Rooted in Reason: Nurturing the Seeds of Liberty

It’s the Sun. Shhhh!! by maliab
September 7, 2011, 7:41 pm
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In some of his last works, the author Michael Crichton made an effort to point out that environmental non-profits are a business.  And not a struggling one either.  That fact–that non-profits must still behave as businesses, raising money on the strength of their ideas (or scare tactics)–is one that seems to be lost on a good portion of the media.  And the more left-wing the goals of the non-profit, the more people seem to miss the fact that there’s more than altruism behind the activist organizations pushing a “green” agenda.  There are reputations at stake, and money and influence to be pedaled.  And let’s not even get into the whole topic of grants.  Former Vice President Gore has practically made an industry out of environmental hysteria.  And I’m not just talking about the profits inherent in boring people senseless through books and lectures.  (I dunno, I guess some people like to be bored, or are willing to do anything to cure insomnia . . . or something.)  There’s also the millions he’s made investing in green companies that have then been awarded generous government grants  To be clear–I’m not suggesting that Mr. Gore is less than sincere in his beliefs.  I’m just pointing out that his beliefs very conveniently line up with the interests of his wallet.

But I shouldn’t only pick on the former VP.  Back in 2008, the Sierra Club’s 501(c)(4) listed an annual income of $84,438,083 and assets of $61,407,872.  Their COO earned $235,414 in compensation that year.  That may not reach the levels of the biggest corporations, but it’s still nothing to sneeze at.  (And for the record, Grassroot’s annual income doesn’t even come close.  Our entire yearly budget could probably be covered by their paper clips and printer cartridge allocations.)

My point (and there is one, if you’ll just bear with me) is that the picture painted by the environmental lobby where they are portrayed as the caring, future-oriented types backed-up by pure science, and anyone who disagrees is a troglodyte “denier” is as false and biased as anything else you can hear from an activist political group.  With so much money and political capital in play, we shouldn’t be surprised when such groups avoid, bury, or denounce anything that questions their worldview (and money stream).  Like the new report that we human may be just a tad vain and self-centered in taking all the credit for global warming:

The results from an experiment to mimic Earth’s atmosphere by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, tell researchers that the sun has a significant effect on our planet’s temperature. Its magnetic field acts as a gateway for cosmic rays, which play a large role in cloud formation.

Consequently, when the sun’s magnetic field allows cosmic rays to seed cloud cover, temperatures are cooler. When it restricts cloud formation by deflecting cosmic rays away from Earth, temperatures go up.

Or, as the London Telegraph’s James Delingpole delicately put it:

“It’s the sun, stupid.”

This new finding of 63 scientists from 17 European and U.S. institutes from an experiment that’s been ongoing since 2009 is, if we may paraphrase Vice President Joe Biden, a big deal. Which is exactly why the mainstream media, with so much invested in global warming hysteria, is letting last week’s announcement from CERN pass like a brief summer shower, ignoring it.

Even CERN’s own director general, Rolf-Dieter Heuer, is trying to avoid the meaning of the findings.

He told Germany’s Die Welt Online that he’s “asked the colleagues to present the results clearly, but not to interpret them. That would go immediately into the highly political arena of the climate change debate.”

But, as British science writer Nigel Calder points out, Heuer would have no reservations about entering “‘the highly political arena of the climate change debate’ provided” his results endorsed man-made warming.


The Climategate U-Turn by grassroothawaii
February 17, 2010, 7:44 pm
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By Hideo Hikida

So remember back in 2006 when Al Gore unveiled his new documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth”?

When the concept of Global Warming was finally brought to the forefront of American media? Everyone was up in arms about the melting icecaps, the homeless penguins and El Nino; celebrities were parading around with new eco-friendly fashions and cars and America pledged as a Nation to reduce our carbon footprint to save the world. After all, according to the theory, Man was the cause of global warming; Man was the cause of the eventual demise of the Planet Earth. Slowly and surely, America started to change: The Hummers weren’t cool anymore. Tax breaks for hybrid automobiles were put into place, billions of dollars went into research for alternative, more eco-friendly sources of power, heck even Starbucks got into the act and made cups from recycled material. Insane amounts of money were made by corporations and governments taking advantage of the “Save the Planet” tune. ($380 for a pair of jeans made of 100% natural materials? Sure why not…I’m saving the polar bears right?)

But now, all of a sudden, evidence is trickling in that this whole Global Warming fiasco was overblown by epic proportions. What now? Scientists were manipulating data for favorable results? This type of global warming has occurred before as a result of a natural phenomenon? TWICE?! Scientists “losing” data?

One may argue that even with this controversy, the world is a better place because of all the measures we have taken to lessen our carbon footprint upon our world. That may be true, but at the expense of what? Billions of dollars wasted to avert a “disaster” that might not even be real? I’m not suggesting at all that we go back to the old ways and embrace the Hummer and start using plastic bags like crazy; I’m just saying, let’s take a deep breath, step back and assess the situation before we end up paying more to research something that just doesn’t work.

Sure, the icecaps are melting. My ice cubes melt when they’re in water as well. Chill out everyone.

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