Scientific Ignorance = Political Insanity Our impatient society is about to commit economic suicide thanks to a scandalous scam.
Wrongly convinced greenhouse gas emissions from humans are causing "global warming", the new president is doing everything he can to please enviro-zealouts who know little about real climate change. We must never confuse passion with knowledge. Nor must we confuse good intentions with good policy.
From Bloomberg news service:
Jan. 26 -- President Barack Obama will take steps aimed at allowing California to enforce vehicle emissions rules, clearing the way for other states to adopt the same standards intended to curb global warming, people familiar with the matter said.
The vast majority of scientists who have spoken out on the subject (more than 31,000, see Global Warming Petition Project) and American opinion is shifting to support real science rather than the Gore/IPCC pseudo-science that claims human emissions of greenhouse gases are causing "catastrophic" global warming. The truth (and real climate) are telling a much different story.
Why the pseudo-science of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) is a scam:
Contrary to IPCC theory and projections, as atmospheric CO2 from all sources continues its steady increase, Earth's temperature trend has been cooling since at least the beginning of the new century. Graph illustrating temperature and CO2 trends. Graph source:† ICECAP. If you've been reading or hearing otherwise, it's no doubt because of tampering with data by scam-artist James Hansen, the biggest trumpeter for the discredited AGW theory since the theory was advanced in the early 1980s (Hansen's actions brought billions in funding to government agencies to investigate the theorized climate crisis). For more about "doctoring" the temperature record, see United States and Global Data Integrity Issues. †
The IPCC pseudo-science is based on assumptions driving inadequate, unproven computer simulation models whose results are misused by politicians writing summary reports:† See Climate Sensitivity Revisited †
The IPCC psudo-science predicts polar regions will warm dramatically and first before warming is felt in lower latitudes. This has not been observed. Despite a recent "study" tries to disprove real-world observations that the Antarctic continent and Arctic Sea are cooling. This new study is co-authored by Michael Mann, the same "scientist" who committed inexcusable errors in order to bring us the now completely-discredited "hockey stick" curve that purported to prove current temperature increases were "unprecedented" over the past 2000 years and the well-documented worldwide warming of the Medieval Warm Period and cooling of The Little Ice Age never happened. While warming is not unusual in some places while more significant cooling is occurring other places, this "study" seeks to create the illusion that warming is caused by human emissions of greenhouse gases and is characteristic of the whole region, both of which are completely false. See Antarctica Warming? An Evolution of Viewpoint, Antarctica: Still a Cool Place If You Donít Mind The Cold and comparison of Arctic Sea ice, January 25, 1980 with January 25, 2009. †
The IPCC psudo-science also predicts a significant greenhouse mid-tropospheric warming signature in the tropics. No such signature has been observed by either satellite measurements or radiosonde (weather balloon) probes. See The Missing Greenhouse Signature by Dr. David Evans. †
The conventional layman understanding of the role greenhouse gases play in climate are significantly incorrect. There has never been a time in Earth's climate history since living organisms have existed (over 2.5 billion years) when greenhouse gases have played an important role in climate change. Greenhouse gases serve primarily to provide a baseline atmospheric warming within a temperature range that enables life to exist on Earth. The long and short term records of climate and greenhouse gases demonstrate clearly that not only is there no causal relationship showing climate change is forced by changes in greenhouse gases, but that over most time scales there is absolutely no correlation between the two. The time scale exception being that over a hundreds of thousands of years time scale, there is a coorelation between atmospheric CO2 and temperature, however, the relationship is such that temperature changes produce changes in atmospheric CO2, not the reverse. As temperatures warm, oceans outgas more CO2, as they cool, they absorbe more CO2. Note the lack of correlation over the short time period in the graph above. Also, over the million year scale seen in Dr. Tim Patterson's excellent piece, The Geologic Record and Climate Change, it is clear that very cold temperatures existed for millions of years with vastly higher proportions of atmospheric CO2. If the IPCC/Gore AGW theory were correct, Earth's climate history would be far different from what has been revealed by the geologic record. See Dr. David Evans in this YouTube video explain Why CO2 Cannot be Blamed for Global Warming. †
The CO2 record itself is somewhat dubious. Consider that the only measurement being used by global warming alarmists is that produced by a single station on Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano! That's like taking global temperature at a single station and claiming it is a valid average for the planet! Historically, a large number of highly accurate (to within +/- 10 ppm or +/- 0.0010%) measurements have been made worldwide since as far back as 1812. Yet, in reconstructing the CO2 history, alarmists "cherry pick" just those observations that fit their flawed theory! See Pre-industrial CO2 levels were about the same as today. How and why we are told otherwise? by Dr. Tim Ball.
Conclusion:† The IPCC/Gore AGW theory is a scam.
There is much more to support this conclusion than I've presented here (see notes below). However, the real danger now is that the small band of vocal scam-artists who continue to try to stifle scientific investigation that resoundingly refutes their "global warming" theory are having their way with our not-too-scientifically-bright Congress. Having put back into office most of the political hacks who have turned our Congress into their own "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" private club, we will now be subject to the poor judgement and political games these scientifically illiterat legislators foist on our weakened economy. The result could be fatal for years to come. Yet politicians deem it more important to curry favor with environmental extemists, who, like themselves, are equally scientifically-challenged.
We must never confuse passion with knowledge. Nor must we confuse good intentions with good policy.
The new administration needs to step back and pay attention to the real worldwide scientific community (as well as obvious real world weather and climate observations) before rushing headlong into a highly counter-productive scheme that will benefit few and cost many. That cost will be borne by the people in terms of reduced standards of living, more costly products, greater unemployment, and all the negative consequences of these conditions.
This "global warming" political insanity must be stopped before it is too late. Call or write your representatives in Congress. Call or write the new President. Tell them you have grave concerns about programs designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions when there has never been a time in Earth's climate history when greenhouse gases were a contributor to climate change. Indeed, according to the best understanding of science, greenhouse gases cannot play a major contributor to climate change.
But don't stop with contacting politicians. If you are a member of an enviornmental organization, speak out to them. Let them know that it is unconscionable for them to be seeking federal grants and contributions from the public by using scare tactics associated with the alarmist global warming scam. Let them know that they will be held accountable too.
If people do not get involved and take a strong stand against this insanity, we are in for a very long rough siege.
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Biography - Bob Webster
Bob Webster, a 12th-generation descendent of both the Darte family (Connecticut, 1630s) and the Webster family (Massachusetts, 1630s) is a descendant of Daniel Webster's father, Revolutionary War patriot Ebenezer Webster, who served with General Washington. Bob has always had a strong interest in early American history, our Constitution, U.S. politics, and law. Politically he is a constitutional republican with objectivist and libertarian roots. He has faith in the ultimate triumph of truth and reason over deception and emotion. He is a strong believer in our Constitution as written and views the abandonment of constitutional restraint by the regressive Progressive movement as a great danger to our Republic. His favorite novel is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and believes it should be required reading for all high school students so they can appreciate the cost of tolerating the growth of unconstitutional crushingly powerful central government. He strongly believes, as our Constitution enshrines, that the interests of the individual should be held superior to the interests of the state.
A lifelong interest in meteorology and climatology spurred his strong interest in science. Bob earned his degree in Mathematics at Virginia Tech, graduating in 1964.