An Inconvenient Silence
March 5, 2008
Over 400 scientists, meteorologists, and climatologists gathered this week for the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change in New York City. However, not much more than a couple dozen journalists attended, with even fewer news outlets covering the event. And the reason wasn’t yet another Super Tuesday presidential primary.
Aside from this winter being one of the coldest in modern history, these are the politically incorrect scientists who insist the debate isn’t over on global warming. The ones who still infuse the necessary skepticism before deciding a hypothesis, particularly one based on computer models, becomes a scientific fact. One would figure the media would’ve had a field day uncovering their inaccuracies, lambasting their biases, and questioning their doubts, nowadays tantamount to holocaust denial. But this time, they were let off easy. They were practically ignored.
Who are these scientists anyway? Corporate shills on big oil’s payroll who dismiss the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report without giving it a complete read? Hardly. They are some of the very scientists who not only helped write the IPCC reports, but were discredited and ridiculed for speaking out against their findings being misrepresented for political agendas. Scientists such as Paul Reiter from the World Health Organization, Robert Carter from the Marine Geophysical Laboratory in Australia, as well as John Coleman the founder of the Weather Channel, were among those voicing these concerns along with the thirty some odd errors behind Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, and the unfounded alarmism the film has caused.
Given all the new data that is being constantly discovered by scientists such as John Christy, one of the original authors of the IPCC, many are realizing that carbon dioxide is far from the cause of global warming. Despite the heralded “hockey stick” graph, upon closer inspection CO2 does NOT precede rises in global temperature, but instead follows them. Also, CO2 makes up less than 5% of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Water vapor actually accounts for over 95%. It’s only a matter of time until someone in DC or the UN figures out how to calculate its commensurate tax.
And with world leaders such as Václav Klaus, the president of the Czech Republic, who knows all too well about authoritarian political gambits after living under the Soviet bloc in former Czechoslovakia, a whole other truth may soon become more apparent. Klaus spoke at the conference about his concern with the familiar silencing of freedom of expression by environmentalists who insist the debate is over. Freedoms which are becoming more and more inconvenient than the truth itself.