Now, global warming is a complex issue. But that's no excuse for drivel of the type I've just come across - citing a few sceptics, and then sticking head firmly in the sand. There is much science involved; and the great weight of scientific opinion and evidence is that global warming is real and is serious. But, can still get barmy blather like this:
GLOBAL warming might yet be revealed as the biggest and most expensive myth since the dreaded Y2K bug. ... Now once again the media is full of crisis. The ice caps and the glaciers are melting. The polar bears are dying. The weather has turned hot and cold and violent. It's all because we burn too much carbon.
- err, yes, you've almost got it, tho as with rest of this column, oversimplifying just a tad. But then, isn't that the point here - a column by an idiot, for idiots.
Once again there are many vested interests - NGOs, advisers, consultants, alternative energy purveyors, politicians and control freaks - who do well on all the excitement. Every oil company, every power utility and every car manufacturer has its hand on its heart promising to clean up its act. Their annual reports have more about their do-gooding than about their businesses.
hahaha - you don't figure there are any "vested interests" here, then? ExxonMobil, Western Fuels and so on?
Al Gore is not the only one warning about cataclysm to come. The alarmists have been given support by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was established by the World Meteorological Organisation and the United Nations Environmental Programme. The UK government's Stern report lent further credence to the sky is falling down school of thought. Amidst all this, there are dissenting voices, which are seldom heard.
- this is a gigantic lie; thanks partly to funding by Exxon and others, much has been heard - and the guy here cites folk like Linzen and Lomborg, whom I've heard far too much from. (Lomborg's a claimed former greenie, and an economist for goodness sake!) Try googling for their names and global warming: hardly a suppressed few. In fact, for small number, they are real noisy; our idiot columnist even quotes from Linzen writing in a UK newspaper.
in the 1970s the great fear was another ice age - also attributed to man's environmental irresponsibility.
- great fear of whom, exactly? Anyone recall an international panel on the next ice age? No, because the ice age fears were very limited in scope.
Who am I to take sides in the great debate? My intention is purely to point out that respectable scientists are far from unanimous on global warming.
- and indeed, who are you? A ninny who skims info, without looking in any detail - and yet is happy to write a column about it.
Bah! - away with you. above piece at:
Global warming – a new religion? It’s okay, the polar bears are thriving.
(got no idea where the subhead writer got that notion from! But I'm sure idiots will approve)
Post edited by: Martin, at: 2007/05/16 08:53