For those who saw Al Gore's documentary, it was very convincing of its hypothesis that global warming is a man-made phenomenon that has the potential to kill us all and end humanity. After all, the film was filled with graphs and charts, so it must be true. Let's just get something straight here, Al Gore is not a climatologist, meteorologist, astronomer, or scientist of any kind; he is a politician. And as we all know, politicians always tell the truth.
However, as Al Gore's popularity grows and with his recent winning of an Academy Award for his movie, the issue has spiraled into a massive push for quick action and stifled debate, forcing many scientists to speak out and challenge the political status quo. A group of scientists recently stated that the research behind Al Gore's film and in fact, the concept of greenhouse gases causing global warming, is 'a sham'. They claim that in fact, there is very little evidence to prove that theory, and that the evidence actually points to an increase in solar activity being the cause of climate change.
In Gore's movie, he presented evidence that was found in the research done on ice core samples from Antarctica, which he claimed is proof for the theory of CO2 being the cause of rising temperatures. However, this group of scientists state that 'warmer periods of the Earth's history came around 800 years before rises in carbon dioxide levels', meaning that a rise in Carbon Dioxide follows a rise in temperature, rather than increasing temperature following rising CO2 emissions. And not only that, but it follows behind the rise in temperature by about 800 years.
The group also mentions that, 'after the Second World War, there was a huge surge in carbon dioxide emissions, yet global temperatures fell for four decades after 1940.' They also claim that the report given by the UN, which said it was backed by over 2,000 of the worlds leading scientists, was a 'sham' given that this list included the names of scientists who disagreed with its findings.
Michael Spencer, one of the first Canadian doctors in climatology, recently wrote an article addressing the issue of why no one seems to be listening to scientists who claim that global warming is NOT man-made. He starts by writing, "Believe it or not, Global Warming is not due to human contribution of Carbon Dioxide (CO2). This in fact is the greatest deception in the history of science". He continues, "We are wasting time, energy and trillions of dollars while creating unnecessary fear and consternation over an issue with no scientific justification."
Then he mentions how Environment Canada is spending billions upon billions of dollars on 'propaganda' which defends an 'indefensible scientific position while at the same time closing weather stations and failing to meet legislated pollution targets.' Then Dr. Spencer brings up a very interesting point that everyone should take into consideration, citing that 30 years ago, in the 1970s everyone was talking about 'global cooling' and how it was the defining issue of our lives, our species, that our very survival depended on what we did it about it. Interesting, sounds like every Canadian politician.
Spencer continues to explain that climate change is occurring, but that it is because it is always occurring, it is a natural change that is a result of the changes in the Sun's temperature. He explains that we are currently leaving what was known as a Little Ice Age and that the history of Earth is riddles with changes in the climate. That's what climate does and is always doing, changing. Dr. Spencer claims that 'there is nothing unusual going on,' and that he 'was as opposed to the threats of impending doom global cooling engendered as he was to the threats made about Global Warming.'
Dr. Michael Spencer later wrote, in commenting on the problems that arise for scientists who speak out, that, "Sadly, my experience is that universities are the most dogmatic and oppressive places in our society. This becomes progressively worse as they receive more and more funding from governments that demand a particular viewpoint." He also mentions how he 'was accused by Canadian environmentalists of being paid by oil companies.'
He concludes in referencing others who have and continue to speak out against the prevailing myth of man-made global warming, such as author Michael Crichton, who's book, 'State of Fear', explains the inaccurate science behind the man-made myth. Another prominent name is that of Richard Taylor, an atmospheric physicist and a professor of meteorology at Harard, who often speaks out against the man-made theory, yet no one seems to be listening to him.
James Nash is a climate scientist with Greatest Planet (www.greatestplanet.org). Greatest Planet is a non-profit environmental organization specialising in carbon offset investments.
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