Anthropogenic Global Warming: Dispelling Myths

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Anthropogenic Global Warming: Dispelling the Myths
Global warming; climate change; rising sea levels; receding glaciers; hurricanes; drowning polar bears; floods; pestilence; famine; plague; disease; The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; Repent ye Sinners! For the end of the world is at hand; do all of these proclamations sound eerily similar? Unfortunately, the answer to the question is yes. To those who subscribe to the statements made by the advocates of global warming or climate change theory, the destruction of the planet is imminent. The objective of this paper will be to look rationally at the debate over “global warming” (now euphemistically switched to climate change because the Earth has actually been in a cooling trend since 1998 (Spencer) and global warming no longer fits its proponents’ talking points) and shed the ever present light of truth on the arguments on behalf of Anthropogenic global warming. It is the intention of this paper to dispute the claims that Anthropogenic global warming is occurring. This paper will examine the specific arguments regarding global warming or climate change, dispel the myths surrounding this volatile topic, and illustrate that global warming is a natural cyclic event that humans have no significant control over. The first argument this paper will discuss regarding global warming is the alleged consensus of scientists that Anthropogenic global warming is indeed occurring. Second, to explore the methods of the scientific data collected thus far and illustrate the flaws in the collected data and prediction models based on that data. Third, to review the arguments of greed put forth by Al Gore; et. al. and understand the motives behind these individuals who strongly advocate Anthropogenic global warming. In the words of “Deep Throat” in the Movie All the Presidents Men regarding the Watergate scandal, “Follow the Money!” In other words, who stands to gain by advancing the global warming agenda? (It should be noted that the argument of greed is launched by proponents of both sides toward each other. The profit motives of corporations are obvious and they do not purport to be above reproach. However, those who claim to have no ulterior motive other than the salvation of the human race and the planet deserve to have the same scrutiny placed on them.) Fourth, this paper will review the proposed remedies to avert global warming and illustrate how these remedies would cripple the global and United States economy. Finally, to bring all of these together to show that there is simply not enough data to make any knowledgeable conclusion regarding the true cause of global warming. However, the data seems to begin to suggest that as life is cyclical, all things are cyclical, including the warming and cooling of the Earth. As such, while conservation is a positive and honorable endeavor, to take drastic measures to remedy a problem not fully understood is irresponsible and premature. By the end of this paper, the facts will be clear. An interesting side note, mentioned earlier, is the sudden change in language that occurred in late 2008, where the proponents of the global warming movement suddenly switched to using “climate change” as the preferred term for their cause. To illustrate this subterfuge used by the proponents of global warming and the convenient change in nomenclature, Todd Wynn, Climate Change and Energy Policy Analyst at the Cascade Policy Institute writes: Global warming used to be the defining term to represent the increase in the average temperature of the earth during the past 100 years. Recently, the more politically popular term, climate change, has replaced global warming. Why? One main reason is because the earth is currently cooling. Global warming obviously entails global average temperature increase, whereas “climate change” is about much more than just temperature. “climate change” can represent just about anything, which is handy when...
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