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Global Warming’s Fever

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By Tom Phelps

“The earth has a fever.” This was a statement from Nobel Prize winning documentarian, Al Gore.

Increasingly the view of mankind by mankind is that of intruder. In many ways it would seem that we are the earth’s enemy and our very existence is depleting the earth of resources that could keep an environmental balance.

Global warming is the belief that the temperature of the air nearest to earth is consistently rising. Droughts are blamed on global warming and new products are constantly being developed to help lessen human impact on perceived climate change.

Electric or hybrid cars are thought to provide the best example of how we can reduce carbon emissions that are said to be harming the earth.

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New Study: Global Warming Not The Only Factor In Arctic Ice Shelf Collapse

AHN – February 7, 2008

More studies and more contradictory conclusions! I feel like a broken record sometimes in this discussion of global warming and causality. As soon as one scientist puts out a hypothesis, another puts out a contradictory or modifying hypothesis. Perhaps the key thing to understand is that these aren’t facts but conclusions that have been reached by individuals.

A hypothesis (according to Dictionary.com) is:

a proposition, or set of propositions, set forth as an explanation for the occurrence of some specified group of phenomena, either asserted merely as a provisional conjecture to guide investigation (working hypothesis) or accepted as highly probable in the light of established facts.

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Scientists doubt climate change

The Washington Times – December 21, 2007

This story has been floating around the media for some time and I suppose it is time that I discuss it as well. It wouldn’t be such a big deal except that Mr. Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States and Nobel prize winner, declared the debate over and that there was a consensus among scientists. Of course, the first thing that happens with that kind of grandiose statement is the nay-sayers raise their hands REAL HIGH!

That is part of what makes this discussion so interesting (and so frustrating). Seemingly intelligent people with such strong and diverse opinions that are arguing so strenuously. As with most bi-polar discussions, the truth likely lies somewhere in the middle.

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Global warming may reduce hurricanes hitting U.S.

Reuters – January 23. 2008

What in the world is going on here?!?!?! Do we understand so little about our climate and environment that we can’t even figure out for sure if hurricanes are going to be less frequent or more frequent with global warming? I repeat my call for more effort to truly understand our climate before we spend trillions of dollars to try and change the environment – a sum that will likely cause the death of thousands of people.

This also flies directly into the face of former Vice President Al Gore and his film “An Inconvenient Truth” perhaps Mr. Gore should consider giving back his Nobel since one of his strongest statements and most concerning images in the movie was the certainty that hurricanes would increase and cause more catastrophes such as New Orleans.

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Gore hits at US over climate change

Financial Times – December 13, 2007

Former Vice President Al Gore stood in front of the Bali conference several days ago and accused the US of obstructing progress on global warming. While Mr. Gore is certainly entitled to his opinions, it seems a little callous for a former leader of the government to so blatantly come out against the US position in an international body.

To the best of my knowledge, Mr. Gore was not representing the US in this meeting. He was likely invited to the meeting on behalf of his activism in this area.

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My Nobel Moment

Wall Street Journal – November 1, 2007

This is a very interesting commentary from John Christy, a member of the IPCC and, thus, a partial receiver of the Nobel Peace Prize. In short, it appears that Mr. Christy doesn’t think that he deserves his .001% of the prize.

I was pointed to this commentary by two regular readers (thank you to Scott and to Ron – check out their sites by clicking on their names).

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The Global Warming Learning Curve

Time – October 17, 2007

I am not sure what inference can be drawn from this study but I do find it interesting. The study analyzes the search patterns of words on the Internet that relate to the topic of global warming. Without a doubt, this activity has fallen in the past few months but as with all trends, the causality is still in question.

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Another Sunday comic day

I picked up the idea that I needed to do another day of comics from Scott Huong over at BUUUUURRRRNING HOT. With Mr. Gore winning the Nobel Peace Prize this week, there are a lot of cartoons out there.

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Gore and U.N. Panel Win Peace Prize for Climate Work

The New York Times – October 12, 2007

Everyone has probably heard by now that former Vice President Al Gore received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on global warming issues. I congratulate Mr. Gore on this achievement as few people have accomplished so great an honor. I do find it ironic that he should receive this award so soon after a UK court found 11 "un-truths" in Mr. Gore’s film "An Inconvenient Truth".

Former Vice President Al Gore, … was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, sharing it with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations network of scientists.

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"An Inconvenient Truth" found to be inconveniently incorrect!

BUUUUURRRRNING HOT – October 10, 2007

Recently, there was a lawsuit in the UK to challenge the accuracies of the famous Al Gore movie, "An Inconvenient Truth" which discusses global warming. I just found out from a good friend of this site that the court has announced their decision that 11 inaccuracies must be described to school children in the UK in order for the film to be shown to them. BUUUUURRRRNING HOT has done a review of this discussion and I suggest that you go to the site and read Scott’s comments.

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