AGW Today: Playing Politics And Burning Questions

Long have I maintained that the majority of the anthropogenic global warming craze is like some sort of political pet rock love. Let’s compare and contrast statements, shall we?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is widely regarded in the media as the ultimate authority on climate change. Created by two divisions of the United Nations, and recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, its pronouncements are received as if they come down from Mount Olympus or Mount Sinai. The common presumption is that the IPCC has assembled the best scientific knowledge.

Let’s take a closer look at this organization to see whether it merits such uncritical deference.

The IPCC’s Feb. 2007 report stated: It is “very likely” that human activity is causing global warming. Why then, just two months later, did the vice chair of the IPCC, Yuri Izrael, write, “the panic over global warming is totally unjustified;” “there is no serious threat to the climate;” and humanity is “hypothetically … more threatened by cold than by global warming?”

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IPCC press releases have warned about increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere, yet Dr. Vincent Gray, a member of the IPCC’s expert reviewers’ panel asserts, “There is no relationship between warming and [the] level of gases in the atmosphere.”

As the article points out, and we have seen previously, 2,500 scientists have resigned from the IPCC in protest. Compare that with the 2,500 scientists who have worked on the IPCC reports. And the 31,000 who signed the petition that says there is no convincing evidence that Man is to blame.

What of those burning questions?

What has startled (Steve Fielding, a big time Aussie politician) out of merely accepting we’re heating the world to hell with our carbon dioxide emissions is one fact in particular.

While our emissions are increasing fast each year, satellite measurements show the world’s temperatures have still not risen above the 1998 record, and have actually fallen since 2002.

The big deal with this is that Fielding can not only ask questions, but force answers, which, as the article points out, has the Rudd administration scrambling in panic.

But Fielding, an engineer, is now insisting he be shown the proof that the world is even still warming, and the Government must at last justify its plan’s most basic assumption.

See the Government now frantically wondering how to answer. Climate Change Assistant Minister Greg Combet yesterday would not even say if he’d allow Fielding to consult Government scientists.

Amazing. Is science now so political that its findings must be restricted?

Yes. AGW took a legitimate occurrence, a warming period that had been going on since the 1850’s, part of a larger warming trend that has been going on for 18,000 years, and turned it into being Man’s fault. Why? Control. Control of countries, control of economies, and control of people. If AGW is so real, then why do so few of the Believers change their lifestyles to match their rhetoric?

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