Why So Gloomy?

Ed. My prediction a month or two ago: Mainstream media will pull away from global warming apocalypticism.

Newsweek International Richard S. Lindzen April 16, 2007 issue

Judging from the media in recent months, the debate over global warming is now over. There has been a net warming of the earth over the last century and a half, and our greenhouse gas emissions are contributing at some level. Both of these statements are almost certainly true. What of it? Recently many people have said that the earth is facing a crisis requiring urgent action. This statement has nothing to do with science. There is no compelling evidence that the warming trend we’ve seen will amount to anything close to catastrophe. What most commentators—and many scientists—seem to miss is that the only thing we can say with certainly about climate is that it changes. The earth is always warming or cooling by as much as a few tenths of a degree a year; periods of constant average temperatures are rare. Looking back on the earth’s climate history, it’s apparent that there’s no such thing as an optimal temperature—a climate at which everything is just right. The current alarm rests on the false assumption not only that we live in a perfect world, temperaturewise, but also that our warming forecasts for the year 2040 are somehow more reliable than the weatherman’s forecast for next week.

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Forecaster Blasts Gore on Global Warming

My Way News CAIN BURDEAU April 7, 2007

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A top hurricane forecaster called Al Gore “a gross alarmist” Friday for making an Oscar-winning documentary about global warming.

“He’s one of these guys that preaches the end of the world type of things. I think he’s doing a great disservice and he doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” Dr. William Gray said in an interview with The Associated Press at the National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans, where he delivered the closing speech.

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Business of Global Warming Feels a Lot Like Inquisition

Real Clear Politics William F. Buckley April 3, 2007

The heavy condemnatory breathing on the subject of global warming outdoes anything since high moments of the Inquisition. A respectable columnist (Thomas Friedman of The New York Times) opened his essay last week by writing, “Sometimes you read something about this administration that’s just so shameful it takes your breath away.”

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10 Questions For Al Gore And The Global Warming Crowd

Townhall.com John Hawkins March 30, 2007

I’ll be the first to admit that like most conservatives, I’m deeply skeptical of the idea that mankind is causing global warming. Is that because I take payoffs from the energy industry, don’t like Al Gore, don’t like science, or any of the other silly excuses global warming alarmists come up with to explain why people don’t buy their theory?

No.

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Global Warming Heresy

Townhall.com Walter E. Williams March 28, 2007

Most climatologists agree that the earth’s temperature has increased about a degree over the last century. The debate is how much of it is due to mankind’s activity. Britain’s Channel 4 television has just produced “The Great Global Warming Swindle,” a documentary that devastates most of the claims made by the environmentalist movement. The scientists interviewed include top climatologists from MIT and other prestigious universities around the world. The documentary hasn’t aired in the U.S., but it’s available on the Internet.

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Whose Ox Is Gored?

Wall Street Opinion Journal John Fund March 19, 2007

The media discover the former vice president’s environmental exaggerations and hypocrisy.

The media are finally catching up with Al Gore. Criticism of his anti-global-warming franchise and his personal environmental record has gone beyond ankle-biting bloggers. It’s now coming from the New York Times and the Nashville Tennessean, his hometown paper that put his birth, as a senator’s son, on its front page back in 1948, and where a young Al Gore Jr. worked for five years as a journalist.

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A climate of fear

Ed. I said it two months ago: The global warming movement is really secular apocalypticism. IMO, the movement is best understood as a cultural rather than scientific movement. The scientific jargon only serves to lend it a veneer of authority and thus legitimacy.

The Age March 18, 2007

Apocalyptic talk about global warming has stirred the sediment of old fears – the mushroom cloud has returned to haunt us. But, Thornton McCamish writes, the last great fright was a little different from the new one.

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From a Rapt Audience, a Call to Cool the Hype

Ed. It’s the New York Times which means two things: 1) It strains not to give man-made global warming skeptics any credibility, yet at the same time 2) represents a call from a prominent liberal newspaper that the liberal claims need reexamination.

New York Times William J. Broad March 13

Hollywood has a thing for Al Gore and his three-alarm film on global warming, “An Inconvenient Truth,” which won an Academy Award for best documentary. So do many environmentalists, who praise him as a visionary, and many scientists, who laud him for raising public awareness of climate change.

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Global Hot Air: Part III

Townhall.com Thomas Sowell February 15, 2007

If you take the mainstream media seriously, you might think that every important scientist believes that “global warming” poses a great threat, and that we need to make drastic changes in the way we live, in order to avoid catastrophes to the environment, to various species, and to ourselves.

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An experiment that hints we are wrong on climate change

The Times February 11, 2007

Nigel Calder, former editor of New Scientist, says the orthodoxy must be challenged

When politicians and journalists declare that the science of global warming is settled, they show a regrettable ignorance about how science works. We were treated to another dose of it recently when the experts of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued the Summary for Policymakers that puts the political spin on an unfinished scientific dossier on climate change due for publication in a few months’ time. They declared that most of the rise in temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to man-made greenhouse gases.

The small print explains “very likely” as meaning that the experts who made the judgment felt 90% sure about it. Older readers may recall a press conference at Harwell in 1958 when Sir John Cockcroft, Britain’s top nuclear physicist, said he was 90% certain that his lads had achieved controlled nuclear fusion. It turned out that he was wrong. More positively, a 10% uncertainty in any theory is a wide open breach for any latterday Galileo or Einstein to storm through with a better idea. That is how science really works.

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