11 Jun Science Fascists Threaten Bush European Visit
June 11, 2001
By Alan Caruba
This nation is threatened by a cabal of science fascists who are determined to influence the President’s decisions about issues that real science has already decided. The Earth is not warming. The liars say it is.
The latest instance is the report from a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) committee purporting that human activity is inducing a warming of the planet and that carbon dioxide (CO2) must be “capped” to avoid the predicted change.
It is a lie from start to finish. The panel of eleven persons, seeded with one dissident, were the same people who have been involved in advancing the greatest hoax of our times, global warming.
As do the reports of the UN International Panel on Climate Control (IPCC), the NAS report relies on computer model predictions instead of the actual, known facts about the overall temperature of the Earth. Those facts confirm that the Earth has not warmed at all since the 1950s. For a half century, based on satellite data and radiosonde balloon data, the evidence demonstrates, if anything, a slight cooling!
Writing in The New York Times on June 7th, Dr. S. Fred Singer noted that “another committee of the National Academy, with some of the same experts, published a report in January 2000 that tried to explain why the global atmosphere showed little, if any, warming since 1979, according to the best data from weather satellites and weather balloons.”
On June 14, President Bush will go to Europe to face off with the leaders of the European Union over his decision to withdraw US support for the United Nations Treaty on Climate Control, fashioned in Kyoto, Japan. He is, however, being urged by his Secretary of the Treasury (!) to endorse CO2 caps, agreeing to reductions in the emissions of this most common and most valuable of all gases, short of the oxygen that supports our lives.
CO2 is vital to photosynthesis, an endothermic reaction that absorbs heat during the manufacture of biomass. In plain language, as CO2 contributes to the creation of vegetation that is then eaten to sustain life, it also contributes to cooling the earth, not heating it! The evidence for this can be found in the scientific records of the United States Historical Climatology Network. These records reach back to 1890.
Without CO2 all forests and vegetation would cease from this earth and, thereafter, all life on which it depends would end. This earth would benefit from more CO2, not less. In previous eras, the concentrations of CO2 have been five times as high as they are today and the 100 million-year age of the dinosaurs is proof of its power to sustain animal life while enriching the growth of vegetation.
The very first sentence of the NAS report’s summary is a lie. “Greenhouse gases are accumulating in Earth’s atmosphere as a result of human activities, causing surface air temperatures and subsurface ocean temperatures to rise.”
Thereafter, the rest of the summary is a vile collection of lies given the blessing of a panel that didn’t include a geologist or glaciologist, nor anyone with a demonstrated expertise in statistics qualified to judge the adequacy or accuracy of the data.
If these lies prevail and President Bush makes a political decision permitting the proposed CO2 caps to be imposed, he will have eviscerated his original decision to vacate the UN treaty that called for reductions in our energy generation and use to 1990 levels. The US Senate has passed a unanimous resolution say it would never approve this treaty. It is difficult to believe Bush would reverse himself, but he has devoted the better part of the past two weeks being photographed in front of giant sequoia trees and in the Everglades in order to shore up his image as environmentally sensitive.
He was elected by people whose jobs, be they ranchers, farmers, loggers, miners, auto workers, and virtually everyone who turns on the lights and their computer every day, are utterly dependent on the defeat of this noxious plan to undermine and destroy the economy of this nation.
Why the Secretary of Treasury, Paul O’Neill, would have anything to say about this question of science is beyond the imagination. His idiotic proposals would not just limit CO2 emissions, they would ban them. You might was well ban the act of exhaling because that is what every human and other animal on earth does in the normal course of extracting oxygen from the atmosphere.
Bush’s Director of the Environmental Protection Agency, Christine Whitman, has in her first six months in office demonstrated such a total lack of understanding of the science required for the job, it is frightening to contemplate what she might recommend.
So, we must now wait to see if President Bush will show the resolve necessary to act on scientific fact. Meanwhile, the science fascists will roll out a torrent of propaganda and ratchet up the political pressure to achieve in Europe what they could not achieve in Kyoto, Japan.
Perhaps no other decision of this new President will have a more far-reaching impact on the future of this nation. More than 17,000 scientists have signed a petition opposing the UN treaty. Now one man, George W. Bush, has it within his power to end this assault on scientific fact and our economy.
Alan Caruba, a veteran science and business writer, is the founder of The National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about scare campaigns intended to influence public opinion and policy. The Center maintains an Internet site at www.anxietycenter.com.