Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Next ICCC Should Be Interesting

This just in from a mailer I got from the Americans For Limited Government. According to this guy, a number of scientists are going to show up at the International Conference on Climate Change next month and refute claims that humans are causing climate change. The conference will be held March 8 through 10 in New York. It will be interesting to see how the mainstream media covers this:

By Isaac MacMillen

Global Warming may well be one of the cruelest—and most costly—frauds perpetrated upon mankind in human history. But it is starting to unravel, thanks to some brave scientists—not the least of which is one of the men on the moon.

More than three dozen PhD scientists will join numerous public policy leaders in early March to address the issue of climate change and the alarmism that has come to be associated with it at the annual International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC). And now, it has just been reported that, in addition to highly respected world leaders such as former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Anzar and Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus, attendees will likely hear some unequivocated straight-talk from former Senator and Apollo 17 moonwalker Dr. Harrison Schmitt.

Dr. Schmitt, who received his PhD in geology from Harvard University, recently came out swinging against those who promote global warming as absolute truth. Schmitt denies that the “human effect is significant compared to the natural effect,” and states that political and financial pressure has caused scientists to endorse anthropogenic global warming or simply be silent. "They've seen too many of their colleagues lose grant funding when they haven't gone along with the so-called political consensus that we're in a human-caused global warming," he said. “It's one of the few times you've seen a sizable portion of scientists who ought to be objective take a political position and it's coloring their objectivity."

The former astronaut recently withdrew his membership in The Planetary Society, a group dedicated to interplanetary travel, citing disagreements over Mars travel and various other society stances. One of them referenced “accelerating research into global climate change through more comprehensive Earth observations.” In his withdrawal letter, he took issue with that statement, saying:

“As a geologist, I love Earth observations. But, it is ridiculous to tie this objective to a "consensus" that humans are causing global warming in when human experience, geologic data and history, and current cooling can argue otherwise. "Consensus", as many have said, merely represents the absence of definitive science. You know as well as I, the "global warming scare" is being used as a political tool to increase government control over American lives, incomes and decision making. It has no place in the Society's activities.”

Dr. Schmitt is not alone in his wholesale rejection of the global warming mantra. Joining him on center stage will be Dr. Richard Lindzen, current MIT professor and former panel-member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN's climate control advisory group. Dr. Lindzen has been outspoken in his skepticism of anthropogenic global warming, and has strongly resisted the concept of a “consensus,” calling it “shrill alarmism.”

Speaking of those who are unsure of the matter, he wrote that “their research is forced, whether the evidence supports it or not, into Mr. Gore's preferred global-warming template—namely, shrill alarmism.” Dr. Lindzen further stated that "given that the question of human attribution largely cannot be resolved, its use in promoting visions of disaster constitutes nothing so much as a bait-and-switch scam.” Strong words from a high-ranking scientist.

Another scientist sharing the stage, Dr. Willie Soon, had these words to say on the "pernicious" scientific consensus:

“Scientific agreement, though, differs distinctly from consensus wrought by social-political pressures. Efforts to force a consensus are pernicious to science. The body of evidence and facts on which scientists agree—as currently known—must always be challengeable by new information. That is the basis of the scientific method.”

Dr. Soon, a physicist at a division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, helped compile over 200 climate studies that, together, covered climate change over a millennium. The findings revealed that the temperature change experienced during the 20th century was not abnormal—in fact, the 20th century was cooler than the Medieval Warm Period, which covered 800-1300 A.D. Too bad that Al Gore decided to cut that fact from his movie.

Despite all the alarmist rhetoric on the fabricated “consequences” of global warming inaction...despite the claims of “consensus” and “settled debate” used to goad politicians into immediate action...despite the risk of being 'ostracized' by the political elite—several dozen scientists and policy experts stand ready to show the world that there is not consensus, and that scientists exist who are still willing to offer objective alternatives.

And they, together with the keynote speakers profiled above, will attack the global warming lie that has been perpetuated by those who wish to, in the words of Dr. Schmitt, use it “as a political tool to increase government control over American lives, incomes, and decision-making.”

In short, the debate (at least) is heating up.

Isaac MacMillen is a contributing editor to ALG News Bureau.



At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Climate change is so far beyond denying now it's laughable anyone tries. Deniers look more foolish with every passing day.

At 10:57 AM, Blogger mresquan said...

"Climate change is so far beyond denying now it's laughable anyone tries."

Well I think that is right,but just how much humans cause it is still debateable.

At 12:44 PM, Blogger Fred said...

"...just how much humans cause it is still debateable.".

Exactly. I don't know that anyone doesn't think the Earth's climate hasn't changed over the millenia and continues to change now. They just question how much people contribute to it.

As an aside, I thought it was interesting reading a CNN news item on supposed climate change (funny how they leave articles like that on their home page for five days in a row, isn't it?).

Anyway, they were saying how some certain number of scientists believe the earth's climate is changing. Then they added something along the line of, "...but many disagree on how much human activity affects it..

Well, if you put it that way, I guess I'd be one that believes humans cause climate change as I've said here before that we might well cause some local changes, an example being a heavily paved city maybe being warmer than the surrounding countryside.

I wonder how many of the scientists they're referring to feel the same way I do and are still being labeled as Believers?

At 5:20 PM, Blogger Doc Anchovy said...

I would urge anyone not believing in the correlation between global warming and human activity to find a good graph of C02 levels since the start of The Industrial Age and draw your conclusion.

At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not addressed by US advocates of global warming is the contribution by other countries. Maybe nobody knows, but the US global-warming worry-warts want the US to solve a world-wide problem.

At 7:09 AM, Blogger Carson Park Ranger said...

"...the US global-warming worry-warts want the US to solve a world-wide problem."

Anonymous wishes to blame the world for our staggeringly high rate of oil consumption. He should go back to eating Freedom Fries and leave the commenting to people with less imagination.

At 7:40 PM, Blogger pvsheridan said...

Notice how the anonymous FOOL at 9:22 am throws up the diversionary strawman "climate change." What kind of an imbecille would propose that someone is arguing over whether or not the climate changes?! Probably his mother . . .


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