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Global Warming Deniers
The vast majority of people accept that climate change is happening and that human activity is part of its cause. However, a January 2014 poll shows that 23 percent of Americans believe global warming isn’t happening; a year earlier only 16 percent held that point of view. Similar trends have been spotted in Australia, Britain, and Canada. It seems the campaigns of climate change deniers are having an effect, at least in the English-speaking world.
The Big Lie
Vladimir Lenin said “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”
Bob Lutz is a former vice chairman of General Motors and a capitalist down to his sinews. He would be horrified to be compared to Lenin but he uses the communist leader’s tactics. In 2004, he said “Global warming is a total crock of s**t.” In 2012, he told Bill Maher “My attitude has been reinforced since then.”
“In the last 15 years CO2 has gone up by several points and global temperatures have stayed stable or slightly declined.”
No, Bob. That’s flat out untrue. Here’s Climate Central in February 2014 “… the 10 warmest years on record have all happened since 1998, with 2010 still on top as the warmest of all. The only year in the entire 20th century that was warmer than 2013, and the only one remaining in the top 10, was 1998. This also marks the 37th straight year where the global temperature was above the long-term average.”
And, 2015 set new records. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the average global temperature in 2015 was 1.62 F (0.90 C) above the 20th century average. This was a jump over 2014’s record by 0.29 F (0.16 C). Not only is it getting hotter, but the heating up is accelerating.
Climate scientists measure change that happens over centuries.
Here’s Donald Trump; he of the towering towers and towering ego. In February 2010, “The Donald” told an audience at his Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, New York, “With the coldest winter ever recorded, with snow setting record levels up and down the coast, the Nobel committee should take the Nobel Prize back from Al Gore. Gore wants us to clean up our factories and plants in order to protect us from global warming, when China and other countries couldn’t care less. It would make us totally non-competitive in the manufacturing world, and China, Japan, and India are laughing at America’s stupidity.”
The 500 people in the audience stood and cheered.
Note to Mr. Trump, using a single cold winter to discredit climate science is like saying that because it didn’t rain today we must be in the middle of a drought.
It’s not Godly
Is faith in the almighty a sound strategy?
E. Calvin Beisner is a member of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, a group of evangelical clergy. He says that believing in climate change is “an insult to God.” Further, the environmental movement is “deadly to the gospel of Jesus Christ.” The argument is that God buried all our wonderful fossil fuels and it would be an affront to him/her not to use them.
And, right-wing commentator Rush Limbaugh chimes in with “if you believe in God, then intellectually you cannot believe in man-made global warming … You must be either agnostic or atheistic to believe that man controls something that he can’t create.”
Illinois Congressman John Shimkus quotes from the Bible - Chapter 8, Verse 22 of the Book of Genesis. “As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, will never cease.”
No need to be concerned about global warming because God promised Noah after the great flood that he would not let it happen again.
The Science is Junk
Although 97 percent of climate scientists say global warming is real, deniers claim the science is bunkum.
Steven Milloy is just one of the few who say the science of global warming is flawed.
He writes that “faulty scientific data and analysis [is] used to advance special and, often, hidden agendas.”
Mr. Milloy’s credentials are that he has a weekly column at Fox News called Junk Science and he runs a number of groups with impressive sounding names - The Advancement of Sound Science Center, Free Enterprise Action Institute, and the Free Enterprise Education Institute – from his home.
He does not disclose the fact that he receives most of his funding from ExxonMobil. The huge oil company is behind many other think tanks that work to debunk global warming science.
The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, and the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise are just three of several dozen so-called think tanks that are funded by the energy industry to produce reports that challenge the accepted wisdom of respected scientists. Through half truths and whopping distortion they provide talking points for climate deniers such as Senator James Inhofe who says that “manmade global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.”
Of course, it would be rude to suggest the findings of reports from these august bodies might be influenced by the source of their funding.
In Britain, the Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley has a degree in classics that he feels eminently qualifies him to pontificate about science.
He says the threat of global warming is used by communists to undermine the capitalist system so they can establish one world government. He supports his argument with equations and graphs that appear impressive until a proper scientist looks at them (RealClimate, November 2006) and pronounces them hogwash.
(Is it fair to mention that Viscount Monckton who is not a member of the British House of Lords has several times tried to pass himself off as belonging to that privileged assemblage? Yes, of course, because it speaks to his credibility.)
Also in Britain, Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips, known to those in the political centre and left as Mad Mel, sees murky battalions manipulating the global warming file to achieve some nefarious end.
She has written that “the theory that global warming is all the fault of mankind is a massive scam based on flawed computer modelling, bad science, and an anti-western ideology … The majority of well-meaning opinion in the Western world believes a pack of lies and propaganda.”
Ms. Phillips also believes there’s a link between the MMR vaccination and autism, and that the British government is in the grip of a “drive to promote the gay agenda,” with homosexuality being forced upon schoolchildren. Casting her piercing vision abroad she opines that Barack Obama is “firmly in the Islamists’ camp” and “adopts the agenda of the Islamists.” She also … Oh no, that’s enough.
David Bellamy is a British botanist and television presenter now living in retirement. Once an environmentalist and supporter of global warming science he now says it’s “poppycock.” He adds that most of the world’s glaciers (555 of 625) are not shrinking but growing. George Monbiot of The Guardian called the World Glacier Monitoring Service to get confirmation of Dr. Bellamy’s claim; he got a succinct and pithy response: “This is complete bulls**t … Despite his scientific reputation, he makes all the mistakes that are possible.”
“Climate Change Disbelief Rises in America.” Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience, January 16, 2014.
“10 Warmest Years on Record Globally.” Climate Central, February 19, 2014.
“Trump Cool to Global Warming.” New York Post, February 14, 2010.
“Is Believing in Climate Change ‘An Insult to God’?” David H. Bailey and Jonathan M. Borwein, Huffington Post, February 6, 2013.
“Some Like It Hot.” Chris Mooney, Mother Jones, May/June 2005.
“Christopher Monckton.” The Carbon Brief, 2011.
“Goodbye Mel, We Won’t Miss you: A Look Back at Melanie Phillips’s Greatest Hits.” James Bloodworth, Left Foot Forward, September 20, 2013.
“Junk Science.” George Monbiot, The Guardian, May 10, 2005.
“Shapers of the Great Debate on Conservation: A Biographical Dictionary.” Rachel White Scheuering, Greenwood Publishing Group, January 2004.