Another Conservative Pot-Shot at Global Warming

I can’t resist.  In the 1970s, we were warned of an impending global ice age.  Three decades later, the thermostat has been turned up.  The environmentalist idiots need to either make up their mind or just shut-up and watch the Weather Channel (whose founder has blasted global warming).

Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe is one of my favorite columnists of all times (along with Mark Steyn).  He is an inspiration – a conservative columnist in the most liberal state in the Union.  God bless Jeff.  He opines about global warming in his column today.

In South America, for example, the start of winter last year was one of the coldest ever observed. According to Eugenio Hackbart, chief meteorologist of the MetSul Weather Center in Brazil, “a brutal cold wave brought record low temperatures, widespread frost, snow, and major energy disruption.” In Buenos Aires, it snowed for the first time in 89 years, while in Peru the cold was so intense that hundreds of people died and the government declared a state of emergency in 14 of the country’s 24 provinces. In August, Chile’s agriculture minister lamented “the toughest winter we have seen in the past 50 years,” which caused losses of at least $200 million in destroyed crops and livestock.

He cites a Russian scientist to make his point.  I’m not a fan of the Russians, but I love this one.

Sorokhtin dismisses the conventional global warming theory that greenhouse gases, especially human-emitted carbon dioxide, is causing the earth to grow hotter. Like a number of other scientists, he points to solar activity – sunspots and solar flares, which wax and wane over time – as having the greatest effect on climate.

“Carbon dioxide is not to blame for global climate change,” Sorokhtin writes in an essay for Novosti. “Solar activity is many times more powerful than the energy produced by the whole of humankind.” In a recent paper for the Danish National Space Center, physicists Henrik Svensmark and Eigil Friis-Christensen concur: “The sun . . . appears to be the main forcing agent in global climate change,” they write.

People treat global warming as if it were a fact.  Many folks in the scientific community act as if though there was authoritative evidence that us miserable humans are the cause of  “alleged warmer temperatures.”  Forget that.  Look at all of the places around the world that are experiencing record lows and incredible snow.  These doofs discount natural climatological patterns.

In any case, you and I know better.  My only advice is as follows:  The Senate should hold off on endorsing Kyoto or Bali or whatever.  Give things a few years, and we’ll be back to ice age warnings again.  Environmentalists are fickle.  And the uber liberals in the international community will continue to rush from place-to-place in order to assuage these idiots. 

Good grief!

GOP Goes Green?

An article at Politico.com asserts that a growing number of Republicans are buying into global warming.  The article points to Rep. Bob Inglis (SC), Newt Gingrich, Ken Mehlman, John Warner and others to make its point.

 Inglis traveled to Antarctica and, most recently, to Greenland to witness the effects of rising CO2 levels and temperatures. He now believes the science behind global warming. And he believes the politics are equally conclusive: Republicans will “get hammered” if they do not reckon with the issue soon.

You wouldn’t know it from listening to President Bush or most GOP congressional leaders, but a lot of smart Republican thinkers are coming to the same conclusion as Inglis.

The changing politics of global warming will be a useful gauge to measure change in Washington. Two questions loom.

The first is how Republicans will reposition themselves for a post-Bush era in which it appears that many ascendant issues — the environment and health care especially — are historically favorable terrain for Democrats.

The second is whether even powerful shifts in public opinion, as have clearly taken place on global warming, can force action in a Congress where partisan stalemate has been the operating mode on most difficult issues for over a decade.

There’s nothing wrong with being environmentally aware.  I recycle and have done many things around my house to make it more energy efficient.  Of course my reasons are a little more selfish.  We’re given 1 recycle and 1 trash cart to last us a week between dumps.  I recycle to free up room in the trash bin.  As far as energy efficiency, I’m tired of high energy bills from Texas Utilities.  Similarly, a lot of businesses might be motivated by incentives that would compel them to be more environmentally friendly.

That is the focus of many of the Republicans who seems to have gone green (like Newt).  I haven’t read Gingrich’s new book Contract With the Earth, but the reviews and interviews seem to indicate that he is looking for ways to to induce corporate America to invest in environmentalism without resorting to threats, regulations and tax increases.  That’s a noble goal.  After all, the environment is our responsbility. But doomsaying threats and overregulation are irresponsible.

The fact that some of these guys seem to be buying into the warming myth, though, is a reason for concern.  Only two decades ago, we were heading towards an imminent ice age.  What happened to that?  Why are we suddenly on the verge of a global warming catastrophe? 

We aren’t.  The science isn’t solid, and the number of scientists willing to say that have grown exponentially since the warming debate “heated up” a few years ago.  Leftist environmentalist doomsayers are actively attempting to silence the dissent from experts who refuse to spout their warming rhetoric.  My theory is that the left is using this as a platform to increase the control of government over people’s lives – as would be their natural tendency.  Of course, that’s just a thought.

There’s nothing wrong with caring about the environment.  Developing a sound energy policy that emphasizes alternative energy and less dependence on fossil fuels is a great and necessary idea.  Then again, I’m just being selfish.  My major interest there is to reduce our dependency on things that come from people like the ones who hold power in Iran and Venezuela.

So, do something for the environment today.  Just don’t force it on me.  Don’t tax me.  And don’t feed me more baloney about some climate phenomenon that has its basis in faulty science.