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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

LOL! A Reprise

The Global Warming fiasco continues to unravel by the hour. The reason for my continuing from last week on this topic is that I have found more stories on Global Warming than I could have ever imagined. And I continue to laugh out loud!

Just so there is no misunderstanding, if for a moment I believed man was responsible for causing the world to warm (or cool) unnaturally, I’d be the first to raise a word of caution. I, like you and everyone else, want to preserve this world for my grandchildren and their families after them. There is also a biblical mandate for our fallen human race. God spoke: "Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth." (Genesis 1:26) Man is not an accident of nature, nor is he an interloper in coexisting with the rest of the animal kingdom. Truth be told, God placed a tremendous responsibility on man by assigning him to be the caretaker of planet Earth. God has not rescinded that responsibility.
So, one of the headlines today said, “UN Weather Meeting Agrees To Refine Climate Data.” Have the Global Warmers pulled in their horns? No. Here’s what is written in the first paragraph of the article. “World weather agencies have agreed to collect more precise temperature data to improve climate change science, officials said Wednesday, as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon urged environment ministers to reject efforts by skeptics to derail a global climate deal.”

Other headlines over the past two weeks, are, “Climate-Change Debate Is Heating Up in Deep Freeze,” “Global Warming Skeptics Lambaste Plan to Increase Funding For Climate Change Research,” “U.N. Climate Panel Admits Dutch Sea Level Flaw,” “Utah Delivers Vote of No Confidence for ‘Climate Alarmists’,” “Global Warming Debate Heats Up In Wake of Record Snowstorms,” “Lake Erie Frozen Over: First Time in 14 Years,” “Top U.N. Climate Official Yvo de Boer Resigning,” “New Climate Agency Head Tried to Suppress Data, Critics Charge,” “Climategate Meets The Law: Senator Inhofe to Ask For DOJ Investigation,” and, “Climategate: The World’s Biggest Story, Everywhere But Here.”

This last article really caught my attention! It was very revealing as to what our media in the U.S. is not reporting. “It’s been called the ‘biggest scientific scandal in history.’ It has everything to earn Pulitzer consideration: lies and misconduct in high places, political implications, even massive financial transactions that may or may not be legitimate or even legal. It’s big news . . . as long as you read the (London) Telegraph, the Guardian, the London Times, or even major Indian papers. It’s no news at all if you read the U.S. mainstream media.” Ouch!

So, “the world’s biggest story” is virtually ignored by our media. What has happened to our 4th Estate (Journalism)? These knights of the press were once responsible for keeping the three branches of government in check by a determined doggedness in getting to the bottom of stories and issues. Such once noble efforts now would seem to be a part of the past. Where are those who would settle for nothing but truth in reporting? A story such as Climategate should be red meat for reporters!

Even the Dallas/Fort Worth area has recorded a new record in snowfall this winter. But it is our nation’s capital that is most interesting when it comes to snowfall. “Back in September 2008, environmentalist Robert Kennedy Jr. wrote an article (“RFK Jr. Said Global Warming Means No Snow in D.C.”) raising the alarm about global warming and the resultant lack of winter weather in Washington, D.C.” Last December 21, the Washington Examiner’s Online Opinion Editor, David Freddoso, wrote, “Having shoveled my walk five times in the midst of this past weekend’s extreme cold and blizzard, I think perhaps RFK Jr. should leave weather analysis to the meteorologists instead of trying to attribute every global phenomenon to anthropogenic climate change.” Dulles Airport located just outside of D.C. set a new record for snowfall at 72 inches (Yup, that’s 6 feet!). At one point during the most recent storm the snowplows were recalled from plowing the streets of D.C. Too much snow! LOL!

But my favorite story is about the city of Moscow. This is classic! A report came out last October 16 with this headline: “Moscow Mayor Promises A Winter Without Snow.” Say what? That’s what the man said. “Pigs still can’t fly, but this winter, the mayor of Moscow promises to keep it from snowing. For just a few million dollars, the mayor’s office will hire the Russian Air Force to spray a fine chemical mist over the clouds before they reach the capital, forcing them (the clouds, that is) to dump their snow outside the city. Authorities say this will be a boon for Moscow which is typically covered with a blanket of snow from November to March. Road crews won’t need to constantly clear the streets, and the traffic – and quality of life – will undoubtedly improve.” Really? So, what exactly happened? The title of this BBC article on February 22nd should tell you all you need to know, “Record Snowfall Blankets Moscow.” Here are a few remarks taken from the article: “Thousands of snow-clearing machines have been working to dig the Russian capital, Moscow, out of a record-breaking fall of 63cm (nearly 25 inches).” The previous record was set in 1966. “Drivers were asked to leave their cars at home. In all, about 15,000 snow-clearing machines were deployed in the city of about 10.5 million people, backed by 8,500 dump trucks and about 5,500 street-sweeping personnel.” LOL!
In the future I will really have to work on not laughing out loud when I hear another story about global warming. But should I fail to control myself, you’ll understand!

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