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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Global Warming Skeptics on the Increase

In 1992 Al Gore said, “Only an insignificant fraction of scientists deny the global warming crisis. The time for debate is over. The science is settled.” Around this time last year, (3/4/2007), I wrote about a number of “significant” skeptics to the global warming phenomenon. I began with how, in about 30 years, climate hysteria has gone from the threat of a pending ice age to the belief that human beings are causing a devastating heating of the earth. Well, it seems the number of “significant” skeptics is growing significantly, and more-and-more they’re letting their voices be heard.

Perhaps the most prominent man-made global warming “denier” is John Coleman, the co-founder of The Weather Channel. Not only has he called global warming a “non-event, a manufactured crisis and a total scam” (he even refers to it as “the greatest scam in history”), he advocates suing Al Gore and anyone else selling carbon credits, so as to “finally put some light on the fraud of global warming.”

Coleman was a featured speaker at the International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC), sponsored by the Heartland Institute, held March 2 to March 4 of this year in New York City. The conference had nearly 100 speakers and 400 participants. The theme of the conference was, “there is no scientific consensus on the causes or likely consequences of global warming.”

Joseph L. Bast, the conference host and president of The Heartland Institute, reported that present at the ICCC, along with Coleman, were “more than 200 scientists and other experts on climate change, from Australia, Canada, England, France, Hungary, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Sweden, and of course the United States,” coming from the “Universities of Alabama, Arizona State, Florida State, Mississippi, Ohio State, Oregon State, and Virginia; from George Mason, Harvard, The Institute Pasteur in Paris, Johns Hopkins, and the London School of Economics.”

They also reportedly came from, “The University of Monash, Nottingham, Oslo, Ottawa, Rochester, Rockefeller, and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. And from the Russian Academy of Sciences, Suffolk University, Westminster School of Business (in London), and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.”

Around two-and-a-half months prior to the ICCC, the U.S. Senate released a report that contained the objections of over 400 scientists to, “major aspects of the so-called ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming.” The reported noted that, “These scientists, many of whom are current and former participants in the UN IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), criticized the climate claims made by the UN IPCC and former Vice President Al Gore.”

The report also noted that, “The distinguished scientists featured in this new report are experts in diverse fields, including: climatology; geology; biology; glaciology; biogeography; meteorology; oceanography; economics; chemistry; mathematics; environmental sciences; engineering; physics and paleoclimatology. Some of those profiled have won Nobel Prizes for their outstanding contribution to their field of expertise and many shared a portion of the UN IPCC Nobel Peace Prize with Vice President Gore.”

Some brief highlights from the report:

Dr. Nathan Paldor, Professor of Dynamical Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem stated that, “First, temperature changes, as well as rates of temperature changes (both increase and decrease) of magnitudes similar to that reported by IPCC to have occurred since the Industrial revolution (about 0.8C in 150 years or even 0.4C in the last 35 years) have occurred in Earth's climatic history. There's nothing special about the recent rise!”

Russian scientist Dr. Oleg Sorochtin of the Institute of Oceanology at the Russian Academy of Sciences said, “Even if the concentration of ‘greenhouse gases’ double, man would not perceive the temperature impact.” Chief Meteorologist Eugenio Hackbart of the MetSul Meteorologia Weather Center in Sao Leopoldo – Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil added, “The media is promoting an unprecedented hyping related to global warming. The media and many scientists are ignoring very important facts that point to a natural variation in the climate system as the cause of the recent global warming.”

Lastly, French Climatologist Dr. Marcel Leroux, former professor at Universit√© Jean Moulin and director of the Laboratory of Climatology, Risks, and Environment in Lyon, stated, “Day after day, the same mantra - that ‘the Earth is warming up’ - is churned out in all its forms. As ‘the ice melts’ and ‘sea level rises,’ the Apocalypse looms ever nearer! Without realizing it, or perhaps without wishing to, the average citizen is bamboozled, lobotomized, lulled into mindless ac­ceptance. ... Non-believers in the greenhouse scenario are in the position of those long ago who doubted the existence of God ... fortunately for them, the Inquisition is no longer with us!” (A link to the Senate report, as well as other global warming information, is on my homepage.)

In spite of the man-made global warming doomsayers’ statements to the contrary, it seems that this debate is far from over. Exclaiming last year that, “Global warming is not a crisis,” Lord Christopher Monckton, a former policy advisor to Margaret Thatcher, challenged Al Gore to a public debate on the matter. He ended his challenge with, “May the truth win!” That would be “convenient.”

Copyright 2008, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World

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