Despite the oft-repeated claim that the science is settled that man-made global warming is threatening the planet and that a there is a consensus on that contention among most scientists, a number of top members of the scientific community across the globe vehemently disagree.
Their voices however, go largely unheard thanks to the mainstream media that worships at the altar of Al Gore and promotes his global warming hysteria, refusing to report on any opposing views, no matter how scientifically sound they might be.
That has once again become obvious with the media's treatment of Sen. James Inhofe's, R-Ola., two hour speech delivered on the floor of the United States Senate on Oct. 26, debunking fears of man-made global warming. Although Inhofe effectively demolished the "science is settled" canard, citing numerous examples of studies debunking the global warming scam by some of the world's most respected scientists, the media decided that the truth must be kept from American people and ignored his groundbreaking speech.
Inhofe began by saying "We are currently witnessing an international awakening of scientists who are speaking out in opposition to former Vice President Al Gore, the United Nations, the Hollywood elitists and the media-driven "consensus" on man-made global warming.
"We have witnessed Antarctic ice grow to record levels since satellite monitoring began in the 1970s. We have witnessed NASA temperature data errors that have made 1934 — not 1998 -— the hottest year on record in the U.S. We have seen global averages temperatures flat line since 1998 and the Southern Hemisphere cool in recent years.
"These new developments in just the last six months are but a sample of the new information coming out that continues to debunk climate alarm."
You'd never know that, however, if the media has its way.
These new developments, Inhofe pointed out have prompted many scientists to declare that the scientific basis for fears of catastrophic man-made global warming are collapsing.
"I agree with [former Vice President Al] Gore," Inhofe said. "Global warming may have reached a ‘tipping point.' The man-made global warming fear machine crossed the ‘tipping point' in 2007. I am convinced that future climate historians will look back at 2007 as the year the global warming fears began crumbling.
"The situation we are in now is very similar to where we were in the late 1970s when coming ice age fears began to dismantle. We are currently witnessing an international awakening of scientists who are speaking out in opposition to former Vice President Al Gore, the United Nations, the Hollywood elitists and the media-driven "consensus" on man-made global warming."
Even leftists, Inhofe noted, have become disenchanted with global warming activism. He quotes Denis G. Rancourt professor of Physics and an environmental science researcher at the University of Ottawa, who believes the global warming campaign does a disservice to the environmental movement. Rancourt -- a committed left-wing activist and scientist -- believes environmentalists have been duped into promoting global warming as a crisis. Wrote Rancourt "Promoting the global warming myth trains people to accept unverified, remote, and abstract dangers in the place of true problems that they can discover for themselves by becoming directly engaged in their workplace and by doing their own research and observations. It trains people to think lifestyle choices (in relation to CO2 emission) rather than to think activism in the sense of exerting an influence to change societal structures."
The media, which weeps copious tears for the plight of the poor, ignores the terrible price the poor will pay for symbolic climate measures: "What few Americans realize is that the impact of these policies would not be evenly distributed. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently looked at the approach taken by most global warming proposals in Congress, known as cap and trade, that would place a cap on carbon emissions, allocate how much everyone could emit, and then let them trade those emissions."
He quoted from the CBO report: "Regardless of how the allowances were distributed, most of the cost of meeting a cap on CO2 emissions would be borne by consumers, who would face persistently higher prices for products such as electricity and gasoline. Those price increases would be regressive in that poorer households would bear a larger burden relative to their income than wealthier households would."
The media has enshrined the Kyoto Protocol which the Senate has refused to ratify and wept bitterly over America's failure to sign on to it.
Said Inhofe on the treaty's attempts to control global temperatures: "First, going on a carbon diet would do nothing to avert climate change. After the U.S. Signed the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, Al Gore's own scientist, Tom Wigley of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, calculated that Kyoto would reduce emissions by only 0.07 degrees Celsius by the year 2050. That's all. 0.07 degrees. And that's if the United States had ratified Kyoto and the other signatories met their targets. But we didn't and they won't.
"Of the 15 original EU countries, only two are on track to meet their targets. And even one of those, Britain, has started increasing its emissions again, not decreasing. Similar calculations have been done to estimate other climate bills. The Climate Change Stewardship Act that was defeated 38-60 last year would have only reduced temperatures by 0.029 degrees Celsius, and another bill modeled on the National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP) report would have only reduced temperatures by 0.008 degrees Celsius. That's right — 0.008 degrees Celsius, or less than 1 percent of 1 degree."
Speaking of the latest scientific developments which the media won't report Inhofe said that they show that current temperatures in Greenland — a poster boy for climate alarmists — are cooler than the temperatures there in the 1930s and 1940s, according to multiple peer-reviewed studies. Yes, you heard me correctly. Greenland has cooled since the 1940s! A fact the media and global warming activists conceal. Greenland reached its highest temperatures in 1941, according to a peer-reviewed study published in the June 2006 issue of the Journal of Geophysical Research. And, keep in mind that 80 percent of man-made CO2 came after these high temperatures. How inconvenient that the two poster children of alarmism, Greenland and Antarctica , trumpeted by Al Gore and the climate fear mongers, have decided not to cooperate with computer model driven fears.
The media accepts climate predictions based on computer modeling which Inhofe says scientists have shown to be unreliable and untested.
"Even The New York Times has been forced to acknowledge the overwhelming evidence that the earth is currently well within natural climate variation. This inconvenient reality means that all the warming doomsayers have to back up their climate fears are unproven computer models predicting future doom. Of course, you can't prove a prediction of the climate in 2100 wrong today, which reduces the models to speculating on what ‘could' ‘might' ‘may' happen 50 or 100 years from now." He quotes IPCC scientist Dr. Jim Renwick-a lead author of the IPCC 4th Assessment Report-publicly as admitting that climate models may not be so reliable after all. Renwick stated in June: "Half of the variability in the climate system is not predictable, so we don't expect to do terrifically well." Let me repeat: a UN scientist admitted, "Half of the variability in the climate system is not predictable.
Finally, there is the media's premature requiem for the polar bears who they say are headed for extinction.
"The Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that the polar bear population is currently at 20,000 to 25,000 bears, whereas in the 1950s and 1960s, estimates were as low as 5,000-10,000 bears. We currently have an estimated four or five times more polar bears than 50 years ago. A 2002 U.S. Geological Survey of wildlife in the Arctic Refuge Coastal Plain noted that the polar bear populations ‘may now be near historic highs.' Top biologists and wildlife experts are dismissing unproven computer model concerns for polar bears. In 2006, Canadian biologist Dr. Mitchell Taylor, the director of wildlife research with the Arctic government of Nunavut, dismissed these fears with evidence based data on Canada's polar bear populations. "Of the 13 populations of polar bears in Canada, 11 are stable or increasing in number. They are not going extinct, or even appear to be affected at present," Taylor said, noting that Canada is home to two-thirds of the world's polar bears.
Inhofe's full speech can be read at: http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Issues.View&Issue_id=e49f29f7-802a-23ad-483b-0d16e87b0811.
Phil Brennan is a veteran journalist and World War II Marine who writes for Newsmax.com. He is editor and publisher of Wednesday on the Web (http://www.pvbr.com) and was Washington columnist for National Review magazine in the 1960s.
He also served as a staff aide for the House Republican Policy Committee and helped handle the Washington public relations operation for the Alaska Statehood Committee which won statehood for Alaska.
He is also a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a member of the Association For Intelligence Officers.
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