Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Global Warming Alarmists
Al Gore and his ilk are doing their best to make global warming the major issue of our generation. We are commanded by God to be stewards of this earth and any rational person would agree that pollution is not good. However, the tree-huggers and their accomplices in the media are completely overstating their case while doing their best to stifle dissent. The risk: taking focus and money away from real problems like terrorism, poverty, disease, and communism, as well as the enormous economic consequences of "solutions" like the Kyoto Protocol. Check out well reasoned criticism from Michael Crichton's State of Fear and from a recent speech by Senator James Inhofe.

Key points:

  • Gore's favorite study, the famous "hockey-stick" indicating stable temps for 900 years and then a dramatic spike in the last 100 years, has been completely torn apart by the National Academy of Sciences and others. The statistical model was bogus. Be very skeptical of doom and gloom computer models.
  • We are not very good at accurately measuring global temps and it is impossible to predict future temps. The best guess right now (even from the wackos) is a 1 degree Fahrenheit increase in the last century. You read right. 1 degree.
  • If the world is getting warmer, how much is due to greenhouse gases? or land use (blacktop, urbanization)? or completely normal variations in temperature caused by changes in solar heating that have been going on since creation?
  • Liberal groups spend much more than industry groups on environmental studies. However, according to the media, only the industry studies are biased.
  • Recent data indicate that the Antarctic is getting colder and that sea levels are not rising.

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