Energy & Environment

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So-called Global Warming has the potential to destroy 300 years worth of scientific progress and our advanced western civilization along with it.  From an economist’s position, it is pure folly.  And our worst enemies’ dream come true.

Supporters of so-called global warming tend to fall into one (or more) of three categories: politicians who want to use this latest scare tactic as another means to take more control and power over our lives, corrupt businessmen who want to profit by selling snake oil solutions to a gullible public, or ignorant but well-intentioned people who have bought into another fantasy fable.  

Al Gore probably personifies all 3.

Certainly his Academy Award-winning Power Point presentation is riddled with flaws. Even high school students have pointed out the numerous factual and apparently-intentional errors.  The most important one, of course, completely destroys the basis on which the global warming theory’s house of cards is built.  Studying his classic temperature versus carbon dioxide chart in detail shows that, on average, atmosphere increases – and decreases — of it follow temperature changes by an average of 800 years, not the other way around as you are lead to believe.  

Causation is not proved just because some event follows another (except among those who flunked history, chemistry AND evolution).  However, the inverse does apply.  The theory of global warming – namely that co² emissions cause temperature increases — is proven by Al Gore’s own charts to be absolutely false. In this case, both temperature changes and changes in atmosphere co² levels are likely caused by the same more fundamental event: energy output variations of the sun.  

This fact has been pointed out to Al Gore and his believers before — on numerous occasions.  That they have chosen to selectively ignore this scientific fact and have clung onto an increasingly rickety collection of flawed beliefs suggests that they view global warming not as an objective scientific process to be studied and diagnosed but rather a religious experience that transcends rational thought.  In other words, Al Gore is a true believer.  

Unfortunately, the True Believer is one of the most dangerous and potentially evil persons who can exist.  Many decades ago, the San Francisco longshoreman-philosopher Eric Hoffer warned us of the dangers of the True Believer.  Karl Marx was a True Believer.  Some say that Lenin and Hitler were too.  It’s hard to tell when a True Believer is also a politician.  Sometimes a politician is simply a psychotic megalomaniac who can’t envision anyone else being right except himself.  Sound familiar?

True Believers are cult followers who when told to drink the poison-laced cool-aid will dutifully obey.  The 900 people in Guyana who were mesmerized into following Jim Jones’ orders several decades ago killed only themselves.   Today’s Global Warming True Believers are set to destroy our civilization and economy.  Global Warming Kool Aid is no less dangerous than Jim Jones’ poisoned brew.

Global Warming is the big elephant in the china shop.  It demands all the attention and sucks all the oxygen out of the room.  

So really important environmental issues are ignored.  Like: 1) dealing with cleaning up the developing world’s polluted water supplies which is the number one global cause of disease and death, 2) stopping the destruction of the entire eco-system of the North Sea by giant EU fishing fleets dragging giant metal bars on the seabed scraping away all life in the process, and 3) halting the spread of malaria by using the scientifically-managed application of DDT which — now that the book Silent Spring by Rachael Carson has been proven to be false — even the UN says is the right thing to do to stop the needless deaths of millions of people a year in Africa and Asia.

By replacing scientific facts with “consensus” politics, the charlatan can easily manipulate the innocent well-meaning soul.  True science, of course, doesn’t work on consensus.  As Sgt. Joe Friday would say in every “Dragnet” episode, “Just the facts, ma’am”.  Science is based on provable theories, not emotional feelings.

Moreover, the rational need to make the US into a net energy exporter instead of importer held hostage to OPEC and enemy regimes is also ignored.  

Instead of building nuclear power plants to generate clean electricity to power our country — the way France now does, and pumping our own oil out of our own huge untapped oil fields off our own shores and in Alaska, we continue to whine about the high price of oil and enrich state sponsors of terrorism.  We continue to misdirect the government into running up the price of most of the food that we eat – and create global food shortages where there were once surpluses – by redirecting our farmers to grow grains to be made into corrosive and low-energy ethanol to power our cars.  

Ethanol is a pollutant perhaps as bad as the previous gasoline additive MTBE — which was forced upon us in the early ‘90’s by the government to improve the air quality and instead wound up poisoning our ground water in thousands of communities throughout the country.  The cure is worse than the supposed problem.  Worse, since it has less energy in BTU’s then gasoline, mixing ethanol with gasoline lowers the miles per gallon you get in gas mileage.  And finally, it costs 50% to 100% more per gallon to produce and to buy.  “I’m a politician.  I’ll save you. Just sign here!”

We’re not that credulous.  Well, at least not  all of us are.

Perhaps, you know someone who, in all innocence, doesn’t know the honest facts that support the statement that anthropogenic global warming – as presented – is a lie.  In that case, here are a few links to the truth that you can pass along.  

First, one of the most incredible reports ever to come out of the US Senate is the U.S. Senate Report: Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed Man-Made Global Warming Claims in 2007, released last week by the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works. It “lists the scientists by name, country of residence, and academic/institutional affiliation.  It also features their own words, biographies, and weblinks to their peer reviewed studies and original source materials as gathered from public statements, various news outlets, and websites in 2007”.

Next, the detailed and thoroughly-documented work by Art Robinson, a renowned research scientist, provides step-by-step easy-to-understand analysis of each of the flawed global warming arguments and the data which proves otherwise.   After reading this report, all the global warming scales will fall from one’s eyes.  Complete with 132 footnotes to the underlying source documents in scientific journals and peer-reviewed publications.  Enough said.

Finally, Pat Sajak presented 10 questions that he can’t seem to get answers to on the subject of alleged man-made global warming.  These questions must be answered first.

Global Warming has become the socialist’s dream.  Create a scary evil monster and then tell the people that only more government regulation of their lives can save them from certain doom.  Truly a charlatan’s dream come true.

With good science now being published and brave scientists now speaking out against the tyrants against truth, let us hope that 2008 is poised to be a wonderful year in which we can once again return to a world of reason and sanity — at least in the wacky world of so-called global warming.

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Ronald Reagan:  “Progress is not foreordained.  The key is freedom – freedom of thought, freedom of information, and freedom of communication.”

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