Those pushing the hardest to reduce man-caused CO2 and those controlling the funds for research, actually worry little and care little about the threat of warming or flooding. If they did, they would not personally grossly emit carbon or buy homes at Sea Level in West Palm Beach, Florida. —Burt Rutan
If climatists were really worried why lie?
Sure, there are legitimate questions that serious scientists would like to investigate on someone else’s dime when the government is writing checks that first China and now printing presses are covering. But, why cheat? Unfortunately, the answer is all to obvious. Follow the money: in the twenty years since 1989 the US government threw away about $80 billion dollars to fund the government-education complex to investigate climate change; and, $68.4 billion was thrown at “climate change activities” since 2008 according to Congressional Research Service estimates.
That was already a lot of hard earned taxpayer money to just flush down the toilet without a trace. But then the shoveling really began. According to a March 2010 CBO report, “A dramatic increase in funding came with the enactment in February 2009 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA, Public Law 111-5), known as the economic stimulus legislation. Funding available under ARRA totals $35.7 billion for activities that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) judges are related to climate change.”
There is absolutely no doubt that mankind has liberated huge quantities of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere over the past two centuries. But mankind did not “create” this carbon dioxide out of nothing. It was released by the burning of “fossil fuels”, created by the Earth over millions of years from the remains of plants and animals (who themselves ultimately obtained their nutrition from those plants). So where did those plants get their energy and carbon dioxide from? They absorbed the radiant energy of the Sun, and breathed in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, as plants continue to do today. In other words, when we burn fossil fuels, we are utilizing a small part of the solar energy that had been collected and stored by plants over millions of years, and in the process we are liberating into the atmosphere the carbon dioxide that those plants had absorbed from the atmosphere in the first place.
This may sound like a fairly benign sort of natural cycle, until you realize that a couple of hundred years is a mere blink of an eye compared to the millions of years it took for the planet to build up those resources. It is right for scientists to worry about whether that massive and almost instantaneous “kick” to the planet may throw the equilibrium of the biota into complete chaos. It is a valid question, of ultimate global importance—one that most people would have thought would have demanded the most careful, exacting, and rigorous scientific analyses that mankind could muster.
Climategate has shattered that myth. It gives us a peephole into the work of the scientists investigating possibly the most important issue ever to face mankind. Instead of seeing large collaborations of meticulous, careful, critical scientists, we instead see a small team of incompetent cowboys, abusing almost every aspect of the framework of science to build a fortress around their “old boys’ club”, to prevent real scientists from seeing the shambles of their “research”. Most people are aghast that this could have happened; and it is only because “climate science” exploded from a relatively tiny corner of academia into a hugely funded industry in a matter of mere years that the perpetrators were able to get away with it for so long. (John P. Costella, ‘Climategate Analysis’)
Awhile back some gent made some observations and concluded the average global temperature of the Earth was rising because of human-caused CO2 from power plants, steel mills, automobiles and every other modern thing on the planet. So, government should slap a big tax on energy to decarbonize the planet, right? And, all of the school teachers said, “Yeah, that!”
Let’s get real. If it was possible to really predict these things would it be government toadies leading the way? “I’m enough of a businessman,” says Robert Rosenkranz, “to know that the modeling and the use of the computer algorithms and forecasting the future is a very, very difficult undertaking. I mean, if one could predict the weather or patterns of storms even a year in advance it would be worth billions and billions of dollars.”
Why not let the free enterprise system spend what it wants to invent a Perpetual Motion Fabrication Machine of Global Warming Alarmism and leave government out of it? The nonsense of a ‘greenhouse’ from the get-go is nothing more than allegory by Al Gore, et al., with CO2 as the Left’s Moby Dick–i.e., a dramatic tale about the evils of Americanism as told by scientific idiots that secular, socialist politicians find useful to fleece the sheep.
Just look at all the headlines global warming gets compared to global poverty. “And the reality is,” as Michael Crichton observed, “we are failing and have continuously failed to address the issues of the third world even though, everyone knows that… if you were to look at it from a humanitarian standpoint, if you were to look at it from the easiest way to do the most for environmental degradation as it‘s created around the world, you would address global poverty. But we‘re not. We‘re talking as we‘re talking tonight, we‘re all getting very heated about something that may or may not happen 100 years from now. And while we‘re doing, 3,000, 5,000, 10,000 people are dead.” Instead, if a homeowner drops an ‘official’ fluorescent light bulb they feel they must bolt headlong for the door as droplets of mercury settle throughout the house. Is that what the Left believes is an intelligent adaptation to the threat of global warming?
The Global Warming Initiative of the Left is pretty simple to understand and it is not about decarbonization of the globe. It is the latest socialist legislation by government folks like Al Gore called the Funny Money Tax and Trade Revenge on America Act (with special exemptions for cronies and insiders and energy-users that employ union labor—except, coal miners and oil drillers) and it is designed to drive more US businesses and a few million more US jobs overseas to the emerging capitalist economies in China, India and Brazil over the next decade or so of the global cooling that has been underway for the last 15 years.