Saturday, August 02, 2008

Better, more accessible sources on the supposed "climate disaster"

I decided I'd better do some further research on the quote about Greenland I included in my post concerning the bad science of climate change.

I'm glad I did.

I came across the World Climate Report blog, what appears to be a much more accessible source of scientifically valid responses to the fear-mongers than is Steve McIntyre's excellent, but rather dense, Climate Audit site.

And so I found Greenland's Secret, an article from March 2004, where we read,
The recent hype in Nature notwithstanding, Greenland has been cooling for the better part of two generations.

It’s hot news: Temperatures in Greenland have been rising like a rocket during the past 10 years or so—returning to the temperatures that characterized the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s.

Yet that bit of history—that temperatures were as warm or warmer in Greenland 50 years ago—appears lost on the global warming crowd. Instead, they have increasingly pointed a finger at the changing conditions there during the past decade as a clear sign of anthropogenic global warming.

An article in the March 11, 2004, issue of Nature magazine even goes so far as to suggest that Greenland may be on a path of warming and ice loss from which it can never recover. Apparently, Nature writer Quinn Schiermeier is ignorant of the fact that 70 years ago, a similar temperature rise in Greenland was followed by six decades of cooling—it seems as if it recovered from that warming just fine!

Go down to the lower right of any page in World Climate Report, and you will find a list of other blogs and websites and a number of intriguing books and DVDs. Among the latter, I am particularly taken with The Satanic Gases: Clearing the Air about Global Warming by Patrick J. Michaels and Robert C. Balling, Jr. "Citing the pioneering work of historian of science Thomas Kuhn and economist James Buchanan, Michaels and Balling demonstrate that it was inevitable that global warming would be distorted by the political sphere and that most scientists would either stand mute or actually assist in that process. But, the authors argue, such distortions in science are always temporary, and inevitably the scientific community will concede that earlier forecasts dramatically exaggerated the threat of global warming," says the blurb.

I only hope so. And that this final message comes some time before the socialistas place us small people under the weight of draconian laws that destroy our freedoms and cause us to suffer unnecessary want.

--Somehow I think I will be returning to this subject again.

It's too scary that both leading presidential candidates seem to have jumped on the global climate disaster bandwagon. I mean, McCain has been on that bandwagon since 2004, it appears. And Obama-come-lately, of course, isn't going to let a Republican out-Green him! Why, don't you know? "[R]eplacing the oil we use with . . . home-grown biofuels . . . will finally slow the warming of the planet." (Original sentence: "But building cars that use less oil is only one side of the equation. The other involves replacing the oil we use with the home-grown biofuels that will finally slow the warming of the planet." --Remarks of Senator Barack Obama, "The Coming Storm: Energy Independence and the Safety of Our Planet," Chicago, IL, Monday, April 3rd, 2006.)

Doesn't it comfort you to know these guys are ready to "work for you"? (It doesn't me!)

I think I'd better quit now before my blood pressure rises too high!
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