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The Great Global Warming Swindle

Posted by Dan Draney on April 2, 2007

The film at this link, which was aired on Britain’s Channel 4, can really open your eyes. There’s lots we haven’t been told about the science behind the climate change hysteria, and much of what we have been told is wrong. This film includes commentary from many climate scientists and a co-founder of Greenpeace that rebuts the claims of the environmental extremists who are claiming that no legitimate debate is possible. The science is clearly explained and easy to understand.

It’s a bit long (1 hr and 15 min), but well worth the time. A few key points:

  • The earth has warmed over the last 100 years. The change is about 1 degree F (or half a degree C).
  • Over the many thousands of years where data are available, the earth has been much warmer (and much cooler) than it is today.
  • The biggest determinant of earth’s climate over those thousands of years is the effect of the sun. (Not surprising, really, since that’s where almost all the heat comes from.)
  • The second biggest effect is from the clouds.
  • The main greenhouse gas is water vapor.
  • Most of the CO2 in the atmosphere is not from human activities, Volcanoes, for example generate much more atmospheric CO2 than human activity, and eliminating all CO2 contributions from man would not even affect the amount of CO2 in a big way.
  • Temperature and CO2 levels do track together over the very long term. However, the CO2 track is lagging the temperature changes by about 800 years. That indicates that, if there is a cause/effect relationship, temperature changes are causing CO2 changes rather than vice versa.
  • Global restrictions on CO2 production would condemn the poorest people in the world to continued poverty and early deaths.
  • Any dissent by climate scientists from the party line is met with threats, ad hominem attacks, and intimidation in order to maintain the fiction that no responsible person disagrees.

Here’s an article about the film and the topic by economist Thomas Sowell.

Since the download of the film takes awhile, I’d suggest downloading Google’s standalone movie player for it (link on the page). The link was provided by anonymous commenter “Ted” in a comment on the previous post Saturday Night Warming.

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Saturday Night Warming

Posted by Dan Draney on March 31, 2007

Actor John Travolta has taken a “courageous” stand against Global Warming. However, Travolta’s “principles,” don’t seem to apply to his own behavior (H/T UnklB):

This is London: But although he readily admitted: “I fly jets”, he failed to mention he actually owns five, along with his own private runway.

Clocking up at least 30,000 flying miles in the past 12 months means he has produced an estimated 800 tons of carbon emissions – nearly 100 times the average Briton’s tally.

Travolta made his comments this week at the British premiere of his movie, Wild Hogs.

He spoke of the importance of helping the environment by using “alternative methods of fuel” – after driving down the red carpet on a Harley Davidson.

Travolta, like Algore, is very much in the “Do as I Say, Not as I Do” camp. Their own energy usage is necessary, but everyone else should cut back. Personally, we don’t begrudge them the use of the energy they buy at market prices. The current hysteria over a 1 degree warming over the past 100 years is vastly overblown.

However, that panic is largely caused/promoted by people like Gore and Travolta. So who’s the evil person: someone who doubts the need for Draconian controls on energy usage that will cripple the world’s economy; or someone who really believes that tripe and still uses massive amounts of energy?

Not to worry, though, Travolta knows where to find the answer:

Travolta, a Scientologist, claimed the solution to global warming could be found in outer space and blamed his hefty flying mileage on the nature of the movie business.

But his appointment as a “serving ambassador” for the Australian airline Qantas doesn’t seem to have much to do with the movies. Nor does a recent, two-month round-the-world flying trip.

“It [global warming] is a very valid issue,” Travolta declared. “I’m wondering if we need to think about other planets and dome cities.

“Everyone can do their bit. But I don’t know if it’s not too late already. We have to think about alternative methods of fuel.

“I’m probably not the best candidate to ask about global warming because I fly jets.”

You got that last part right, John, but it’s not just because you fly jets. There’s also that “raving loony” thing you’ve got going.

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Pat Sajak, Blogger

Posted by Dan Draney on February 19, 2007

Back in the old days when we used to watch Wheel of Fortune, we always thought Pat Sajak seemed like a guy who would be fun to meet. Despite the fame he had garnered through the show, he never seemed to take himself (or the show for that matter) overly seriously.

That basic good sense is also evident in his blog, Sajak Says, He currently has on the main page two thoughtful posts on the Global Warming hysteria now sweeping the world. Unfortunately, there seems to be no way to get a permanent link to these until they reach the blog archives. So if they are no longer on the main page, scroll to the bottom and click on the Archived Articles link.

The two titles are “Is it Just Me, or is it Warm in Here?” and “Global Warming: What Are You Willing to Do?” Here’s a sample from the second post:

However, there’s another level on which I have trouble with those who are the true believers. Why aren’t they doing more to stop it? I don’t mean offering ideas for regulations to tell the rest of us what to do; I mean what are they doing personally. If I’m driving an SUV or living in a big house, they can accuse me of callous disregard for the problem, but at least the callousness is based on my non-belief. What about them? Why are they still driving that big car or living in that big house? In fact, why are they driving at all? Why haven’t they moved into a minimalist home within walking distance of their office? Talk about callous!

Imagine being absolutely certain we are the verge of a man-made catastrophe and not doing everything within your power to help reverse it. Anyone who truly believes it and still uses anything more than the lowest-wattage single bulb or drives one mile more than absolutely necessary is nothing short of a monster! A skeptic’s actions can be blamed on ignorance; a believer’s can only be chalked up to a shocking disregard for his children’s futures.

It’s nice to find someone in the entertainment business who isn’t a moonbat.

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