Several recent news items that fuel the global warming debate-that-isn’t:
- A new study concludes that if anything, global warming may be hindering the formation of hurricanes, rather than causing them.
- A top hurricane forecaster blames global warming on ocean currents, not man-made CO2 emissions. Furthermore, he predicts we will soon enter a period of global cooling.
- NASA scientists report that Mars is heating up so fast, it could lose its southern ice cap. In a remarkable stroke of genius, the reporter offers: “Since there is no known life on Mars it suggests rapid changes in planetary climates could be natural phenomena.” But wait — do we have scientific consensus on that??
- Even scientists who believe that global warming is a threat are concerned that the media’s tendency to use alarmist rhetoric (“catastrophe,” “crisis,” “disaster,” etc.) in describing the problem is counterproductive. The public may be concluding that the threat is beyond our ability to manage, and lose any interest in trying to manage it.
- A fitting conclusion to this round-up: Global warming skeptics claim they are being silenced by a powerful alliance of environmentalists, politicians, and scientists who stifle any dissenting views on the subject. “Einstein could not have got funding under the present system.”