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Global warming guru admits he was wrong about climate change

The global warming scam has been over for a long time, but there are still die-hard fanatics out there.  Climate scientist James Lovelock is about to break the clue bat over their heads.

Lovelock is a legendary guru of the global warming movement, and the author of books entitled The Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth Is Fighting Back – and How We Can Still Save Humanity and The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning: Enjoy It While You Can.  It turns out you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy it, because Lovelock, at age 92, is writing a new book in which he admits he was an “alarmist” and all of his earlier predictions were totally wrong.

No, really.  Here’s what he says, as reported by MSNBC:

“The problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books – mine included – because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn’t happened,” Lovelock said.

“The climate is doing its usual tricks. There’s nothing much really happening yet. We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world now,” he said.

“The world has not warmed up very much since the millennium. Twelve years is a reasonable time… it (the temperature) has stayed almost constant, whereas it should have been rising — carbon dioxide is rising, no question about that,” he added.

He pointed to Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and Tim Flannery’s “The Weather Makers” as other examples of “alarmist” forecasts of the future.

This is exactly the kind of stuff that gets reasonable people denounced as the equivalent of “Holocaust deniers” by the enraged primitives of the global-warming cult.  Later in the MSNBC interview, Lovelock says “I’m not a denier,” even though he did, in fact, just deny the whole rotten anthropogenic global warming con job.

He also says humanity should still “do our best to cut back on fossil fuel burning.”  Why?  He just admitted he was totally wrong about its effects, and it’s not a question of shortages, because contrary to the lie repeated by President Obama, we’ve got hundreds of years’ worth of fossil fuels available to us.  I guess we have to cut back on this stuff because it’s just plain evil.  Also, it smells funny.

The new fallback position for the global warming cult is to insist that another few decades of data will be needed to utterly disprove their completely inaccurate computer models.  Ironically, this is exactly the same position they used to decry as dangerous foot-dragging by corporate stooges, when they were insisting on immediate anti-capitalism as the only hope for humanity’s survival.

And that is what Lovelock used to say.  In 2006 he wrote “before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable.” 

If you thought that was alarmist twaddle, you were right.  Lovelock admits that speaking in more reasonable terms “would have spoilt the book.” 

That’s what eco-fanatics always say when they’re called on the carpet for disregarding the scientific method.  A little fear-mongering about the last polar bear using an ice floe as a surfboard to ride a tidal wave down Fifth Avenue is justified, because it will help to raise “public awareness.”  Likewise, awareness would be diminished by inviting the public to consider that any global climate shifts which might be occurring are entirely natural. 

The incorrect presentation of data to support a foregone conclusion is properly classified as superstition, not science.  If you’re laughing at these people, as they shake their medicine sticks and warn that the sky gods are still angry about carbon demons – even as they mutter under their breath that little things like “the sun” and “the oceans” might be thwarting their powers of prophecy – you’re right again. 

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