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Global Warming Thought Police-Again

global-warming.jpg This is another rich example of how the New Religion Left “thought police” are operating with their Stalinist tactics in enforcing the prevailing line on Global warming. When the Mayor of Seattle (Greg Nickles – Dem) claimed on February 7, 2007 according to the Seattle Times (editorial) that “the average snow pack in the Cascades has declined 50 percent since 1950 and will be cut in half again in 30 years if we don’t start addressing the problems of climate change now,” climate scientist Mark Albright of the University of Washington exposed that his research showed that the snow pack had not declined much at all yet in recent years had actually been growing. […….Ouch to Global Warming Orthodoxy]

For further information read the article Associate State Climatologist Fired for Exposing Warming Myths from at the Heartland Institute that exposes full details the embarrassing position that the mayor and other Climate fear mongers found themselves in and how they lashed out first by trying to gag Mr. Albright and after failing that firing him on March 12, 2007. 

An Inconvenient Truth (required reading)

algore-inconvenient-truth.jpg This is really going too far.  Now if you attend Roger Williams University you must view algore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” in order to graduate.  I wonder if those that don’t graduate and ostensibly didn’t watch the movie will be automatically granted a degree when the “Thought Police” change back to the impending Ice Age theory.  You think that since there have been so many “facts” in this movie upturned that a University would be hard pressed to make this a required course and squander their credibility as well.  I have stated before that this drum beat of “Man Made Global Warming” has become the New Religion of the left.  See the full article from Cybercast News Service below:  

To receive a degree from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, students are being forced to watch “An Inconvenient Truth,” the documentary on global warming produced by former Vice President Al Gore.The science class requirement has prompted one conservative student to declare that “we should stop calling these schools ‘bastions of knowledge’ since they’re really bastions of leftist thought.”The controversy at Roger Williams University (RWU) in Bristol, R.I., began the week before Earth Day, when the professors teaching the laboratory portion of “Core 101: Science, Technology and Society” required their students to watch Gore’s Oscar-winning film in class.The course is one of 12 that students at the university must take in order to graduate.However, Dana Peloso, an RWU junior and president of the school’s chapter of the College Republicans, sent a letter questioning the course requirement to Jeffrey Hughes, assistant dean of marine and natural sciences.“With the issue of global warming being such a highly politicized topic, with the scientific community unsure if global warming is man-induced or part of the natural cycle of the earth, do you think that it is intellectually honest to only show the alarmist viewpoint?” Peloso asked.“If the movie is still shown, what plans are there to incorporate the ideas of leading global warming skeptics into class discussion?” he added.

In his email response, Hughes stated that “I only recently saw ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ and have to think that it’s an ideal subject for a Core lab,” because “the point of Core is to inform students of scientific principles and help them make decisions on issues with a scientific basis in their everyday lives.”

“After an initial and heated debate, scientists no longer question whether the atmosphere is being warmed due to human activities and instead are increasingly impressed with the speed and impact of the process,” Hughes wrote. “I repeat: there is no doubt that we’re warming the earth and that a continuation of our activities will lead to profound changes.

“Penguins, polar bears and your unborn children have no vote in this. They must live with decisions we make today,” the assistant dean said.

“As educators, we’re charged to encourage your intellectual growth,” Hughes added. “That can (actually, will) be uncomfortable at times, and we’re also here to help you deal with that discomfort. It’s truly what makes being a human such a joy, privilege and challenge.”

Peloso told Cybercast News Service on Tuesday that his fellow students have reacted to the situation in one of two ways.

“Those who understand that there are multifaceted points of view” are “really troubled by this,” he said. But others “are so naive” that they take Gore’s position “as gospel, the final word on global warming. They see Al Gore is a former vice president, so it’s got to be true.”

The RWU junior approached other members of the faculty and staff regarding the matter, but “I can count on one hand the number of conservative professors I actually know of” at the university, he stated.

Peloso also sought assistance from the conservative Young America’s Foundation, and Jason Mattera, a spokesman for the group who graduated from RWU in 2005, responded that Hughes’ behavior amounted to “gross intolerance” at a university that promotes itself as a place that values “collaboration of students and faculty in research” and “appreciation of global perspectives.”

“That aside, it’s a bold-faced lie for him to argue that all scientists agree with Al Gore,” Mattera added.

Cybercast News Service previously reported that climate change skeptics have called “An Inconvenient Truth” a sci-fi disaster movie, and scientists who do not agree with the former vice president’s view claim their perspective is being shunned in favor of trying to attain a “consensus” on the subject of global warming.

Mattera told Cybercast News Service that he “wasn’t surprised” to hear about the situation because liberal professors often use their positions of authority to indoctrinate young minds. “This happens all the time, so we might have to stop calling these schools bastions of knowledge since they’re really bastions of leftist thought,” he said.

However, Susan Rivers, vice president of public affairs for RWU, told Cybercast News Service on Tuesday that this semester is the only time the film has been shown to students and as to whether it will be shown in the future, “the faculty and the deans agree together as a group what the content of these courses will be.”

Rivers said Peloso was not enrolled in the course and therefore did not see the film. “He had already taken the class,” she said, and in fact, “he was not enrolled during the semester in question.”

Mattera acknowledged that Peloso learned of the situation from friends taking the course and decided to contact the teacher because of concern for his fellow students and the fact that he had no grade to be affected by the action.

“He’s just trying to be a good student and continue being part in the educational community at RWU,” Mattera added. “Besides, any university should not look to limit information but to expand it and have students come to their own conclusions.”

The Carbon Credit Scam

al-gore.jpg Fiona Harvey and Stephen Fidler in London writing for the Financial Times published Wednesday (April 25, 2007) an article titled: Industry Caught in Carbon ‘Smokescreen.  This is an article about “carbon credits” that the likes of algore and his Hollywood buddies are “purchasing” to provide cover as they continue to be some of the largest offenders on the planet all while complaining about the rest of us damaging the environment and contributing to what they call “man made” Global Warming.  You see they can lecture us about Global Warming because they claim they have a “carbon neutral” footprint.

    

     Allow me to digress right here and ask this: even if it were true and they actually had a “carbon neutral” footprint what good would that do since I though it was necessary for us to REDUCE greenhouse gases in order to save the planet.  So if there is an open market trading system that abusers (algore, etc) can access to purchase credits that are available from people that have or are investing in a smaller footprint it seems to me that this is a zero sum game.  Lets further examine this scam and fraud that the writers for the Financial Time are exposing.

    

     Start with this, the Carbon Market is unregulated and is expected to grow to a number north of $68 Billion by 2010.  This is a potential scandal that could make Enron’s energy trading scam look like a church bake sale.  The Financial Times is suggesting that these credits are being purchased for offsetting reductions that often are not actually taking place.  But isn’t it the algore’s of the world that are ostensibly the victims here?  No, not really.  Their Quid Pro Quo is the “cover” it provides them.  This trading scheme never made much sense to me as a viable market that would achieve anything and I suspect that algore knows that too, but what they are actually purchasing is credibility on a politically hot issue without having to walk the walk as they talk the talk.  For goodness sake, they can afford this bit of “goodwill” if they can continue to hog resources yet not diminish their political or celebrity viability.  Here are some other interesting findings of this investigation:

■ Widespread instances of people and organizations buying worthless credits that do not yield any reductions in carbon emissions.

■ Industrial companies profiting from doing very little – or from gaining carbon credits on the basis of efficiency gains from which they have already benefited substantially.

■ Brokers providing services of questionable or no value.

■ A shortage of verification, making it difficult for buyers to assess the true value of carbon credits.

■ Companies and individuals being charged over the odds for the private purchase of European Union carbon permits that have plummeted in value because they do not result in emissions cuts.”

     I think it is time that the media and controlling political establishment in Washington (the Democrats) start doing their job and bring some credibility to the flippant claims of all these offenders who operate without ever having to account for their self described “honest” measures in this area.  But before I close here I will re-assert my position that I believe the predominate cause of Global Warming is Solar Activity (duh – heat comes from the Sun, right?) as previously stated in my post of 4/25/2007 The Missing Honey Bees   and not from “man made sources.” 

UPDATE::::::::::   Here is another relevant link to an article from the AP concerning a DVD coming out refuting algore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth” and a separate controversey surrounding this new DVD.  This DVD also takes the position that increased Solar Activity is the primary cause of Global Warming.  I found it at the Conversations with Brit and Grit blog……thanks for the tip fellows.  ……..stevereenie

The Missing Honey Bees

honey-bees.jpg  Honey Bees are missing by the billions and pollination accounts for 1/3 of the human diet.  Some think it is cell phone towers but another seems to know what he’s talking about and blames it on the increase of solar radiation which he feels is proof that the same solar radiation is primarily responsible for Global Warming.  Makes more sense to me than algore or Sheryl Crow.  I have listened to much discussion on the topic and have heard “out of favor” experts claim that to the extent that Global Warming exists is due to increased solar activity and ASOC (author below) puts it in more learned mathematical terms.

Bees are not returning to the hive. They get lost. Why? Bees use sunlight to navigate. Measurements of the interommatidial angle (Δφ) and facet diameter (D) of the same ommatidia in a number of insects and crustaceans with large eyes have been related to the effective intensity at which the eye functions by the following theory. The highest spatial frequency which the eye is able to reconstruct as a pattern is limited by the interommatidial angle Δφ, which is the sampling angle, because two ommatidia are required to cover each cycle of the pattern. At the same time, the absolute modulation of light in the receptors caused by the pattern depends on three interdependent factors. (a) The theoretical minimum angular sensitivity function, which has a width of λ/D at the 50% level. The wavelength λ is taken as 0.5 μm. This component is not only the limiting angular resolving power of the lens: it reduces modulation caused by all patterns, with greater loss at higher spatial frequencies. Larger lenses increase resolution and sensitivity. (b) The effective light catching area of the rhabdom. This is the angular subtense of the rhabdom area (the receptor) as seen in the outside world (i.e. subtended through the posterior nodal point of the lens), and is the equivalent of the grain size in a film. Since we now know global warming (yep, it ties together) is due to changes in the intensity of the sun and a (+)change in energy at certain wavelengths. How can the bee disappearance be overlooked as positive proof that solar radiation is the (primary) cause of global warming?”

Published by: ASOC on the FreeRepublic (post 26)


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