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Thursday, April 20, 2006

The Global Warming Hoax

Many have stated (a la Al Gore) that global warming today is the greatest problem to ever affect the planet. Some have even taken it to the point that the use a popular childrens movie (Ice Age II: the Meltdown) as a lesson in the dangers of global warming, forgetting that if it were not for global warming, much of this part of continent would still be under glacial ice!

Finally, someone in the media is seeing that maybe this "global warming crisis" is not all it is cracked up to be. The London Telegraph (yeah like we would ever see this in an American news source) ran not one but two articles on the fallacy of global warming. The first brings to light the fact that between 1998 and 2005 the average temperature actually went down slightly!

"For many years now, human-caused climate change has been viewed as a large and urgent problem. In truth, however, the biggest part of the problem is neither environmental nor scientific, but a self-created political fiasco. Consider the simple fact, drawn from the official temperature records of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, that for the years 1998-2005 global average temperature did not increase (there was actually a slight decrease, though not at a rate that differs significantly from zero)." Emphasis mine.

second even more radically states that the Kyoto protocol is "pointless".

"They emphasised that the study of global climate change is, in Mr Harper's own words, an "emerging science" and added: "If, back in the mid 1990s, we knew what we know today about climate, Kyoto would almost certainly not exist, because we would have concluded it was not necessary." Despite claims to the contrary, there is no consensus among climate scientists on the relative importance of the various causes of global climate change, they wrote. " Emphasis again mine.

The bottom line, dear readers, is this. The earth has been around a lot longer that mankind has kept records. Because of this, we just don't know if this is a long term progression or simply a regular climatic cycle. As such, we should not panic and assume that anything we do or don't do will have any effect on the climate. Science loves to throw out the "gee aren't we smart" studies. Unfortunately for the scientists, many of these studies are disproven a few years later. Rushing into pacts like the Kyoto Protocol, which are nothing more than a thinly disguised attack on the "1st world" countries, will do nothing more than cripple the entire world economy. A better plan is needed, one that is fair for all countries in the world.


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