Global Warming Getting Bad Press

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They lit the Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square last night. A taxi driver ripped us off coming across town…

Remember the world’s tallest office tower, in Dubai? Economist Andrew Lawrence came up with the Skyscraper’s Index. Apparently, the buildings go up in bubble economies. Then, the bubbles explode…leaving the buildings standing. The owners and builders typically go broke in the aftermath. Note the last line of the chart.

Economic Bubbles

Most of world’s most popular undertakings are mostly giant frauds.

Hitler said his people needed ‘living room.’ Besides, the Germans were the people who were supposed to unite Europe against the Bolshevik/Jewish menace. Would the typical mitteldeutschelander be better off as a result? There was no reason to think so; it was just a popular flimflam.

The Russians supposedly rose up in 1917 to create a ‘workers’ paradise.’ The Chinese followed suit 30 years later. Did the workers get a paradise? Quite the contrary, they got Hell on earth.

Towards the end of the century came the promise of technology…which blew up in 2000…and then the War Against Terror in 2001. And now, there’s a war against depression, similarly hopeless, futile, and expensive.

And, of course, there is the campaign to control the world’s climate. We hadn’t kept up with the battle to control CO2. But it has suddenly burst into the headlines, see below…

Is the planet heating up? If so, is human activity the cause of it? No one knows. But thousands…millions…of people make their reputations, their careers and their fortunes by promising to do something about it. Al Gore, for example, has made millions of dollars by promoting his alternative energy investments.

“Anthropomorphic Global Warming,” is just a hypothesis. It is also a scam, says The Daily Express:

Daily Express Front Page

All of a sudden, global warming is getting bad press. Why? Some of the top scientists pushing global warming were caught in flagrante delicto…apparently ready to bury data that didn’t agree with them and shun unbelievers. One of them has since resigned.

“Climategate,” the press is calling it.

Bill Bonner
for The Daily Reckoning Australia

Bill Bonner

Bill Bonner

Best-selling investment author Bill Bonner is the founder and president of Agora Publishing, one of the world's most successful consumer newsletter companies. Owner of both Fleet Street Publications and MoneyWeek magazine in the UK, he is also author of the free daily e-mail The Daily Reckoning.
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Lachlan Scanlan
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No worries but Bill. Lord Monkton is going to save us all from the climate communists with his new world freedom party.

Dan
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It’s going to take a lot of momentum to stop this attempt at introducing a global taxation system – much more than currently exists, but Abbot’s opposition in Australia is very encouraging.

Greg Atkinson
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Hi Dan, I agree. Also good to see the nuclear power issue back on the table. By the way my comment in another thread was meant for the other Dan (from DRA) not you.

Drew Weeks
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Nuclear power is a non-starter for Australia. It has been quashed by enough ideology to have both feet out the door. It will be solar, wind, hydro and geothermal which get all the good spin off and all the fiscal reward from the government and special interest groups that realise they can’t make money without popular support. Science gets a backseat because in reality most people don’t speak science. I actually spent a whole lot of time researching the science behind climate change and found the AGW skeptic/denier arguments get sliced up every which way and a lot of credibility… Read more »
Richo
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If the government(s) hadn’t privatised infrastructure, they could have addressed global warming by building only renewable energy generation. Renewable technologies aren’t intrinsically uneconomic and expensive, its just that the distribution infrastructure and engineering experience are almost entirely in old school thermal generation. Power plants are most efficient at large scales, but for smaller companies and new start ups they don’t have the finances to jump into it on a large scale. Existing large companies can make easier profits by lobbying to keep their existing power plants running than by building new ones. There is no unsolveable problem here, but frustrating… Read more »
Dion
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Climate-gate certainly isn’t what the mainstream media is calling it. Only the free-press is calling it that.

Daniel
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I find it strange having been a regular reader of this website that the first two articles on the topic of global warming are penned in response to a sensationalist headline in a tabloid newspaper. The opinions of Bonner appear to be directed against any sort of taxation rather than a discussion of the merits of the climate science which he acknowledges is not within his area of expertise. I guess that Tony Abbots (anti) policy approach will win plaudits from Mr Bonner. In order to improve the quality of debate I would highly recommend reading some basic economics textbooks… Read more »
Drew Weeks
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I was agreeing with everything you said Richo until your started to wail on my free market economy. I’m afraid we don’t have a free market economy. So your comparisson is actually of a communist government which utilizes a quasi-free market economy and depending on which country you’re referring to (lets take U.S for interests sake), where generally speaking free markets have been undermined by overwhelming government interference. An interference by a communist regime or a ‘democratically’ elected regime is no difference at all if you’re interested in principles of free markets. Free markets are totally derived from every force… Read more »
Richo
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Good point Drew. We live in a ‘supposedly’ free market economy, but it is far from it.

Jock Shockley
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Drew: Seems you didn’t do much research. The scientific case for manmade climate change collapsed some time ago. If you look into the means through which CO2 heats the atmosphere you will find that the heating efect reduces as concentration increases and eventually stops. Without the CO2 argument, Copenhagen is just another tax tied to a new mandated financial relationship between the first and third worlds.

tomk
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I wonder if Bill / Dan / Kris reads these comments? Anyway, “climategate”, as Daniel (8/12) points out, is a tabloid beat-up of the worst sort. Two emails are being used as evidence of a global conspiracy designed to rip money from the taxpayers’ pockets. (For the benefit of who … scientists?? Pfft). The first, about using the “Nature trick” to “hide the decline”, is talking about the apparent decline in temperature as shown by tree rings after 1960, not the actual temperature as measured by thermometers. “Trick” is a commonly used term to describe ‘a clever thing to do’.… Read more »
Greg
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Global Warming is a tabloid beat-up of the worst sort. In fact, it isn’t even called Global Warming now, given that temperatures haven’t been increasing, it has been renamed as Climate Change. That way, if the weather changes in any way at all and at any time, then the people promoting this sham will claim to be correct. This is just another “do whatever I say or the world will end” con, like acid rain and the ozone hole scare campaigns. Climategate isn’t about two emails either. Apart from the world’s leading Climate Change scientists being caught manipulating data, they… Read more »
Joe
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I only wish it was as you describe Greg.
Unfortunately there is too much evidence that the World ‘is’ actually warming.

Greg
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Your wish has come true, Joe, – it is exactly as I have described.

But this is an argument for another forum. Have a look here:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/12/04/a-devastating-response-to-theres-nothing-to-see-here-move-along/#more-13710

Greg Atkinson
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Yawn…I am over global warming now. Time to get back to worrying about asteroids and aliens :) It ain’t going to be funny if we run around trying to reduce CO2 and a big rock hits us.

mike
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…let us make haste to temple exon, there…we pay hommage to goddess petrolia for she hath made bloom the sterile soil…she brings lightness to aircraft, roadcraft seacraft and even velveeta cheese…eyewear, footwear, earwear, indeed all our senses are satisfied by her…and now…billions more in china, india, south america…everywhere, shall be converted to her…let the high priests apply a tax on CO2 to fill the cap and trade coffers at temple financia…afterall, there are temple upkeep expenses to think about…like…replacing the black marble floor tiles with just white ones to counter the effects of the melting glaciers…

Dan
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I think they were in a hurry to get the climate change arguments through in time:

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100019301/climategate-another-smoking-gun/

On the melting of glaciers in the Himalayas:

“J Graham Cogley, a professor at Ontario Trent University, says he believes the UN authors got the date from an earlier report wrong by more than 300 years.

He is astonished they “misread 2350 as 2035″.”

Ooops!

Lachlan Scanlan
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Evidence from last eight years or so shows temps have dropped…no wonder they binned the data. Still the climate thought police deny this.

Goji
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Yawn…I am over global warming now. Time to get back to worrying about asteroids and aliens. It ain’t going to be funny if we run around trying to reduce CO2 and a big rock hits us!

Drew Weeks
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Shock Jockley I have no idea where you heard that. I’ve never read any journal article which made the statement about ocean or land “sinks” absorbing as concentrations of CO2 increase. I’ve also never read about CO2 increasing in concentrations where at any stage it reduces the amount of heat trapped in the greenhouse. I know of the iris effect hypothesis by Professor Richard Lindzen of MIT which is the only alternate hypothesis to CO2 induced global warming and even he agrees the world has definately warmed. Also he is paid off by exxon mobile $2500 per day. All of… Read more »
Drew Weeks
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Tomk and Greg read this for context of the hacked emails. http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2009/11/the-cru-hack/ And Shock Jockley when I replied I meant to say that concentration of CO2 does not increase and then enhance its rate of absorption into land or ocean sinks. So I don’t know what you were trying to say at all. In fact as CO2 accumulates in the greenhouse given that it warms the earth and ocean, the ocean warms which actually releases the trapped CO2. Also, more water vapour enters the atmosphere causing more warming and a positive feedback loop is formed. This is the simple merits… Read more »
Greg Atkinson
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I think this article in “The Australian” highlights what a joke the Copenhagen talks are: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/aussie-footprint-1817-tonnes-and-counting/story-e6frg6nf-1225809225797

Here is an extract “THE Australian delegation to the Copenhagen climate change conference could number 114, official documents reveal.

That number dwarfs the 71-strong British delegation. Such is the size of the delegation, it includes a dedicated “baggage liaison officer”.

Dan
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For the record I point out a well researched article that examines the Australian climate data:

“Before getting homogenized, temperatures in Darwin were falling at 0.7 Celcius per century … but after the homogenization, they were warming at 1.2 Celcius per century. And the adjustment that they made was over two degrees per century … when those guys “adjust”, they don’t mess around. And the adjustment is an odd shape, with the adjustment first going stepwise, then climbing roughly to stop at 2.4C.”

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/12/08/the-smoking-gun-at-darwin-zero/

Drew Weeks
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Dan alot of what is written is poetic license and interesting and the snippets are tantalizing. I love the wattsupwiththat website I read it frequently. However, I actually READ The website when I go to it. It’s not much a smoking gun considering it’s one station. Also, here is the quote from Willis Eschenbach at the end of his analysis, “Now, I want to be clear here. The blatantly bogus GHCN adjustment for this one station does NOT mean that the earth is not warming. It also does NOT mean that the three records (CRU, GISS, and GHCN) are generally… Read more »
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