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Gore And Global Warming: Bring Your Skepticism

The Bulletin – February 28, 2007

This is a great article. The article discusses other potential causes of global warming than human action. It also takes a fairly cynical look at the politics of the money involved. If you have an open mind on global warming issues, this article is well worth your time.

Beyond the natural carbon cycle and greenhouse warming, there are some other serious causal explanations for global warming. Among the suspects are, of all things, the sun and its fellow stars.

The researchers put forth evidence that cosmic rays have a lot to do with cloud formation in the atmosphere, which in turn has a lot to do with shielding us from the sun’s warmth. Combining this discovery with evidence that our local star is experiencing historically high levels of solar activity, the researchers suggest that our sun is batting away cosmic rays from elsewhere in the galaxy and thus reducing our planet’s cloud cover.

There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.

The Senate, however, passed a resolution rejecting approval of that treaty in an eye-popping show of bipartisanship. The vote was 95-0, and 56 of those senators are still in Congress.

Every 10 days, China fires up a new coal generator, with plans for 2,200 additional plants by 2030. At current growth rates of consumption, China alone will devour all the earth’s resources in three decades and generate a whole lot of CO2 in the process.

European industrial nations and developing nations on other continents would like to see the U.S. economy restrained by the Kyoto Treaty.

Talk of carbon credits and other nonsense is really all about campaign coffers-holding out the threat of regulation as a means of financing campaigns and perpetuating office tenures.

Christopher Horner, Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, aptly describes Gore and his ilk as “green on the outside, red to the core,” noting that they are motivated by an anti-capitalist agenda.

Gore’s current hysterics should be received with much more skepticism than the last round of climate soothsayers. A lethal dose of his eco-elixir is precisely the wrong prescription, as it is full of the Left’s archetypal defeatist, retreatist statism but void of regard for real-world economic consequences.

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