For global warming fundamentalists, no amount of contradictory information will dilute their faith. Science makes mistakes, as did NASA when it published data on global warming trends in an effort to gauge the warmest years in U.S. history. Their temperature statistics were flawed. The year 1998 was not the hottest year on record, as NASA originally stated, it was 1934 -- the year Wiley Post discovered the jet stream.
In New York earlier this month, more than 600 scientists, economists, legislators and journalists from many nations met for the second International Conference on Climate Change. Numerous presentations debunked with documentation what they called the pseudoscience and dictatorial intentions promoted by the UN, the European Union and the Obama administration. If there was media coverage of the event, I missed it.
The keynote speaker at the gathering was Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic and the European Union. Klaus described environmentalism as a new collectivist religion that doesn't just want to change the climate, but us as well. Klaus rejected the executive summary published by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as all politics and environmental activism, "not science."
The Australian newspaper recently reported on three senior Japanese scientists who separately engaged in climate-change research and "have strongly questioned the validity of the manmade global warming model that underpins the drive by the UN and most developed-nation governments to curb greenhouse gas emissions." One of the scientists, Kanya Kusano, told the newspaper, "I believe the anthropogenic (manmade) effect for climate change is still only one of the hypotheses to explain the variability of climate."
Shunichi Akasofu, founding director of the University of Alaska's International Arctic Research Centre added, "Before anyone noticed, this hypothesis has been substituted for truth."
Truth is sometimes inconvenient, as Al Gore likes to say. But that cuts both ways. Truth can also be inconvenient when it shines light on propaganda. Not to allow for a full-fledged debate on global warming is censorship, a popular practice in totalitarian societies and many fundamentalist religions and cults.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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