Saturday, March 24, 2007

More on Global Warming

On September 25, 2006, Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) delivered a fine speech on global warming and on the way media has joined in unabashedly in hyping this hysteria. He gives specific examples of where the science has wandered away from the trail and also on how various media presentations have been blatantly biased. Good reading. And, yes, I am very proud of my Oklahoma senator!

Some highlights:
Since 1895, the media has alternated between global cooling and warming scares during four separate and sometimes overlapping time periods. From 1895 until the 1930’s the media peddled a coming ice age.

From the late 1920’s until the 1960’s they warned of global warming. From the 1950’s until the 1970’s they warned us again of a coming ice age. This makes modern global warming the fourth estate’s fourth attempt to promote opposing climate change fears during the last 100 years.

Recently, advocates of alarmism have grown increasingly desperate to try to convince the public that global warming is the greatest moral issue of our generation. Last year, the vice president of London’s Royal Society sent a chilling letter to the media encouraging them to stifle the voices of scientists skeptical of climate alarmism.

During the past year, the American people have been served up an unprecedented parade of environmental alarmism by the media and entertainment industry, which link every possible weather event to global warming. The year 2006 saw many major organs of the media dismiss any pretense of balance and objectivity on climate change coverage and instead crossed squarely into global warming advocacy.

Then there is this:

First, I would like to summarize some of the recent developments in the controversy over whether or not humans have created a climate catastrophe. One of the key aspects that the United Nations, environmental groups and the media have promoted as the “smoking gun” of proof of catastrophic global warming is the so-called ‘hockey stick’ temperature graph by climate scientist Michael Mann and his colleagues.

This graph purported to show that temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere remained relatively stable over 900 years, then spiked upward in the 20th century presumably due to human activity. Mann, who also co-publishes a global warming propaganda blog reportedly set up with the help of an environmental group, had his “Hockey Stick” come under severe scrutiny.

The “hockey stick” was completely and thoroughly broken once and for all in 2006. Several years ago, two Canadian researchers tore apart the statistical foundation for the hockey stick. In 2006, both the National Academy of Sciences and an independent researcher further refuted the foundation of the “hockey stick.”

The National Academy of Sciences report reaffirmed the existence of the Medieval Warm Period from about 900 AD to 1300 AD and the Little Ice Age from about 1500 to 1850. Both of these periods occurred long before the invention of the SUV or human industrial activity could have possibly impacted the Earth’s climate. In fact, scientists believe the Earth was warmer than today during the Medieval Warm Period, when the Vikings grew crops in Greenland.

Climate alarmists have been attempting to erase the inconvenient Medieval Warm Period from the Earth’s climate history for at least a decade. David Deming, an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma’s College of Geosciences, can testify first hand about this effort. Dr. Deming was welcomed into the close-knit group of global warming believers after he published a paper in 1995 that noted some warming in the 20th century. Deming says he was subsequently contacted by a prominent global warming alarmist and told point blank “We have to get rid of the Medieval Warm Period.” When the “Hockey Stick” first appeared in 1998, it did just that.

Take a few minutes to read this speech and see what you think. The same webpage has a link to a follow-up speech as well.

Here is a link to Senator Inhofe's opening remarks at the March 21, 2007, hearing on global warming, featuring Al Gore. Scroll down for more links, including a pdf file on A Skeptic's Guide. Lots of information is there for you to mull over. Senator Inhofe is the ranking member on the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

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At 3:35 PM, Blogger Titus Todd said...

I can only hope that enough of the truth is getting out but I doubt it. The media is ignoring this side of the global warming story doing our country a great disservice.

At 3:39 PM, Blogger Titus Todd said...

...and thanks for the links to the speeches from Senator Inhofe. He has a lot of great points - the The Skeptics Guide is huge.

At 6:56 PM, Blogger Mary A said...

Titus, I also hope the truth is getting out, but the mainstream media is avoiding anything that doesn't support global warming. Still, maybe it'll spread. Glad you liked the links! I thought that was some good material.

At 12:09 PM, Blogger merjoem32 said...

Interesting. I am willing to support an advocacy campaign that is in support of global warming but I think that the issue has been muddied. Politics has taken our attention off the real issue. The issue is not whether global warming is real or not. Conserving our planet is more important than debating about the genuineness of global warming. We need action if we want to solve this problem. Debates won't solve it.

At 6:47 PM, Blogger Mary A said...

merjoem32, I agree that the issue has been muddied and that politics has taken over, which muddies it more and more. I am all for people being good stewards of the earth. I'll check out your link when I have a little more time--I'm a little rushed this evening! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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