Saturday, April 29, 2006

What Happened to Global Warming

I thought it was "global warming." What's this "climate change" business that Al Gore is talking about? Methinks mesmells a change of tactics. Maybe someone knows that the Earth is not warming as much or as fast as we've been led by the nose to believe? And I'm not one of the naysayers that don't believe it's happening - the global warming thing. It is, and many studies have shown that over the past 100 years or so the earth has warmed and that CO2 emissions are likely the primary reason for that warming. I believe we should reduce CO2 emissions and search for other innovative ways to reduce atmospheric CO2. And I think we need to start now. But the problem is over-hyped and over-sold with fear-mongering as the primary tactic. The reason? Newsies love the doom and gloom stories and "climate change" advocates want the gravy train of research dollars to continue. Plus they feel justified in over-hyping the problem in order to motivate governments and industry to do something about it. Me, I'd just like the truth.

This is a great little article from the BBC. Of particular note is their investigation into how a published article from Nature on the probable effects of doubled CO2 in the atmosphere on global temperature (an increase, but not catastrophic) was blown wildly out of proportion by the news media and how those who knew better decided to keep quiet. Disturbing, to say the least.

Fear-mongering does not help the cause, it hurts it. If Florida isn't under water in 10 years, I have a feeling people are going to think they've had their chain pulled.



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