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The balancing act: Lies, more lies and damn lies

From page A4 | December 30, 2013 | 30 Comments

In a quest to convince the public that humans are contributing to global warming or climate change by burning fossil fuels that add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, President Obama has said that global warming (or climate change) is going to cause more severe and extreme weather like hurricanes and tornadoes and cause massive forest fires.

This year California had the Rim Fire, which became the third largest in California history. It covered about 400 square miles in and near Yosemite. But as this column has said for many years, the amount and intensity of forest fires has declined and it has been that way for several decades. In fact, even with the Rim Fire, the acres burned for California was below average, even for the last 10 years.

For the nation, total acreage burned was 40 percent below the 10-year average. Nevada had a low year partially due to the drought, which creates less fuel for wildfires.

Fires are not caused by global warming. The Rim Fire was caused by a camper. Many are started by lightning and others are caused by pyromaniacs and arsonists. But they are not caused or exacerbated by human induced global warming and/or your beloved Chevy Suburban or Ford Expedition. Improper forest management is the other offender.

And besides, because automobiles and trucks in general have become more economical, state governments along with the federal government are taking in less gas taxes in spite of more miles driven, thereby creating a problem. Now politicians and activists want to tax you by miles driven, which would be a disincentive to driving an economical car. You can bet the politicians who created fuel economy mandates (to save us from carbon) never considered the unintended consequence of lower tax revenues.

Three new scientific reports indicate CO2 is not the culprit of human-induced global warming as climate alarmists claim. First is a new Swedish study authored by scientist Leif Kullman. Kullman analyzed 455 “radiocarbon-dated mega-fossils.” His findings confirm what non-political climate scientists have said all along: That it was much warmer than today during Roman and Medieval periods. After both warm periods temperatures fell, the more recent dip corresponding to the “Little Ice Age,” which lasted from about 1300-1850.

Both those recent warm periods were devoid of CO2 build up. And this new study destroys one of the pillars of the global warming alarmists, “the hockey stick,” a fraudulent study that tried to show that the warming of the 20th century was unprecedented and such warming never happened before, laying credence that the only explanation for the 20th century warming was the increase of CO2 atmosphere. The Kullman study is just another piece of scientific evidence that debunks global warming theorists. Al Gore’s movie relied heavily on the hockey stick.

One explanation (of the current cooling trend), first proffered by Danish scientist is that solar activity is significant with respect to the Earth’s temperature and climate, has been recently reiterated by Professor Mike Lockwood through the examination of isotopes in ice cores. Lockwood said with respect to the recent cooling that solar activity is falling more rapidly than at any time in the last 10,000 years.

And  a new study by University of Alabama’s Dr. Roy Spencer found that about half of the warming that did occur since the 1970s has been caused by El Ninos that take place during the natural warming and cooling cycles in the Pacific Ocean. Spencer said La Nina events (a cooling of the ocean) dominated the Pacific during the cooling from the 1950s to the mid-1970s. From that point to the late 1990s, El Ninos have been dominating. Spencer believes the Earth is in a La Nina situation now.

Global warming advocates claim the last 15 years of cooling are the result of the heat going into the deep ocean. Not only is this a theory, but there is no evidence or data to suggest this and like global warming’s alleged cause how are you going to substantiate it other that there is a scientific consensus of which there is not either to the oceans’ taking up the heat or to the theory in and of itself.

Should we conserve our resources and not waste? You bet. But should we limit our development of conventional energy or its use to “prevent global warming?” Absolutely not. You can’t prevent what is NOT happening. When the history of this period is written it will show that environmentalism had nothing to do with the environment, but had everything to do with political control.

Larry Weitzman is a resident of Rescue.

Larry Weitzman


Discussion | 30 comments

  • MartinDecember 30, 2013 - 4:16 am

    Global warming is money in the pockets of those who profess this; common since tells you that it is about the money not global warming. Look at all the solar, wind turbines, mirrors and all the other money makers that have risen out of global warming theories; a lot of people have made millions off the backs of the tax payer. Enough is enough, if we don’t take back control of our government everyone is going to suffer beyond imagination, this isn’t just a right winger talking it is fact.

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  • cookie65December 30, 2013 - 6:07 am

    FoIIow the money...

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  • In the KnowDecember 30, 2013 - 8:49 am

    Why do you think that they let the fires burn; Jobs, jobs, jobs and agenda 21 look at the real picture and who looses...We Do....

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  • Terri KlineDecember 30, 2013 - 9:32 am

    Why do we continue to be subjected to the ranting of a convicted felon? Oh yeah, that's right. Have to really dig deep to find someone who will promote the MD's Tea Party agenda. (sort of like the political cartoons from some obscure chamber of commerce publication). $558 million spent on climate change denial (14% dark money, the rest are oil industry profiteers & other usual suspects). How about some sourced information on the subject (oh, and peer reviewed too)?

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  • EvelynDecember 30, 2013 - 9:51 am

    Robert Brulle's PhD was in Sociology. His qualifications as a climatologist are not stated.

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  • cookie65December 30, 2013 - 3:49 pm

    Terri, what is the opposite of "deniaI"? Answer - acceptance.. Which one implies thought?

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  • T-RayDecember 30, 2013 - 9:33 pm

    A proper study would have looked at the funding for both sides. As it is, this is just propaganda.

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  • EvelynDecember 30, 2013 - 9:54 am

    "The Climate Change Scare Machine" - HERE

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  • EvelynDecember 30, 2013 - 10:03 am

    I trust that everyone remembers the 2009 East Anglia Climate Research Unit scandal. Revealed: fraudulent academic manipulation & suppression of climate research data.

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  • cookie65December 31, 2013 - 6:52 am

    This is being passed around the net, didn't know if you had seen it. It is aIso IocaI.

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  • cookie65December 30, 2013 - 3:46 pm

    Global warming scientists forced to admit defeat... because of too much ice: Stranded Antarctic ship's crew will be rescued by helicopter Chris Turney, a climate scientist and leader of the expedition, was going to document 'environmental changes' at the pole In an interview he said he expected melting ice to play a part in expedition MV Akademik Schokalskiy still stuck among thick ice sheet 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart, the Tasmanian capital Called for help at 5am Christmas morning after becoming submerged in ice Australia's back-up ship, Aurora Australis could not break through.

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  • cookie65December 30, 2013 - 4:29 pm

    Still one my favorite pieces ever written on the global warming fraud.

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  • T-RayDecember 30, 2013 - 8:44 pm

    I correspond on another blog site with a gentleman who volunteered to be a reviewer on the latest IPCC report. One thing he reported was that another reviewer drastically modified the input parameters to one of the global models used to predict the future. This highly altered model should have produced nonsense results. Instead it produced results very similar to its predictions using normal inputs. The model was rigged to give the "acceptable" result. Conclusion: the model is not valid. It only takes one counter example to disprove a theory. For the "believers", I suggest you read the book "State of Fear" by Michael Crichton. The book is fiction but at the end, he explains the title.

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  • Dink LaneDecember 31, 2013 - 9:46 am

    In 2013 alone -- worst typoon in history... the largest tornados in history... and now the driest year in history ..... and Larry's answer? ?... Just keep doing what we're doing .....

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  • cookie65December 31, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    Prove it...

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  • R SmithDecember 31, 2013 - 12:43 pm

    I will take Weitzam any day of the year. Obama has admitted to using hard drugs. The only thing that kept him out of prison was he was not caught. Lying to law enforcement officials is a violation of the law. Obama has lied to every law enforcer in the country not to mention over 300 million citizens all in an effort change the outcome of the electoral process and the representative government processes. There are also the violations of the separations of powers as laid down by the constitution. It is sad to see that we have people who have been suckled on so much BS that the truth has become their enemy. While the truth can set you free, these people have no concept of real freedom and the power it processes making its companion “truth” an inconvenience. The only claim to fame in Obama’s stable is that of a rabble-rouser and the rabble is aroused.

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  • Dink LaneDecember 31, 2013 - 1:04 pm

    Hey Richard... I mean "R Smith" .... where was you concern about "violations of the separations of powers as laid down by the constitution"....... When Cheney said he was BOTH Legislative and Executive? ...... Where in the constitution does it even come CLOSE to saying that????? ........... AND ...... "Lying to law enforcement officials"....... You realize..... CIA officials are LAW ENFORCEMENT officials..... and when HE said "And we know where they are"!....... But then you're saying..... That's is in the past..... so what is considered PAST? 1 year....... 3 years...... or 12 years?..... Oh I see.... only Obama years are NOT past..... Ok R.... go on.......

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  • PatriceDecember 31, 2013 - 1:16 pm

    Don't forget to add the hard drugs our President admitted to using---marijuana, a hard, hard drug!

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  • Dink LaneDecember 31, 2013 - 1:55 pm

    Don't forget that Pres. 'Baby' Bush lost his pilot's license because he didn't report to the Flight Surgeon for "Routine" (drug) testing..... Daddy pulled him out of Jail when he was arrested for a DUI of Cocaine..... But Obama is worse because he isn't "Republican" or because he's an "other"?

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  • R SmithDecember 31, 2013 - 1:27 pm

    Cheney was VP and could be called on to break a tie vote in the senate. The rest is nonsensical.

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  • Dink LaneDecember 31, 2013 - 3:24 pm

    Oxidation of CO to CO2 directly produces an unambiguous increase in indirect radiative effects... that breaks DOWN the zone above our heads .... that zone above our heads protects us from a MARS like atmosphere ...... Larry.... continuing pump toxins in the air is STUPID..... Larry if CO2 is so safe.... why aren't you sitting in a room with nothing else ...... Because you aren't stupid..... Stop thinking we are....

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 31, 2013 - 3:34 pm

    Dink, by YOUR definition of toxin YOU are polluting the atmosphere. Stop breathing.

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  • cookie65December 31, 2013 - 4:32 pm

    CH4 is 60 times more power a green house gas than CO2. Do you know dink what is the largest producer of CH4? It happens to be a place that consumes as much CO2 as all of mankind produces. Science cannot be emotionally driven like all your other fantasies.

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  • Dink LaneDecember 31, 2013 - 4:52 pm

    By your qualification statement -- you are saying --- The huge storms (e.g. the typhoon in the Philippines--off the record; the tornadoes in OK--off the record; and the winter storm in Antarctica's Summer--off the record) are all OK.... HUge NEVER before storms..... all this year ..... 2013.. Are OK with you (spending tax $$$ to repair -- remember Sandy?) .... Are you saying that IF by some chance we are knocking something out of WACK.... that our environment is NOT important enough to PROTECT?..... You don't want to be FORCED to buy Obamacare.... Well now you're being forced to breath dirty air and drink dirty water .... because you say they can pour toxins in your air and water and YOU are left to clean it out.....

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  • MartinDecember 31, 2013 - 5:30 pm

    Common since eludes you, Co2 is life giving without it you would be eating dirt instead of greens. I am sure that all the environmentalist are filling their pockets with green using Co2 as the seed,

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  • Dink LaneDecember 31, 2013 - 3:39 pm

    Sorry this is such a STUPID article I can't let it go....... Newly discovered gas, perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA) 7,000 times MORE powerful than carbon dioxide (CO2) at warming the Earth ........ .... This was discovered by REAL scientist (over 100 research TEAMS) who are exchanging their findings with each other......... That's REAL SCIENCE practices ...... University of Toronto's department of chemistry said: "The chemical, that does NOT occur NATURALLY, breaks all records for potential impacts on the climate." ..... Sorry Larry.... maybe your weatherman-scientist can come up with some new spin.... on how PFTBA is really soap bubbles... and we all need soap bubbles... ...... Why don't you remember what your mother taught you: ....... An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure ....

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 31, 2013 - 3:48 pm

    Dink, I'm curious. You know of that ship that is presently stuck in the Antarctic ice? . . . you know, that one that's loaded with global warming scientists? . . . stuck in ice . . . Are you posting the MD from that ship, Dink? . . . Are you one of those stuck in the ice global warming scientists posting the MD all the way from Antarctica?

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  • T-RayDecember 31, 2013 - 6:14 pm

    Dink, please stop trying to teach chemistry because your knowledge is extremely limited. CO is a very stable trace molecule and is very unlikely to react with O3 (ozone) in the upper atmosphere. O3 is much more likely to react with another O3 molecule to form 3 x O2 molecules. As for PFTBA, yes one molecule has the absorption strength of 7000 CO2 molecules. It also has a molecular weight of 671 which is over 20 times heavier than air, so it will not go very high in the atmosphere. In addition its concentration is 0.18 ppt compared to 400 ppm for CO2. As a result, its overall impact on radiation transfer will be 2,000,000 time less.

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 31, 2013 - 4:35 pm

    Cookie, I think Dink drink. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~>HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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  • MartinDecember 31, 2013 - 5:44 pm

    "PFTBA’s calculated effect is so miniscule that it would be difficult to determine experimentally. Even if the 7,100 (time-multiplied) factor were correct, the cumulative effect (if any) of other atmospheric constituents, such as CO2, would have to be multiplied by the same time factor. Therefore, the claimed GHGT effect of PFTBA would only amount to 1/2,000,000,000 of that of the CO2 in the atmosphere. That’s unless the earth’s atmosphere were to experience a rapid loss of its CO2, which would mean that nearly all life on earth would also rapidly come to a screeching halt. We should be thankful for the CO2 in our air. As to the effect of PFTBA, forget it."

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