Tuesday, September 26, 2006

 

Global Warming: What's Hot and Retro Cool!

I'm skeptical but open for debate.

Drudge had a headline on a speech (highlights here) given on the Senate floor by Sen. James Inhofe. I read the speech in full and agree with Inhofe's point:

Above all, the media must roll back this mantra that there is scientific “consensus” of impending climatic doom as an excuse to ignore recent science. After all, there was a so-called scientific “consensus” that there were nine planets in our solar system until Pluto was recently demoted.

Breaking the cycles of media hysteria will not be easy since hysteria sells -- it’s very profitable. But I want to challenge the news media to reverse course and report on the objective science of climate change, to stop ignoring legitimate voices this scientific debate and to stop acting as a vehicle for unsubstantiated hype.
Currently it seems cool to promote the notion that global warming is caused by humans and is a serious danger. There is not much thought or debate to be had, maybe just a few questionable statistics spewed forth.

As far as what's hot, what's not and what is retro cool, here are some media headlines Inhofe mentioned from Time Magazine:

“As they review the bizarre and unpredictable weather pattern of the past several years, a growing number of scientists are beginning to suspect that many seemingly contradictory meteorological fluctuations are actually part of a global climatic upheaval.”

That would be a 1974 warning of a coming ice age.

But that was cool then, not now. Here's what is hot:

“[Those] who claim that winters were harder when they were boys are quite right… weathermen have no doubt that the world at least for the time being is growing warmer.”

No that is not just hot now, it's also retro cool! Retro as in from Jan. 2, 1939 as Inhofe notes:

Yes, in 1939. Nine years before Vice President Gore was born and over three decades before Time Magazine began hyping a coming ice age and almost five decades before they returned to hyping global warming.

But...

“What if you are wrong to doubt the dire global warming predictions? Will you be able to live with yourself for opposing the Kyoto Protocol?”

My answer is blunt. The history of the modern environmental movement is chock full of predictions of doom that never came true. We have all heard the dire predictions about the threat of overpopulation, resource scarcity, mass starvation, and the projected death of our oceans. None of these predictions came true, yet it never stopped the doomsayers from continuing to predict a dire environmental future.


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