Thursday, July 20, 2006

Global Warming? Please!

I thought about seeing An Inconvenient Truth but I'm choosing to avoid propaganda this year, no matter how skillfully presented. From what I've seen and read the film uses the same tactics as Michael Moore's so-called "documentaries".

Gore's assertion that there is a "consensus" in the scientific community that humans are causing warming is a joke, unless he has a unique definition of consensus. Gore has been talking up global warming since the 1980s, when the environmental loons switched their tune from a "coming Ice Age" to the warming theory. He ignores any scientific evidence that challenges his position and insists that virtually all scientists support the theory.

What most of the climate community has agreed on since 1988 that global mean temperatures have increased on the order of one degree Fahrenheit over the past century, having risen significantly from about 1919 to 1940, decreased between 1940 and the early '70s, increased again until the '90s, and remaining essentially flat since 1998. Gore's approach is to ignore the fact that the earth and its climate are dynamic; they are always changing. To treat all change as something to fear is bad enough; to do so in order to exploit that fear is much worse. (see for a technical and humorous presentation on the realities of carbon dioxide and the greenhouse effect)

And before you get worked up about Who Killed The Electric Car, I'll assert that the electric car got killed because it was expensive, ugly and impractical. I'm all for developing something other than our current internal combustion-driven cars, but one has to be realistic. That "something" will have to be practical and sexy, or people won't buy it.


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