Is it a coincidence we are being bombarded with global warming from every direction in the recent past? Could it be it will be fresh in our minds for the expected February 2007 release of the UN's Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) update on global warming many countries are relying on? One matter will not be a coincidence: there will not be a happy face on it.
Susan Powell also pointed out questions in her response to the Chinook Observer's Jan. 3, 2007 final installment on global warming by the East Oregonian Publishing Group. She sensed bias and wondered if schools and the media are "blatantly force-feeding liberalism much like communists did."
One clue is 50,000 DVDs were offered free to schools of Democrat political hack and movie shill Al Gore's Loony-Left Tunes cartoon "An Inconvenient Truth," the same Gore that won't publicly debate warming. The president of the National Science Teachers Association turned it down because it is too political. Parents in Federal Way near Seattle (San Francisco-lite) also took exception and squawked. Now their school district can only show it if an opposing view is offered.
A novel concept since most schools are nothing more than dumbed-downed socialist indoctrination centers. Those going on to college often face what is called "Ivy-covered North Koreas." Political Correctness and Orwell's Group-think prevail. PC is better called Intellectual AID's since everything it touches in our culture sickens and kills. Paint outside the lines and you are heckled, denounced, or punished. Cultural Marxism can't exist without it. It is also infesting the workplace.
In the Left-biased media, her 'force-feeding' concern is meant for the gullible, the lazy, and the ignorant with short memory spans. They have been lied to about nearly every aspect of life and easily manipulated and controlled because they lack critical-thinking skills. Those with agendas, including politicians all count on this.
A classic example of dealing with those not marching in lock-step came to light Jan. 17. Information was posted on a U.S. Senate Web site about Dr. Heidi Cullen. She is the 'climate expert' on The Weather Channel with a blog and TV segment. Her intention is to seek decertification of meteorologists not agreeing with the causes of global warming. She claims she doesn't want to stifle dissent, and that she and the channel are not political. But, the channel's home page had a big ad "Will Bush save the polar bears?" Responses in her blog sites are very interesting.
Science has been polluted by politics and a global leftist agenda. Global warming is all about power, control and money. Think of eco-communism: some loss of freedom/choice, Kyoto Treaty, one-world UN government, incidentally one of most corrupt and anti-American outfits on earth. They have communist DNA on their hands as do some in Congress, and the ACLU.
Liberal science seems to start with a conclusion that mankind is evil; find data that supports this, and ignore other data, and profit! Follow the money. Kyota takes money from the right and gives it to the left. Big business gravitates to where the profit is, as in outsourcing your job to other countries not beholden to Kyoto and pollution. Media profits from doom and gloom scenarios. Eco-groups and foundations have their hands out.
Some scientists create a crisis so government grant money won't dry up. Is placing blame on all those evil conservative dinosaurs next? Assertions made the roughage they consumed doomed their collective selves to extinction due to flatulence? After all, eco-PHD's claim cow poop creates increased levels of methane gas. Any chance some hope to reach tenure before anyone discovers PHD really stands for 'Piled High Deeper?'
I would venture to say the warming is caused by hot air and methane emissions coming from our Congress-critters in Washington, and seeping down to local government. Journalist H.L. Mencken in 1920 wrote, "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and eager to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." Thomas Jefferson beat him to it, "...prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Social security anybody?
In 1997, Dr. Edward L. Hudgins, Director of Regulatory Studies, Cato Institute testified before a House committee about NASA's Mission to Planet Earth, implemented as a result of the fear of global warning. He spoke of the powerful clients eager to dip into federal funds, projects seen as cash cows, junk science, ideology issues, and screaming headlines. Of interest, "...I also note that using ground-based data we find that much of this warming took place before World War II. Yet only about one-third of the greenhouse gas enhancement that supposedly causes global warming took place before the War. Two-thirds occurred after..." Noteworthy, he concluded, "You cannot have an effect, the warming, before the cause.
But, in the 1980's, NASA's James Hansen, director of the Goddard Institute of Space Studies, testified before the Senate, claiming he was, "...99 percent sure the [human caused] greenhouse effect has been detected and it is changing our climate now." The media coined the term global warming and ignored critics. Mr. Hansen pops up again in 1998. In stark contrast to his belief ten years earlier, he wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, "...forcings that drive long-term climate change are not known with accuracy sufficient to define future climate change." So much for being 99 percent sure.
Also in 1998, Prof. Michael Mann and others came up with the infamous CO2 "Hockey Stick." It is the holy grail of the UN's IPCC. The stick was displayed on the front page of the Chinook Observer in their Jan. 3, 2007 issue. Readers were not told this model appears to be headed to debunk-land as flawed. It might even morph into a "Hockey Puck." The professor took umbrage at those daring to challenge his findings. Critics claim data and methods behind MBH98 (Hockey Stick) were materially inaccurate with errors in the description of the data. In July 2004, the professor published a correction in Nature, but stands by his model. Google Broken Hockey Stick and judge for yourself.
'Screaming headlines' mentioned earlier? Dr. Stephen Schneider, an American climatologist advocating man-made climate change, "To capture the public imagination...we have to...make simplified dramatic statements, and little mention of any doubts one might have...Each of us has to decide the right balance between being effective and being honest." In 1902, the Los Angeles Times reported glaciers were undergoing "their final annihilation" due to rising temperatures. (Can't blame Al Gore. Not born yet). By 1923, it was the other way around - the front page of the Chicago Tribune, "Scientist says Arctic ice will wipe out Canada." By the mid-1970's the global cooling/ice age eco-Boogeyman reappeared in publications such as Science magazine, Science Digest, Newsweek, etc... (A scientific solution to prevent this was to cover the poles in black soot!).
Fast-forward to 2006. A Web site touts Eco-Czar/Alpha-male wannabe Al Gore's earlier mentioned epic "An Inconvenient Truth," rated PG - Politically Grating. It speaks of the horror we face which, "....could send our entire planet into a tail-spin..." I'd be more concerned about the Left sending our entire planet into a tail-spin.