It was hailed as a breathtaking scientific discovery: two ancient skulls of an apparently primitive hominid, an ancestor of man. Dubbed "Piltdown man," (Eoanthropus dawsoni) it was unearthed in Britain in 1912 by Charles Dawson.
Here, excited scientists declared, was the long sought "missing link" part human, part ape, a primitive Brit sporting the noble brow of Homo sapiens and an ape's primitive jaw.
Here at last was proof that we are Bongo's evolutionary descendants. Science was agog. Sounding like Al Gore, gullible scientists assured the world that the science was settled. Darwinian evolutionary theory was a proven fact.
It took 41 years for the truth to emerge — Piltdown man was a scam. In 1953, the roof fell in: Piltdown man was not our ancestor; nor was it a case of mistaken identity. It was, as Richard Harter wrote in "The Bogus Bones Caper," a case of outright deliberate fraud.
We’d been had.
I thought of this old scam when I read this morning of a document being peddled by the Obama administration and touted by global warming alarmists. We are, this panic-ridden report produced by a bevy of 30 scientists on the payrolls of 13 Obama administration government agencies responsible for dealing with the effects of alleged climate change, facing unimaginable horrors as a result of global warming.
These climate hucksters pull no punches, providing what Suzanne Goldenberg of Britain's Guardian newspaper describes as " the most detailed picture to date of the worst case scenarios of rising sea levels and extreme weather events: floods in lower Manhattan; a quadrupling of heat waves deaths in Chicago; withering on the vineyards of California; the disappearance of wildflowers from the slopes of the Rockies; and the extinction of Alaska's wild polar bears in the next 75 years."
"Today's release," she writes, "is part of a carefully crafted strategy by the White House to help build public support for Obama's agenda and boost the prospects of a climate change bill now wending its way through Congress," the notorious "Cap and Trade" bill now in trouble because if enacted it would all but destroy the U.S. economy.
"It's a clarion call for immediate action," said Amanda Staudt, a climate scientist at the alarmist National Wildlife Federation which keeps warning us that the healthy and growing population of polar bears in the Arctic is somehow endangered and shrinking despite their record numbers.
Shrieks Staudt, "This report basically describes a state of emergency. It says we need to act quickly and decisively. Every state is going to be affected, and every sector of the economy."
Goldenberg writes, "For many Americans, the report released today, entitled ‘Global climate change impacts in the U.S.,’ provides the most tangible evidence of the economic costs of climate change — from the need to relocate airports in Alaska built on permafrost, to the increased need for pesticides in agriculture, to an electrical grid straining to meet the increased demand for air conditioning in summer and ageing sewer systems brought to bursting point by heavy run-off in 770 American cities and towns."
Wow! Scary, huh?
Well, not really. In order for all that nasty stuff to happen, the planet has to keep warming at an alarming rate. If we deal with climate change now, the report warns, "the average US temperature will rise 0.4C-1.83C (4-6.5F) by the end of this century." If we don't, "average temperatures could rise by about 2.1C-4.3C (7-11F) with catastrophic consequences for human health and the economy."
A lot of ifs, totally unsupported by reality.
Let's get this straight. The planet is not warming.
What warming there was stopped over 10 years ago. Moreover, it is now apparent that the proof that the planet was warming comes from largely from temperature readings which meteorologist Anthony Watts warns are unreliable.
He photographed and visually inspected 850 stations in the U.S. and extrapolated their findings globally and learned that fully 89 percent failed to meet the National Weather Service's location requirements.
Many of the locations, wrote Watts, "were located next to the exhaust fans of air conditioning units, surrounded by asphalt parking lots and roads, on blistering hot rooftops. And near sidewalks and buildings that absorb and radiate heat."
But let's not argue. The planet was warming since the end of the little ice age. It stopped in 1998, and over the past decade, it's been getting cooler.
In some places, a lot cooler.
Springtime weather is getting harder to distinguish from winter weather. It snowed in Britain in June. Kids built snowmen. Temperatures here in the northern tier of states have cooled substantially.
As Robert Felix just reported in his authoritative iceagenow.com, on various days is June of 2009 there were record low temperatures in 18 states; record low temperatures in 15 states; record low temperatures in 24 states; record low temperatures in 11 states; record low max temperatures in 20 states; record low temperatures in seven states; and record low temperatures in 10 states.
Despite all this, with a straight face, the Obama administration prattles on about a disastrous global warming that just plain isn't happening.
The timing of this Piltdown-man-style report is more than suspicious, coming at a time when the planet is cooling. It seems that what they are asking us is just who are we to believe, their bought-and-paid scientific hucksters or our lying eyes, focused on piles of snow in Britain in the month of June?
Phil Brennan writes for Newsmax.com. He is editor and publisher of Wednesday on the Web (www.pvbr.com) and was Washington columnist (Cato) for National Review magazine in the 1960s. He is a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a member of the Association For Intelligence Officers. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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