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May 8, 2007

Biologist Josef Reichholf Laughs Off the Global Warming Hoax

If you hear jolly guffaws, it could be yet another scientist laughing off the global warming hoax. Some highlights from a Spiegel interview with biologist Josef Reichholf:

Personally, I'm even looking forward to a milder climate. […] Biologically speaking, we are children of the tropics. Wherever man lives, he artificially creates tropical living conditions.

But what about the cataclysmic floods the Goracle promises?

[C]atastrophic flooding […] is in fact caused by too much development along rivers and not by more extreme weather events, which we can't change anyway.

As for wild-eyed predictions that global warming will cause as much as 30% of all species to go extinct:

It's nothing but fear-mongering, for which there is no concrete evidence. On the contrary, there is much to be said for the argument that warming temperatures promote biodiversity. […] To put it succinctly, the warmer a region is, the more diverse are its species.

Much as liberals claim to worship diversity, you don't see much of it at the North Pole. But what about the notion that climate change is hurtling toward us so fast that species won't have a chance to adapt?

This claim is already contradicted by the fact that there have been much faster climate fluctuations in the past, which did not automatically lead to a global extinction of species. As a biologist, I can tell you that only the fewest animals and plants are accustomed to rigid climate conditions.

Regarding the particularly ignorant claim that global warming will spread malaria:

[M]alaria isn't even a true tropical disease. In the 19th century, thousands of people in Europe, including Germany, the Netherlands and even Scandinavia, died of malaria, even though they had never gone abroad. That's because this disease was still prevalent in northern and central Europe in previous centuries. We only managed to eliminate malaria in Europe by quarantining the sick, improving hygiene and draining swamps. That's why I consider it virtually impossible that malaria would return to us purely because of climate change.

To sum up:

Precisely because we have to feed a growing population on this planet, we should in fact embrace a warmer climate. In warmer regions it takes far less effort to ensure survival.

In other words, if humans did create global warming (which we don't), we ought to create more of it. Climate change hysteria is sheer, unadulterated B.S., force-fed to the gullible by unscrupulous propagandists to advance their own selfish agendas. But you probably knew that.

Someone forgot to tell Josef Reichholf about the consensus.

Posted by Van Helsing at May 8, 2007 9:50 PM


Hear, hear!

Posted by: John at May 9, 2007 2:35 AM

Anyone want to buy some used carbon credits?

Posted by: Jimbo at May 9, 2007 4:36 AM

There you go again, trying to confuse the faithful with the facts. :-)

Posted by: Sissy Willis at May 9, 2007 5:44 AM

Posted by: V the K at May 9, 2007 5:56 AM

Reicholf will be labled as a shill for Big Oil and a tool of the eeeevil Korporate Kulture in 3...2...1...

Posted by: skh.pcola at May 9, 2007 7:02 AM

Also see:

....wherein a leading (and pioneer) PhD/Climate guy states that CO2 is a cipher in the debate...

Posted by: dad29 at May 9, 2007 7:30 AM

this guy should be fired and jailed for such rubbish. people like this will kill us all with their denial.

Posted by: Phil at May 9, 2007 10:01 AM

That's right, phil. Round 'em up and make 'em disappear. Thats the ticket. That's what all great leaders of the past have done, huh? Can't have disagreement - especially in the scientific community. Why - that's down right anti-collective, right philly?

Posted by: Jimbo at May 9, 2007 10:37 AM

Herr Reichholf (a brave soul, indeed!) reminds me of a great piece by J.R. Dunn in The American Thinker, from January 31, 2007. To excerpt:

"To go a step further, my research implied that the planet is in fact meant to be somewhat warmer than it is today, that the life-forms we see around us are in fact adapted to a warmer climate. The earth is, after all, stuck within a three-million-year glacial epoch whose origin and cause remain a mystery. (We're now in a brief 'interglacial' - a warming period! - that began only 12,000 years ago and could end tomorrow.)"

Facts, of course, as well as history, are of no significance to the man-made "global warming" crowd.

Posted by: jc14 at May 9, 2007 11:35 AM

Thank you, dad29 and jc14, for the info on other scientists who don't buy the doom and gloom.

Phil, the guy is not denying anything. He's explaining the causes and effects of global warming, then giving evidence that supports his interpretation of the facts. What's wrong with that?

Posted by: Anonymous at May 9, 2007 6:02 PM

Jimbo, I'm not positive, of course, but I believe that Phil was being facetious. Then again, if his was a serious remark, he's expressing the enviromoonbat position precisely, telling us all who they are, where they're coming from, and what they want to do to any and all "deniers." I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, though, and say he said what he said in jest.

Posted by: jc14 at May 9, 2007 6:31 PM

The argument regarding global warming from the conservatives (pro-corporates) has shifted over the last decade from:

1. There is no global warming
2. Ok global warming exists, but we have nothing to do with it


3. Ok, global warming exists and we are in part responsible for it, but hey, is that really a bad thing?

The next argument will be:

4. Ok, global warming exists and we are in part responsible for it and it is a bad thing, but how where we to know?

Posted by: bean at May 10, 2007 11:10 AM

Actually, butterbean, most of us righties don't believe that global warming exists in the context of this CO2 crap. In 150 years, the temperature of Earth has gone up 0.5 degrees. Wow.

Dude, if we thought it was real and a threat, we'd be all over it like Michael Moore on a porkchop. However, we see the same thing happening on Mars, which has neither "corporations" nor Hummers. We see increased solar activity, which would explain the phenomenon occurring on Earth AND Mars. must be the SUV's. Carry on, Chicken Little.

Posted by: Crush Liberalism at May 10, 2007 11:45 AM

bean, my friend: it was far, far warmer in the 10th to the 13th Centuries than it is today (or likely will be anytime in the next 100 years or so). Then, it got COLD (and sometimes REALLY cold) for most of the next 600 years. Then, shock of shocks!, it started warming again about 1850 and has continued to warm to this day. Not too many SUV's around in the 1850's -- sorry to burst your bubble!

The last time it got really cold, around 1/3 to 1/2 of the population of Europe (where it still gets really cold in the winter, by the way) died in the greatest mass death humanity has ever witnessed (The "Black Plague").

Completely ignored by the "global warming" moonbats is this enormous glowing ball of gas, busily fusing hydrogen into helium and other heavier elements, located an average of 93 million miles from us (which appears to be the absolutely perfect location for life even to exist on Earth - wonder how that happened?). But, once again, the physical universe is meaningless to people like algore; all that counts is "How much money can I make by scaring dimwits into thinking they're responsible for the Earth warming up?"

Posted by: jc14 at May 10, 2007 1:07 PM