Know people who are still convinced the approximate 1.7% of CO2 man produces is warming up the planet?
From wattsupwiththat.com, watch this video for some perspective on earth's past: naturally occuring warming and cooling from ice core measurements.
Mark my word: within 10 years, if we are now indeed in a global cooling phase, the news will change. Future headlines will be:
- ice age nears!
- industry now paid to emit C02 and all warming agents possible to save the planet!
- the world turns to coal for help to warm things up!
- crops failing because globe is cooling!
- thousands of polar bears roam Chicago snow glacier fields looking for food! (ok, maybe a slight exaggeration ... probably won't see polar bears in Chicago for AT LEAST a couple hundred years if we are cooling and man still lives there ... but don't think my blog will last that long tee hee...)
*** UPDATE: There are lots of great articles covering 'ClimateGate'. Here is one about AGW being 'beyond debate':
Is belief in global-warming science another example of the "madness of crowds"? That strange but powerful social phenomenon, first described by Charles Mackay in 1841, turns a widely shared prejudice into an irresistible "authority".
Could it indeed represent the final triumph of irrationality? After all, how rational is it to pass laws banning one kind of light bulb (and insisting on their replacement by ones filled with poisonous mercury vapour) in order to "save electricity", while ploughing money into schemes to run cars on ... electricity?
How rational is it to pay the Russians once for fossil fuels, and a second time for permission (via carbon credits) to burn them (see box page 36)?
And how rational is it to suppose that the effects of increased CO2 in the atmosphere take between 200 and 1,000 years to be felt, but that solutions can take effect almost instantaneously?
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