Friday, December 29, 2006

Climate of Fear: Why We Shouldn't Worry about Global Warming

by Thomas Moore

Global Warming and other Eco-Myths
How the Environmental Movement Uses False Science to Scare Us to Death
Edited by Ronald Bailey Prima Publishing HC, 320 pgs. US$24.95/C$37.95
ISBN: 0-7615-3660-4
Battling environmentalist myths By Steven Martinovich
web posted January 13, 2003

Environmentalism, writes editor Ronald Bailey in his introduction to Global Warming and other Eco-Myths, is a political ideology without a future. Though it remains politically popular, environmentalism has one giant Achilles Heel which will eventually doom it. Because it is a political ideology with a scientific basis, logically all one must do is disprove the science behind it to discredit the movement.

"[E]nvironmentalism now stands as the only global ideological competitor to liberal democratic capitalism. Environmentalism is the latest totalizing ideology that has arisen in the West during the past two centuries. Like communism before it, ideological environmentalism wants to claim the mantle of science," he writes, "to justify its political programs because in the post-Enlightenment world, science is the final arbiter of what is objectively true or not. However, as the communists discovered, the failure of one's ideology to correspond to reality is ultimately fatal."

With that thought in mind Bailey has assembled a collection of essays from the likes of ...

Global Warming: Natural Or Man-made?

We Are All Global Warmers Now... 9/1/2006

If, as Reason science correspondent Ron Bailey has written, "we are all global warmers now," then what is the debate over global warming?

Scientists generally agree that the surface temperature of the earth has risen by 1 degree Fahrenheit over the last century, and that part of that increase in temperature is attributable to human behavior. The debate, however, focuses on the extent to which humans are responsible for global warming (as opposed to natural forces), and the extent to which global warming will persist in the future. In addition, scientists and public policy experts also disagree about the proper response to global warming...

Here is some more "fuel for the fire" on this subject (bad pun intended).
Hockey Stick on Ice
Politicizing the science of global warming.

This article shows how one of the most popular "studies" about global warming, that is frequently used to "prove" that global warming is a recent phenomenon coinciding with the heavy industrialization of the West, has some serious problems with it.

In the medieval ages, there was a warming period (somewhere around 1000 AD), that was followed by a "mini Ice Age" in the 14th Century.

However, when climatologists and astrophysicists challenged the data and math used by Michael Mann to make his "hockey stick" study, this is what happened:

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