Pedaling Global Warming into Oblivion

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We pretend to have open minds. We accept the theory that industrialization is a danger to all life on Earth. Western academics tell us humanity’s CO2 is causing a precipitous rise in the Earth’s global temperature with disastrous consequences–e.g., polar bears are dying, droughts are reining, seas are rising, ice disappearing, snow falling.

And yet we are proud of ourselves because we are not so stupid as to step out off of a 10-story building because someone tells us to. We are nothing at all like close-minded, ignorant and superstitious herd animals nor are we like scientists who are skeptical of the claims of global warming alarmists. We are eager in fact to sacrifice the constitution, the country, capitalism, the scientific method and even our individual liberty to save the Earth from us.

We are good. I read in the NYT that CO2 is a dangerous pollutant. The EPA said so. We are bad. We believe our school teachers when they tell us how bad we are because our CO2 is the cause of global warming. Our school teachers are trying to save the world just like they saved everyone from becoming cigarette smokers. The government really cares about us.

Climate change is like gravity: it’s there so we believe it is there. Still, its just a theory that we’re causing climate to change. Why do we believe we can cause the globe to warm? Can we cause gravity? We humans do have our limitations. Are school teachers really sure about us being able to warm the oceans.

Have school teachers ever in the past saved the world from anything? Do we really believe they can save the world now just because someone tells us to believe?

With the global warming hoax and for all of those who have respect for truth for its own sake and as bad as it now is for trust in the authority of science, nothing is ever so bad as when no one will listen. That is why America owes denier William Gray and Kyoto-fighter George Bush so many kudos for standing tall against the nihilism of the Left’s Doomsday Global Warming Machine when it was the most hard for anyone to do that. There is a lot of despair and suffering in doing the right thing when others won’t.

But then I stopped once more. I must be unbelievably thin. My eyes would soon be all the way through my head. I wonder how I actually look? What in the hell is going on that a man has to turn himself into a living freak out of sheer hunger? I felt rage one more time, its final flaring up, a muscular spasm. “What’s wrong with your face, eh?” Here I was walking around with a better head than anyone else in the country, and a pair of fists that could, so help me God, grind a longshoreman into small bits, into powder, and I was becoming a freak from hunger in the middle of the city of Christiania! Was there any sense or reason in that? I had slept in the harness and worked day and night like a minister’s mare; I had read till my eyes fell out of their sockets, and starved my hairs out of my head—and in hell’s name, what for? Even whores on the street fled so as not to have to look at me. But now that was going to stop—do you hear me—stop, and hell take the whole thing! . . .  With steadily increasing rage, I ground my teeth in despair, and with sobs and oaths I went on and roared wildly, paying no attention to the people going by. I started once more to punish my flesh, ran my forehead deliberately against lampposts, drove my fingernails deep into the backs of my hands, bit my tongue madly every time it failed to pronounce clearly and then laughed wildly whenever I caused a fairly good pain. ~Knut Hamsun, Hunger

The global warming debate has become so divorced from reality its like monks washing each others feet in a monastery high on a hill distant from the law on the commons while Vikings row ashore looking for adventure and treasure and a lot of blood on the blade of a battle axe.

For those in academia who make a living in the global warming community pushing fears about a 3 to 7 °C increase in average global temperature over the next century — instead of a 0.5 °C increase in 100 years as the Earth has experienced since the Little Ice Age — sea level rise is no longer something they can hang their halos on. As Roger Pielke observes: “Regarding sea level rise, it has reduced in recent years, according to the peer reviewed paper below. Moreover, the rise that has occurred is not from thermal expansion (i.e. the steric component).” (See–e.g., Cazenave et al. Sea level budget over 2003-2008: A reevaluation from GRACE space gravimetry, satellite altimetry and Argo. Global and Planetary Change, 2008)

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About Wagathon

Hot World Syndrome—fear of a hotter, more intimidating world than it actually is prompting a desire for more protection than is warranted by any actual threat. A Chance Meeting– We toured south along the Bicentennial Bike Trail in the Summer of 1980, working up appetites covering ~70 miles per day and staying at hiker/biker campgrounds at night along the Oregon/California coast (they were 50¢ a day at that time). The day's ride over, and after setting up tents, hitting the showers, and making a run to a close-by store, it was time to relax. The third in our little bicycle tour group, Tom, was about 30 yards away conversing with another knot of riders and treating himself to an entire cheesecake for dinner. He probably figured Jim and I would joke about what a pig he was eating that whole pie and decided to eat among strangers. Three hours later after sharing stories and remarking on a few coincidences that turned up here and there, Tom and one of the former strangers realized they were cousins, meeting in this most unlikely place for the first time. ~Mac
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