the Royal Society Journal A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. This week he will also publish a fuller account of his work in a book entitled The Chilling Stars: A New Theory of Climate Change.

A team of more than 60 scientists from around the world are preparing to conduct a large-scale experiment using a particle accelerator in Geneva, Switzerland, to replicate the effect of cosmic rays hitting the atmosphere.

They hope this will prove whether this deep space radiation is responsible for changing cloud cover. If so, it could force climate scientists to re-evaluate their ideas about how global warming occurs.

Of course, the answer to this issue is to pollute MORE and block out the sun’s rays! (just kidding). More after the jump…

The Czech President Vaclav Klaus has a new book coming out which attacks global warming as a political cause, not scientifical. A transcript of his interview is up on Drudge Report.

Here’s my favorite highlight:

Czech president Vaclav Klaus has criticized the UN panel on global warming, claiming that it was a political authority without any scientific basis. In an interview with "Hospodárské noviny", a Czech economics daily, Klaus answered a few questions:

... Q: How do you explain that conservative media are skeptical while the left-wing media view the global warming as a done deal?•

A: It is not quite exactly divided to the left-wingers and right-wingers. Nevertheless it's obvious that environmentalism is a new incarnation of modern leftism.•

Q: If you look at all these things, even if you were right ...•

A: ...I am right...•

Q: Isn't there enough empirical evidence and facts we can see with our eyes that imply that Man is demolishing the planet and himself?•

A: It's such a nonsense that I have probably not heard a bigger nonsense yet.•

Q: Don't you believe that we're ruining our planet?•

A: I will pretend that I haven't heard you. Perhaps only Mr Al Gore may be saying something along these lines: a sane person can't ...

Ahhhh … some sanity (kidding)… read the whole interview for some of the better-communicated points the president had.

Also, an editorial in today’s New York Sun takes on the smear campaign of the global-warming alarmists to take down dissenters using political pressure, instead of using their scientific arguments:

Mr. Gore has been caught at this sort of thing before. In 1994, Ted Koppel disclosed on “Nightline” that Mr. Gore had called to suggest he investigate various global warming skeptics for their ties to the coal industry and other interests. Mr. Koppel said he had refused. He went on to chastise Mr. Gore publicly for “resorting to political means to achieve what should ultimately be resolved on a purely scientific basis.”

Just so. But Mr. Gore and others still seem unable to restrain their bile. The Washington Post recently quoted Mr. Gore as referring to a prominent Republican senator as a “denier.” All of which makes one wonder: Do these people have as much confidence as they pretend to have in their theories about why the globe may be heating up? Maybe there is good reason for AEI and others to ask for a closer look at those computer models claiming to show a meltdown of the earth in coming decades.

The late Karl Popper, one of the 20th century’s most eminent philosophers, wrote and spoke often of the glories — and dangers — of the Enlightenment’s faith in science. ” … the theory that truth is manifest not only breeds fanatics — men possessed by the conviction that all those who do not see the manifest truth must be possessed by the devil — but it may also lead … to authoritarianism.”

You may think that’s overwrought. But remember that just last week on February 9, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared that government would have to impose a mandatory cap to reduce greenhouse emissions by 50%, a move that would bring government ever more deeply into the heart of the economy. And that, global warming enthusiasts add, would just be a first step. For, after all, it is the point of the whole global warming agitation to begin with.

I think we may be seeing this as the new attack front for the anti-global-warming crowd … point out the anti-capitalistic intentions of the policymakers that support global warming. Show the irrepairable harm to the economy that such severe emissions cuts would cause, unemploying millions in transportation and logistical industries.

This will bring the labor unions on board the anti-GW bandwagon, and will put Democrats in a rough spot.

One Comment
  1. August 19, 2007 8:24 am

    global warming is becoming such a obvious problem that someone somewhere other than Al Gore needs to step up to help drive the bus!

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