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The science just keeps getting junkierby Klaus Rohrich
Saturday, March 11, 2006
A recent commercial for British Petroleum (BP) posed the question: what is your carbon footprint? With the camera panning across green fields, clear skies and smug looking people, the point of the commercial was to urge people to become aware of the world's "greenhouse" gasses and how they adversely affect our climate. Similar commercials ran last year with perennial Canadian gagman Rick Mercer posing the one-ton challenge to urge people to reduce greenhouse gasses.
Now I am not against conservation, as I believe in wise use of non-renewable energy sources. However, I've had it up to here with the sky-is-falling-global-warming-Chicken-Little crowd. I will concede that it is quite likely that the earth's climate is warming, as is that of our nearest neighbor, Mars. However, I am totally fed up with the moronic theories that insist the earth is warming because we are living too well.
I do not believe that climate change is due to an increase in so-called "greenhouse gasses". And while the neutered scientists working for the UN are warning us of impending doom if we do not change our lifestyles, there are scientists who challenge their findings. Problem is, because these challenges run counter to the accepted politically correct orthodoxy of climate change, many rebuttals don't often see the light of day and many scientists whose findings challenge those of the conventional climate wisdom are frozen out of research funding.
Climate catastrophics appears to have become a new religion, replacing Marxism and Christianity as the arbiter of acceptable belief. Anyone who questions the accepted climate-change theories currently in favor is considered a heretic.
There are many so-called scientists who claim that Greenland's ice fields are melting. But satellite measurements conducted by the European Space Agency offer evidence to the contrary- the ice fields are actually growing. A report by the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research issued in October 2005 stated that,
"Greenland's ice cap has thickened slightly in recent years despite wide
predictions of a thaw triggered by global warming. Recent growth in the
interior regions of the Greenland Ice Sheet is reported by a Norwegian-
led team of climate scientists. The growth is estimated to be about 6 cm
per year during the study period, 1992-2003. They derive and analyze the
longest continuous dataset of satellite altimeter observations of Greenland
Ice Sheet elevations by combining tens of millions of data points from
European Space Agency (ESA) satellites, called ERS-1 and ERS-2, and NASA."
Similarly, assumptions made concerning the supposed rise in sea levels that will ultimately inundate the world's coastal cities with water have been called into question by scientists studying the problem. It's tough, however to get the liberal news media to cover stories that are at odds with their agenda. A recent article by Dr. Patrick Michaels, a research professor of environmental sciences, University of Virginia Cato Institute Senior Fellow on TCS Daily (TCS Daily article) questioned the findings of a paper written by two climate research scientists who concluded that the Antarctic ice cap was melting and ocean levels were rising. Dr. Michaels wrote, "So, all the results really demonstrate is that there are short term variations in the amount of ice and snow covering the Antarctic continent. Other data indicate that over the course of the past several decades at least, that the ocean-land system of Antarctica has been experiencing a growth in the amount of snow and ice there."
The current flap over climate change amounts to a collusion of socialist, One-World politicos and scientists who are paid to prostitute themselves in supporting attempts to redistribute the world's wealth. Science has assumed the mantle of High Priest to the religion of Ecology and superstition is now passing for scientific fact. It's a complete shame that in an age where scientific information is so readily available, most people are allowing themselves to be misled.