More than 5,000 emails released last week put another substantial chink in the global warming climate change armor, confirming what many of us have believed for some time: There’s no scientific proof of man-caused climate change.
Three themes are emerging from the newly released emails: (1) prominent scientists central to the global warming debate are taking measures to conceal rather than disseminate underlying data and discussions; (2) these scientists view global warming as a political “cause” rather than a balanced scientific inquiry and (3) many of these scientists frankly admit to each other that much of the science is weak and dependent on deliberate manipulation of facts and data.
We’re supposed to believe that the Earth is warming or cooling because of aerosol hairspray, plastic bags, SUVs, and other assorted evils ... that by recycling soda cans and driving electric coal-powered cars, we can prevent polar bears from needlessly dying.
That’s a bit presumptuous of us, don’t you think? Besides, what temperature is the Earth supposed to be? Isn’t a warmer climate better for growing food, and therefore better for humans anyway? Sorry polar bears, but my kids’ access to healthy food is more important than your inability to adapt to melting icebergs.
I wasn’t around for the last ice age, but I have it on good authority that it sucked. People starved to death, but that’s only if they managed to stay warm enough to not freeze to death. Mother Earth was one frosty lady in those days, and survival was tough. There were no first-world problems back then, because there was no first world.
It’s hard to put much stock in the global warming movement when the people leading the charge (ahem Al Gore) leave their engines running for an hour while they make speeches at ‘environment lectures.’ It’s hard to take people attending a Climate Summit seriously when they arrive in private planes and opt for limousines instead of those hybrid cars that Hollywood is so obsessed with.
Here’s the thing: The Earth is going to change temperatures. Pollution sucks, but guess what? People will figure out how to make things work better so that there will be less pollution. Anyone remember the industrial revolution? The air was so filthy that the moths changed colors.
Things got better. They continue to get better. They will always get better, so long as the free market is allowed to exist. That’s the beauty of capitalism. People will not buy things that don’t improve their lives, and people don’t like pollution. Therefore, manufacturers will try to create the most environmentally friendly products that they can in hopes of making more sales.
People don’t need propaganda in order to be good stewards of the planet. It’s a good thing too; since it turns out that all this global warming hype is bupkis.
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