Global Warming’s Changing Tides

Amy Laviero :: Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 4:15 pm

Global warming has always had its skeptics and until now, those skeptics came across as ignorant, ill-informed bastards. However, with the release of hundreds of hacked e-mails from an England-based climate research center last fall, credibility of the anthropogenic global warming cause has deteriorated.

Climate scientists continue to defend their cause in an attempt to pick up the pieces of their shattered credibility. The revelation of said e-mails, aptly named Climategate, portrays the scientists’ schemes to stifle dissenting opinions and make their data on climate change appear more urgent. As AGW credibility continues to grow weaker and weaker, recent studies have shown that faith in the global warming cause has significantly decreased. But has the cause been hurt for good?

Late last December Yale and George Mason Universities conducted a survey that depicted a more than 100% increase in the amount of individuals who felt global warming “was a hoax or scientific conspiracy.” In 2008, only 7 percent of those surveyed felt there was global warming a conspiracy at hand, though that number has since risen to 16 percent.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which gathers information on climate change in various countries, has been taking the brunt of recent scrutiny. Critics pointing out inaccuracies in recent reports are demanding a major overhaul of the organization. In response, the I.P.C.C. has developed an independent panel to review reports and data, and to decrease the frequency of errors and bias in global warming reports. Ultimately, the panel’s goal will be to regain the public’s faith in and support of AGW.

On Saturday Global Warming poster boy Al Gore contributed an Op-Ed piece where he merely glossed over the revelation of recent inaccuracies, stating that he too “wish[es] the climate crisis were an illusion.” He does, however, discuss at length the importance of public cooperation in the fight against global warming, and how we’re all still shitting on Mother Earth.

Despite the controversy, Gore asserts that the “reality of the danger [of global warming] has not been changed by the discovery of at least two mistakes in the thousands of pages of careful scientific work over the last 22 years by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change” and that “scientific enterprise will never be free of mistakes.” I would have liked to hear Gore elaborate a bit more on the actual scandal surrounding the I.P.C.C., although he obviously realizes this is unnecessary. By briefly addressing the controversy and continuing to drill home the importance of environmental reform, Gore slyly and successfully undermines the issue.

After the dust settles, Gore feels “the overwhelming consensus on global warming [will remain] unchanged” and despite Yale’s survey, I don’t think this is far from the truth. In the long run, any controversial inaccuracies perpetuated by the I.P.C.C. will be edited and reworked, and faith will be restored in science. Climategate will be remembered as a necessary slap on the wrist; a mistake which scientists will apologize for and not be expected to repeat. Hypothetically speaking, even if the whole global-warming debacle actually turned out to be a massive conspiracy geared towards lining the pockets of alternative energy companies, people have still seen An Inconvenient Truth, traded in their Hummers for Prius’, and picked up those snazzy reusable bags in replace of paper ones. The amount of propaganda geared towards the AGW’s cause is immense and it won’t go away over night.

And don’t forget, summer’s right around the corner. When its 96 degrees in June, I have the feeling everyone will be back on the “Stop Global Warming” boat.


3 Responses to “Global Warming’s Changing Tides”
  1. Pay a tax, change the climate??? Are you angry about this obvious RICO Act fraud and the national media’s complicity in the cover-up, misinformation, reframing and misdirection of the issue and the related “carbon derivatives” market Obama’s Administration is spinning up? Why pay for propaganda? Take responsibility and take action. STOP all donations to the political party(s) responsible for this fraud. STOP donations to all environmental groups which funded this Global Warming propaganda campaign with our money, especially The World Wildlife Fund. DEMAND they take you off their donors’ mailing list. They have violated the public trust. KEEP donations local, close to home. MAKE donations to Oklahoma’s Senator Inhofe, the only politician to stand firmly against this obvious government/media coordinated information operation (propaganda) targeted at its own people. Senator Inhofe, the only politician to refuse the GREEN KOOL AID. Senator Inhofe, the only senator to stand between us and the collective insanity of the ruling class of elitist hucksters led by Al Gore. WRITE your state and federal representatives demanding wall to wall investigations of government sponsored propaganda campaigns and demand indictments of those responsible. WRITE your state and federal Attorneys General demanding Al Gore and others conducting Global Warming/Climate Change racketeering and mail fraud operations be brought to justice, indicted, tried, convicted and jailed. Carbon is the stuff of life. He (Obama) who controls carbon, especially CO2, controls the world. Think of the consequences if you do nothing! For one, the UK is becoming the poster child for George Orwell’s “1984”. The mendacity of UK’s John Beddington, Robert Watson and Ed Miliband prove the point. The US government’s sponsorship of this worldwide Global Warming propaganda campaign puts it in a class with the failed Soviet Union’s relentless violation of the basic human right to truthful government generated information. Given ClimateGate’s burgeoning revelations of outrageous government misconduct and massive covert misinformation, what are the chances that this Administration’s National Health Care sales campaign is anywhere near the truth? Finally, read what the Constitution says about the census and then read what you got in the mail. Odd that Obama has spent millions in legal fees to avoid disclosing his personal information but we have a gun held to our heads to disclose ours. Double standard or just your average police state? This government is totally out of control.

    Posted by: John A. Jauregui March 4th, 2010 at 12:53 am
  2. 1 - A recent college graduate, I have little to no money to spend on food, let alone political donations, but I understand what you’re getting at.

    2 - I think it’s funny that you’re vehemently against propaganda but steadfastly endorse OK Senator Jim Inhofe in your post and command everyone else to do the same. Just think about that for a moment.

    3 - I’m obviously skeptical about this whole situation but I’m just not one to prescribe to conspiracy theories. I think I’d rather wait and see what happens with the whole situation before I go running my mouth off about how we should overturn the government, throw all our politicians in jail, etc.

    4 - Carbon is the stuff of life? Are you serious? I’m not doubting that the climate scientists being investigated fibbed or exaggerated, but really??? Even if carbon or CO2 wasn’t harmful to the environment, we’re still too heavily dependent upon exhaustible resources.

    5 - Yes, I agree we have the right to honest information from our government, but I would hardly put us in a category with the Soviet Union. I’m pretty sure that at the end of the day you have the right to express a dissenting opinion (as you have so eloquently done), travel/ leave the country as you please, and practice whatever religion you prefer without any consequence.

    6 - I’m pretty sure my household’s census came in the mail devoid of any guns.

    Posted by: Amy Laviero March 4th, 2010 at 1:37 pm
  3. You tipped your hand when you referenced 1984 sir; alluding to high school-curriculum dystopian novels is a surefire way to forgo an informed opinion.

    Posted by: R. Williams March 5th, 2010 at 12:59 pm