Monday, December 15, 2008

Does the AP Have Any Credibility Left on Global Warming?

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Short answer, no...on any topic

Today they published the single most alarmist global warming piece I've read. Read this if you can stomach it:

"We need to start in January making significant changes," Gore said in a recent telephone interview with The Associated Press. "This year coming up is the most important opportunity the world has ever had to make progress in really solving the climate crisis."

Scientists are increasingly anxious, talking more often and more urgently about exceeding "tipping points."

"We're out of time," Stanford University biologist Terry Root said. "Things are going extinct."

U.S. emissions have increased by 20 percent since 1992. China has more than doubled its carbon dioxide pollution in that time. World carbon dioxide emissions have grown faster than scientists' worst-case scenarios. Methane, the next most potent greenhouse gas, suddenly is on the rise again and scientists fear that vast amounts of the trapped gas will escape from thawing Arctic permafrost.

The amount of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere has already pushed past what some scientists say is the safe level.
And on and on and on...

The piece could have been written by Al Gore himself and gives zero credence to sceptics. Plus, we have this little trick: temps are dropping but it's because of global warming. Check out the pretzel logic:

Mother Nature, of course, is oblivious to the federal government's machinations. Ironically, 2008 is on pace to be a slightly cooler year in a steadily rising temperature trend line. Experts say it's thanks to a La Nina weather variation. While skeptics are already using it as evidence of some kind of cooling trend, it actually illustrates how fast the world is warming.

The average global temperature in 2008 is likely to wind up slightly under 57.9 degrees Fahrenheit, about a tenth of a degree cooler than last year. When Clinton was inaugurated, 57.9 easily would have been the warmest year on record. Now, that temperature would qualify as the ninth warmest year.
The inconvenient truth--to borrow a phrase I heard somewhere--is that the planet has been cooling for much of the decade and that sunspot activity was responsible for the increases seen before. Once the activity ceased, temperatures decreased.

What global warming hysterics fail to recognize is that most people believe that yes, the planet was warming, but no, it was not man-made.

It's well past time to take a pin to the warminists balloon of rhetoric and hot air and take a common sense approach to the environment. Emissions of soot, illegal dumping of hazardous waste and discharging harmful effluent into streams is the greater danger and one that will have immediate impact to developing nations. But alarmists like Gore and the AP won't report on that because they can't blame the US. We have our emissions and disposal issues in check and have strict laws regulating them. Besides, stories of hazardous waste are so 1980 and don't lead to unearned Nobels and Pulitzers anymore. Global warming makes it easy to blame the US and you don't need a shred of proof, plus you can say cool shit like "cooling is actually another example of the danger of warming" and uneducated morons believe it. It doesn't even have to make sense to get the idiots who believe this bullshit to eat it up.

Unfortunately, one of those people appears to be the President-elect. If he thinks the bailout costs alot, wait'll he sees how much joining a Kyoto-like pact would cost. China will make billions and we'll lose trillions.

More on the Great Global Warming Swindle here.

1 comment:

robert verdi said...

"Mother Nature, of course, is oblivious to the federal government's machinations." Maybe they should tell these guys the same thing about the market and bailouts.