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Global Warming, It's a Scary Subject

Editors note:
Regular readers of this blog know that when it comes to the  man made global warming theory, I'm skeptical. But that's just the science issue. They probably also know that I'm totally dismissive of the theory as a political issue. That's because I have never believed that the issue should have entered the political arena at all.

The name calling and rancor that has accompanied the political debate is totally inconsistent with what should occur in the scientific debate. In my opinion it's a question of science, not politics.

Like all scientific theories there is a proper method of discovery.  And it's no accident that it's called "The scientific method."  So in my mind, science is the pursuit of truth and politics is the pursuit of power.

I realize that people of good conscience and intelligence can differ in their opinions on this subject. In fact, I differ with some very close friends on this subject.

Regular readers also know that I'm a history aficionado as well, so the video presentation by John Coleman is right up my alley. The first part covers his take on the science, but whether you agree with his conclusions or not, I'm hopeful you will enjoy the second part where he covers the history of the whole issue and the people involved.

With that in mind, I submit the following article for your consideration. It was written by Jim Lakely of the Heartland Institute. It is republished here with their express permission.

Grant Davies

How the Global Warming Scare Began
  By JIM LAKELY               March 13, 2014                                                                                                                             
Jim Lakely is director of communications at The Heartland Institute
Heartland friend John Coleman is among the few prominent meteorologists who has not joined his colleagues in perpetuating the public panic over man-caused global warming. He’s brave, influential, and has the backing of his TV station in San Diego, KUSI, to produce videos such as the one at left titled “How the Global Warming Scare Began.”
Coleman is the founder of The Weather Channel, was the first weatherman on “Good Morning America,” and was named “Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year” by the American Meteorological Society. (NOTE: Coleman quit the AMS when, he says, it was clear “the politics had gotten in the way of the science.”)
In the video in the player below*, Coleman says something all global warming “skeptics” could agree upon: If the science actually backed up the notion that humans were endangering the earth’s climate, he’d be on the front lines to save the planet. “But it’s just not happening,” he said.
The little warming we have now is well within (and even below) natural variations over the centuries. But the fruitless “fight” against man-caused global warming is wasting enormous sums of money — seen in government outlays, and in the unduly rising energy bills of every American.
In his video, Coleman gives us many “Cold Hard Facts.” Here are some of them:
  • Arctic ice levels are well within the average measured by satellites since first recorded about 35 years ago.
  • Polar bear populations are up, not down.
  • The “global warming” superstorms the alarmists predicted have not materialized. No hurricanes hit the US in 2013. Superstorm Sandy was nothing compared to the Galveston Hurricane in 1900, before man supposedly had influence on the climate. Strong tornadoes have been diminishing, too.
  • We haven’t had a “killer heat wave” since the 1950s.
  • Al Gore got a “D” in the only science course he took at Harvard, taught by the godfather of climate alarmism, Roger Revelle … and the rest is history (including Revelle apologizing for his previous alarmism and Gore responding by calling him “senile.”)
There is so much more. The video in the player below* is the primer you must show your alarmist friends.
For more information on what’s really happening to the earth’s climate, visit The Heartland Institute’s archive of its eight international conferences on climate change — featuring more than 300 presentations by 187 scientists, economists, and policy experts (including Coleman).
For the very latest observable climate science, as opposed to political climate science, visit the Climate Change Reconsidered site. Stay tuned to that site, and The Heartland Institute, for news about yet another report from the Nongovernmental Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) that will be released later this month.

* Edited for placement on this site.


Dan Pangburn said...

Discover the cause of the warming, the end of it, why temperatures are headed down and what to expect.

There are only two primary drivers of average global temperature change. They very accurately explain the reported up and down measurements since before 1900 with R2>0.9 (correlation coefficient = 0.95) and provide credible estimates back to the low temperatures of the Little Ice Age (1610).

CO2 change is NOT one of the drivers.

The drivers are given at

Dan Pangburn said...

"We can ignore reality, but we cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality." Ayn Rand