The Global Warming Deceptions Continue

October 18, 2006

By Tom DeWeese

They call us the “astro-turf” crowd –those of us who dispute the dire claims of global warming. Let one of us get on the radio or in front of an audience and the accusation is made: “You’re just a lackey of big business.” Nothing we say can have any serious meaning because we are paid by big oil or some other corporation and so must have an ulterior motive.( By the way, I or the American Policy Center have never received a single dime from big oil corporations). Of course, there is always a double standard in the name calling business.

Now comes this report from Senator James Inhofe, Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. In a speech before the Senate, Inhofe told of the media’s double standard in reporting on the global warming issue.

Said Inhofe, “On March 19 of this year ‘60 Minutes’ profiled NASA scientist and alarmist James Hansen, who was once again making allegations of being censored by the Bush administration. In the segment, objectivity and balance were again tossed in favor of a one-sided glowing profile of Hansen.”

Inhofe continued, “The ’60 Minutes’ segment made no mention of Hansen’s partisan ties to former Vice President Al Gore or Hansen’s receiving of a grant of a quarter of a million dollars from the left-wing Heinz Foundation run by Teresa Heinz. There was no mention of Hansen’s subsequent endorsement of her husband John Kerry for President in 2004.”

Concluded Inhofe, “Many in the media dwell on any industry support given to so-called skeptics, but the same media completely fail to note Hansen’s huge grant for the left-wing Heinz Foundation. The foundation’s money originated from the Heinz family ketchup fortune. So it appears that the media makes a distinction between oil money and ketchup money.”

Meanwhile an effort is underway by global warming worshipers to stop, at all costs, the hated global warming skeptics. These are scientists and commentators (including yours truly) who disagree with the sermons of the church of global warming.

CBS correspondent Scott Pelley has justified excluding scientists skeptical of global warming alarmism from his segments because he considers skeptics to be the equivalent of “Holocaust deniers.”

California’s attorney general sued the six largest U.S. and Japanese automakers, including GM, Ford and Toyota for damages related to greenhouse-gas emissions, even though there is no proof that global warming exists, or that carbon dioxide is a problem (there are now studies available to the contrary). The California suit is really an effort to enforce the Kyoto global warming treaty, even though the U.S. has never ratified it.

It is interesting to note that in preparing for the suit, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed requests in federal court to force auto makers to disclose all documents and communications between the companies and the so-called climate skeptics. California accuses the climate skeptics of playing a major role in spreading disinformation about global warming.

California obviously has become a leading practioner of the policy of “globally acceptable truth” as advocated by Donald Sagar of the Eden Institute (The DeWeese Report, Volume 12, Issues 7 & 8). Sagar disavowels the value of science, caring more to kill honest debate and instead to impose strict limitations on how people think. Those who speak out with a difference of opinion, like global warming skeptics, are to be silenced as dangerous. It is the end of free speech and free thought. California’s attorney general has now brought Sagar’s crazed rantings into the nation’s legal system.

However, the growing body of proof that global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on human civilization cannot be denied. For example:

·Global warming preachers claim this summer’s heat wave in the eastern part of the country is evidence of global warming.

In fact, the recent heat wave is nowhere close to breaking record temperatures set in 1930 – fifty years before fears of human caused catastrophic global warming supposedly began. “That summer has never been approached…” said global warming skeptic and the state of Virgina’s climatologist Patrick Michaels.

·Global warming preachers claim that of the 21 hottest years ever measured, 20 have occurred within the last 25 years. And the hottest was this year’s recent heat wave.

In fact, according to official temperature records of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in the UK, the global average temperature did not increase between 1998 and 2005.

Tom DeWeese
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Tom DeWeese is one of the nation’s leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, personal privacy, back-to-basics education and American sovereignty and independence.