Dump Doomsday Dogma

Earth Day turns 40 today, April 22, a good time for scientists, politicians, journalists and the public to dump climate-change orthodoxy. Too many facts are interfering with the familiar story line.

The earth is getting warmer and the cause is modern industry. Unless we curtail industry, and much other human activity, disaster is at hand in the form of catastrophic storms, sea-level rise, and global chaos. This all comes billed as a matter of settled science, and alarmists have been comparing skeptics to Holocaust deniers. But as the recent “Climategate” scandal revealed, the alarmists have problems of their own.

The Climate Research Unit (CRU) at East Anglia University plays a prominent role in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Phil Jones, head of the CRU, now concedes that his raw data can’t be replicated or verified. That’s a big problem for someone purporting to deal in unalloyed science, which concerns observation and measurement.

As Almanac of Environmental Trends author Steven F. Hayward notes, “the gap between observation and conclusion in this subfield is so dependent on statistical techniques rather than direct measurement.” Mistakes are bound to ensue, and infallibility does not apply in this field.

The Medieval Warm Period (MWP) may have been warm as today, which nixes the charge that modern industry is to blame for global warming. Mr. Jones admits that the medieval warm period may have been as warm as today. He also agrees that for the last 15 years no statistically significant warming has taken place.

Record cold weather continues in some areas, but alarmists chant that “weather is not climate,” like saying rain is not moisture. Al Gore and his followers have been claiming that all types of weather prove global warming. This is not how science works.

Other controversies involve Michael Mann’s “hockey stick graph,” and significant errors in temperature reconstructions by James Hansen of NASA, a leading climate alarmist. Contrary to what such alarmist claim, the science is not settled, and there is more at stake here than argument.

“The climate policy process contemplates trillions of dollars in costs to economies around the world based partially on this incompetent work,” notes Hayward. Politicians, unfortunately, have welcomed climate superstition with fathomless credulity. The fortieth anniversary of Earth Day is a good time to review, and if necessary rescind, legislation and regulation based on climate orthodoxy.

Legislators should base public policy only on the best science. Journalists also have a part to play. They too have greeted apocalyptic claims with credulity.

George Monbiot of the British Guardian conceded last year that “I was too trusting of some of those who provided the evidence I championed. I would have been a better journalist if I had investigated their claims more closely.” The public, likewise, has good cause to be more skeptical of sweeping claims from high-profile alarmists.

Global warming is a hoax inside a fraud wrapped in a myth. Its devious promoters deploy scare tactics to quash economic growth and expand government.  The fortieth anniversary of Earth Day is a good time to dump climate dogma and remember some overlooked realities.

Economic growth is consistent with environmental quality. It remains true that the affluent society does not want to be the effluent society. The data also show that, in many ways, the earth is a cleaner place than it was in 1970. That is something to celebrate in 2010.

K. Lloyd Billingsley is the editorial director at the Pacific Research Institute.

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    I am agree.

    Thank for good News.

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  • poptoy

    No doubt about it.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Alkidya Alkidya

    I have been watching an interesting program called Ancient Weather on the History Channel.
    In it, I discovered that the weather fluctuates every so many years. It is related to the sun the affects of the coreolis forces on the ocean currents, and the tectonic movements.
    Perhaps it is due to the earth's magnetic pole shifting? Regardless, the causes are far too complex for a simple computer model, devised by a bunch of scientists from differeing parts of the globe, to predict.
    We are due for another great, but short, warming period followed by a cold, very cold ice period.

    These alarmists are so full of crap.
    But climate is just the tip of the iceberg. There is a hidden agenda to control the world.

  • thegsmiths4

    My sister feels nothing but despair when she thinks about the environment. I told her that things can and are getting better, but the people making money on the green movement don't want us to know.

    I asked her, which motivates more, criticism or praise? Which inspires more, criticism or praise? To both she answered "Praise".

    Then why aren't they using praise? Why aren't they pointing out the successes and using them to motivate and inspire us to keep trying?

    What do they use instead instead of praise? Shame, guilt and fear. So if the green movement really wanted us to take care of the environment, why are they using tactics that defeat the purpose? Follow the money.

    (It seemed to me that searches about the environment, the most prominent ads were for depression. Did anyone else notice this?)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Liberallyproud Liberallyproud

      What is better than lying about Obama's policies? Maybe praising HIS accomplishments, but I don't think you can do that. It would mean giving up your illogical ideologs and dealing with reality. That includes dealing with the fact that the biggest number of Birthers and Tea Bag Terrorists, are simple racists. Let's call it like it is and quit lying about it. It's up front and all the world can see it, so stop living in denial.

      • Dave

        As far as Birthers, Obama can stop that by releasing his long form birth certificate. Also his college records and passport from the 80's. This would answer all of the Birther questions. But instead, he has spent millions keeping those records locked up. McCain, Palin, Biden all released all of their records 2 years ago. Why doesn't Obama?

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/Liberallyproud Liberallyproud

          Well Dave, since there are NO "short" or "long" forms, check it out OK? Ask your own state if they offer them and you will find that's true. He hasn't spent a dime keeping ANYTHING private about his birth certificate. Do you HONESTLY believe that the Republicans in Congress would let this pass if there were ONE OUNCE OF TRUTH IN IT? Please, please…..grow up and get a life, this is the dumbest argument on the planet and I wonder about the sanity of the birthers in this country, how sad to make this issue a "cause" when there are so many REAL issues we should be dealing with as a nation – say joblessness!

      • Dave

        As far as Birthers, Obama can stop that by releasing his long form birth certificate. Also his college records and passport from the 80's. This would answer all of the Birther questions. But instead, he has spent millions keeping those records locked up. McCain, Palin, Biden all released all of their records 2 years ago. Why doesn't Obama?

  • Mik

    Travel a bit. Get in a cab in Guatemala City or Dubrovnik or wherever and have the driver show you aroud town. The public transport will be spewing black smoke. In poor sections o town the people burn their garbage. In most rural areas people burn their fields after the harvest. The streets serve as the sewer system. It all gets washed into the water table with the next rain. Car oil in the sewer? no problem. Cutting down trees for wood to cook with.

    The only answer to the environmental crisis is economic development. If the question is do you want to feed your family or save the rainforest. The answer is simple. Pass the kindling.

  • http://www.durangobill.com Bill Butler

    The fact remains that the earth continues to warm. The last 12 months have been the warmest 12-month period in recent history. See data at:http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/tabledata/GLB.T
    and/or the graph of the above temperature anomalies at: http://www.durangobill.com/SwindlePics/SwindleGIS

    “NOAA: Global Temps Push Last Month to Hottest March on Record” http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2010/20100415

    The UAH satellite is continuing to show that this year is the warmest since satellite records became available.http://discover.itsc.uah.edu/amsutemps/

    The glaciers continue to melt. See then and now glacier photos about 2/3 of the way down at:http://www.durangobill.com/Swindle_Swindle.html

    But the Global Warming Deniers continue to lie.

    “Global Warming Deniers claim that Global Warming is a hoax/fraud/scam.
    They lie, they are willfully ignorant, and they are wrong.”

    The Global Warming Deniers are only interested in promoting their political agenda.

    • Keithrage

      It's all about tax and control Bill, wake up and smell the actual measurements , no warming, more polar bears, bigger ice cap, no rise in sea levels, they want to tax the air Bill, they will tell you that CO2 is a poisonous gas when in fact you breath it out all the time and plants need it for growth, These are people like Maurice Strong (billionaire U.N globalist Rothchild chairman) who want a New World Order government. Wake up Bill Waaaake up .

  • 080

    Earthday is not the only alarmism. The various flu panics, fat people panics, food shortage panic, snail darter panic, medical system panic, global warming and global cooling panics, fuel shortage panic, the Toyota panic etc. are all opportunities for cashing in like Al Gore. With each panic the state grows.

    • Jim C.

      How about illegal immigration? Terrorism? Liberalism in the media and schools? Obama's dismantling of our freedoms?

      With each bit of this alarmism, Beck, Limbaugh and Fox rake in the bucks.

  • Armando

    How many equivalent days or weeks or months or years or decades worth of emissions from the USA industrial complex have just been inserted into the atmosphere courtesy of that politically inconvenient volcano in Iceland? AGW theory is nothing more than man puffing himself up as having sooooo much of an impact. How haughty the educated are…. tsk ..tsk ..tsk.. God has a wry sense of humor.

    • Jim C.

      So, keep on polluting, because nature does it, too?

      • Armando

        No- strive to use BAT ( best available technology) to be better stewards of the earth by letting the market create incentives to do so. Not by jamming a dogma down peoples throats that we are so omnipotent that the product of our exhalation, and ruminants flatulence causes the earth to get warmer. Its tough to grasp that we really are not that significant.

        • Jim C.

          Then why didn't you say so?

          I must have missed the part where someone thought what you were saying was a bad idea. I think there are a lot of green entrepreneurs on the horizon.

          What concerns me is this: "global warming" has become the buzzword for every environmental concern. Whether global warming itself is man-made or naturally occurring is of secondary concern to me. What I dislike is using skepticism over whether it is man-made (with Al Gore as whipping boy) to dismiss nearly every other environmental concern as if it were some puritanical neurosis. There's a boatload of industrial pollution out there and its in everyone's interests to keep an eye on it.

  • douglas gray

    According to The Blessed Virgin (seehttp://www.apelosurgentes.com.br/english/index.ph
    we are shortly in for drastic changes; mountains toppling, pole shift, etc. This of course has nothing to do with carbon emissions, and man-made global warming.

    The current erupting volcano in Iceland is leading the pack, but there will be a whole bunch of them, more earthquakes, etc.

    • Jim C.

      Yes–never mind science: trust a talking statue.

  • Suzie

    Science is a continuing exploration. It is unreasonable to think that any kind of legislation based upon science can ever be successful. The legislation politicizes science. We ought not to pass legislation based upon science.

    • Jim C.

      So you are against food, drug, and environmental regulations? Brilliant. Live dangerously, I say. F#*$ the future, right?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Liberallyproud Liberallyproud

      I am continually surprised at the depth of illogical and inane thinking from the "nay" sayers when it comes to global warming. I can understand some people not having a grasp on the science. But how hard is it to take care of the earth the right way? Are green jobs worse than jobs that pollute? Is keeping our water clean and safe to drink a bad thing? Does taking responsibility for our own waste and excesses make us worse off? If you spend $3 more a month buying recycled products or save yourself $.25 with each cloth bag you use at the grocery checkout. Is that bad? If we can use less foreign oil to heat and move our vehicles with by using renewable energy, tell me, sincerely….is all that bad? Then if these aren't bad things, why are people on the Right so totally opposed to them? Because you were TOLD to be! By the Oil companies and the COAL companies and the companies who spew toxins into our air and make us ill. Think about it. Think for your kids and grandkids. Do you want to gamble with their health and lives? Protecting the earth because it's good for us……..what a concept.

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Orkneyga Orkneygal

    The overwhelming paleoclimate evidence from around the globe is that the Medieval Warm Period (MWP) was synchronous, world wide and much warmer than today. So much for the it is the "warmest on record" nonsense from the warmists,. It might be the warmest ever measured by a thermometer, but no where near the warmest when measured by many other paleoclimate methods.

    But the warmists and their apologists have to deny that the MWP ever happened, because it means that their religous-like belief in AGW is exposed for the steaming pile of junk science that it truly is.

    Since the temperature was higher when CO2 levels were lower, then CO2 can not be the controller of Mother Earth's temperature.

    The science is really that simple.

    A thousand years ago, the Earth was warmer than it is today; before the social and industrial advances that have made modern people the healthiest and most prosperous in history. MWP deniers want us to believe that plant friendly, ocean cleansing and life giving CO2 is a bad thing to better advance their meglomanical desire to both boss around the developed world and further impoverish the poor while pocketing a lot of taxpayer money along the way.

    If we are lucky, Mother Earth's temperature will return to those glorious levels in the past where Greenland was farmed by the Vikings and my ancestors, the Polynesian people, made important voyages of discovery across the Pacific in search of cooler temperatures. Siberia will become the world's food basket and the Sahara might bloom again as a warmer world brings more rainfall there.

    Taxing carbon is not the answer to the ever changing climate.There is only one answer to changes in climate that has ever worked for humanity.

    That is adaptation.

  • Dan

    Dr. Michael Mann was so upset over a YouTube video that poked fun at his role in the affair that he threatened to sue the video’s producer, M4GW. The video, entitled ‘Hide the Decline,’ was introduced in the wake of Climategate in late 2009 and immediately went viral. M4GW complied, after a fashion and a new "Hide the Decline" was born. http://www.nocapandtrade.com/michael-mann-controv

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  • Jamie Abels

    We ar killing our planet

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