Monday, December 15, 2008

Global Warming and Hysterical Reporting

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AP is again in the business spreading fear rather than reporting. In a hysterical article about disappearing ice in the Arctic Sea, rising levels of the oceans, disappearing species and a connection between solutions and the economic crisis, we are told that Barack Hussein Obama will have to act immediately to save the planet from sure extinction, an event that might start as early as 2013. Where have I heard this before? Oh, it was in 1975 when the prophets of doom told us that by the year 2000 overpopulation was going to lead to a billion people dying of starvation and the Eastern coast of the United States was about to become a desert because of acid rain.

The report proceeds to explain that since 1992, the USA increased the emissions of carbon dioxide by 20% while China more than doubled these emissions. I guess that among the many miracles performed by the new administration, convincing China to curb its economic growth will be at the top of the list. No mention in the article about India and Brazil and their increase in emissions.

Meanwhile, the article concludes by explaining that 2008 is coming to an end with a decline in temperatures. This cooling is offered as further evidence of global warming. Yes, you may read this paragraph again. I did.

Meanwhile, I didn’t see anything in this report about the exaggerated forecasts of James Hansen from NASA’s Goddard Institute, whose forecasts are contrasted in the above graph. When will incorrect scientific forecasts receive the same amount of headlines as when the forecasts were initially made? Probably when Chicago elects honest politicians.

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