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Saturday, December 29, 2007

More Facts...

I've had the practice of posting news of late Spring blizzards and freak, record-breaking cold snaps from various parts of the world if only to temper the hysteria about Global Warming, play necessary devil's advocate to true-believers like Neoligizer, and perhaps assuage my own concerns when confronting the evidence that is stacking in favor of planetary warming.

I have long tended to agree that there is warming afoot, but have obviously pitched my tent in the camp of the skeptics that find dubious the argument that the warming is primarily driven by manmade CO2 emissions, the premised role of CO2 itself, and that warming is necessarily a bad thing, anyway (or at least not bad enough to warrant the cost and inconvenience of altering our economic system and way of life).

The issue has obviously been politicized to a Right-Left one, and mistrust abounds as to the objective integrity of the science from both sides of the argument.

On the one, it appears that many Global Warming Prophets of Doom have created a ruse and read conclusions into the numbers to justify the empowerment of all sorts of leftist, birds-of-a-feather causes, from environmentalism to the movements of anti-technology Neo-Luddites to socialism to Marxism (which prescribes controlling the means of production).

Meanwhile, the skeptical side is lambasted with the typical ad hominems you hear flung at conservatives in the context of the Culture War of Ideology, e.g. that they're careless about the environment, are corporately and rapaciously greedy, are "shills for the big oil companies," are generally unscientific, unenlightened, uneducated, and have their "heads-in-the-sand," and are just "destructive interference" at this point.

All that being said--and assuming, in lingering good faith, that the numbers are accurate and reflect reality-- this report practically proves a warming trend (record-breaking blizzards notwithstanding):

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8TR6ASG0&show_article=1

21 Comments:

Blogger Kelly said...

Happy New Year, John!

...its been down to 12 degrees here in the Rocky Mountains.

It's currently up to a balmy 23 degrees. I really could use a little global...I mean local warming. brrrrrrr

3:10 PM  
Blogger John said...

Happy New Year Kell. :)

4:55 PM  
Blogger nanc said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR, JOHN!

*:]

5:52 PM  
Blogger John said...

You too Nanc. :)

8:33 PM  
Blogger Phelonius said...

Hey John! Happy New Year!

And guess what I am doing this new year?

I am running for a State Rep office as a Libertarian.

Never dreamed I would ever do anything that nuts.....

1:50 PM  
Blogger John said...

GREAT news, James. Best wishes and Happy New Yeaer to you, too.

6:01 PM  
Blogger nanc said...

john - you are going to LOVE this!

6:08 AM  
Blogger John said...

lol

1:32 PM  
Blogger nanc said...

lol at your reply!

4:05 PM  
Blogger John said...

Well, Russia is enjoying a booming economy thanks in great part to their oil industry...

4:19 PM  
Blogger nanc said...

john - here's a cool test (pardon the pun) - takes a minute or so to load - i missed THREE!

3:45 PM  
Blogger John said...

Thanks. I missed two.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Phelonius said...

HAHA!
I missed ONE. *I* am the best!! ME ME ME!!!

6:55 PM  
Blogger John said...

Why, you...

5:10 AM  
Blogger nanc said...

perhaps he is climatologist/science oriented?

and, we are not?

once i reread the questions i missed, only one made perfect sense to me so essentially, i missed two in the longrun.

okay - time to give phelonius a blanket party!

*;]

10:03 PM  
Blogger nanc said...

where's kelly?

maybe she missed four?

*:[

10:04 PM  
Blogger John said...

lol

4:09 AM  
Blogger Phelonius said...

I have to admit to being something of a science geek, and I took a lot of physics and chemistry in my undergraduate days. I still read the science journals on a fairly regular basis, and we keep running subscriptions to things like Discover, National Geographic and the like.

Otherwise I am a very amateur observer.......

7:48 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I took the test. I only missed ONE!!! woo hoo!!

Take that!

10:06 PM  
Blogger Phelonius said...

Hmph.....

Ok, maybe I am not really smarter than you guys after all.....in fact, I think my intellect is rather smaller than most of the people that are at this blog.....

But it WAS fun to try!

4:04 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

in fact, I think my intellect is rather smaller than most of the people that are at this blog.....

oh, why James, do you think that?

4:34 PM  

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