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The Science Is Settled


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Note: I’m mocking AGW fanatics. Live a pre-industrial lifestyle if you want, but don’t enforce it on me or write me off as a “denier.”

Never happier than when philosophizing on behalf of slavery, (John) Calhoun argued that science had indisputably proven that Southern slaves suffered from fewer debilitating diseases — “deafness, blindness, insanity, and idiocy” — than free blacks and that they had “improved greatly in every respect, in number, comfort, intelligence, and morals.”

May, John Tyler, pp112-3, Times Books

Interesting piece from Zombie, who found a book on Global Cooling from the ’70s,The Coming of the New Ice Age: End of the Global Warming Era?:

Ice Ages Are Making a Comeback

Turns out my choice of reading material (discovered recently at a rummage sale for 25¢, in case you’re curious) was fortuitous, as climate change — and ice ages — are suddenly back in the headlines this past week. And the news is not good for the crisis-mongers.

First we learned that the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide is actually helping us stave off the next inevitable ice age by a few years. Yes, you read that right: the “runaway global warming” scenario is now off the table; a new ice age is coming for sure, and whatever human warming effects there may be will only make our descent into the deep freeze a little more comfy.

Then, in a different breakthrough, leading scientists announced the discovery of a heretofore undetected type of molecule in the atmosphere which spurs cloud formation and negates global warming effects. Thanks to something called “Criegee biradicals,” the more we pollute, the more clouds form, and the cooler the planet becomes. Thus, the cumulative effect on the climate due to mankind’s activity: zilch. So for the second time in a week, the entire Anthropogenic Global Warming theory was fatally undermined.

But wait! We’re not done. Next up: A study out of Harvard proving that warming and cooling cycles are caused by orbital wobble and precession of the poles; and that the only reason the next ice age hasn’t arrived quite on schedule yet is due to our beneficial increase in carbon dioxide. Yes, that’s right: more data showing that another ice age is inevitable sooner or later.

A third nail in AGW’s coffin in less than a week? Why wasn’t this front page news?

But brace yourself — because those nails in the coffin were just the opening act. The next bit of news was the real blockbuster, a stake through AGW’s heart:

Now we learn that the world has not warmed at all for the last 15 years, and that the entire recent “global warming” hubbub was totally imaginary. Furthermore, the recent cooling is so significant that we may be headed for — you guessed it — a “mini ice age.”

Still not enough for you? The coup de grace came from our own USDA, which released a new “Plant Hardiness Zone Map” indicating that the mild global warming spike of a few years ago was actually good for plant growth and biodiversity. In other words: Even if we do experience warming, it makes the world a nicer place.

And that was just one week’s news. I wonder what next week will bring?

Now, you’d think that this devastating barrage of body blows would basically bring an end to the whole Global Warming “controversy.”

But no. Because, you see, true believers are nearly impervious to facts. In the midst of all this, the AGW activists and bullies continued their relentless quest to reshape the world’s economic landscape, as if they still had the upper hand. They even launched a witch hunt against “denier” weathermen, threatening to get any TV meteorologists fired unless they present global warming propaganda during their forecasts. Meanwhile, Al Gore continued on his decade-long tirade, declaring that “civilization is at risk” if the presidential candidates don’t cave into his demands immediately. And if you check the Web sites of any number of climate change nonprofits and organizations, they’re all still in hysterical crisis mode about the coming calamity. To them, you see, news stories like the ones we saw this week may come and go, but Global Warming is forever!

Someone in the comments of Zombie’s post (going by “Flaming Liberal“) mentioned an op-ed in the WSJ, No Need to Panic About Global Warming. which was signed by 16 scientists, that had a counter-argument signed by 255 scientists. The response provided no links, but I was eventually able to track down that article and the counter-argument, Climate Change and the Integrity of Science.

So thanks to Flaming Liberal. I like hearing both sides of the debate. Looking around at various debunkings of the WSJ article, one point was that The Sixteen said the earth has not been warming recently, and apparently that contradicts NOAA data. They’ve still failed to put the Anthropogenic in AGW.

Regardless, I gotta wrap this up. The money quote from the WSJ article is

In the APS it is OK to discuss whether the mass of the proton changes over time and how a multi-universe behaves, but the evidence of global warming is incontrovertible?

As for the rebuttal from Science Magazine, Wow. I’m sorry you’re disturbed (first sentence). Interesting that you chose to pull out the age of the earth as your first argument. That said, you ask me to “provide an alternate theory that credibly satisfies the evidence” or capitulate. Not even sure what you mean, but um, how about “The climate changes over time and there was an ice age and other changes in climate prior to air conditioning?”

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