Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Bush flip flops on warming

It looks like President Bush is jumping on the ‘global warming band wagon’; until now Bush has sensibly refrained from casting his line in the water with the alarmists that pin planet warming on ‘greenhouse emissions’. Not only did the President initiate an international conference on the subject, but he called on the world's polluters to set a goal for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that he now claims are causing the climate to heat up; and he didn't exempt the United States from the list. Not to be outdone by Al Gore and others of the same religious global warming zeal, Bush said:

"By setting this goal, we acknowledge there is a problem, and by setting this goal, we commit ourselves to doing something about it. We share a common responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while keeping our economies growing."

Just how this would be done was not proposed. In any case, our President has now committed the country to embark on a policy based on the erroneous assumption that ‘greenhouse gasses’, namely CO2, are responsible for warming planet Earth, seemingly in ways never experienced before the onslaught of the plant by humans in their quest to live better lives than animals and aborigines.

Unfortunately for the rest of us Americans, Bush, as so many of the global warming cultists do, ignores the plethora of evidence set forth by actual scientists, not political scientists, that establishes beyond doubt man and CO2 are not responsible for this warming. This proof is persuasive to anyone that keeps an open mind and is willing to make the effort to read the scientific reports from experts the alarmists casually dismiss as “global warming deniers”. If we and CO2 are innocent of the forthcoming ‘calamities’ of climate change, then any effort advocated by President Bush and Al Gore will be to no avail and will merely be an ultra expensive effort to diminish our quality of life.

A new peer-reviewed scientific study counters a major premise of global warming theory, concluding carbon dioxide was not responsible for ending the last ice age. The study, led by University of Southern California geologist Lowell Stott, concluded deep-sea temperatures rose 1,300 years before the rise in atmospheric CO2, which would rule out greenhouse gas as the main agent of the meltdown. "There has been this continual reference to the correspondence between CO2 and climate change as reflected in ice core records as justification for the role of CO2 in climate change," said Stott. "You can no longer argue that CO2 alone caused the end of the ice ages." (This will be published in Science magazine.)

Another new study published in Science refutes the "Hockey Stick" temperature graph, used by man-made global warming alarmists such as Al Gore to argue for a recent spike in average global temperature after centuries of relative stability. Stott's new study suggests the rise in greenhouse gas likely was a result of warming, not the cause of it.

It has been recently reported by the Hudson Institute* that a new analysis of peer-reviewed literature indicated more than 500 scientists published evidence refuting the current man-made global warming alarm. The assessment supports another study that revealed carbon dioxide levels were largely irrelevant to global warming. [I have a number of these and will furnish them upon request to gioia@gte.net]

The newest analysis was released by Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Dennis Avery, who said of the 500 scientists who have refuted at least one element of the popular notion of global warming, more than 300 have found evidence that a natural 1,500-year climate cycle has produced more than a dozen global warming periods similar to the current condition since the last Ice Age and that such warming periods are linked to variations in the sun's irradiance.
Avery said "this data and the list of scientists make a mockery of recent claims that a scientific consensus blames humans as the primary cause of global temperature increases since 1850.

Avery further noted "Two thousand years of published human histories say that the warm periods were good for people. It was the harsh, unstable Dark Ages and Little Ice Age that brought bigger storms, untimely frost, widespread famine and plagues of disease”; if he is right, and I think he is, we have something good to look forward to, not the calamity we are supposed to believe.

President Bush, you have been taken in by world opinion again; that’s pretty mild compared to what Rush Limbaugh had to say about this. Rush ridiculed the administration's flip-flop on global warming, wondering aloud before millions of listeners whether things would have been much different had Al Gore won the presidency.

*Hudson Institute is a non-partisan policy research organization dedicated to innovative research and analysis that promotes global security, prosperity, and freedom. An Internationally recognized think tank and public policy research organization, located in Washington, D.C., that forecasts trends and develops solutions for governments, businesses and the public.

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