Global Warming Follies


A cooler head speaks his mind on Global Warming

Posted in Common Sense by tjgavin on May 20, 2008

First John Coleman, meteorologist and founder of the Weather Channel, said that human-caused global warming is junk science. Others followed him though their statements were mainly reported only in local newspapers. Now 31,000 scientists including 9,000 Phd’s sign a petition with the same message. That’s 15 times the number of “scientists” who sighned the IPCC report. The petition is predictably ignored by the media.

At least the Minneapolis StarTribune uses the petition’s announcement as a reason to talk to one of that city’s top TV meteorologist.

Longtime WCCO-TV meteorologist Mike Fairbourne says that the environmental movement is practicing “squishy science” when it ties human activity to global warming.   Fairbourne’s assessment Monday came on the same day that the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine appeared before the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and announced that it has the signatures of more than 31,000 scientists — including Fairbourne’s — who agree that the human impact on global warming is overblown.

The petition states, in part:

“There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases 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.”

Do other meteorologists agree with Fairbourne?

Fairbourne said he has talked “to a number of meteorologists who have similar opinions,” adding that he is concerned about “the extremism that is attached to the global warming.”

He noted that in the 1970s “we were screaming about global cooling. It makes me nervous when we pin a few warm years on squishy science.”

So what about glaciers melting and such? Aren’t we “destroying the Earth”?

Fairbourne said there are “other things going on — ocean currents, changes in salinity — other things not related to carbon dioxide going into the atmosphere.”

But what motivates the GW alarmists to say these things if there’s no proof?

Fairbourne said, “They’re doing it for a lot of reasons; some may be scientific, but most of them are political. We need to be calm and look at scientific evidence and evaluate it.”

Wow! Let’s hope other cooler heads find their voices as clearly as Fairboure did.

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