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Thursday, January 29, 2009

GreenWatch Newsletter 13 (January 29, 2009)

So Al Gore braved the winter storm and the world's sense of irony to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on global warming. As usual, Mr. Gore's testimony was riddled with scientifically questionable claims and hyperbole passed off as indisputable facts: "This would bring a screeching halt to human civilization and threaten the fabric of life everywhere on earth...And this is within the century, if we don't change." As usual, Mr. Gore's claim of a scientific consensus went unchallenged ("The scientists are practically screaming from the rooftops") despite more and more scientists coming out as skeptics. And as usual, Mr. Gore's standing to profit from alternative fuel technology subsidies, as he hoped to include in the stimulus, went ignored by the media and committee alike. As usual, the dissenters did their best to point out Gore's inconsistencies. As usual, they were ignored by the media.

However, something very unusual is happening despite business-as-usual on The Hill. The American people are starting to catch on to these inconsistencies. According to a Rasmussen poll, 41 % of voters believe global warming is caused by human activity, while 44% believe it is the result of long-term planetary trends. This is a huge swing from as recently as April, when 47% believed it was man made, and just 34% believed it to be a natural phenomenon.

And what to make of this article, from the usually reliably left-leaning Dana Milbank of the Washington Post. Within it, Mr. Milbank mercilessly mocks the former Vice President, repeatedly referring to him as the "Goracle" and mocking members of the committee for fawning at his feet.

Could Al Gore be wearing out his welcome not just with the American public, but even with his once staunchest allies?

One can only hope.

This Week's Headlines

Al Gore's Propoganda

Bundle Up! Earth on the Brink of an Ice Age

Cutting Emissions Will Not Bring Relief

Wind Farms aren't Economically or Environmentally Sustainable

Most Egregious Claim of the Week

We've ranted on it before, and we will undoubtedly do so again, but claims like this one, from Australia's "Climate Change Minister" Penny Wong, simply cannot be ignored:
"Obviously you have to look on a much longer time frame than week to week, but what we do know is that 11 of the hottest years in history have been in the last 12 [years]. And we also know, particularly in the southern part of Australia, that we've seen less rainfall. All of this is consistent with climate change and all of this is consistent with what scientists told us would happen."
Of course, Australia has been enduring a week of excessive heat, so Wong thought it an appropriate time to advance the Global Warming Agenda. From James Hansen's first testimony in 1988, Global Warming propogandists have used any examples of extreme heat to support their agenda, while at the same time dismissing any single piece of countering evidence as irrelevent. They even attempted to change to name of their movement from "Global Warming" to "Climate Change" in order to claim any extreme weather conditions for their cause.

The simple fact is that short term weather trends are not, I repeat, ARE NOT indicative of long term anthropogenic global warming and politicians and scientists alike who claim that they are are being irresponsible and, dare I say, unscientific. I leave it Andrew Bolt to explain:
"The more important fact is that the temperature of the world has in fact fallen since 2002, which contradicts climate models that predicted warming as we pumped out ever more carbon dioxide. That's the inconvenient truth Wong repeatedly fails to address, as I found when I asked her about this myself.
All this recent heat has proved is the accuracy of forecasts that Melbourne in summer can be damn hot. And?"