Monday, April 23, 2007

Britain's Channel 4: The Great Global Warming Swindle

Courtesy Powerline Blog: "Each day the news reports grow more fantastically apocalyptic. Politicians no longer dare to express any doubt about climate change."

"There i s such intolerance of a dissenting voice."

"Global warming... is a new kind of morality."

"It is presented in the media of having the stamp of authority of an impressive international organization: The United Nations International Panel on Climate Change."

"The final conclusions are politically driven."

"Many of them disagree."

"This is the story of how a theory about climate turned into a political ideology."

"I don't even like to call it the environmental movement anymore, because really, it is a political activist movement."

"It is the story of a distortion of a whole area of science."

"We have a vested interest in creating panic, because then money will flow to climate science."

"It's become a great industry in itself."

"The environmental movement has evolved into the strongest force there is for preventing development in developing countries."

"It's become like a religion. People who disagree are [known as] heretics."

"The climate has always changed, and changed without any help from us humans."

"Humans are not the main source of CO2. Humans produce a small fraction in the single digits percentage-wise of the CO2 that is produced in the atmosphere. Volcanoes produce more CO2 each year than all the cars, factories and planes put together. More still comes from animals and bacteria, which produce about 150 gigatons each year, compared to a mere six and a half gigatons from humans... but the biggest source of CO2 by far is the oceans."

"The current warming began long before people had cars or electric lights. In the past 150 years, the temperature has risen just over half a degree Celsius. But most of that rise occurred before 1940. Since that time, the temperature has fallen for four decades, and risen for three."

"But if CO2 isn't driving climate, then what is?"

"Isn't it bizarre to think that its humans, you know, when we're filling up our car, turning on our lights, that we're the ones controlling climate - just look in the sky - look at that massive thing, the sun. Even humans at our present 6.5 billion, are minute relative to that.

"There is a bias - there is a very powerful bias within the media, within the science media itself - toward results that are dramatizeable.

"You've got a whole new generation of reporters... environmental journalists, and if you're an environmental journalist, and if the global warming story goes in the trash can - so does your job."


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