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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

LOL!

I saw this coming like a slow freight train lumbering down the track. If you’re unfamiliar with the e-mail term LOL, it is the acronym for “laughing out loud.”

Here’s what I’m laughing out loud about: Global Warming. For the past several months we have been subjected to the dismantling and discrediting of the entire global warming theory. The revelations that have come out about the shoddy research which had been used to support the global warming debate have left a handful of advocates still straining to appear legitimate. Credibility has sunk to an all-time low. How bad is it? Bad enough that the scientists of India have pulled out of the British organization, the Climate Research Unit (CRU), which has been the mainstay in the global warming brouhaha. And now the Indian scientists have formed their own research group on global warming because they could no longer abide by the unreliable research of the CRU, based at the University of East Anglia in England. Add to this the caterwauling of the United Nations over global warming, and the screed we are continuously subjected to in vain attempts to convince the world that man has created a terrible environmental problem, and it’s little wonder that there are still those holdouts who believe man is causing the world to warm up. Sorry! I’m not buying it.

But what really had me LOL are the recent snow storms that have rocked the nation, particularly the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. Record snow fall has been verified in Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York since record keeping began in 1893. Those of us in the Central Valley of California experienced near-record cold temperatures back in December lasting about two weeks. It has been amusing to see how the weather has simply not cooperated with the global warmers. As I had figured would happen, we now have people coming on news programs claiming to be authorities in global warming who are, get this, telling us that the reason we are having these cold temperatures and record snow falls is the result of – global warming! Is that not funny?

I don’t claim to be an expert in any of this stuff, but I am sick and tired of these experts trying to pull the wool over my eyes. I clearly remember in the mid-to-late 1970s a similar hysteria being perpetrated on us about global cooling. Some of you remember that. Yet thirty years later we’re to believe we’re heading toward a catastrophe with global warming. Should you dare disagree with these global warming experts you will be castigated and vilified for being naïve and ignorant. From my research, I have found many scientists who have serious questions about the whole global warming theory and who are attempting to engage in the debate, but are given a cool reception. Unfortunately the media and most academics have chosen to side with the global warmers. But because of the so-called research being categorically debunked at every turn, the warmers are crying foul.

Consider if you will, these remarks from an article in the National Post in their December 2008 issue (www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=332289):

     “OK, so one winter does not a climate make. It would be premature to claim an Ice Age is looming just because we have had one of our most brutal winters in decades. But if environmentalists and environment reporters can run around shrieking about the manmade destruction of the natural order every time a robin shows up on Georgian Bay (Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada) two weeks early, then it is at least fair game to use this winter's weather stories to wonder whether the alarmists are being a tad premature.
(Remember! This article was written fourteen months ago!)

     “And it's not just anecdotal evidence that is piling up against the climate-change dogma. According to Robert Toggweiler of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at Princeton University and Joellen Russell, assistant professor of biogeochemical dynamics at the University of Arizona -- two prominent climate modelers -- the computer models that show polar ice-melt cooling the oceans, stopping the circulation of warm equatorial water to northern latitudes and triggering another Ice Age (a la the movie The Day After Tomorrow) are all wrong. ‘We missed what was right in front of our eyes,’ says Prof. Russell. It's not ice melt but rather wind circulation that drives ocean currents northward from the tropics. Climate models until now have not properly accounted for the wind's effects on ocean circulation, so researchers have compensated by over-emphasizing the role of manmade warming on polar ice melt. But when Profs Toggweiler and Russell re-jigged their model to include the 40-year cycle of winds away from the equator (then back towards it again), the role of ocean currents bringing warm southern waters to the north was obvious in the current Arctic warming.”
I will again address this topic of global warming next week. But in the meantime, take some time to look into these things and decide for yourself.

I heard someone say the other day that the snow storms are going to continue to bury Washington DC until Al Gore cries “Uncle!” In the meantime, I’m laughing out loud!

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