FrontPageMagazine.com | E. Ralph Hostetter | Feb. 13, 2009
Former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Albert A. Gore Jr. was in the news again. Braving an ice storm, he appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in its first hearing in the new Congress to plead his case on global warming. The real purpose of his appearance should send shivers down the spine of every American taxpayer. On this visit he brought the tax man with him. That’s right! Al Gore wants Congress to impose a tax that could be considered a tax on climate. He describes his new tax as “putting a price on carbon.”
And, by the way, the new name for global warming is “climate change,” acknowledging the fact that thermometers register downward trends as well as upward trends.
The warmest year in the past century was 1934, followed by 1998, 1921, 2006, 1931, 1999 and 1993. Four of the top 10 are from the 1930s, before auto emissions were a factor, while only three are from the last 10 years. As S. Fred Singer and Dennis T. Avery point out in their latest book, Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1500 Years (2007), “That there has been no warming trend in the United States since the 1930s seriously undermines claims that the effects of global warming are already being felt in the United States.” S. Fred Singer is Distinguished Research Professor at George Washington University and is author or editor of more than a dozen books and monographs. Dennis T. Avery is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute and author of several books.
Most of those individuals known as “global warmers” have consistently relied upon the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as their reference point. The IPCC Report (1995) claims they’ve found a “human fingerprint” in the current global warming trend. Singer and Avery claim this term “human fingerprint” was inserted for “political not scientific reasons.”
The IPCC Report was challenged as lacking a scientific basis on January 28 by a former chief of the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), Dr. John S. Theon. He “slammed the computer models used to determine future climate, claiming they are not scientific in part because modelers ‘resisted making their work transparent so that it can be replicated independently by other scientists.’” Dr. Theon was joined by Dr. J. Scott Armstrong, founder of the International Journal of Forecasting, in stating, “The computer models underpinning the work of many scientific institutions concerned with global warming are fundamentally flawed.”
Citing procedures described in the IPCC Report they noted that there was no scientific forecast of the changes in the earth’s climate. The only forecasts were based on the opinions of some scientists. An audit of the procedures described “clearly violated 72 scientific principles of forecasting,” Theon and Armstrong said. In all the succeeding forecasts made by IPCC “scientists,” the same 72 violations of scientific principles were repeated.
The global warming crowd across America has substantial backing from the liberal factions of the American public. The dominant media are of one voice and exert great influence on the voting public as well as Congress.
It is one thing for an issue such as global warming to be debated across the nation. It is another matter when the issue enters the tax code.
As long as there are fossil fuels in use in America, the subject of carbon dioxide will be in the forefront. Although it has never been proved that CO2 has an influence on global temperature, temperature increases remain at least co-incidental with the increases in the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere over an identical period.
All this is in spite of the fact that nearly all CO2 comes from the sea. As the sea heats up CO2 is released, and as the sea cools CO2 is absorbed. This has been true since the beginning of time.
It is a fact that global and national temperatures increase and decrease on a cyclical basis.
However, “Vice President Gore and other promoters of man-made climate fears and endless claims that the ‘debate is over’ appear to be ignoring scientific reality,” according to Senator James M. Inhofe (R-OK), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee.
A Senate Minority Report released in December 2008 details over 650 international scientists who are dissenting from man-made global warming fears promoted by the UN and Gore. Many of the dissenting scientists are former UN IPCC scientists and former believers in man-made climate change who have reversed their views in recent years. An Italian scientist and Czech scientist have just asked to join the 650 dissenting scientists.
In another part of the world, the International Geological Congress meeting held in Norway in August 2008 found that “skeptical scientists overwhelmed the meeting with two-thirds of the presenters and question-askers hostile to, even dismissive of, the UN’s IPCC report.”
There is daily evidence that the support for the global warming concept is dwindling. A canvass of more than 51,000 Canadian scientists revealed that 68 percent disagree that global warming science is “settled.” An international team of scientists countered the UN IPCC report, declaring, “Nature, not human activity, rules the climate.”
As more evidence accumulates, relating to any possibility that global warming may be caused by the activity of human beings, the closer the Nation comes to the realization that global warming is “unstoppable” and must run its course as it has over the last 1,500 years.
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