Anyone who his living through this winter knows that it has been one of the coldest winters in memory. Across the United States and Canada it is has been frigidly cold and a considerable amount of snow (although where I live in southern PA the snow has been minimal, but it has been cold). It seems apparent to me that such a winter is contrary to the claims of activists dedicated to the cause of global warming, haven’t they been saying that global warming will first cause the globe to warm? So where has the warming been?
In the National Post there is a fascinating article titled, “Forget Global Warming, Welcome to the New Ice Age.” The author, Lorne Gunter, makes some great and relevant observations, both about the science of climatology and the culture of global warming activists.
To start, let’s look at this past winter. Gunter points out that the January 2008 temperature average was .3 degrees colder than the average of the last century (1901-2000). He adds that China is suffering its “most brutal” winter in memory and Toronto broke it’s February snowfall record, set back in the ’50s, in the first two weeks of February. Additionally, a friend who lives in Salt Lake said that the Utah was at 120% of the snowfall average for the entire winter season, and that was in the first week of February (I should note that I have not validated that claim).
So, so what? One season does not a trend make! Amen to that. But it is indicative that things are not as bad or dire as some may want us to believe, but let’s move on to other points made in this article. One of the favorite fearmongering threats we here is that the polar ice caps are melting and are likely never to come to back. I will not argue that the caps have been melting and that glaciers are in serious decline, but this winter has cured much of that.
And remember the Arctic Sea ice? The ice we were told so hysterically last fall had melted to its “lowest levels on record? Never mind that those records only date back as far as 1972 and that there is anthropological and geological evidence of much greater melts in the past.
The ice is back.
Gilles Langis, a senior forecaster with the Canadian Ice Service in Ottawa, says the Arctic winter has been so severe the ice has not only recovered, it is actually 10 to 20 cm thicker in many places than at this time last year.
OK, so one winter does not a climate make. It would be premature to claim an Ice Age is looming just because we have had one of our most brutal winters in decades.
But if environmentalists and environment reporters can run around shrieking about the manmade destruction of the natural order every time a robin shows up on Georgian Bay two weeks early, then it is at least fair game to use this winter’s weather stories to wonder whether the alarmist are being a tad premature.
Two points here, the obvious is that the polar ice is in nowhere near as much trouble as we thought, the second is that though this is anecdotal evidence, that is essentially all global warmists use. I love the last paragraph from the quote above.
The science mentioned in the article is very fascinating, but I will omit that information here as my post is getting too long and people don’t like to read that stuff much anyway (unfortunately) and I will address that info in future posts. But there are some other points to be made about the environmentalists who have been ratcheting up the fear mongering and how their actions automatically caused me to question the validity of their claims.
The first action that made me question global warming derives from the last paragraph of the quote above, that is that they use anything and everything, no matter how minute to try to install fear into us that we are all doomed because of global warming.
The other action is the activists actions and attitudes towards anyone who either questions them or suggests that we look at all the science or theories out there. People who suggest this are immediately and unequivocably cast aside as crazies and industry lackies. Despite the fact that many of the global warming doubters are MIT, Harvard, and other respected researchers and scientists. The Wall Street Journal had a must read article about this topic titled, “Chilling Effect: Global Warmists Try to Stifle Debate.”
All three serious contenders for the Presidency acknowledge that more needs to be done to slow global warming and take care of the environment (I agree with the latter). So, as the article states:
You’d think this would be a rich time for debate on the issue of climate change. But it’s precisely as sweeping change on climate policy is becoming likely that many people have decided the time for debate is over. One writer puts climate change skeptics “in a similar moral category to Holocaust denial,” another envisions “war crimes trials” for the deniers. And during the tour for his film “An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore himself belittled “global warming deniers” as unworthy of any attention.
I have noticed that type of response for a while now and it should give everyone pause. If global warmists were so confident with their science why do they so vehemently stifle debate and criticize anyone who remotely questions them? It makes no sense.
Take for example, from the article, Bjorn Lomborg an author and left leaning believer of global warming. In his recent book, “Cool It”, he simply calls for a reasoned debate on the appropriate responses to stem global warming. This alone infuriated activists, many of whom considered him a traitor.
Additionally, there is finally a major conference coming up to discuss the realities of climate change, basically an anti-global warming conference. Undoubtedly the science presented will be as biased as the science presented at the pro-global warming conferences, but that is not the point. The point is that the environmental activists are already demeaning the presenters as corporate apologists and that, ” ‘no real scientists’ (will be) present despite an impressive array of speakers such as Patrick Michaels, a past president of the American Association of State Climatologists, and Willie Soon, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.”
I am convinced that global warming as a whole is a sham. Especially man-made global warming. I am also convinced that the militant-like global warming activists are only using the issue to push a socialist and communist agenda. Call me a conspiracy theorist or whatever, but I am just calling it as I see it. I can come up with no other explanation for the irrational claims, actions, and attitudes of the activist global warming movement.