[ Inhofe EPW Press Blog Note: Senator Inhofe has made available his CPAC speech notes and PowerPoint presentation to the public. The science section notes below are only a sampling of the new developments since January 2007 refuting the media engineered 'consensus' on man-made global warming. Also, video clips from Senator Inhofe's presentation are available below or on YouTube. Click here for additional pictures of the speech or to view slides from the presentation.]
Both Ways O’Brien: CNN American Morning anchor and liberal media darling Miles O’Brien made the claim as far back as 1996 that there was a "scientific consensus" on global warming, but just four years before in 1992 O’Brien report the possibility of a "new ice age" in the next 50 years.
SAMPLING OF CLIMATE SCIENTISTS SPEAKING OUT IN 2007
MIT Scientist Richard Lindzen and former UN IPCC reviewer, called fears of man-made global warming ‘silly’ in January 2007 and equated concerns to ‘little kids’ attempting to "scare each other."
Panel of Broadcast Meteorologists Reject Man-Made Global Warming Fears in February 2007 - Claim 95% of Weathermen Skeptical "You tell me you’re going to predict climate change based on 100 years of data for a rock that’s 6 billion years old?" Meteorologist Mark Johnson said. "I’m not sure which is more arrogant — to say we caused (global warming) or that we can fix it," Meteorologist Mark Nolan said.
60 prominent scientists wrote the Canadian Prime Minister in 2006 saying that "If, back in the mid-1990s, we knew what we know today about climate, Kyoto would almost certainly not exist, because we would have concluded it was not necessary."
Meteorologist James Spann said in January that he does "not know of a single TV meteorologist who buys into the man-made global warming hype" and he noted that "Billions of dollars of grant money is flowing into the pockets of those on the man-made global warming bandwagon."
India’s Glaciologists and Geologists stepped forward to reject climate alarmism in February 2007. They included VK Raina, a leading glaciologist in India, RK Ganjoo, the director of the Regional Centre for Field Operations and Research on Himalayan Glaciology and geologist MN Koul. "Claims of global warming causing glacial melt in the Himalayas are based on wrong assumptions," Raina told the Hindustan Times
Madhav Khandekar, a PhD meteorologist Canada’s rejected the UN IPCC global warming report. "I think the IPCC science is a bit too simplistic," said Khandekar in February 2007. "IPCC scientists did not thoroughly analyze why the Earth's surface temperature -- land and ocean combined -- has increased only modestly in the past 30 years."
Paleoclimatologist Labels Climate Fears Oversimplified. Boston College’s professor of geology and geophysics Amy Frappier explained in February 2007, "The geologic record shows that many millions of years ago, CO2 levels were indeed higher - in some cases many times higher - than today." Frappier noted that greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere do not consistently continue to have a warming effect on Earth, but gases instead stabilize in the atmosphere and cease having a warming effect. "At some point the heat-trapping capacity of [the gas] and its effect get saturated," said Frappier, "and you don't have increased heating."
Chinese Scientists Say C02 Impact on Warming May Be ‘Excessively exaggerated’ – Scientists L. Zhen-Shan, and S. Xian’s 2007 study noted that "Although the CO2 greenhouse effect on global climate change is unsuspicious, it could have been excessively exaggerated." Their study concluded that "it is high time to reconsider the trend of global climate change "looked at "multi-scale analysis of global temperature changes" and concluded "that "global climate will be cooling down in the next 20 years."
CLIMATE SCIENTISTS: IT’S THE SUN
Astrophysicist Nir Shaviv, one of Israel's top young scientists recanted his belief in manmade emissions driving climate change. "Like many others, I was personally sure that CO2 is the bad culprit in the story of global warming," Shaviv said in January 2007. But Shaviv now points to growing peer reviewed evidence that the sun has been driving the temperature changes and said, "Solar activity can explain a large part of the 20th-century global warming."
Climate scientist Henrik Svensmark released a report in February 2007 with researchers at the Danish National Space Centre which shows that the planet is experiencing a natural period of low cloud cover due to fewer cosmic rays entering the atmosphere. "We have the highest solar activity we have had in at least 1,000 years," Svensmark said.
Dr Habibullo Abdussamatov, Head of Space Research, Pulkovo Observatory, in Russia said in January 2007. "It is no secret that increased solar irradiance warms Earth's oceans, which then triggers the emission of large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. So the common view that man's industrial activity is a deciding factor in global warming has emerged from a misinterpretation of cause and effect relations," Abdussamatov said.
Niger Calder, former editor of New Scientist, also expressed his view last week that the UN rejects science it sees as "politically incorrect" and the UN denies that "climate history and related archeology give solid support to the solar hypothesis."
MARS HAS GLOBAL WARMING DESPITE ABSENCE OF SUVS
"Mars Melt Hints at Solar, Not Human, Cause for Warming, Scientist Says," according to a February 2007 article in National Geographic. The article explained: "Habibullo Abdussamatov, head of the St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory in Russia, says the Mars warming data is evidence that the current global warming on Earth is being caused by changes in the sun. ‘The long-term increase in solar irradiance is heating both Earth and Mars,’ Abdussamatov said.’"
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY! WHAT BEGAN WITH THE UN IN 1990 IS NOW A HOLLYWOOD CRUSADE
The Kyoto Protocol: All Cost, No Gain: Wharton Econometrics Forecasting Associates estimates that Kyoto would cost an American family of four $2,700 annually, yet only reduce temperature by .06 Celsius. The 2005 rejected McCain-Lieberman proposal would have cost American households an additional $810 a year and more than 1 million jobs would have been lost. Electricity prices would have increased 20 percent.
Largest Tax Increase Ever: Cap and trade proposals (similar to the Kyoto Protocol) would mean the largest single tax increase in the history of America According to a Wharton Econometrics Forecasting Associates study, the Kyoto Protocol would cost the U.S. economy at least $300 billion dollars annually, ten times President Clinton’s 1993 record tax increase which cost $32 billion dollars.
MEDIA CITED CLIMATE ‘EXPERTS’ BLAME PRESIDENT BUSH FOR HURRICANES & WRONGLY PREDICT 2006 SEASON
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. blamed Hurricane Katrina on the Bush Administration’s failure to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. "As Hurricane Katrina dismantles Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, it’s worth recalling the central role that Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour played in derailing the Kyoto Protocol and kiboshing President Bush’s iron-clad campaign promise to regulate CO2."
Barbra Streisand predicted dire Hurricanes for 2006: "This summer's back to back superstorms are proof positive we have entered a new period of global warming emergency… We are in a global warming emergency state, and that these storms are going to become more frequent, more intense… There could be more droughts, dust bowls."
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio in October 2005: "We are the biggest contributor to global warming in the entire world, and if we don't make a difference, we don't change our ways, a lot of things will go terribly wrong. It is one of the single most important issues facing the entire world."
GLOBAL WARMING = GREEN RELIGION?
Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell ridiculed the "semi-religious" belief in global warming and compared fears to "superstition" in February 2007. Cardinal Pell has also said, "In the past, pagans sacrificed animals and even humans in vain attempts to placate capricious and cruel gods. Today they demand a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions."
Dr. Calvin Beisner, Spokesman for Interfaith Stewardship Alliance "It would be morally unconscionable to force the world’s developing countries to delay their climb out of poverty by denying them, as would any serious cuts in CO2 emissions, the cheap, abundant energy available from carbon fuels."
JAMES LILEKS of Newhouse News Service wrote in March 2007, "If environmentalism is the new religion, the Oscar ceremony [for Gore] was the High Holy Mass."
Pennsylvania Priest Father J. Michael Venditti Mocked 'Carbon Offsets' By Offering 'Moral Offsets' To Allow you to 'Sin with Confidence' in a March 2007 blog. "The size of your carbon footprint - and, according to global warming’s true believers, the blackness of your soul - is determined by how many and how much of these evil things you do. But fear not. If you’re rich enough, you can buy your environmental soul clean again by purchasing carbon offsets," Venditti wrote.
LIBERALS, MEDIA LATCH ON TO "LONE VOICE" TO DIVIDE AND CONQUER EVANGELICALS
Rev. Richard Cizik, a global warming alarmist, is frequently cited by the media to show a "split" in the evangelical movement. However, a closer look reveals Cizik is but a lone voice. A 2006 Vanity Fair Magazine article had Cizik posing for a picture where he was walking on water. Cizik shares the beliefs of liberals on the issue of population control.
HERE COMES AL GORE
Katie Couric called Gore a 'Secular Saint' and praised his efforts to raise awareness and prompt action to combat global warming.
Oprah Winfrey has called former Vice President Al Gore the "Noah" of our time.
BUT DO SCIENTISTS AGREE WITH COURIC & WINFREY?
MIT Climate Scientist Richard Lindzen, in June 2006: "A general characteristic of Mr. Gore's approach is to assiduously ignore the fact that the earth and its climate are dynamic; they are always changing even without any external forcing. To treat all change as something to fear is bad enough; to do so in order to exploit that fear is much worse."
Geologist Robert Giegengack believes Gore’s understanding of climate science is so poor that he told his undergrad students at University of Pennsylvania in February 2007: "Every single one of you knows more about [global warming] than Al Gore."
MOMENTUM SHIFTING TO SKEPTICS
ONCE BELIEVERS, NOW SKEPITCS
Claude Allegre: A top geophysicist and French Socialist converted from alarmist to skeptic in 2006. Allegre now says the cause of climate change is "unknown" and accused proponents of manmade catastrophic global warming of being motivated by money, noting that "the ecology of helpless protesting has become a very lucrative business for some people!"
Astrophysicist Nir Shaviv, one of Israel's top young scientists recanted his belief in manmade emissions driving global warming and now blames the Sun.
David Bellamy: Famed UK environmental campaigner David Bellamy recently converted into a skeptic after reviewing the new science and now calls global warming fears "poppycock."
Meteorologist Reid Bryson, who was pivotal in promoting the coming ice age scare of the 1970’s has now converted into a leading global warming skeptic. In February 2007 Bryson dismissed what he terms "sky is falling" man-made global warming fears.
POLITICAL LEADERS SPEAKING OUT
Czech President Vaclav Klaus told a Czech newspaper on February 8, 2007 that fears of catastrophic man-made global warming were a "myth" and critiqued the UN IPCC process, calling it a "political body." Klaus also said other government leaders would speak out, but "political correctness strangles their voice."
Heidi Cullen of The Weather Channel recently called for decertifying broadcast meteorologists who do not tow the line on global warming alarmism. Cullen is also the star of a new politically charged global warming documentary that, according to the film's website, accuses the U.S. government of "criminal neglect" and blames "right-wing think tanks" for helping to "defeat climate-friendly legislation."