Saturday, March 18, 2006

The Global Warming Scam

by Nima Sanandaji and Fred Goldberg

The media portrays a dramatic image of how the ice is melting in the polar regions as a consequence of global warming. We are warned that the North Pole might become ice-free during the summer months at the end of this century and that the polar bears might become extinct due to this development.
But is this really a realistic image? Sure, there is research that indicates that the ice sheets are being reduced, but there are also studies that show the complete opposite. An example of this is a study in the scientific journal Geophysical Research Letter where the Swedish researcher Peter Winsor compares data collected by submarines below the Arctic ice. His conclusions are that the thickness of the ice has been almost constant between 1986 and 1997.
If you look at the South Pole there are studies that show an increase in the mass of the ice. In a study published in the journal Nature a number of polar researchers showed that they had observed a net cooling of 0.7 degrees in the region between 1986 and 2000. Another study published in Science showed that the East-Antarctic ice sheet had grown with 45 million metric tones between 1992 and 2003.
Are the ices growing or melting? The simple answer is that there exist studies that point to both directions, perhaps indicating that scientists know relatively little about global climate. But what counts to most ordinary people is what media is reporting, and media is often highlighting the most alarming studies and seldom report of studies that go against the notion that human activity leads to global warming. To put it simply, the news is filtered through an environmentalist view of the world. Read more here.

Many will tell you to follow the money. With the vast sum of money going toward research in Global Warming, those who get it don't want the stream to be cut off. Anyone who goes against the grain of warming will be quickly marginalized or ignored completely. They are told about the many who are for warming and the few who are opposed. Yet, if one was to start gathering names, the scales are beginning to balance. Here is an article that does just that.
See the list here.


Blogger A Jacksonian said...

I post my views on global warming here. Suffice it to say that political science and scanty short-term evidence makes for poor predictability given the long term, very long term and planetary trends involved. And that is *before* even criticizing the lack of economic analysis on the issue...

6:13 AM, April 24, 2006  
Anonymous James Fraser said...

The co-author of that, Fred Goldberg, has a PHD in welding technology. And they don't specifically say who wrote these studies that say that the ice sheets are increasing (as they could be people who have no business studying it, or could be funded by "Anti-Global-Warming" [I don't know how to say it any better] companies such as Exxon) or what the ratio is of lessening-sheets studies to increasing-sheets studies. Always read between the lines.

8:21 PM, May 01, 2007  

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