I Tried to Give This Up For Lent But

Yeah – I rant too much about the nonsense that is global warming. I do it because 1) as someone trained in the sciences, I don’t see much good science being done in the area, 2) the good science that I see being done in the area shows that much of what is touted in the media on this topic is ignorant and bogus, 3) a PhD climatologist/former roommate of mine from my college days informs me climate models used are clearly simplistic, and insists that the interpretations of these models are sensationalistic, 4) a Harvard astrophysicist/former classmate of mine, Sallie Baliunas, is one of the leading GW skeptics and 5) global warming has become a religion.

But you knew all that.

This article, however, makes me angry (and H/T to Hoystory for the link).

The snowpack in the Cascades, it was said, shrank by 50 percent in the last half-century. It’s been presented as glaring evidence of the cost exacted by global warming — the drying up of a vital water source.

That statistic has been repeated in a government report, on environmental-advocacy Web sites and in media coverage. Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels recently mentioned it in a guest column in The Seattle Times.

Here’s the problem: The number is dead wrong.

The debunking of this statistic, and the question of just how much the state’s snowpack shrank, is stirring up a heated debate among the region’s climate scientists.

On Monday, it escalated further when University of Washington researcher and State Climatologist Philip Mote stripped a colleague of his title as associate state climatologist, triggering concerns that scientific dissent is being quashed.

I’ve made a list of what I consider the most important issues facing the nation for the 2008 election, and I’m tracking down each major candidate’s position on these items, if only for my own use and enlightenment. On that list are the War on Terror, of course, but also illegal immigration, and the Right to Life. I start to believe that global warming belongs on that list, and we need to know each candidates stance.

Those propagating the falsehoods and half-truths that make up the global-warming religion (not GW itself) are quickly becoming as great a danger to the US and our economy (not to mention way of life) as Islamic terrorist, and it’s no longer clear to me that all of them have the best of intentions in their hearts. It’s becoming clear to me that their leaders do not.

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2 Comments on “I Tried to Give This Up For Lent But”

  1. merjoem32 Says:

    Very interesting views. I am willing to support an advocacy campaign that is in support of global warming but I think that the issue has been muddied. Politics has taken our attention off the real issue. The issue is not whether global warming is real or not. Conserving our planet is more important than debating about the genuineness of global warming. We need to take steps to ensure the safety of our planet.

  2. Joe Says:

    Merjoem32,
    Thanks for reading this, and especially for reading it in the right spirit.
    We’re in agreement that the issue is muddied, and politics has not served the science well.
    In fact, I agree (on many levels) that the issue is not global warming. Indeed, there has been data showing some measurable warming in the past 20 years (but to be frank, there is now evidence that the measured warming is within statistical norms).
    When I wrote the post months ago my ire was raised by the tactics. I see in your words, however reasonableness about that discussion.

    But, respectfully, let me toss this question at you.
    If it could be reasonably demonstrated to your satisfaction that a far greater danger to the planet was, let’s say, an asteroid strike, would you consider the monies spent on (again, let’s say) raising CAFE standards to be wise, or would you consider it a waste?
    And then, if you came to believe that the unintended consequences of allocating large parts of our economic resources to reducing global warming was that, somewhere at the margins of our economy, some people died who would not otherwise have died, what would you think then?
    And by the way… did you happen to see this reported on Drudge today?


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