Friday, March 09, 2007

Coming Home to Roost ... err Maul

When will the Global Warming Hysterics Stop? When Will the Lying Stop?

Since the UN's IPCC summary report was released a few weeks back we have been treated to a non-stop avalanche of dire warnings and hysterics. It all came to a head when the soon to be sainted Al Gore won his Oscar for his shockumentary "An Inconvenient Truth". Frankly, he nauseates me with his condescending I'm-smarter-than-you-rubes attitude. He talks down to us little folk... Whatever Al...

But fortunately the counter punches are finally landing. The latest is this article on the poster bear for Catastrophic Global Warming. It reveals that we are simply being lied to. Polar Bear populations worldwide are rising and in fact polar bears are THRIVING. In only two local population "groups" of the twenty plus are their numbers declining. Again the Global Warming alarmists take a slice of the truth - the slice that supports their thesis - and claims it as overwhelming proof.

The soon to be aired TV program (for British audiences only) "The Great Global Warming Scandal" presents an impressive array of experts in climatology, oceanography, meteorology, biogeography and paleoclimatology. Martin Durkin, the program's director, flatly rejects the concept of man-made climate change, calling it "a lie ... the biggest scam of modern times."

The truth, he says, is that global warming "is a multibillion-dollar worldwide industry, created by fanatically anti-industrial environmentalists, supported by scientists peddling scare stories to chase funding, and propped up by compliant politicians and the media."

Of course, Durkin's film will be refuted as propaganda from the Global Warming "deniers". It is a fact that climate science is poorly understood. Due to the sheer complexity of all the factors and the interactions that affect the global climate computer modeling cannot be relied upon as an infallible predictor. But pure numbers don't lie. If the alarmists are using the polar bears as proof that human caused Global Warming is a fact and yet the true numbers show nothing of the sort then who is in denial - who is lying? The "deniers" (including me, I guess) are willing to shout from the roof top that we just don't know it all because it's too complicated to know. Yet the alarmists proclaim loudly that the debate is over - who is in denial - who is lying?

The skeptics for the most part aren't denying that Global Warming "might" be happening, however, we are skeptical that it caused purely by human activity and even more skeptical that it is bad. All the historical evidence regarding the most recent warming period known as the "Medieval Warming Period" indicates that humanity thrived and expanded, that disease and starvation declined precipitously.

And this, friends, is the AHA moment. There is a subset of the liberal socialist agenda that hates humanity and believes there are just too damn many humans. Their agenda would stifle human progress primarily in the developing world by hamstringing rich, capitalist industrial powers from exporting modernity. A world economic depression would result in much human suffering and death - and that is exactly what their draconian proposals to curb C02 emissions will do.

The answer is to let technology develop naturally to address C02 emissions. Stifling human progress will not lead to a cleaner, greener world. People will be forced into burning wood for heat, driving older, less efficient cars, basically resorting to environmentally destructive behavior. Updating/upgrading power plants and energy resources including the much ballyhooed wind and solar solutions will not happen if the economy is trashed by restrictive laws.

As I have said before mankind progresses by using more and more energy. It has always been so and it will always be so.