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In Denial – The meltdown of the climate campaign March 7, 2010

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In Denial – The meltdown of the climate campaign.

By Steven F. Hayward
The Weekly Standard, March 2010

It is increasingly clear that the leak of the internal emails and documents of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in November has done for the climate change debate what the Pentagon Papers did for the Vietnam war debate 40 years ago—changed the narrative decisively. Additional revelations of unethical behavior, errors, and serial exaggeration in climate science are rolling out on an almost daily basis, and there is good reason to expect more.

The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), hitherto the gold standard in climate science, is under fire for shoddy work and facing calls for a serious shakeup. The U.S. Climate Action Partnership, the self-serving coalition of environmentalists and big business hoping to create a carbon cartel, is falling apart in the wake of the collapse of any prospect of enacting cap and trade in Congress. Meanwhile, the climate campaign’s fallback plan to have the EPA regulate greenhouse gas emissions through the cumbersome Clean Air Act is generating bipartisan opposition.

The British media—even the left-leaning, climate alarmists of the Guardian and BBC—are turning on the climate campaign with a vengeance. The somnolent American media, which have done as poor a job reporting about climate change as they did on John Edwards, have largely averted their gaze from the inconvenient meltdown of the climate campaign, but the rock solid edifice in the newsrooms is cracking. Al Gore was conspicuously missing in action before surfacing with a long article in the New York Times on February 28, reiterating his familiar parade of horribles: The sea level will rise! Monster storms! Climate refugees in the hundreds of millions! Political chaos the world over! It was the rhetorical equivalent of stamping his feet and saying “It is too so!” In a sign of how dramatic the reversal of fortune has been for the climate campaign, it is now James Inhofe, the leading climate skeptic in the Senate, who is eager to have Gore testify before Congress.

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1. Bush bunny - March 7, 2010

Very good article, and about time too. No mention Al Gore also has
millions in CCT’s and clean energy. Nor that Dr Stephen Schnieder once
was going on about the next ice age cometh (on U Tube) a colleague
of James Hansen who invented the computer system he used.

2. mark - March 13, 2010

Driving back from Canada two years ago, I discussed land formations with my brother from where we were in Ontario/Manitoba all the way back to Kansas. Of course discussion of how glaciers formed and carried along soil and rock, the wind blown hills along the Missouri river and much more.

I brought up the discussion of Global Warming. My brother is a scientist with a focus in biology but he also knows a lot more about other topics merely because it is interesting to him. I asked for his input on what he thought about this global warming and this is what he said.

By the way, he is one of those very inquisitive types and is objective and stays opened minded. Great common sense and extremely intelligent.

He said that one thing science knows for sure. Weve had multiple ice ages in the life of the earth and we can see them in the layers of sediment; possibly
4-5 ice ages that we know of. If man is causing global warming, then who or what caused the ice ages and why did the ice melt and the earth warm up again and again? Man wasn’t even here for many of these events. He said that he felt this was natural cycles the earth goes through. Asteroids, Volcanic Erruptions, Earth Quates, etc…

He believed that most of this Al Gore stuff on TV was Bull Pucky. Now that being said, he did say that man does have some effect on the earth. Weve made progress with pollution and need to keep working on being cleaner and friendlier to our planet. I agree.

Al Gore should give back his bogus award and all the money he made selling snake oil and using witch craft.

Common sense. That’s all. Common sense.

3. Bush bunny - March 14, 2010

I agree wholeheartedly, I have a major in Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology, and we sure did at least one unit or two if I remember rightly, that involved the effect of ice ages on humans.

When the last one ended around 12,000 – 8,000 years ago, depending on where the country was. Humans spread out to North America, the islands, to UK Scotland and Ireland. Because most of those areas had been covered by permafrost or glaciers. Agriculture and fishing became possible. Sea levels rose. Populations increased
and made permanent settlements (Jericho for instance, where agriculture was one of the first to be noticed in archaeology)

Your brother is spot on, and if he and I (just to name a few) know this why not Al Gore, although I note in his “Inconvenient Truth’ he does
state, that CO2 emissions and AGW could cause another ice age. As he was being advised by Dr Stephen Steinberg or was it Schneider,
who was vocal on the ‘The next Ice Age cometh’ (On U tube it was a series) and also James Hansen Al Gore has covered his bases, so to speak. Because before an ice age or mini ice age, the globe has endured a warming period. I personally think human activity is warding of another mini ice age. Unless we have a big volcanic eruption somewhere that might hasten it on. Like the Toba volcano
eruption 60 or 70k ago. Caused a nuclear winter for about 7 years that killed off a lot of human kind and animals. So they say?


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