Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Best Ski Conditions Ever-- What Happened to Global Warming?

With much of the US and Europe blanketed by snow, and the Alps sporting the best ski conditions in a generation, the question must be asked; What happened to global warming(GW)? After all wasn't global warming the biggest threat to humanity. Larger than terrorism? Heck, it's so cold that I even wore a jacket to work this morning, and anyone who knows me knows that that doesn't happen all that often.

There is a must read article in the Telegraph sent in by alert reader DG which discusses this issue. Christopher Booker speaks the truth in his assessment of what has happened with the GW hysteria. "First, all over the world, temperatures have been dropping in a way wholly unpredicted by all those computer models which have been used as the main drivers of the scare. Last winter, as temperatures plummeted, many parts of the world had snowfalls on a scale not seen for decades. This winter, with the whole of Canada and half the US under snow, looks likely to be even worse. After several years flatlining, global temperatures have dropped sharply enough to cancel out much of their net rise in the 20th century.
Ever shriller and more frantic has become the insistence of the warmists, cheered on by their army of media groupies such as the BBC, that the last 10 years have been the "hottest in history" and that the North Pole would soon be ice-free – as the poles remain defiantly icebound and those polar bears fail to drown. All those hysterical predictions that we are seeing more droughts and hurricanes than ever before have infuriatingly failed to materialise."

I have mentioned many times that I remember growing up and reading Time magazine and they had a cover story on a new Ice Age, that was approaching. Can you explain to me how in 20 years we can go from an Ice Age to Global Warming? 2 reasons. 1- If you are an environmentalist/anti-capitalist, the facts don't matter. What matters is finding any way to redistribute wealth and blame capitalism for all that's wrong with the world and how without more government controls, humans will destroy the planet. 2- For rational thinkers the answer is that human effect on temperatures is nil. Oceans, sun spots, volcanoes all play a much bigger role, than my using Right Guard spray deodorant. For people to think that humans are the cause of warming or cooling is just plain arrogance. Believe it or not, the planet has been around a lot longer than certain Nobel Prize winners, and will continue to be around long after they pass from this world.

Funny how death comes into the argument. It sure seems to me that for many, environmentalism is a religion. I'm not saying that we need to be marauders of the environment but a little perspective is needed. Here in Israel we just concluded the Chanukah holiday, and as usual there we calls for people to light less candles, so as not to contribute to GW. This is insane. In fact instead of attacking religion, maybe if they embraced their own religion the environment would be in better shape. Just a thought but instead of holding out on candles, I propose that no one drive their cars on the Sabbath. Something tells me that the amount of exhaust and emissions produced by 100,000 cars does more damage to the ozone layer, than a few candles lit for 8 days.

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