Saturday, January 17, 2009

The debate rages

There was a female comedian on the Dave Letterman show yesterday (I don't know how up to date the episode was; probably not new). She made a joke about how she was often cold and was happy about Global Warming.
Global Warming and Climate Change are the stuff of many jokes these days - and it's going to get worse, because more and more scientists are decamping from the supposedly 'final' view on climate change, and speaking out publicly about the lack of real evidence, the lack of real science in many cases, and the probability that there's far too big a political motive behind much of the propaganda on climate change, with politicians and big business rubber stamping all sorts of nonsense.
As far back as January 2007, I wrote an article based on a report that there were scientists in New Zealand who were publicly saying they were sceptical of the Global Warming scenario. Of course the original report appeared as a small column in one of the inside pages of the paper.
But things are hotting up now in terms of scepticism. Only this month a long US Senate Minority report appeared with the title: More than 650 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims. There's a subtitle saying: Scientists continue to debunk 'consensus' in 2008, and it goes on to state in considerable detail what the scientists views are, as well as quoting many of them at the end of the article.
But as soon as scientists speak out like this, the host of the faithful Global Warming/Climate Change worshippers all come on board abusing them
It's rather like the topic of evolution: the sceptics mostly get villified or ignored, while the proponents go on spouting all sorts of pseudo-science which they say proves their case.
I wonder why it is that we think Science is a God? Hopefully this century will prove again and again that it's a 'god' that's only kept on its feet because there are plenty of people holding it up.
By the way, who remembers 'acid rain' or the 'hole in the ozone layer' - these now inconvenient scientific problems appear to have drifted away in the face of a new 'challenge.' Except that this latest challenge may well prove to be just as lacking in reality as the other two.

Some quotes:
“I am a skeptic…Global warming has become a new religion.” - Nobel Prize Winner for Physics, Ivar Giaever.
Warming fears are the “worst scientific scandal in the history…When people come to know what the truth is, they will feel deceived by science and scientists.” - UN IPCC Japanese Scientist Dr. Kiminori Itoh, an award-winning PhD environmental physical chemist.
“For how many years must the planet cool before we begin to understand that the planet is not warming? For how many years must cooling go on?" - Geologist Dr. David Gee the chairman of the science committee of the 2008 International Geological Congress who has authored 130 plus peer reviewed papers, and is currently at Uppsala University in Sweden.
“Creating an ideology pegged to carbon dioxide is a dangerous nonsense…The present alarm on climate change is an instrument of social control, a pretext for major businesses and political battle. It became an ideology, which is concerning.” - Environmental Scientist Professor Delgado Domingos of Portugal, the founder of the Numerical Weather Forecast group, has more than 150 published articles.
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