The Earth's average temperature has been fluctuating for the whole of recorded history, long before fossil fuels were in widespread use or anyone had invented the term, "carbon footprint." No one has been able to refute this obvious fact. I didn't think that they could. Truth is, like I had said:
The earth appears to be on a warming cycle.
The earth has experienced such cycles before.
There is no evidence that such cycles were manmade in the past.
Cooling cycles have followed warming cycles.
There is no evidence that the cooling cycles were manmade.
Therefore logic indicates a cooling cycle will follow.
Logic also indicates that it will do so independent of mankind.
Just because A (warming trend) follows B (higher greenhouse gas emissions) doesn't mean that B caused A. That is a logical fallacy as well. Cum hoc ergo propter hoc. I can illustrate this easily enough:
George sneezes. A car passes by the front window. Therefore, George caused the car to come by with his sneeze. Uhm, NO! I am afraid that such logic is the basis for the current Global Warming hysteria.
But logic and facts don't seem to carry the day with the frantic Gore crowd. THE INCONVENIENT FICTION is the equivalent of Gore shouting "Fire" and the world stampeding towards the exits. I have a great deal of contempt for Al Gore, and for good reason!
He claimed to be (He and Tipper) the basis for the novel "Love Story", which was false.
He took at least partial credit for inventing the internet
He and Tipper once waged a campaign to censor rock music videos and lyrics, supposedly as good Christian people concerned for the children. Now he advocated murdering children before they are even born. His Dick Durbinesque ability to adjust his politics to fit the next wave is anathema to me. Now he is on this global warming kick!!!!
Al Gore and his cohorts are on a Commie-like mission to completely shut off the opposing viewpoint. I have blogged on this before but I believe it is instructive to add another voice. Cue Dennis Prager:
"In her last column, Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman wrote: "Let's just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers . . . "
This is worthy of some analysis.
First, it reflects a major difference between the way in which the Left and Right tend to view each other. With a few exceptions, those on the Left tend to view their ideological adversaries as bad people, i.e., people with bad intentions, while those on the Right tend to view their adversaries as wrong, perhaps even dangerous, but not usually as bad.
Those who deny the Holocaust are among the evil of the world. Their concern is not history but hurting Jews, and their attempt to rob nearly six million people of their experience of unspeakable suffering gives new meaning to the word "cruel." To equate those who question or deny global warming with those who question or deny the Holocaust is to ascribe equally nefarious motives to them. It may be inconceivable to Al Gore, Ellen Goodman and their many millions of supporters that a person can disagree with them on global warming and not have evil motives: Such an individual must be paid by oil companies to lie, or lie -- as do Holocaust deniers -- for some other vile reason.
The belief that opponents of the Left are morally similar to Nazis was expressed recently by another prominent person of the Left, George Soros, the billionaire who bankrolls many leftist projects. At the World Economic Forum in Davos last month, Soros called on America to "de-Nazify" just as Germany did after the Holocaust and World War II. For Soros, America in Iraq is like the Nazis in Poland.
A second lesson to be drawn from the Goodman statement is that it helps us to understand better one of the defining mottos of contemporary liberalism: "Question authority." In reality, this admonition applies to questioning the moral authority of Judeo-Christian religions or of any secular conservative authority, but not of any other authority. UN and other experts tell us that there is global warming; such authority is not to be questioned.
Third, the equation of global warming denial to Holocaust denial trivializes Holocaust denial. If questioning global warming is on "a par" with questioning the Holocaust, how bad can questioning the Holocaust really be? The same holds true with regard to Nazism and the George Soros statement. Claiming that America in the Iraq War is morally equivalent to Nazi Germany in World War II trivializes the unparalleled evil of the Nazis.
Fourth, the lack of response (thus far) of any liberal or left individual or organization -- except to defend Ellen Goodman -- or from the Anti-Defamation League, the organization whose primary purpose has been to defend Jews, is telling. Just imagine if, for example, an equally prominent Christian figure had written that denying America is a Christian country is on a par with denying the Holocaust. It would have been front-page news in the mainstream media, the individual would have been excoriated by just about every major liberal individual and group, and the ADL would have cited this as an example of burgeoning Christian anti-Semitism and Holocaust trivialization. But not a word at the ADL on Soros's comments about de-Nazifying America or Goodman's Holocaust-denial comment.
Fifth, and finally, the Ellen Goodman quote is only the beginning of what is already becoming one of the largest campaigns of vilification of decent people in history -- the global condemnation of a) anyone who questions global warming; or b) anyone who agrees that there is global warming but who argues that human behavior is not its primary cause; or c) anyone who agrees that there is global warming, and even agrees that human behavior is its primary cause, but does not believe that the consequences will be nearly as catastrophic as Al Gore does.
If you don't believe all three propositions, you will be lumped with Holocaust deniers, and it would not be surprising that soon, in Europe, global warming deniers will be treated as Holocaust deniers and prosecuted. Just watch. That is far more likely than the oceans rising by 20 feet. Or even 10. Or even three."
Right now I am watching about 15 inches or so of global warming blow around outside my front door. I have snow dunes in my back yard and every member of the household has been called upon to take turns digging and re-digging out the driveway. Yeah, I know, global warming doesn't preclude snow. But it's funny to discuss it while we are in the middle of a long cold snap.
Those disastrous hurricanes Gore predicted for last year? Not one hit shore on the continental USA last season. New Orleans is sinking, the ocean isn't rising. There is so much misinformation being bandied about. Now we see commercials presenting global warming as a roaring freight train bearing down upon an innocent child! Talk about propaganda!!!
You Al Gore sycophants make me sick! You who go to pro-abortion rallies wearing your "save-the-whales" t-shirts and put "bushchimphitler" stickers on your compact cars, yeah, YOU! Now you want to hurt the economy and help keep developing nations from, well, developing, by putting major constraints on industry in the name of a non-existent phenomenon. Is it because you want another world-wide depression so Communism can give it another try? Al Gore is so rich it wouldn't hurt him if the bottom fell out of the US economy, why should he care? He just wants acclaim, and another shot at the brass ring. Guys like that think they ought to run things and that everything should receive oversight from "Progressives" who know better than the rest of us.
Ronald Reagan said that Communism doesn't work here on earth. "...They don't need it in Heaven, and they already have it in Hell."
You really want to see global warming? It doesn't work here. Heaven doesn't need it and Hell already has it!