Inhofe Speech: ‘Consensus’ Continues Freefall - Why Americans Are Growing More Skeptical
March 12, 2009
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Inhofe Speech: ‘Consensus’ Continues Freefall - Why Americans Are Growing More Skeptical
‘High school kids watching Gore’s movie today will be nearing AARP’s retirement age by the time warming allegedly resumes in 30 years’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today delivered a floor speech on the latest global warming poll data and the continuing inconvenient science developments refuting man-made climate fears. See: Inhofe: ‘Consensus’ Continues Freefall: Science and Scientists Challenge Man-Made Global Warming Fears & Inhofe Speech: "Gallup Poll: Record-High 41% of Americans Now Say Global Warming is Exaggerated"
Inhofe Speech Highlights:
I come to the floor today with breaking news in the man-made global warming debate: A new Gallup Poll has just been released yesterday reveals a "record-high 41% of Americans now say [global warming] is exaggerated!" This is the "highest level of public skepticism about mainstream reporting" in more than a decade, according to the March 11, 2009, Gallup survey. You should never underestimate the intelligence of the American people. Sadly, that is exactly what the promoters of man-made climate fears have been consistently doing, and the American people have consistently rejected climate alarm.
Skepticism persists despite an Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth. Skepticism persists despite a $300 million campaign by Gore to spread climate fears. Skepticism persists despite a daily drumbeat of scary scenarios promoted by the UN and the media of what could, might, or may happen a 20, 50, 100 or even 1000 years from now. In fact, global warming skepticism appears to have grown stronger as the shrillness of the climate fear campaign has intensified. The latest Gallup Poll, released March 11, 2009, further reveals the American public’s growing skepticism. Most telling, Americans ranked global warming dead last -- eight out of eight— out of a list of environmental issues.
The new Gallup survey found: "A record-high 41% now say it is exaggerated. This represents the highest level of public skepticism about mainstream reporting on global warming seen in more than a decade of Gallup polling on the subject. Not only does global warming rank last on the basis of the total percentage concerned either a great deal or a fair amount, but it is the only issue for which public concern dropped significantly in the past year."
These dramatic polling results are not unexpected as prominent scientists from around the world continue to speak out publicly for the first time to dissent from the Al Gore, UN IPCC and media driven man-made climate fears. In addition, a steady stream of peer-reviewed studies, analyses, real world data and inconvenient developments have further refuted the claims of man-made global warming fear activists. [See: U.S. Senate Minority Report Update: More Than 650 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims ]
Americans are finally catching on in large numbers that the UN IPCC is a POLITICAL -- not scientific organization. Man-made global warming fears have proven simply unsustainable – to use a nice green term.
If new peer-reviewed studies are to be believed, today’s high school kids watching Gore’s movie will be nearing the senior citizen group AARP’s membership age (50 years) by the time warming allegedly "resumes" in 30 years! See: Climate Fears RIP…for 30 years!? – Peer-Reviewed Study Finds Global Warming could stop 'for up to 30 years! Warming 'On Hold?...'Could go into hiding for decades' study finds – Discovery.com – March 2, 2009 –
Dr. John Brignell, a skeptical UK Emeritus Engineering Professor at the University of Southampton wrote in 2008: "The warmers are getting more and more like those traditional predictors of the end of the world who, when the event fails to happen on the due date, announce an error in their calculations and a new date."
Confirming this unintended consequence is a study by the scientific journal Risk Analysis released in February 2008 which found that Gore and the media’s attempts to scare the public "ironically may be having just the opposite effect."
The study found that the more informed respondents "show less concern for global warming."
The study found that "perhaps ironically, and certainly contrary to... the marketing of movies like Ice Age and An Inconvenient Truth, the effects of information on both concern for global warming and responsibility for it are exactly the opposite of what were expected. Directly, the more information a person has about global warming, the less responsible he or she feels for it; and indirectly, the more information a person has about global warming, the less concerned he or she is for it." (LINK)
Here is a very small sampling of recent inconvenient climate developments and news:
Excerpt: John Theon, a retired senior NASA atmospheric scientist spoke to an audience at The Heartland Institute’s 2009 International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC) in New York on March 11 about the head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, James Hansen, saying he should be fired. Hansen is widely known for his outspokenness on the issue of manmade global warming. "I have publicly said I thought Jim Hansen should be fired," Theon said. "But, my opinion doesn’t count much, particularly when he is empowered by people like the current president of the United States. I’m not sure what we can do to have him get off of the public payroll and continue with the campaign or crusade. I think the man is sincere, but he is suffering from a bad case of megalomania."
Excerpt: In 2001, Hansen received a $250,000 Heinz Environment Award for his research on global warming, an award named for deceased Sen. John Heinz, R-Pa. His widow, Teresa Heinz Kerry is now married to Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who ran for president in 2004. Hansen later publicly endorsed Kerry for the presidency and according to Theon, that’s a problem for Hansen. "Yes, that is absolutely illegal," Theon said. "There is a law called the Hatch Act, which prevents any civil servant, including Jim Hansen from endorsing any political cause publicly and he certainly did that. That alone is grounds for firing, and if not imprisonment or fine." But Hansen has avoided retribution for violation of the Hatch Act, a law that restricts the political activity of executive branch employees of the federal government, because he is well-connected, according to Theon. "People have complained to me, the inspector general of NASA, and they say because of Hansen’s very powerful political connections, it has had no effect to date," he said. Theon explained that Hansen rose to prominence in the global warming debate when he was invited by former Vice President Al Gore to testify before Congress when Gore was a member of the U.S. Senate.
By Stanley Goldenberg, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) Hurricane Research Division
Excerpt: The debate, as you also know, is masked by media censorship, bias and distortion," Goldenberg said. "I’m interviewed quite bit on many, many levels and thankfully most of our interviews are benign. They’re trying to get out to the public." Goldenberg explained that as a skeptic of the anthropogenic global warming theory, he had firsthand experience, and he challenged the media to give a positive spin to the ICCC event. "[I]’ve seen gross, gross blatant censorship," Goldenberg said. "If you’re here from the media I’d be glad to argue with you from firsthand experience. I challenge anybody from a mainstream media source to take or print a positive report on this conference. They won’t get it past the editor. If they do, miracles do happen." Goldenberg disputes the theory hurricanes are significantly impacted by global warming. And he claimed his colleagues at other hurricane research institutions dispute it as well. "Not a single, to my knowledge – not a single scientist at the National Hurricane Center, the Hurricane Research Division, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center – I’m trying to find out about the Central Pacific Hurricane Center – believe that hurricanes – numbers, activity – that there’s any measurable impact from any so-called global warming."
Excerpt: New figures being released today show the recession helped drive down global warming emissions from Northeast power plants last year to their lowest levels in at least nine years. […] The drop in emissions may be good for the environment, but was not seen as reason for celebration. "What does this say about the state of the economy?" said Robert Rio, senior vice president of Associated Industries of Massachusetts "We could get 100 percent below the cap if we shut every business and moved them out of state."
Excerpt: Last month Apollo 17 astronaut and moonwalker Harrison Schmitt added his voice to the growing chorus of scientists speaking out against the anthropogenic [manmade] global warming (AGW) theory. In strongly worded comments he said the theory was a ‘political tool.’ Now, in a speech at the International Conference on Climate Change he outlined his argument in great detail saying, "the science of climate change and its causes is not settled." Schmitt recalled as a child in Silver City, New Mexico helping his father, also a geologist, take rain measurements. Those early experiments spurred the former astronaut’s interest in earth sciences at an early age. He recalled how later in life, while on the surface of the moon, he made weather forecasts for the southern hemisphere of the earth. In wide ranging commentary, Dr. Schmitt m ade a point by point argument against many of the things that global warming advocates point to in support of the theory. In a similar vein to his comments last month, he continued to admonish scientists and politicians that have politicized the issue and said those that disagree do have a battle ahead of them. […] He said, "Several indisputable facts appear evident in geological and climate science that make me a true, quote, denier, unquote of human caused global warming. The conclusion seems inescapable that nature produces the primary influences on climate."
By James A. Marusek, Nuclear Physicist and Engineer, retired U. S. Department of Navy
Excerpt: There is a lot of talk these days about the legacy we will leave our children and our grandchildren. When I stare into the immediate future, I see a frightening legacy caked in darkness and famine. Instead of intelligently preparing, we find ourselves whittling away this precious time chasing fraudulent theories. […] Climate change is primarily driven by nature. It has been true in the days of my father and his father and all those that came before us. Because of science, not junk science, we have slowly uncovered some of the fundamental mysteries of nature.
Excerpt: Cooling of the global ocean since 2003 - By Craig Loehle, Ph.D. National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI)
Has the canary in the coal mine died--of frostbite? - March 10, 2009
Nenana Ice Classic: Alaska River Ice now 60% thicker than it was five years ago
Flashback: "The Nenana Ice Classic is a pretty good proxy for climate change in the 20th century," Dr. Jeffries said.
Excerpt: Does the BBC have a shred of credibility left in its coverage of global warming? […] The BBC has bought hook, line and sinker the most apocalyptic assessment of the impact of global warming and is not going to allow a more informed and grown-up debate to take place. Is that what we want from a public service broadcaster?
By Atmospheric physicist S. Fred Singer, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia and served as the founding director of the US Weather Satellite Service. We conclude therefore that the drive to reduce CO2 emissions is not concern about climate.[…] Ultimately, ideology may be what's fueling the CO2 wars.
Excerpt: At the University of the West of England in Bristol this weekend, a conference of "eco-psychologists", led by a professor, are solemnly exploring the notion that "climate change denial" should be classified as a form of "mental disorder".
Excerpt: My most memorable exchange was with Alexander Cockburn, the left-wing columnist for the Los Angeles Times and the Nation magazine. Mr. Cockburn has undergone blistering attacks since he first dissented from the global warming "consensus" in 2007. "I've felt like the object of a witch hunt," he says. "One former Sierra Club board member suggested I should be criminally prosecuted." Mr. Cockburn was at the conference collecting material for his forthcoming book "A Short History of Fear," in which he will explore the link between fear-mongering and climate catastrophe proponents. "No one on the left is comfortable talking about science," he told me. "They don't feel they can easily get their arms around it, so they don't think about it much. As a result, they are prone to any peddler of ideas that reinforce their pre-existing prejudices. One would be that there is a population explosion that must be dealt with by slowing down economies." I asked him how he felt hanging around with so many people who have a more conservative viewpoint than he does. "It's been good fun and I've learned a lot," he told me. "I think what they are saying on this topic is looking better and better."
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