The Global Warming Religion


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Manmade global warming, for many, is an Earth-worshipping religion. The essential feature of any religion is that its pronouncements are to be accepted on the basis of faith as opposed to hard evidence. Questioning those pronouncements makes one a sinner. No one denies that the Earth’s temperature changes. Millions of years ago, much of our planet was covered by ice, at some places up to a mile thick, a period some scientists call “Snowball Earth.” Today, the Earth is not covered by a mile of ice; a safe conclusion is that there must have been a bit of global warming. I don’t know the cause of that warming, but I’d wager everything I own that it was not caused by coal-fired electric generation plants, incandescent light bulbs and SUVs tooling up and down the highways.

The very idea that mankind can make significant parametric changes to the Earth has to be the height of arrogance. How about a few questions because temperature is just one characteristic of the Earth. The Earth’s orbit is another. If all 6.5 billion of us, all at once, started jumping up and down for a little while, do you think we’d change the Earth’s orbit or rotation? Do you think mankind could change the direction and timing of the ocean’s tides? Is there anything that mankind can do to stop or start a tsunami or hurricane? You say, “Williams, it’s stupid to suggest that mankind could change the Earth’s orbit or rotation, ocean tides or cause or stop a tsunami or hurricane!” You’re right and it’s also stupid to think that mankind’s activities can make globalized changes in the Earth’s temperature.

Nonetheless, there is much at stake in getting people to subscribe to the global warming religion. There is so much at stake that some scientists, using government grants, are fraudulently manipulating climate data and engaging in criminal activity, as revealed in what has been called “Climate gate.” One of the most dangerous features of the global warming religion is its level of intimidation of heretics or would-be heretics.

A few years back, Dr. Heidi Cullen, the Weather Channel’s climatologist, advocated that the American Meteorological Society (AMS) strip their seal of approval from any TV weatherman expressing skepticism about the predictions of manmade global warming. Scott Pelley, CBS News “60 Minutes” correspondent, compared skeptics of global warming to “Holocaust deniers.” Former Vice President Al Gore called skeptics “global warming deniers.” But it gets worse. On one of her shows, Dr. Cullen featured columnist Dave Roberts, who, in his Sept. 19, 2006, online publication, said, “When we’ve finally gotten serious about global warming, when the impacts are really hitting us and we’re in a full worldwide scramble to minimize the damage, we should have war crimes trials for these bastards — some sort of climate Nuremberg.”

As a result, many climatologists have been intimidated into silence. That means the public is not informed about counter-alarmists facts such as: Over long periods of time, there is absolutely no close relationship between C02 levels and temperature. Humans contribute approximately 3.4 percent of annual C02 levels compared to 96.6 percent by nature. There was an explosion of life forms 550 million years ago (Cambrian Period) when CO2 levels were 18 times higher than today. During the Jurassic Period, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, CO2 levels were as much as nine times higher than today. Contrary to what educators are brainwashing our children with, polar bear numbers increased dramatically from around 5,000 in 1950 to as many as 25,000 today, higher than any time in the 20th century.

Political commentator Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) warned that “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed — and hence clamorous to be led to safety — by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” That’s the political goal of the global warmers.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bubba4 bubba4

    "Manmade global warming, for many, is an Earth-worshipping religion."

    No…it's just that self-righteous religious wonks only know how to battle in the realm of ideals and beliefs, so they cast every battle that way. It is possible for people to simply not share your beliefs or philosophy without having their own crazy system of counter beliefs. FPM hammers this method religiously..no pun intended, because it is easier to denounce crazy strawman beliefs than it is to defend your own.

    "There is so much at stake that some scientists, using government grants, are fraudulently manipulating climate data and engaging in criminal activity, as revealed in what has been called “Climate gate.”

    Yes, and FPM was out front in calling the stolen e-mails that. Besides the fact that putting "gate" behind everything is annoying, FPM (like several other outlets of this persuasion) just told it's audience what the e-mails meant and didn't really back it up with anything. You might want to wait until someone is charged with something before you call them criminals. Anyone that wants to argue that the e-mails stolen from the University of East Anglia conclusively proved that "Global Warming" was a hoax, can spare me another round of the same bullshit and go look up the threads on earlier articles about "climate gate".

    "Former Vice President Al Gore called skeptics “global warming deniers.”

    OMG…how can they take such slander and abuse?

    "Nonetheless, there is much at stake in getting people to subscribe to the global warming religion."

    Riiiiight. But there is nothing at all at stake for polluters? What FPM loves to do is just turn the world on it's head. Energy companies and other polluters that have deep pockets and have put hundreds of millions of dollars toward canceling out Climate Change concerns are poor, victimized paragons of capitalism…and scientists of all stripes are greedy frauds that will make up any story to steal some of YOUR money. If you only read FPM, then you probably think there is zero evidence for global warming and the work of tens of thousands of scientists around the world is simply fiction.

    "Contrary to what educators are brainwashing our children with, polar bear numbers increased dramatically from around 5,000 in 1950 to as many as 25,000 today, higher than any time in the 20th century."

    Yes…what Walter Williams forgets to mention is that this upsurge in population might have something to do with International Agreement for the Conservation of Polar Bears and their Habitat – which was signed in 1973…probably by the same Marxist assholes that saved the bald eagle. A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing, especially if you are applying all your "knowledge" towards the goal of forwarding an ideology. The "truth omitting" lies of FPM do not help anything.

    You could make the honest argument that whatever changes in climate that are caused by man aren't a concern because all things in the universe are "natural" and if climate changes, we will adapt and that's the way evolution works. Hell, maybe Greenland will be beautiful green fields and forests and the Middle East will burn into an even more worthless desert. But that's not the route FPM has chosen. So we are treated to this backward, hypocritical nonsense from writers who know which side their bread is buttered.

    • Lobo

      Damn, sir !! You want to talk about bullshit, I think you have something going for you. I have to say, you have posted a considerable pile of crap on this page. So much, in fact, that it's impossible for my patience to waste much time on you. I will say, you obviously have no clue…or you buy into any leftist bullshit that hits you in the face. tens of thousands of scientists ?? Give a break. Polar Bears increased numbers are not the result of the agreement you suggest. I am an Alaskan, and I know first hand that you don't know what the hell you're talking about. Perhaps a call to Al (the liar) Gore, would give you some intellectual relief. You may sell that crap to some numb nuts, but anyone with an ounce of brains, and a decent education won't bite. Thinks me, Bubba fits you well.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/bubba4 bubba4

        "or you buy into any leftist bullshit that hits you in the face. tens of thousands of scientists ??"

        Yeah that's right Lobo…if my post rubbed you the wrong way then I'm brainwashed by "the left". Nothing else could explain someone not seeing the world the way you see it. There just couldn't be that many scientists working on Climate Change in the field, in laboratories, and in universities and government offices around the world. There is no real studying, experimenting, or collecting data on such things…it's just four policy wonks from UN sitting around pulling charts out of their arses.

        "Polar Bears increased numbers are not the result of the agreement you suggest. I am an Alaskan, and I know first hand that you don't know what the hell you're talking about."

        Oh you're Alaskan! Then you're an expert on polar bears. And if you say that The 1973 International Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears and the passage of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) in 1972 had no effect, then what can I do but accept it? After all…you live in Alaska. Imagine, I was reading these "scientists" and "researchers" with their "decades of data" on this difficult thing to measure, and low and behold I had an Alaskan right here that I could have asked.

        "Perhaps a call to Al (the liar) Gore, would give you some intellectual relief. You may sell that crap to some numb nuts, but anyone with an ounce of brains, and a decent education won't bite."

        Hey, I just feel fortunate that you would lower yourself to talk to me. BTW: Bubba means "brother" you moron. Have a nice day.

        • USMCSniper

          God you really are too stupid to suspect you are stupid. More than 31,000 scientists across the U.S. – including more than 9,000 Ph.D.s in fields such as atmospheric science, climatology, Earth science, environment and dozens of other specialties – have signed a petition rejecting "global warming," the assumption that the human production of greenhouse gases is damaging Earth's climate.

          The list of scientists includes 9,021 Ph.D.s, 6,961 at the master's level, 2,240 medical doctors and 12,850 carrying a bachelor of science or equivalent academic degree in the sciences and engineering.

          "There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate," the petition states. "Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth."

          • http://intensedebate.com/people/bubba4 bubba4

            How many scientists think that Climate Change is exacerbated by man?

            Would such people be evil scientists while the ones signing this petition are good? What's your point…you've post this before.

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

        Lobo, don't waste your time on this attention seeking pabulum weight.

        • bardefa

          YEP – those "scientists" admit to lying, cooking the numbers, deleting low temp. data, etc…
          THEY SAY IT IN THEIR e-mails everybody's seen – but to a liberal facts never matter.
          Libaralism is a mental disorder.

          • http://intensedebate.com/people/bubba4 bubba4

            Can you post an example of what your talking about?

            It should be effortless for you to dig out because "everybody's seen". I know it's probably e-mail after e-mail of scheming and shameless corruption, so just pick a few of the hightlights.

    • Paul NH

      We are in agreement! Marxists ARE assholes! Good post asshole!

  • Shucky

    it is telling how agw zealots ignore his more daming points in the first two paragraphs. even agw advocates can't dispute that climate fluctuated wildly long before the industrial era, long before our species even existed. if you think it is possible to prevent climate change with any amount of resources then you are a flat out ignoramus. if would be far less costly to save resources in order to deal with changes as they come, than to completely waste them on the impossible goal of trying to stabilize the climate.

    the attempt to prevent climate change is a criminal waste of precious resources that could otherwise alleviate some of the sufferings of humanity. as such, it is the agw zealots who are commiting the equivalent of the holocaust many times over. slowly, humanity is thinking critically about your fear-mongering and turinng against you.

  • Susan in Fairhope

    If you have some time, here is a link to global warming information by a politician?–no the Weather channel founder John Coleman. It is very informative.

    http://www.kusi.com/weather/colemanscorner/815833

  • bob

    You might be right on a lot of issues, but you are dead wrong on global warming. This is not some left-wing, anti-capitalist conspiracy, but it is based on scientific facts–do't let science get in the way of your ideoiolical belief system!–Peter Sinclair's latest "Crock of the Week" explains why global warming exists, despite the cold winter we've been having in North America and Europe (actually, it's record-breakingly hot not in the souther hemisphere.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDTUuckNHgc&fe

    • Jobe

      Hey Bob: Even if global warming did, in fact, exist, and that is still unproven, the contribution to the situation by man, and man’s ability to do something about it give the lie to the alarmists and hucksters like Al (carbon credit) Gore. Here is a fact for you. Carbon dioxide is a NUTRIENT, not a POLUTANT! Here is another fact. We cannot control the behavior of the SUN. If the earth is warming, it has done this cyclically for millions of years, with carbon dioxide levels many times higher than they are today. Your position is untenable if it is examined by rational people. Unfortunately, Al Gore, Michael Moore and their ilk are not rational, but rather they are ideological and seek profit at the expense of truth.

  • Padraig

    Outstanding article. Thanks

  • Howard

    Gravity is a religion to then. So is the air we breathe …. dahhh ….

    This article must be right wing satire right?

  • Howard

    We can end terrorism over night if we wanted to. Just eliminate American support for that stupid religious theocracy called Israel.

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

      Howard, you are a liar. The acts of Islamist conquest (jihad, terrorism, etc.) have existed long before the existence of the state of Israel. Islamists hate every country and system that is not Sharia, and is hell bent on creating a global caliphate by coercion and violence because the Koran gives them license to do so.

      Doesn't antisemitism get boring after awhile? Find a new hobby.

    • thetruthandthelife

      And Howard do you tell your friends that we can end all robbery and blackmail in America… as long as we just hand over all our valuables to the next mugger or blackmailer we encounter?
      And that women can easily wipe out all rape crimes against women overnight… by just submitting to the rapist… and "thinking" of it as "consensual sex" .

  • jim

    I have never heard anyone explain how the earth could have gone through warm and cold cycles for millions of years without man. One simple, short answer would be sufficient.

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

    Then, I'm a sinner, for I use common sense, and my common sense says that it's40 degrees outside with the high maybe getting to 50 degrees. Common sense also tells me that carbon dioxide isn't a poison, and it doesn't effect the environment, since plants take in CO2.

    Science tells me that plants give off oxygen, so it's a good system. Science also tells me that cars don't give off CO2, they give off CO, that's Carbon Monoxide, the deadly odorless gas that makes you turn blue and suffocates you.

    So, yes, I'm a sinner and I intend to go on sinning. So there.

  • Earl_E

    I always get a kick out of reading an economist’s position on science he doesn’t understand. In fact, I think it is Americana at it’s best.

    Let’s listen to people who have no clue like George Bush, Ahkmejinishaad, and Walter Williams, the triad of competancy on Earth today.

    People who call into question the fundamental element of science, which is a query into the unknown, as a religion are simply unable to contribute relevant data and anaysis for science, so instead try and change science into something that requires faith, the component of believing in something unproven.

    Have faith that science will do its best to get to the bottom of an unknown, just keep the witch burners away as long as you can.

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

      So why does one have to be scientist in order to comment of issues of public policy? Al Gore isn't a scientist, but you still appear eager to drink his koolaid. Very few of those attending the Amsterdam gabfest last month were scientists, yet they blathered to any/all media outlets that would listen. Furthermore, who the hell are you to issue a ad hominem attack on Walter Williams without refuting a single point? I'll answer that: you're a pinko hack.

      "Have faith that science will do its best to get to the bottom of an unknown, just keep the witch burners away as long as you can." You couldn't have described the likes of Keith Olberman, Rachel Madcow, Al Gore, etc., better.

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

      The earth has been warming. Indeed, it has been warming ever since the great Ice Age, in fits and starts, which include the Little Ice Age. It will continue warming until the onset of the next Ice age.

      But there is no proof that the human race has anything to do with warming this planet. None, whatsoever. Indeed, there is proof that people at the center of AGW have fudged the data, and wrote climate models based upon that data. This cannot be denied.

      Witch burners? Hillary is safe, for now …

  • Jane

    I agree that AGW is an unreasonable belief, but I disagree with your definition of religion and faith. You might consider reading Gordon H. Clark –Religion, Reason and Revelation– before you assume that all religion is accepted uncritically.
    Blessings on you for your hard work to promote truth.

  • So Cal Mike

    "In the name of the State, the Government and the Holy Environment, Amen."

    Where many on the right are outsmarted and outfoxed, the left is a brainwashed clique of secular religious fanatics.
    Dr. Williams is spot on as usual.
    There is no point at all in wasting breath on the left who prefer their propaganda pure and unadulterated. That's the reason for their venom and even the mere existence of arguments based on facts sends them into a spitting lather.

  • USMCSniper

    I have been excommunicated as a non-believer from the Church of Global Warming by the Holy Father Al Gore.

    • bardefa

      YEP – those "scientists" admit to lying, cooking the numbers, deleting low temp. data, etc…
      ALgor, the "scientist" is making billions of $$ on that lie…..
      Maybe Croakley won in Mass…? Maybe Algor is smart?
      Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  • Ryan

    According to the ice-cores drilled and studied for the last 30 years which is exactly the same undisputed data that the Global Warming Alarmists themselves use, the relationship between CO2 and the ambient temperature of the earth is that the temperature increases an average of 800 years BEFORE the CO2 rises. This fact alone utterly destroys the theoretical hypothesis that CO2 causes the temperature to rise. The way first year statistical students are taught about the difference between correlation and causation is with a poem – "Just because the cock crows when the sun rises does not mean the cock causes the sun to rise."

    According to the research performed by the Global Warming advocates themselves, human beings account for less than 4% of the CO2 introduced into the Earth's atmosphere annually. For instance, bacteria alone produce 7 times more atmospheric CO2 than all human activity annually. This fact demonstrates the futility of restricting human emissions of CO2, even if you ignore that the hypothesis that CO2 causes temperature change it demonstrably false.

  • Ryan

    The UN Panel on Climate Change gets its data from three primary sources: Britain, New Zealand and NASA in the USA. Two of these sources (Britain and New Zealand) have been exposed for fraudulently manipulating their data to create a predetermined outcome. NASA is currently fighting several Freedom of Information lawsuits to keep its source data from being published. This begs the question, why would a scientific organization fight attempts to examine their data? Given what we already know about the data from Britain and New Zealand, we can safely assume that the entire statistical premise for the UN Panel on Climate change is based on fabricated data. The fact that both the Universities in Britain and NASA in the USA actively fight to conceal their source data precludes any rational definition of "peer review". In New Zealand, the data was revealed and found to be deliberately altered to create the illusion of warming where there was none.

  • Ryan

    The computer models used to predict the effects of Global Warming have never made a single prediction verified by scientific observation in over 30 years. Created in 1979, these models have made thousands of predictions and not a single one has ever been verified. Most notably, the average ambient temperature of the Earth has declined over the last 12 years. This decline was predicted by solar scientists who watch sun spots, but according to the 30 year old computer models, the temperature should be going up. Common sense indicates that these computer models have no credibility whatsoever.

  • Ryan

    All research to date has shown that the vast majority of "greenhouse effect" in the Earth's atmosphere is caused by water vapor – somewhere around 95% of it. The "Anthropogenic Global Warming Hypothesis" is based on the idea that the CO2 emitted by human activity will cause an increase in water vapor in the atmosphere and create a "run-away greenhouse effect". In the entire 4.5 billion year geological history of the planet Earth, there is no record of such phenomena. No such effect or phenomena has ever been observed in the Earth's atmosphere through any experiment. No prediction based on this hypothesis has ever been verified by scientific observation in the 35 years since it was proposed.

  • Ryan

    So let us review:

    1. The Global Warming Alarmist's own data refutes the hypothesis that CO2 causes the temperature to rise. In fact it seems to illustrate that a temperature rise causes CO2 to increase.

    2. According to the Global Warming Alarmist's own data, even if CO2 affected the Earth's temperature, humans don't create enough CO2 to make a difference. Even if you removed all humans from the planet, it wouldn't change the CO2 levels enough to change the temperature.

  • Ryan

    3. Two of the three sources underlying ALL of the UN's alarmist predictions about climate warming have been demonstrated to be fraudulent. The third source is fighting legal battles to keep its source data secret. No rational person could call this science "peer reviewed".

    4. The computer models used to predict global warming are completely discredited.

    5. The whole hypothesis of human-caused global warming is based on the effect CO2 has on water vapor. No relationship can be demonstrated through experimentation and observation (science) between atmospheric CO2 and water vapor.

  • Ryan

    When the facts are examined, continued belief in the Anthropogenic Global Warming Hypothesis cannot be rationally based. Irrational beliefs certainly fall into the category of religion and not science. So it is a valid hypothesis that belief in human-caused global warming is a type of religion, and decidedly not scientific.

  • gpcase

    As I understand it, the linchpin of the theory has to do with how CO2 functions in the atmosphere. Yet global warming alarmists only assert but cannot test much less prove how CO2 functions.

    Most greenhouse gas is not man-made: over 90% is water vapor (clouds) and approx. 8% is CO2. Of the CO2, mankind only produces less than 4%. Thus mankind produces approximately 0.003% of greenhouse gases. In order for mankind's contribution of CO2 to change global temperatures, it must be proven that CO2 levels have a disproportionate impact on temperatures. It must also be proven that other variables have been accounted for, including the eftects of the Sun, natural adjustments as plants grow faster, and heavier (sun-blocking) clouds form over warmer waters. Neither of these have been tested, only asserted or implied, thus the theory is little more than a wild hypothesis awaiting scientific measurement currently beyond our technical ability.

  • Raymond in DC

    Any self-described climatologist who claims "the science is settled" should surrender his credentials. Science, by its very nature, is *never* settled.

    As to all those climate models, obviously they can't all be right. So invite all those climatologists together and insist they determine which one is the correct or most accurate model. Then watch them go at each other. I'll bring the popcorn.

  • timeklek

    The Science Agree's ; AGW is a Hoax……open yer wallet

  • Earl_E

    Since 1952, our government has used the military to provide escorts for private oil enterprises. These private companies do not pay for this military cover.

    That is socialism. We have been a socialist nation for over a half-century.

    The lack of common sense in America isn't a secret. If you notice all the unemployed people sitting around reading these useless websites, you'll understand that America has lost it's competitive edge right along with it's manufacturing base.

    I read these comments and wonder just what world these people live in, but it really doesn't matter anymore.

    There is no difference between the two parties. They both are bought and paid for by big oil and big weapons. You don't have a choice. Are we still in Iraq? Are we still in Afghanistan? Do we still send a trillion dollars a year to the mideast for their oil?
    Where is the new center of the financial world? Dubais?

    Who is making solar panels? China?

  • John A. Jauregui

    Are you angry about this obvious RICO Act fraud and the national media’s complicity in the cover-up, misinformation, reframing and misdirection of the issue and the related “carbon derivatives” market Obama’s Administration is spinning up? Take responsibility and take action. STOP all donations to the political party(s) responsible for this fraud. STOP donations to all environmental groups which funded this Global Warming propaganda campaign with our money, especially The World Wildlife Fund. They have violated the public trust. KEEP donations local, close to home. MAKE donations to Oklahoma’s Senator Inhofe, the only politician to stand firmly against this obvious government/media coordinated information operation (propaganda) targeted at its own people. People that government leaders and employees are sworn to protect. WRITE your state and federal representatives demanding wall to wall investigations of government sponsored propaganda campaigns and demand indictments of those responsible. WRITE your state and federal Attorneys General demanding Al Gore and others conducting Global Warming/Climate Change racketeering and mail fraud operations be brought to justice, indicted, tried, convicted and jailed. Carbon is the stuff of life. He (Obama) who controls carbon, especially CO2, controls the world. Think of the consequences if you do nothing! For one, the UK is becoming the poster child for George Orwell’s “1984” and the US government’s sponsorship of this worldwide Global Warming propaganda campaign puts it in a class with the failed Soviet Union’s relentless violation of the basic human right to truthful government generated information. Given ClimateGate’s burgeoning revelations of outrageous government misconduct and massive covert misinformation, what are the chances that this Administration’s National Health Care sales campaign is anywhere near the truth?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bdneX1djD

    http://www.kusi.com/weather/colemanscorner/81559212.html

  • Drewski

    No climate scientist or even Al Gore has ever stated that the earth has not gone through temperature fluctuations — fact. What they are simply saying is that CO2 is a heat-trapping gas and because we are adding millions of tons of it to our very thin atmosphere daily, that the atmosphere is beginning to trap more heat and we are ACCELERATING the warming of the planet. And because the vast majority of climate scientists from the 4 corners of the earth (and every credible scientific organization) are producing studies (peer-reviewed mind you) that indeed show the earth is warming at an ALARMING rate (you can use the word 'alarm' if you like) then maybe the rest of us should take notice. That is really all that Al and his climate religion conspirators are saying.
    Sorry if my Marxist religion offended any of you erudite bloggers.