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April 9, 2007
Newsweek Acknowledges Cracks in Global Warming Hoax
You know the global warming hoax is running out of gas when even knee-jerk liberal Newsweek admits that not everyone is on board with the hysterical "consensus." The April 16 issue includes a surprisingly sane editorial by MIT Professor of Meteorology Richard Lindzen. A few highlights:
There is no compelling evidence that the warming trend we've seen will amount to anything close to catastrophe. What most commentators — and many scientists — seem to miss is that the only thing we can say with certainly about climate is that it changes. […] Looking back on the earth's climate history, it's apparent that there's no such thing as an optimal temperature — a climate at which everything is just right.
A warmer climate could prove to be more beneficial than the one we have now. […] There is no evidence […] that extreme weather events are increasing in any systematic way[…]
Overall, the risk of sea-level rise from global warming is less at almost any given location than that from other causes, such as tectonic motions of the earth's surface.
Many of the most alarming studies rely on long-range predictions using inherently untrustworthy climate models, similar to those that cannot accurately forecast the weather a week from now. Interpretations of these studies rarely consider that the impact of carbon on temperature goes down — not up — the more carbon accumulates in the atmosphere. […]
Is there any point in pretending that CO2 increases will be catastrophic? Or could they be modest and on balance beneficial? India has warmed during the second half of the 20th century, and agricultural output has increased greatly. Infectious diseases like malaria are a matter not so much of temperature as poverty and public-health policies (like eliminating DDT). Exposure to cold is generally found to be both more dangerous and less comfortable.
Moreover, actions taken thus far to reduce emissions have already had negative consequences without improving our ability to adapt to climate change. An emphasis on ethanol, for instance, has led to angry protests against corn-price increases in Mexico, and forest clearing and habitat destruction in Southeast Asia. Carbon caps are likely to lead to increased prices, as well as corruption associated with permit trading. (Enron was a leading lobbyist for Kyoto because it had hoped to capitalize on emissions trading.) The alleged solutions have more potential for catastrophe than the putative problem. The conclusion of the late climate scientist Roger Revelle — Al Gore's supposed mentor — is worth pondering: the evidence for global warming thus far doesn't warrant any action unless it is justifiable on grounds that have nothing to do with climate.
True enough, the action being taken on global warming has nothing to do with climate. It is a grab for money by unscrupulous characters like Gore, and a grab for power by the radical Left. Fortunately the whole foolish phenomenon has jumped the shark. Let's hope politicians get wind of the fact before passing any disastrous legislation.
Posted by Van Helsing at April 9, 2007 9:13 AM
Posted by: Anonymous at April 9, 2007 10:15 AM
Lindzen is also a voice of reason on "The Great Global Warming Swindle" movie that can be seen on the net. A must see!
Posted by: Ken at April 9, 2007 5:14 PM
The most amazing thing is that Dr. Lindzen is still alive! Typically, these "man-made" global warming Moonbats either marginalize or eliminate any such "ill-informed" opposition to their stated position.
Good luck, Dr. Lindzen, and watch your back!
Posted by: jc14 at April 9, 2007 10:10 PM