Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Two more mini-climategates

Today I read two stories that reinforce my belief that we are being manipulated by vested interests into believing that we have rapid climate change leading to global warming that is the result of human lifestyle choices.

The first story was the revelation that the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has admitted that its Himalayan glacier melt forecast was a mistake. “Glaciers in the Himalayas are receding faster than in any other part of the world... the likelihood of them disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high,” an IPCC report noted in 2007.

However, as reported by Matthew Schofield, Kansas City Star editorial board columnist, the IPCC report was “very wrong. In fact, four leading glacier scientists noted that it was simply impossible for the glaciers to melt that fast.”

“Poor Al Gore, global warming completely debunked by the very Internet you invented.”

– Jon Stewart

The second story informs us “Al Gore’s office issued a formal correction yesterday to a speech the former U.S. Vice-President had given earlier in the week that started the latest in a series of ‘climate spin’ rows.”

These two mini-climategates will not be the last I’m sure, for the global warming alarmists are under increased scrutiny and skepticism. Fewer of us are willing to swallow their faked graphs (e.g., the Hockey Stick Graph) and revisionist history (denial that there was a Medieval Warm Period) without question or debate.

Even staunch supporters of man-made climate change like CFRB / Newstalk 1010’s John Moore must be asking themselves some questions about the voracity of the data upon which he has been relying. Well, perhaps not John Moore, but certainly other proponents must.

In my first paragraph, I emphasized “vested interests.” To make my point, I’ll identify two influential proponents of climate change whose fortunes have been greatly enriched by the notion that man-made emissions are resulting in a warmer planet, and that warming, left unabated, will have catastrophic consequences.

Firstly, there is Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri who has served as the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 2002. An interesting fellow is the doctor. And he’s knee deep in ventures that have enormous profits to gain if governments embark on massive projects to try to mitigate global warming. Read here for a detailed account of his involvement in such organizations.

Secondly, there is the former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore. Gore is well on his way to becoming the world’s first carbon billionaire after investing heavily in green energy companies. As U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn, Republican of Tennessee, has claimed, Mr. Gore stands to benefit personally from the energy and climate policies he is urging Congress to adopt.

I am not a denier that climate is changing and the world might be getting warmer. But I’m skeptical of the notion that human activities are the most significant factor, and even more skeptical that we can arrest or even slow it down.

And it’ll take more than Al Gore and Dr. Pachauri to convince me otherwise.

By the way, Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Pachauri accepted on behalf of the IPCC. Not many degrees of separation there, eh?

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