Climate of Opinion

Wall Street Opinion Journal February 5, 2007

The latest U.N. report shows the “warming” debate is far from settled.

Last week’s headlines about the United Nations’ latest report on global warming were typically breathless, predicting doom and human damnation like the most fervent religious evangelical. Yet the real news in the fourth assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) may be how far it is backpedaling on some key issues. Beware claims that the science of global warming is settled.

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Two New Books Confirm Global Warming Is Natural, Moderate

Center for Global Food Issues Tue, 30 Jan 2007

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Two powerful new books say today’s global warming is due not to human activity but primarily to a long, moderate solar-linked cycle. “Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1500 Years,” by physicist Fred Singer and economist Dennis Avery was released just before Christmas. “The Chilling Stars: A New Theory of Climate Change,” by Danish physicist Henrik Svensmark and former BBC science writer Nigel Calder (Icon Books), is due out in March.

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Eco-freaks and Projected Self-Loathing

Peter and Helen Evans January 30, 2006

Why is it that, “Whenever Nature displeases us, it must be our fault for doing something that displeased Nature”? This was a question raised by John Berlau of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, speaking at the Heritage Foundation on January 23, 2007 in support of his new book “Eco-Freaks: Environmentalism is Hazardous to Your Health!” If the winter’s too hot, summer’s too cold, hurricane Katrina too extreme, environmentalists always conclude that it’s because we did something wrong, like atmospheric pollution, habitat destruction and/or the paving of America. Not only does this knee-jerk reaction indicate a colossal sense of self-importance, that importance lies in what we are doing wrong.

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Will Al Gore Melt?

Wall Street Journal Flemming Rose and Bjorn Lomborg January 18, 2007

Al Gore is traveling around the world telling us how we must fundamentally change our civilization due to the threat of global warming. Today he is in Denmark to disseminate this message. But if we are to embark on the costliest political project ever, maybe we should make sure it rests on solid ground. It should be based on the best facts, not just the convenient ones. This was the background for the biggest Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, to set up an investigative interview with Mr. Gore. And for this, the paper thought it would be obvious to team up with Bjorn Lomborg, author of “The Skeptical Environmentalist,” who has provided one of the clearest counterpoints to Mr. Gore’s tune.

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Gore isn’t quite as green as he’s led the world to believe

USA Today Rusty Kennedy August 10, 2006

Al Gore has spoken: The world must embrace a “carbon-neutral lifestyle.” To do otherwise, he says, will result in a cataclysmic catastrophe. “Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb,” warns the website for his film, An Inconvenient Truth. “We have just 10 years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tailspin.”

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Science’s Stem-Cell Scam: It should change its name to Pseudoscience

National Review Online Michael Fumento July 18, 2006

Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) receive tremendous media attention, with oft-repeated claims that they have the potential to cure virtually every disease known. Yet there are spoilsports, self included, who point out that they have yet to even make it into a human clinical trial. This is even as alternatives — adult stem cells (ASCs) from numerous places in the body as well as umbilical cord blood and placenta — are curing diseases here and now and have been doing so for decades. And that makes ESC advocates very, very angry.

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Get Your Priorities Right: A rationalist crusader does the math on global warming

Wall Street Opinion Journal Kimberely A. Strassel July 8, 2006

NEW YORK–Bjorn Lomborg is a political scientist by training, but the charismatic, golden-haired Dane is offering me a history lesson. Two hundred years ago, he explains, sitting forward in his chair in this newspaper’s Manhattan offices, the left was an “incredibly rational movement.” It believed in “encyclopedias,” in hard facts, and in the idea that mastery of these basics would help “make a better society.” Since then, the world’s do-gooders have succumbed to “romanticism; they’ve become more dreamy.” This is a problem in his view, and so this “self-avowed slight lefty” is determined to nudge the whole world back toward “rationalism.”

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Why liberals fear global warming far more than conservatives do

Townhall.com Dennis Prager June 20, 2006

Observers of contemporary society will surely have noted that a liberal is far more likely to fear global warming than a conservative. Why is this?

After all, if the science is as conclusive as Al Gore, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times and virtually every other spokesman of the Left says it is, conservatives are just as likely to be scorched and drowned and otherwise done in by global warming as liberals will. So why aren’t non-leftists nearly as exercised as leftists are? Do conservatives handle heat better? Are libertarians better swimmers? Do religious people love their children less?

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Scientists respond to Gore’s warnings of climate catastrophe

Canada Free Press Tom Harris June 12, 2006

“The Inconvenient Truth” is indeed inconvenient to alarmists

“Scientists have an independent obligation to respect and present the truth as they see it,” Al Gore sensibly asserts in his film “An Inconvenient Truth”, showing at Cumberland 4 Cinemas in Toronto since Jun 2. With that outlook in mind, what do world climate experts actually think about the science of his movie?

Professor Bob Carter of the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University, in Australia gives what, for many Canadians, is a surprising assessment: “Gore’s circumstantial arguments are so weak that they are pathetic. It is simply incredible that they, and his film, are commanding public attention.”

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