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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Far from being over, the climate change debate rages on

The geneticist turned environmentalist and broadcaster, Dr. David Suzuki, told us several months ago that:

“The debate is over about whether or not climate change is real. Irrefutable evidence from around the world—including extreme weather events, record temperatures, retreating glaciers, and rising sea levels—all point to the fact climate change is happening now and at rates much faster than previously thought.

“The overwhelming majority of scientists that study climate change agree that human activity is responsible for changing the climate.”

Yet it seems to me that the debate, far from being over, is heating up. And, as for human activity being responsible for changing the climate, the debate is alive and well, with support for spending trillions of dollars on global warming mitigation in a steep decline.

As reported in the National Post and The New York Times, a new Harris Poll yesterday found that only 51 per cent of Americans believe that the release of carbon dioxide and other gases will lead to global warming, while two years ago 71 per cent of respondents linked greenhouse gases directly to global warming.

The Harris results follow other polls in recent months from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, the The Washington Post and ABC News, and The Wall Street Journal and NBC showing a similar decline in the percentage of people who believe climate change is real and is caused by emissions from fossil fuels.

If the debate is over, I guess nobody bothered to tell the American public whose hard-earned tax money is being counted on to help mitigate climate change.

And what about Dr. Suzuki’s claim that “The overwhelming majority of scientists that study climate change agree that human activity is responsible for changing the climate.”?

Well it seems that the scientist at the centre of the so-called Climategate scandal at the UK’s University of East Anglia, Phil Jones, is stepping aside as the director of the University’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) pending the outcome of an independent investigation into allegations that CRU scientists manipulated data about global warming. The CRU maintains one of the world’s most important datasets on how global temperatures have changed.

Also, Scotland Yard has announced a major police inquiry into the behaviour of the CRU, concerned that the team may have breached the laws of Britain in an attempt to get around freedom of information requests. The police inquiry is independent of that begun by the University of East Anglia.

Moreover, one man frequently mentioned in Climategate e-mails, Professor Michael Mann, is also under investigation. Penn State University, where Mann works, has decided that there is sufficient concern over scientific practices revealed in the e-mails and documents to require investigation. Mann is responsible for developing the famous “hockey stick” diagram of historical global temperatures used in Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth.

Are these the scientists and data to which Dr. Suzuki referred?

7 comments — This is a moderated blog and comments will appear when approved. Please don’t resubmit if your comment doesn’t appear immediately, and please do not post material that is obscene, harassing, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable.

  1. Is it accurate to call the AGW alarmist "deniers" now?

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  2. Well it seems that human activity is responsible for global warming but it turns out it has more to do with cooking the books than cooking the planet.

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  3. Are you advocating the senseless slaughter of innocent polar bears?

    Do it for the Polar Bears

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  4. Poor CA Senator Barbara Boxer,she now mocks the evidence by reminded the Committee that Internet and Computer crimes include illegally accessing Hard Drives or the emails now called EmailGate.
    Someone please tell her that OUR tax money funded this Scam and that alone is fraud, plus....USA can not enforce THEIR Laws outside of the Country since the emails came from a U.K. computer.

    The "Global-Warming" scam started to die so they rebranded it as "Climate-Change" which already happens from Earth's 23.5 degree tilt on its Axis as it revolves around the Sun and gets closer at some points.
    BUT....as soon as I heard the NDP and the doom&gloom idiots then include CO2 as a Pollutant , I knew the scam was over and could no longer be covered up since Temperatures have delined in the past 9 years.
    SouthPark has a great Episode where the cold weather is the first sign of Global Warming,even when they sweat in the Parka's it is Randy Marsh who tell his buddy that sweat and heat stroke is the first sign of hypothermia that part of Global Warming.

    The CBC finally reported the Climategate but posed the article as Hackers that had stolen emails and broke the Law.

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  5. Every Royal Naval ship kept a detailed record of climate including air pressure, wind strength, air and sea temperature and major meteorological disturbances.

    A group of academics and Met Office scientists has unearthed the records dating from the 1600s and examined more than 6,000 logs, which have provided one of the world's best sources for long-term weather data.

    Their studies have raised questions about modern climate change theories. A paper by Dennis Wheeler, a geographer based at Sunderland University, recounts an increasing number of summer storms over Britain in the late 17th century.

    Many scientists believe that storms are caused by global warming, but these were came during the so-called Little Ice Age that affected Europe from about 1600 to 1850.

    The records also suggest that Europe saw a spell of rapid warming, similar to that experienced today, during the 1730s that must have been caused naturally.

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  6. Have not seen much of the good Doctor since the emails were released. Keeping his head down perhaps?

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  7. Marx, no I'm not, but thanks for asking such a clever question.

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