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Global Warming: Fact, Fiction and Political Endgame

Townhall.com – February 26, 2007

This is a commentary article about Al Gore, his recent accolades for “An Inconvenient Truth”, and some of the background science of global climate change.  It is a very good read and I encourage my readers to click through to the source article (especially since the title is quite close to the URL of my blog). 

It is interesting that the author tries to draw a correlation between the Academy Awards that Mr. Gore received and the timing of the IPCC report.  I don’t think that this is anything but coincidence and all of my research indicates that the two are not tied together.  We know that the Academy Awards are always held the same time of the year and it appears that the IPCC was always trying to put their release out at that time of the year.  It does not appear that Mr. Gore’s very well made documentary had anything to do with it.

Vice President Testifies Before Joint Subcommittee Hearing

Committee on Science and Technology, US House of Reps – March 21, 2007

These are the opening remarks of Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) prior to the testimony of former Vice President Al Gore.  As with my earlier post on Mr. Gore, I do not feel that it is appropriate to take any of this commentary out of context so I am reproducing the full statement below without editorial work.

It is both my pleasure and a great privilege this morning to welcome the Honorable Albert Gore, Jr., former Vice President of the United States to this hearing. Vice President Gore has devoted almost 30 years to the subject of global warming and is here today to offer his perspective on this important issue.

Congressional Testimony on Climate Change by Al Gore

House Science and Technology Committee – March 21, 2007

I will not make comments on this testimony.  Former Vice President Al Gore deserves more respect than to have me make comments on his opinions and testimony.

Testimony of the Honorable Al Gore
before the
U. S. House of Representatives
Energy & Commerce Committee
Subcommittee on Energy & Air Quality
and the
Science & Technology Committee
Subcommittee on Energy & Environment

March 21,2007

Chairman Dingell, Chairman Gordon, Congressman Barton, Congressman Hall, and members of the Subcommittees. I want to thank you for the gracious invitation to be with you today, giving me an opportunity to return to the House to talk about the climate crisis.

Is butterfly evidence of global warming?

News Shopper – February 25, 2007

I post this article, not because I think it is correct, but rather as an indication that that once a premise is started it is easy to find empirical evidence that appears relevant but is not.  Science should teach us to disregard aberrations and focus only on reliable and repeatable trends.  Finding a butterfly is not relevant.  Noticing that it was warm yesterday (or cold) is not relevant.  Rather, we need to not look at these outliers and focus on hard and repeatable facts.  Otherwise, we will not be able to make intelligent decisions.  Mark this “Ridiculous”

An out-of-season butterfly could be evidence of global warming, according to one resident.

Sweeping changes to global climate seen by 2100: study

Breitbard.com – March 26, 2007

This study analyzes what the world would be like if global warming continues unabated until 2100 using the scenarios described in the recent IPCC report.  It doesn’t do an analysis on the probability of this happening or the possible effects of massive ice melting and the consequential raising of ocean waters.  Instead, the study details the effects of changes in local temperature to various parts of the world.

Many of the world’s climate zones will vanish entirely by 2100, or be replaced by new, previously unseen ones, if global warming continues as expected, a study released Monday said.

An Ice Age versus Global Warming

The American Daily – February 25, 2007

This is more commentary than fact however the author raises some interesting points.  It is worthwhile for the average reader to spend a few minutes thinking about these points.  I rarely like the argument “common sense” since it is rare for people to agree with this logic, however it is still worthwhile to think through the conclusions made in the article.

2080 is a mere 73 years from now. In meteorological terms, it is a blink of the eye. Real climatologists measure time far differently than the rest of us. While the IPCC, Al Gore, and the other fear mongers are warning of the horrors of Global Warming, it is useful to look at the time scales. The end of the last Ice Age was 11,500 ago.

Earth – melting in the heat?

BBC News – October 7, 2005

This article details some of the observed effects of global warming as well as some of the effects for the future.  It is quite light on scientific detail – just a discussion on the empirical observations that bring one to conclude that global warming is real.

Indigenous Arctic peoples will find their food stocks gone, while fresh water supplies in Asia and south America will disappear as the glaciers which provide them melt away; penguins, polar bears and seals will find their habitats gone, their traditional lives unliveable.

There is so much ice here [Antarctic] that if it all melted, sea levels globally would rise hugely – perhaps as much as 80m. Say goodbye to London, New York, Sydney, Bangkok, Rio… in fact, the majority of the world’s major cities.

INHOFE OPENING STATEMENT: Hearing on Vice President Al Gores Perspective on Global Warming

US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works – March 21, 2007

Senator Inhofe (R. Okla) is a member of this committee and he had remarks prior to the testimony of Mr. Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States.  Senator Inhofe does not appear to believe that world is warming appreciably and, if it is, does not feel that humans are the root cause or at least does not appear to believe that humans should dramatically change behavior to alleviate the condition.

It is my perspective that your global warming alarmist pronouncements are now and have always been filled with inaccuracies and misleading statements. Many of the peer-reviewed studies published in such journals as Nature, Geophysical Research Letters, and Science are radically at odds with your claims.

Boxer Opening Statement Hearing on Al Gore’s Perspective on Global Warming.

US Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works – March 21, 2007

Senator Boxer chairs the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.  She gave an opening statement upon the arrival of Mr. Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States.  Her statement confirms her belief in global warming, that it is caused by human activity, and that it is imperative that the US take steps to prevent it.

Mr. Vice President, we are honored and privileged to have you here with
us today, to discuss one of the most important challenges facing
humankind global warming.

Professor Roger Ravelle, who began making the first measurements of CO2 in the atmosphere, was your spark.  And from that, you became a spark that has ignited the global warming debate in America.

GORE REFUSES TO TAKE PERSONAL ENERGY ETHICS PLEDGE

US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works – March 21, 2007

Obviously the big news on the global warming agenda this week is former Vice President Al Gore’s testimony to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.  In this press release, Senator Inhofe (R. Okla.) challenges Mr. Gore to take a pledge to not use more energy than the average US household.  Evidently, Mr. Gore did not accept that challenge.

Former Vice President Al Gore refused to take a Personal Energy Ethics Pledge today to consume no more energy than the average American household.  The pledge was presented to Gore by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, during todays global warming hearing.