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Lobal Warming

No issue has been more politically hijacked than the issue of Global Warming. I’m blake07b.jpgnot a climatologist, and neither are most of the people voicing their opinion on the subject. So the fact that those opinions are so shrill and hysteric is disconcerting.

As evidence of this hysteria, Ellen Goodman, columnist for the Boston Globe, recently declared:

I would like to say we’re at a point where global warming is impossible to deny. Let’s just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future.

Gore_100.gifWow! The heat’s going up but I’m not sure if it’s the globe’s. Despite her lack of scientific credentials, Ms. Goodman is certain that “global warming is impossible to deny.” Hmm. That so?

Enter deniers.

This list of distinguished scientists who oppose global warming includes nearly 30 geologists, meteorologists, geophysicists, and paleoclimatologists. Patrick Michaels, professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, suggests there are Holes in the Greenhouse Effect. In a 16 part series entitled The Deniers, National azerbaijan19.jpgPost looks at “scientists who buck the conventional wisdom on climate science.” PushBack describes it as Environmental Fraud and references “thousands” of scientists who dispute the theory. Furthermore, Wikipedia contains 121 pages worth of Global Warming Skeptics.

The documentary, The Great Global Warming Swindle, contains disturbing footage of how extreme the rhetoric has gotten in the debate. Al Gore ratcheted up the rhetoric when he recently testified before House and Senate panels calling climate change a “true planetary emergency” if Congress fails to act. Richard Lindzen, Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT, in an article entitled Climate of Fear, suggests that the reason for this alarmism has to do with intimidation in scientific circles. The more fear, the more funding. To question global warming is to bite the hand that feeds. Some years ago, author Michael Crichton suggested that environmentalism had become the religion of Western elites. Likewise, Wall Street Journal’s article The Theology of Global Warming concludes that global warming is becoming a new religion. Similarly, Czech President Vaclav Klaus said that global warming has replaced the ideology of communism and threatens basic freedoms.

Still think global warming is “impossible to deny”?

Question: Why aren’t we hearing more about the dissent and the dissenters? Answer: The liberal media controls the debate.

brainboy_06.jpgThis stuff scares me — really. I believe we are seeing, in real time, the duping of an entire generation. This is not to suggest that there is no evidence for global warming, but that the context for a genuine debate has been disallowed. I don’t doubt that mankind’s pollution adversely affects the environment. But most of us rely on “experts” to form and bolster those conclusions. If this issue is so important, we need to listen to all the experts, examine all the evidence. The fact that that some experts and evidence is repressed is indicative of other forces, other agendas at work.

Brain-Bomb.gifBut maybe the bigger issue, to me, is how gullible the American mind is. We rely on sound bites to form opinions and eschew personal research. We want our politicians, celebrities and TV anchors to tell us what to think, instead of taking time to form our own opinion. After all, it’s much easier to march in lock-step than appear to be a “Holocaust denier.”

Either way, the issue has gone mainstream; we have reached critical mass. It is now en vogue to calculate how much Co2 you are emitting each year, get a TerraPass to offset your carbon imprint, reward shoddy science with Academy Awards, vote green, and feel guilty about drowning penguins. Still, I’m afraid the real warming is not global — it’s lobal, as in frontal lobe. Perhaps the greater threat to civilization is not that the polar ice caps are melting, but that our brains are so easily turned to mush.

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  • Jason March 26, 2007, 6:42 PM

    Listening to the mainstream media you would think that global warming is a fact. I recently heard some “expert” predict that within 50 years coastal cities like New York could be flooded. I wish more people would take a closer look at the facts. It’s also sad that people who question global warming are made out to be part of some right wing conspiracy or sellouts to big industry. So much for open discourse.

  • Jules Quincy Stephens March 27, 2007, 2:02 AM

    I’m not goofing — this is exactly why I hated the movie “Happy Feet.” Have you seen it? It’s one big musical, happy hysterical environmentalist piece of propaganda. My mother took the girls and I to see it, because we thought it was just going to be a cute movie about a dancing penguin trying to fit in (that’s what the trailers led you to believe). The only reason I didn’t walk out was because I knew my kids probably wouldn’t pick up on the message (on a first viewing, anyway) and my mother bought the tickets and I knew she would be upset to think I wasted her money. My SIL asked the other day if she could buy the DVD for my oldest daughter (whose birthday is soon). The answer was an emphatic, “NO, I DON’T WANT THAT CRAP IN MY HOUSE.”

  • Dave Wallace March 28, 2007, 12:42 AM

    Mike:
    Al Gore recently spoke here in Boise Idaho regarding this (his favorite subject)to a packed Taco Bell arena. That’a close to 10,000 people in a facility named after a fast food chain who is not known to be body friendly much less earth friendly. Big Al had to travel by airplane to the state with the largest natural preserve in the lower 48 to educate all of us on environmental issues. His big black sedans carried him to and from the airport, and the local blackhawk helicopters were in flight during his ground travels and speech.
    I feel safer knowing that we have an educated advocate for our well being.
    P.S. I sell Natural and Organic food for a living, warmer growing seasons are great for my business.

  • janet March 28, 2007, 3:17 AM

    Hee hee. I like Dave’s comment. Mike, not much surprises me anymore between the media and the public school systems. The things that are taught and reported as fact, and swallowed without question by the public are amazing. I don’t think the average American has any idea that Christians are being locked up, beaten, tortured, raped, etc. all over the world. Evolution is so taken for granted that if you say you believe in a world created by God in a week, you may as well be saying you believe in the tooth fairy for the reaction you get. Personally, I’m not worried about global warming. Wait till the great tribulation. Things’ll heat up then I bet, and I don’t intend to be here.
    I could go for some Taco Bell about now…

  • dayle March 28, 2007, 2:35 PM

    In my 10th (1987)grade enviromental science class, I was taught that we would run out of oil in 1997, and that acid rain was increasing at a pace to kill almost all the fish in north america in 20 years.

    well, it’s been 20 years and acid rain has actually gone down. I still catch bass when I go fishing. And we are finding more oil everyday. The good news is that I was smart enough, even at that age, to conclude that if we were that close to running out of oil, GM would stop making cars immediately. But, I cringe when I think of the brain-washing going on in our schools.

    This is alarmism gone amuck. Most people want a clean environment (That shouldn’t even be a debate) , but it’s hard to side with extremists.

    It’s like PETA. I’m all for the ethical treatment of animals and would gladly donate to the cause. However, PETA goes so extreme, ( They are really vegetarian-nazi’s and anti-capitalists ) that I have to look elsewhere to give my animal friendly donations.

    The problem is that these elements of our culture are agenda driven, not “what’s best for the country” driven. What a mess.

    -dayle

  • janet March 28, 2007, 3:05 PM

    I remember reading in Weekly Reader in elementary school about how we’d probably go on vacation on the moon when we grew up.

  • Ame March 28, 2007, 7:04 PM

    I had already read this when I sat across from my friend in a restaurant. We are brought together as friends by life circumstances, but are not “close.” She began talking about the environment and global warming. We’d never talked about such issues – actually, I usually avoid that kinda stuff with her. Then she said, “Al Gore has done a documentary on this. I mean, how can you deny it?! Just look around!” And I sat there staring at her thinking, “OMW! She actually believes this stuff!

  • Mirtika March 28, 2007, 8:41 PM

    I’m more concerned with the sort of rabid zealotry that will not disallow debate and the political stance that it’s THE US’S FAULT.

    Well, if we’re at fault, how come the solar system is warming. Scientists have confirmed global weather changes on moons and planets OUTSIDE of the EArth’s influence. I guess our fossil fuels are REALLY potent, huh? Gets all the way to the outer portions of the planetary planes. Whoa. (sarcasm drips).

    I find this another vehicle for the left to push it’s anti-US agenda, frankly. Bad, bad US.

    Mir

  • matty March 28, 2007, 10:36 PM

    I’m sensing a lack of balance here…

  • Mike Duran March 29, 2007, 12:55 PM

    Hey, thanks for all your comments! When driving, accidents often occur by over-compensating. Coming out of a bad turn can be as deadly as the turn itself. Extreme environmentalists have taken a bad turn. But we must be cautious about over-compensating.

    The reason I struggle with this issue is because the Bible clearly says we are to be stewards of God’s earth. As dayle says, everybody wants a clean environment. This should be especially true for Christians. The difficulty is in separating that desire / calling from a political agenda. Yet in the current climate (pun intended), I’m not sure that’s possible.

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