By the Sunday Herald Sun, Australia
The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Al Gore and the UN’s top climate panel on Friday has prompted a fresh chorus of criticism from global warming sceptics—with one dubbing the award “a political gimmick”. The former vice-president has an Oscar for his film on climate change, An Inconvenient Truth, and the Nobel prize proved a laurel too far for some of his detractors.
Czech President Vaclav Klaus cast doubt on Gore’s contribution to the cause of peace, the ostensible purpose of the Norwegian prize. In a statement, the climate change sceptic said he was “a bit surprised that Al Gore has received a peace prize because the connection between his activities and world peace are vague and not very clear”. In Norway, the main opposition party expressed its surprise at the decision. Gjermund Hagesaether, from the far-right Progress Party, said: “We believe it is strange to give the prize to Al Gore for having made a film on climate that is subjective, one-sided and full of one-sided assertions.”
In France, a sour note was sounded by a leading French climate sceptic, former Socialist education minister and award-winning geochemist Claude Allegre. He brushed off Friday’s announcement as “a political gimmick”, saying: “The amount of nonsense in Al Gore’s film! It’s all politics, it’s designed to intervene in American politics. It’s scandalous. There’s a presidential election upcoming in the United States, and it’s well known that Gore wants to run.”
And one of the world’s foremost meteorologists called the theory that helped Al Gore win a share of the Nobel prize the product of “people who don’t understand how the atmosphere works”. Dr William Gray, a pioneer in the science of seasonal hurricane forecasts, spoke to a packed lecture hall at the University of North Carolina and said humans were not responsible for global warming. “We’re brainwashing our children,” said Gray, 78, a longtime professor at Colorado State University. “They’re going to the Gore movie and being fed all this. It’s ridiculous.” Read more here.
By Dan Gainor and Jeff Poor in the Business and Media Institute
Climate alarmist receives Nobel Peace Prize with conveniently red hot support from journalists.
The award he shared with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) put Gore in the ranks of people like President Theodore Roosevelt, Mother Teresa, Lech Walesa and Martin Luther King. But none of them had the widespread media campaign Gore enjoyed – portraying him in almost messianic terms as an “evangelist,” a “preacher,” or a “prophet.”
The media put Gore front and center on a seemingly endless stream of shows and networks – “Larry King,” the morning news shows, the nightly news programs and even “Saturday Night Live” and the Sci-Fi Channel. In just three months of summer of 2006, Gore and his movie had spent more than five hours and 38 minutes on national television. In 2007, eight networks under the umbrella of NBC set aside an incredible 93 hours to his “Live Earth” concert, including three hours in primetime on NBC.
The Business & Media Institute has extensively analyzed the media’s coverage of global warming and showed Gore was just following a recent media tactic to claim the debate is over when the media have reported four separate changes in climate during the last 110 years in Fire & Ice. The report covers a hundred years of coverage of global warming. While journalists have warned of climate change for more than 100 years, the warnings switched from global cooling to warming to cooling and warming again.
Read full detailed story here.
By: E. Ralph Hostetter , Newsmax
It’s one thing for a group of elitists to develop questionable theories about environmental issues that escape proof or disproof in the near term; however, it is quite a different thing when their unproven theories find their way into the U.S. tax code. Enough is enough!
A climate change tax bill designed to fight global warming will be introduced in the near future by Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., powerful chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. U.S. drivers will be forced to pay a 50-cent tax on every gallon they pump. Then, Dingell reasons that the increased cost will encourage drivers to use less fuel and therefore reduce greenhouse gases and make the planet safe for future generations. To prove he really cares, Dingell’s proposal also will phase out the mortgage interest deduction from taxable income on loans for large houses more than 3,000 square feet and eliminate the property tax deduction benefit for all houses more than 4,200 square feet. This little gift, no doubt, will pay for the global warming damages caused by the fossil fuel energy used to light and heat your home.
A published study, “Fire and Ice” by R. Warren Anderson and Dan Gainor of the Business and Media Institute, exposes the hypocrisy of the envirocrat movements of the last century. The point of this discourse is to illustrate the unreliability of the promoters of present day global warming issues. These purveyors of untruth are creating fear within our society. They imply that Americans will face death due to environmental consequences such as tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and other forms of violent weather. These “environmental” consequences have been considered normal weather in the past.
The trailer from Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth” claims ominously: “Our ability to live is what is at stake.” And now to give the envirocrat promoters of this unfounded and unproved global warming fantasy access to the U.S. tax code is unthinkable. Read more of the story and about the published study here.
By Gabe Nelson, The Wire, Michigan Daily
Remember him? Freeman Dyson, a prominent physicist and author who was the graduation speaker at the University’s winter commencement two years ago, said in an interview with Salon.com published last week that he thinks global warming has been blown out of proportion.
“The idea that global warming is the most important problem facing the world is total nonsense and is doing a lot of harm. It distracts people’s attention from much more serious problems,” he said. “It’s not so much to do about science. It’s really a political question.” If Dyson had made these remarks two years ago, would he have been chosen as a commencement speaker at the University? It’s hard to imagine his ideas about climate change being embraced.
The University was scored among the top ten colleges in the country with regard to environmental policies and research in rankings released earlier this year by the Sustainable Endowments Institute. The University got a B-plus overall and an A for climate change and energy research in the rankings.
Dyson, who researched climate change at Oak Ridge National Laboratory about 30 years ago, told Salon that he believes most of the global warming being seen in recent decades can be attributed to natural climate cycles. Although he admitted that humans do cause some changes to the climate, he said there’s no reason to worry.
“We have no reason to think that climate change is harmful if you look at the world as a whole. Most places, in fact, are better off being warmer than being colder,” Dyson said. “There’s no reason why one should be scared.” Why, then, are have many people joined the fight against global warming? Dyson said many scientists now studying climate change assume that global warming is urgent and reject opposing viewpoints regardless of their merit. Read more here.
By Matthew Creamer and Brooke Capps, Ad Age Latest News
Not too long ago, a premier ad agency wouldn’t touch a campaign warning about the effects of global warming, fearing backlash from the automakers and oil companies that keep Madison Avenue’s lights on. But now one of the most hotly contended pitches out there is for the Alliance for Climate Protection, the organization formed last year by Al Gore. Four elite agencies—Crispin Porter & Bogusky, Bartle Bogle Hegarty, the Martin Agency and Y&R—are squaring off for the business and are expected to present to the former vice president himself early next month, according to executives familiar with the review. The budget for the “historic, three-to-five-year, multimedia global campaign,” as the request for proposals puts it, is contingent on how much money the alliance raises. Media spending will likely be more than $100 million a year.
That elite shops aren’t scared off from crafting environmental messaging that could be tacitly critical of big business’s sometimes unsustainable ways is yet another sign of the mainstreaming of green thinking within the corporate world at large. And within the ad community it points to newfound willingness to embrace hot-button social causes. The alliance account, some are saying, could even lend some luster to the winner’s roster, given many major marketers’ recent embrace of sustainability throughout their value chains, from product development to manufacturing to marketing communications.
Many agencies do high-profile and often award-winning work for causes such as smoking cessation, drug-use prevention and disaster relief, but they typically steer clear of more divisive issues and political campaigns, making executives who want to work on them do so outside the auspices of the agency. Until very recently at least, global warming would have been seen as such an issue.
Go to Ad Age and see full story here.
By Dr. Madhav Khandekar, IPCC Expert Reviewer
Brant Boucher, in his letter “Scientific consensus” (The Hill Times, Aug. 6, 2007), seems to naively believe that the climate change science espoused in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC documents represents “scientific consensus.” Nothing could be further than the truth!
As one of the invited expert reviewers for the 2007 IPCC documents, I have pointed out the flawed review process used by the IPCC scientists in one of my letters (The Hill Times, May 28, 2007). I have also pointed out in my letter that an increasing number of scientists are now questioning the hypothesis of GHG-induced warming of the earth’s surface and suggesting a stronger impact of solar variability and large-scale atmospheric circulation patterns on the observed temperature increase than previously believed. I would further politely ask Mr. Boucher to do a simple reality check regarding the earth’s temperature change. Since mid-1998, the earth’s mean temperature as a whole has not increased at all, despite billions of tonnes of human-added CO2 in the earth’s atmosphere.
In the Southern Hemisphere, the land-area mean temperature has slowly but surely declined in the last few years. The city of Buenos Aires in Argentina received several centimetres of snowfall in early July, and the last time it snowed in Buenos Aires was in 1918! Most of Australia experienced one of its coldest months of June this year. Several other locations in the Southern Hemisphere have experienced lower temperatures in the last few years. Further, the SSTs (sea surface temperatures) over world oceans are slowly declining since mid-1998, according to a recent world-wide analysis of ocean surface temperatures.
It is important to first develop an improved understanding of the earth’s temperature trends and changes before committing millions (billions!) of dollars to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs). Unfortunately, the IPCC climate change documents do not provide an objective assessment of the earth’s temperature trends and associated climate change. Read more here.
By David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Update on CNN reaction to Marciano’s comments: Excerpt: CNN Anchor Kiran Chetry summed up the network sense of the debate at the end. “Just don’t say anything for a couple more days.”
CNN reported on Thursday that a British judge has called Al Gore’s Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth unfit for schools “because it is politically biased and contains scientific inaccuracies and sentimental mush.” British schools may now have to preface any showing of the film with a warning.
CNN meteorologist Rob Marciano responded to this story by applauding and saying,"Finally, finally,” before commenting sarcastically that “the Oscars, they give out awards for fictional films as well.” Marciano said he objected in particular to the film’s claim that global warming causes stronger hurricanes, noting that the current hurricane season has only been average.
Although the number of named storms this season has not been unusual, USA Today pointed out last month that “the first two hurricanes in the Atlantic this season reached the highest Category 5 level, the first time that’s happened since record-keeping began in 1851.” In addition, three storms this year shattered records for speed of intensification, leading concerned weather bloggers to suggest that the possible effects of global warming on hurricanes demand far more intensive study.
By Anthony Watts
He’re’s a twist; while the north pole ice dwindles to record lows, the south pole ice reaches the maximum extent ever recorded. A fellow who likes variable star research and AAVSO calling himself Tamino (not his real name - another phantom blogger) who runs a blog called “Open Mind“. He used to be about explaining science, and did a pretty good job, but now has succumbed to the dark side of discourse and posted an opinion “…that it’s time to stop even listening to denialists, let alone arguing with them.” and then further says “…it is the republican party in the U.S. that is the problem.“.
Then right after that post, he puts up a graph of Northern Hemisphere Sea ice showing its drop with the challenge “Explain this“. It’s just too funny to announce he’s not going to discuss the matter further, then puts up a challenge on record northern hemisphere sea ice minimum, then the next day we get a new maximum ice record in the southern hemisphere. Perhaps the dichotomy was just too much for him. A hint for those in need of pressure valves - it’s all about cycles.