The news Al Gore should read.
Consensus? What Consensus?
Chill out. Get Informed.
By Bill Dupray
Not to be the master of the obvious here, but it is going to be hard to convince people that the earth is warming . . . when it is not.
The earth's temperature peaked in 1998. It's been falling ever since; it dropped dramatically in 2007 and got worse in 2008, when temperatures touched 1980 levels.
But we'll give ABC credit for reporting the poll numbers. Then they get downright hilarious trying to discredit it eight ways to Sunday. The advocacy is top-notch, it is just too bad that they don't see it as such.
Just 57 percent think there is solid evidence the world is getting warmer, down 20 points in just three years, a new poll says. And the share of people who believe pollution caused by humans is causing temperatures to rise has also taken a dip, even as the U.S. and world forums gear up for possible action against climate change. . . .
Only about a third, or 36 percent of the respondents, feel that human activities — such as pollution from power plants, factories and automobiles — are behind a temperature increase. That's down from 47 percent from 2006 through last year's poll.
So only a small (and drastically shrinking) minority thinks that we are causing any global warming. The rest of the normal people presumably think one of two things, either (1) the planet is not warming (so the whole issue is moot), or (2) that bright yellow ball in the sky seems to have something to do with the earth's temperature. Either way, this hardly seems the time to go taking over all of American industry with a Cap and Trade scheme and taxing the bejesus out of the American people. Let's just say it ain't exactly a stimulus package.
But ABC dives right in with the standard attacks. First we have the "settled science" of global warming with which we are not allowed to argue.
At the same time, there has been mounting scientific evidence of climate change — from melting ice caps to the world's oceans hitting the highest monthly recorded temperatures this summer.
First, the 2009 summer minimum Arctic Sea Ice Extent [Area of ocean with at least 15 percent sea ice] that was predicted by alarmists to decline, instead, grew dramatically. According to International Arctic Research Center AMSR-E satellite data, it grew by about 1 million square kilometers of ice (1.4 times the size of Texas), which is a 23 percent growth above 2007 and 11.5 percent growth above 2008 sea-ice levels, respectively.
More bad news for alarmists came when results of the Arctic Sea Ice Expedition were released. NASA characterized this expedition as a six-nation, 20-scientist Arctic expedition, equipped with an aircraft that had precision measurement instruments. Alarmists had argued that new Arctic sea-ice growth was thinner and less robust than older ice. The expedition instead found new sea ice was much thicker, up to four meters in places, which was more than twice what was expected.
I guess ABC didn't find any of that in the "settled" science. But they nevertheless proceed undaunted.
The poll was released a day after 18 scientific organizations wrote Congress to reaffirm the consensus behind global warming. A federal government report Thursday found that global warming is upsetting the Arctic's thermostat.
Funny, they must have forgotten to mention that 650 of the world's leading climatologists met in Poland in December and declared that man-made global warming is a media-generated myth, without scientific basis. Then there was the 2009 International Conference on Climate Change in New York earlier this year, in which at least 70 scientists seem to have missed the memo about the "settled science." Oh yeah, and the They kept talking saying crazy stuff like "we don't agree" and "the science shows something else." Surely these people must be silenced.
Then ABC goes with the perennial favorite of lefties who are losing an argument: The people are confused by crazy things like weather and, lobbyists, or something.
Andrew Weaver, a professor of climate analysis at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, said politics could be drowning out scientific awareness. [me - now there is some professor-speak for you]
"It's a combination of poor communication by scientists, a lousy summer in the Eastern United States, people mixing up weather and climate and a full-court press by public relations firms and lobby groups trying to instill a sense of uncertainty and confusion in the public," he said.
Translation: Dammit! If people weren't so stupid, we'd have this thing in the bag already.
So, to help turn the tide, ABC decides to haul out a little more of that "settled science."
Though there are exceptions, the vast majority of scientists agree that global warming is occurring and that the primary cause is a buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels, such as oil and coal.
Jane Lubchenco, head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told a business group meeting at the White House Thursday: "The science is pretty clear that the climate challenge before us is very real. We're already seeing impacts of climate change in our own backyards."
In whose backyard? Have you noticed any global warming in your backyard? If not, you must be confused. You'd better read up a little more on the "settled science."
Surprisingly, it seems that the more liberal you are, the more the science is settled.
People living in the Midwest and mountainous areas of the West are far less likely to view global warming as a serious problem and to support limits on greenhouse gases than those in the Northeast and on the West Coast. Both the House and Senate bills have been drafted by Democratic lawmakers from Massachusetts and California.
Oh yeah, and even if you are a Warmer, turns out that China and India aren't with you and aren't coming to Copenhagen. So keep in mind that whatever the Democrats do with Cap and Trade or the "world community" does at Copenhagen, we are unilaterally killing our own economy while two of the world's biggest "polluters" charge onward. They must marvel that we are hell-bent on chasing a hoax while they continue to go about the business of living in the real world.
Though ABC gratuitously includes the liberal talking points and mounts an impressive defense on behalf of the Warmers, they grudgingly concede that the American people are figuring out the truth.