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The Tide Is Turning

I've been predicting for a while now that in the fullness of time--meaning 15 or 20 years down the road from now--climate change would come to resemble the population bomb of the late 1960s: a real phenomenon whose extent was vastly overestimated, and whose proposed coercive political remedies were completely wrongheaded and disproportionate to the matter.  One signpost along the way is that the media would grow bored with the subject.  When was the last time you saw a "population bomb" cover on one of the major news magazines?  Probably about the time of Michael Jackson's last hit record.  

That's what makes this BBC story, "What Happened to Global Warming?", an important signpost of the turn I expect will become more pronounced (especially if more baseball playoff games keep getting snowed out).  This story is significant because the BBC has been more in the bag for climate alarmism than practically any other media organization (though the competition for that is fierce, I admit).  Eventually I expect the media will grow increasingly bored with climate alarmism, and start passing up the breathy press releases from the climate campaigners.  In political terms, there is now a race on to see whether our global political class can gain a stranglehold over the energy sector before the already minimal public support for this policy nonsense collapses completely.
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Please, thousands of scientists cannot be wrong. It is thousand of scientists, isn't it? I think that is what global warming true believers have been telling me for years and years, that scientists say that man-caused global warming is absolutely true, that scientific computer models cannot be wrong, nor can the evidence of a polar bear, as seen on video, over and over, swimming around for want of an ice floe be anything but proof positive. The BBC must be incorrect about the data.

Or else, we all must have done something in 1998 to reverse the climate trend. Or else, if the climate is cooling, then we are back to facing a global Ice Age and something must be done. To say that nothing can or must be done suggests that no one needs to lead us into a better future. We know that cannot be true.

Kate,
Good post, except for one error. It's not thousands of scientists, ALL scientists are convinced that manmade global warming is a fact and will destroy us all unless we immediately pass control of our lives to Al Gore, etc. The only scientists who aren't pointing this out are the dishonest ones who have been bought out by Halliburton and remain quiet or pretend to disagree.

It's the sun stupid should have been the answer for years. I wish I could share your belief that this is starting to go away, but I fear there is to much to be gained monetarily and in terms of social control for those who push this idea for them to let it just go away. The other example is curious, because you don't hear much about population control in the media but there are a lot of think tanks and university studdies promoting it still, oh and China lives by it.

Actually, there is global warming, and yes, humans have contributed to some extent. The thing they never tell you is that we are overdue for an ice age. Given that glaciation would utterly destroy the civilizations of the northern hemisphere, is it not a good thing that humans have happened upon such a solution?

Dante, yes, and now you must include the BBC with Halliburton in that formula?

In the right circumstances, everyone knows and no one questions. This article http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/article_dacf39c7-c2f8-5718-a5a0-d0cfb39f80bc.html was on Drudge this morning. It is not an important read as it says all the usual stuff. However, within the usual stuff is this:

In what organizers said was a rarity, Gore took half a dozen questions from journalists, including one from Phelim McAleer, an Irish filmmaker who asked Gore to address nine errors in his film identified by a British court in 2007.

Gore responded that the court ruling supported the showing of his film in British schools. When McAleer tried to debate further, his microphone was cut off by the moderators.

Is this rare because such people usually do not attend or because all agree, usually?

Redwald, how do we know?

Kate, it's funny you bring up that British court case involving "nine errors in [Gore's] film," as I was just directed to this article this morning, which addresses the full context of how the judge was considering those to be "errors." To say that the judge, or court, identified 9 errors in the film is wildly inaccurate. See here for the details:

http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2007/10/an_error_is_not_the_same_thing.php

Here are other items quite pertinent to Steve's original blog-post. First, I think it's always worth keeping this in mind, when reading climate change posts on this blog, or over at NRO:

http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2009/09/john_mashey_recommends_climate.php

in a similar vein, this is a true classic:
http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=158798&cid=13301230

And this is worth reading:
http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2009/10/mcintyre_misunderstood_somehow.php#more

Also this:
http://sciencio.com/ecology/11-1/662-scientists-measure-ancient-athmosphere-co2-levels-by-using-fossilized-algae.html

Don’t put out the Amber Alert just yet, old chap; as long as there is a nickel to be made or an ounce of control to be had over other people’s lives, we’ll always have Global Warming, just like Rick and Ilsa will always have Paris.

As they say in the Obama Casablanca at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue:

“I remember every detail. The Germans wore grey. You wore blue. Al Gore wore a 2000 Gulfstream 400, which made him look fat–but it was okay because he had purchased extra carbon credits from himself!”

Louis Renault: Unoccupied France welcomes you to Casablanca…You may find the climate of Casablanca a trifle warm, Major.
Heinrich Strasser: Oh, we Germans must get used to all climates, from Russia to the Sahara. But perhaps you were not referring to the weather.
Renault: What else, my dear Major?
Strasser: The research funding I would lose if I didn’t say what the politicians wanted.

Renault: And what in Heaven’s name brought you to Casablanca?
Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.
Renault: The waters? What waters? We’re in the desert.
Rick: I was misinformed by the North Saharan Hockey Stick League. ................................

Future generations will think we were staring at the sun; controlling people, which is the Prime Directive, trying to force the creation of phony “Green Jobs” which cost 10 times what they produce, pouring good money down a global-sized rat hole with millions out of work and so many real needs to be met, all to assuage our moral vanity and gouge taxpayers with carbon credits in hopes of Controlling the Weather.

It’s mad, really.

The drowning polar bears are in your debt craig.

Yes, of course, everything is fine, and likely to just keep getting better and better:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20091015/wl_canada_afp/britaincanadaarcticclimateenvironmentscience

Let's just hope that the "liberally-biased" mainstream media keep improving as Steven predicts, and just give things like that the attention they deserve - none!

What we really need are more lifesyle pieces in the papers, on special whiskeys, cigars, steaks, SUVs and other such manly things.

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