Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Shhh....Antarctica Is Growing

It is perhaps asking too much for serious people to take Dr. Michael Crichton's word for anything. After all, even if he does cite chapter, book and graphical study in blasting the warm blanket theory -- sorry, the global warming theory to bits, he's a novelist, a professional liar, as Mark Twain once described himself. But, trouble is, oh, ye, disciples of the Earth goddess, praying for relief from Satanic mills and Beelzebubian SUVs, scientific reports keep rolling in, suggesting that -- shades of Hellish truth -- global warming is a political strategy disguised as science, sort of Dan Rather meets Lysenko (If I Believe It, It Must Be True). For quite a few years, this stuff has been a staple of broadcast and print media; if you believed the stories, you'd already have bought oceanfront property in Missouri. For those who haven't gone that far, don't miss How Much Ice In The Global Cocktail? by Patrick Michaels at TechCentralStation.

One of the great fears generated by global warming is that the ocean is about to rise and swallow our coasts. These concerns have been heightened by the substantial uptick in Atlantic hurricane activity that began in 1995. The frequency of really strong storms striking the U.S now resembles what it was in the 1940s and 50s, which few people (aging climatologists excepted) remember...Critics have long argued that these changes require a substantial net melting of some combination of the world's two largest masses of land-based ice, Antarctica and Greenland. In addition, they note that observed global warming is right near the low end of the U.N.'s projections, which means that realized sea level rise should be similarly modest...t is simply impossible for the scientific community to ignore what is going on, even as prone to exaggeration of threats as it has grown to be. The planet is warming at the low end of projections. Antarctica is undoubtedly gaining, not losing ice. Greenland appears to either lose a little ice, or, in the recent study of Johannessen, gain dramatically. It's going to take some time for it to contribute much to rising oceans...Meanwhile, Antarctica grows. Computer models, while still shaky, are now encountering reality.

The global warming stuff, as Crichton himself has put it, and not originally, more resembles a substitute religious faith, which makes it very hard for real scientists to fight back with real reports. Ever try arguing with a Fundamentalist about Biblical literalism? It would be easier to engage a pit bull in a debate about global warming. Faith doesn't avail itself of rational argument or of factual reports. That's fine when faith is in God, but it bodes real doom for the rest of us when it shutters scientific reports of genuine value. If you'd like historical testimony on that, read Arthur Koestler.


1 comment:

Wonker said...

Wonker here. A personal thanks to Luther for bringing up yet another classic example of leftist chicanery. Chrichton's done a yeomanlike job of exposing this fraud except that the MSM has been very careful not to let this argument air. Again, the left believes, correctly so it seems, that if you lie loud enough and long enough, the Big Lie will become the perceived truth. And we have to admit that they've done a pretty good job with the global warming fraud. Fact is, almost any non-ideological scientist will readily acknowledge that there have been, throughout the history of this planet, many, many climatic shifts of great duration. Climate, in fact, is cyclic like many other natural phenomena. For this reason, only a fool or a fraud would posit a permanent climatic evolution by citing a mere few decades of uncertain data as ample evidence for the alleged phenomenon.

But in proclaiming this a truth, the agenda-driven left gets to support diverse fellow travelers dedicated to trashing America, such as the animal rights wackos, Big Oil and SUV haters (unless the SUV is of foreign manufacture), and the myriad conspiracy theorists who figure that global warming is a plot to kill Democrats. What a fraud.