A couple of months ago, my daughter made it clear that she believed that there is a global warming crisis and that scientists agree that, not only is the planet in peril of impending doom from this peril, but that it is entirely man made. She claimed that there are no scientists who disagree with the theory.
I realized that she gets virtually all of her news from mainstream media or cable news outlets (other than Fox News, of course), so she would never have heard that there may be members of the scientific community who disagree with the “consensus” claimed by former Vice President Al Gore and his United Nations confederates.
Former Vice President Gore has said repeatedly that there is a “consensus” in favor of his alarmist views on global warming and that the debate is over. The alarmists in the global warming debate have had their say–over and over again, in every newspaper in the country practically every day and in countless news reports and documentary films. They have dominated the media’s coverage of this issue. They have swayed the views of many people, including my daughter.
She would not have heard of the Second International Conference on Climate Change held this past March in New York which was attended by more than 200 scientists and other experts on climate change form Australia, Canada, France, Hungary, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Sweden and the United States.
She would not have heard of Arthur B. Robinson, president and professor of chemistry at the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, who has a different opinion than that of Al Gore, nor would she have heard of his petition signed by 31,000 U.S. scientists, including 9,000 who have Ph.D. degrees in the relevant sciences who, by signing, reject the claims that “human release of greenhouse gases is damaging our climate.”
Of course she has heard of Al Gore’s movie, An Incovenient Truth. But she’s probably never heard of Lord Christopher Monckton who has produced his own slide show documentary on the other side. It’s called “Apocalypse? No!”
And she no doubt will have missed the possibly inconvenient truth has recently been presented to the international community by Russia’s Pravda: “The earth is now on the brink of entering another Ice Age, according to a large and compelling body of evidence from within the field of climate science.” She wouldn’t know that the same story states that the man-made global warming theory “is based on data that is drawn from a ridiculously narrow span of time and it demonstrates a wanton disregard for the ‘big picture’ of long-term climate change.”
I feel there is plenty of room for open discussion. I am confident that the debate is over for Al Gore because he refuses to even be in the same room with someone who is a skeptic of his theories. I don’t know whether my daughter has been swayed by any of the facts that I mention, but I can hope.
As George Will wrote, “people only insist that a debate stop when they are afraid of what might be learned if it continues.”