Tuesday, October 21, 2008

What global warming?

Lawrence Solomon believes environmentalism is on the wane:
Stock market indexes have plummeted from their inflated peaks. Oil and other commodities have likewise plummeted. The next commodity to tumble from unsustainable peak levels: environmentalism.
Three reasons:

... For the same reason that clothes go out of fashion after the masses embrace them, mass-marketed environmentalism will come to be disdained. That won’t sell for long.

... Much of [environmentalism] is misguided, based on misunderstanding and vacuity. Global warming is by far the biggest such example.

... A third reason for my prediction that environmentalism has peaked is the instinct for self-preservation among the political leadership.

And Lorne Gunter’s column amplifies the global warming case:
"It may be that more global warming doubters are surfacing because there
just isn't any global warming
." Eg:

... Don Easterbrook, a geologist at Western Washington University, says, "It's practically a slam dunk that we are in for about 30 years of global cooling," as the sun enters a particularly inactive phase. His examination of warming and cooling trends over the past four centuries shows an "almost exact correlation" between climate fluctuations and solar energy received on Earth, while showing almost "no correlation at all with CO2."

... An analytical chemist who works in spectroscopy and atmospheric sensing, Michael J. Myers of Hilton Head, S. C., declared, "Man-made global warming
is junk science,"
explaining that worldwide manmade CO2 emission each year "equals about 0.0168% of the atmosphere's CO2 concentration ? This results in a 0.00064% increase in the absorption of the sun's radiation. This is an insignificantly small number."

... Professor Christy has been in charge of NASA's eight weather satellites that take more than 300,000 temperature readings daily around the globe. In a paper co-written with Dr. Douglass, he concludes that while manmade emissions may be having a slight impact, "variations in global temperatures since 1978 ? cannot be attributed to carbon dioxide."


Anonymous said...

It's cold and snowing in parts of New South Wales, Australia today.

It's their spring time!

Ron said...

When a global crisis raises its head (as we now see with the economic crisis) world leaders meet, discuss the possible solutions and derive a plan of action. When global hysteria raises its head (as with the chicken little cries of global warming) world leaders make speaches and cater to the squawking of the doom sayers and go about their business. Dion was one such squawker as are many of the trough dwelling environmentalists. This was all about money; wealth transfers from the developed to the developing world - noting more and nothing less.

hunter said...

That's why we dodged a HUGE bullet by rejecting the Green Shift. Once a tax is imposed, it never disappears, it just morphs into something different.

Now, no party, except the fringe Greens dare to ever mention a carbon tax again!

MilitantLiberal said...

Yah keep telling yourself that guys

JR said...

Unfortunately my own BC government is still pushing its Green Shaft carbon tax. Though there's some signs of weakening given its unpopularity. Maybe if our crappy cold weather continues much longer they'll start to get the message (Solomon's and Gunter's, that is).