Just as I was about to honor my husband’s wishes and restart our subscription to our area’s daily newspaper, the newspaper made the mistake of leaving a free promotional copy in the driveway.
I turned to the editorial page and read the top left header: “Man-made global warming is a reality, and it’s a serious problem.”
The editorial descended into the usual snarkisms—defining the terms for those who don’t buy into science by consensus on what drives the evolution of the planet.
The paper, following warmist talking points, even used the insulting term ‘denier,’ a term originally used for those who denied millions were dying at the hands of Nazis. How low can you stoop?
I would be classified as a skeptic since I don’t get paid for my views like all those experts (not all of whom are climate scientists—someone tell the paper) at the UN IPCC, the National Academies of Science and the NOAA. It'd be a good idea to take a hard look at statisticians and activists in that mix.
The paper also included the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, explaining it away as an “independent clearinghouse.”
PCGCC teams up with the EPA for some programs. The organization is chaired by a director of investment banking from Barclays Capital. Lawyers, university personnel and a director from the UN Environment Programme also serve on the board.
How much skin’s in the game is anyone’s guess. I couldn’t locate a list of the donors and charitable organizations funding Pew’s climate change group.
Before I go another inch with this, I admit the planet will change. I don’t need billions of taxpayer dollars to prove it. I grew up in a home where we raised much of the food we ate. I experienced nature up close and personal, although that would correctly be phrased as normal changes in weather over a period of time.
One year we might have an abundant crop of pecans or corn. In the next we might not. It depended on the weather and we planted accordingly.
As I pulled weeds and helped pull potatoes and peanuts out of the ground, I saw no dinosaurs and I lived upstate where evidence of an ancient coastline could still be found if you were to dig deep enough. Ergo, climate change.
That all happened without cars, power plants and everything else that emits carbon.
What my daily newspaper should do—what any self-respecting, honorable media should do—is admit there are experts who disagree with the concept of manmade global warming not to be confused with climate change.
In the past couple years, the UNIPCC has suffered from the ClimateGate scandal, disclosure that a Greenpeace activist produced a report on renewable energy, disclosure that articles in the UN reports were in fact not peer reviewed or even published in those academic periodicals the global warming proponents control and even that the temperature dataset those same warmists tout reflected a trend of slight cooling since 1998.
For an explanation of the warmists’ temperature issues, Dr. Roy Spencer, a distinguished former NASA scientist, is an excellent resource.
Another site that picks research apart is Watts Up With That?. The site has a quirky Climate FAIL section. Top of the FAIL list: a UN prediction in 2008 that by 2010 there would be between 50 million and 200 million “environmental migrants.”
Collectively, it’s feasible that Mexico’s drug wars, President Obama’s bizarre war in Libya and ever-increasing food prices at the hands of corrupt governments might produce a few migrants. Wars aren't exactly environmentally friendly. Vast millions of migrants have not materialized.
So what did the UN do? They bumped it a decade into the future, a form of whitewashing. The UN and affected universities did the same thing with ClimateGate after realizing data had indeed been manipulated. That came after inaccuracies turned up in chief global warming financier Al Gore’s famous film. Whitewash.
Even Congress wised up. The expensive Cap and Trade bill progressive socialists pushed did not get passed in the US Senate. The Chicago Climate Exchange folded into another exchange based on a pure money bubble.
Meanwhile President Barack Obama is utilizing regulatory agencies to accomplish what Congress refused to do, even as he appears mystified over why businesses are not thriving in the U.S. For an example of what Obama policy has wreaked, check your next electric, food or gas bill. Regulations don't just cost corporations.
Frankly I was very disappointed that my daily paper and most others refuse to acknowledge there are distinguished scientists who disagree that global warming is manmade. Those who disagree have been de facto blacklisted.
However, when I saw the snarky name assigned to people like me who believe there is ample evidence science by consensus is not trustable, I simply could not take out my credit card to renew our subscription. Blind acceptance of government propaganda is one thing. Calling me names is another entirely.
*Hat Tip to Climate Depot for pointing me to Dr. Roger Pielke Jr.’s website on the Greenpeace report. Dr. Pielke is professor of environmental studies at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/July 9, 2011)
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