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A Convenient Truth

Lately, the term ‘Global Warming’ has been replaced by the term ‘Climate Change’…

Former Presidential candidate Al Gore was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work in bringing to light the issue of ‘Global Warming’. Yet the hypocrisy of the award was not lost on some as Gore continued to travel to his speaking engagements in a private jet – a machine which, in one trip across the United States, burned more fuel than the average American family car would in an entire year.
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Much criticism of the issue of ‘Global Warming’ has been expressed over the last few years since the release of Gore’s award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Many scientists in many fields have issued statements regarding the state of the planet, saying that any change in climate is due to naturally occurring phenomena and not from the actions of mankind. To suggest that man, in a relatively short time since the beginning of the industrial age, has screwed the planet to such an extent as to what is claimed by Gore and his supporters is sheer lunacy, some say. In the wide expanse of time since the planet was seemingly formed, man’s existence is the equivalent to a grain of sand on One Mile Beach. The planets’ climate shifts – it has always been so and there is nothing we can do about it.

Growing evidence seems to support the idea of naturally occurring climate change. Many of the graphs and illustrations used by Gore in An Inconvenient Truth were used in a way to support the thesis being presented. Yet alternate suggestions for these changes and even alternate data point towards the opposite. For example, the ‘frightening’ claim that the glaciers of the Himalayas – which provide one sixth of the water used by mankind – are vanishing and will have disappeared completely in 25 years seems entirely false. A British study, published by the American Meteorological Society in 2006, found that glaciers are only shrinking in the eastern Himalayas. West, in the Hindu Kush and the Karakoram, glaciers are “thickening and expanding”.

Many scientists argue that if temperatures are rising on one side of the planet, they are dropping on the other side. It is all relative. Botanist David Bellamy, writing in The Australian newspaper earlier this week, points out that 10,000 years ago Australia would have been under ice. Thank goodness for global warming, he says, or we all would not be here. Bellamy and others like him voicing dissent across the globe have been met with vicious hysteria. They are branded ‘paranoid conspiracy theorists’ even though their statements have nothing to do with ‘paranoia’ or ‘conspiracy’. These are learned people who should be heard, not censored for practicing free speech.

Lately, the term ‘Global Warming’ has been replaced by the term ‘Climate Change’. Is this a response to the growing evidence to support the fact that the idea of man-made ‘Global Warming’ is a bald-faced lie, perpetuated by a select group of people with a particular agenda? There is no denying that the planet is experiencing climate change, but given the knowledge that it is merely the earth doing its’ thing, why are governments across the world creating legislation (including taxation) to combat an issue which simply cannot be overcome? What is the proposed plan of action for a problem that doesn’t exist? Any move to reduce toxic emissions into the atmosphere is definitely a good thing, but not through the use of baseless fearmongering.

If the knowledge that climate change is not the cause of man, what is the possible agenda to ignore the evidence and create solutions for a non-existent problem? That is the question worth asking.

by Max Drake

(Sources: The Australian; The Telegraph (UK). Read the articles at:
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0%2C25197%2C24700827-7583%2C00.html and
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2008/11/23/do2310b.xml )

Discussion

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  1. Great post, Max.
    However, I must confessed that I kinda fan of Gore’s movie mainly because somehow my consciousness tell me that we did something to this earth that doesn’t look good for the future.
    And I like how Gore present it to other, although I also disagree how he could fly with his jet to do this.

    At least, from my own opinion, Gore has done something to remind all of us that we’re still part of this beautiful planet regardles the Climate Change was caused by us or the earth itself.

    Posted by Aldhis | November 26, 2008, 11:00 pm
  2. thought provoking.

    Posted by Bill Donovan | November 26, 2008, 11:08 pm
  3. I completely agree. Great post.

    Posted by Shea | November 28, 2008, 1:51 am
  4. Hi, I followed Shea’s twitter post to get here – nice to know where people come from.

    I don’t know what to think about Global warming. I know it is happening, and I also know that it happened before. Gore says this one will be worse than ever, but isn’t it possible that human kind just a virus on this planet and Global Warming is like white blood cells that kill off what is bad?

    I don’t envy my kids later years on this rock, if Gore is right.

    Stumbled.

    Posted by Richard McLaughlin | November 28, 2008, 3:16 am
  5. Hi everyone… thank you all for your comments – it’s one of my fave posts by Max to date… but I do like them all as they make you stop and think!

    I just wanted to leave some links to a few Youtube videos that “Euro Yank” ( http://www.mybloglog.com/buzz/members/euroyank/ ) sent me about the “Global Warming” issue – they show both sides of the argument.

    *****
    1. Sir David Attenborough: The Truth About Climate Change
    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=S9ob9WdbXx0

    At the end he states… “there seems little doubt…” – You didn’t convince me David as I’m still left with doubt…

    *****
    2. Global warming-The Truth!-The Scam!
    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=v2jGcQ81EMA

    Comments that lingered in my mind:
    “…ten’s of thousands of jobs depend upon Global Warming right now…”
    “It’s a big business… it’s become a GREAT industry, in itself…”

    *****
    3. global warming the violently suppressed truth-v01
    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=PVOEllGFRuY

    I didn’t get very far through this one – I just felt the presentation was a bit dry.

    *****
    4. Global Warming Inconvenient Truth 01
    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=-lhyYTst-yU

    If you can’t handle when sound and image are not synchronised – then don’t bother with this one.

    Posted by Manz | November 28, 2008, 1:19 pm
  6. Hey all…
    Thanks for the comments.
    Firstly – Aldhis, I get where you’re coming from…Gore HAS brought the issue of the state of the planet to people’s attention. However, it’s also a sad indictment on us all that it has happened now, thanks to a highly publicised and marketed film, when many people have been speaking about the rape of the natural world for DECADES (and no one has listened).

    Secondly – Richard, I like your take on the fact that global warming/climate change is nature’s way of ridding itself of unwanted bacteria (ie: us). You could be spot on.

    Personally, I’m still up in the air. The unfortunate thing is that, thanks to the internet, there is so much data to sift through. So many people are in disagreeance about this subject, and both sides present strong arguments. But if some purported ‘facts’ by the Gore etc movement are simply not true, we need to ask questions and not accept the findings of people who may indeed to be lying to us all. They may not even know they are lying to us – if you study only the data that supports your theory, you can never be fully informed.

    Anyway…crapping on.
    Thanks again for the feedback, guys.

    Max.

    Posted by Max Drake | November 29, 2008, 8:56 pm
  7. Key points were missed. Pollution – for example the American population is 5% of the world but produces 45% of the world’s pollution and carbon dioxide is the main pollutant that causes global warming. Also the destruction of the rain forest! Anybody can research this online. Also the Kyoto agreement please see these articles
    Climate Change the Problem and
    US Refuses to Sign Pact to Stem Global Warming

    Posted by EuroYank | November 30, 2008, 4:28 am
  8. By the way … The Kyoto Protocol is the first international agreement to fight global warming. It was signed by 141 nations, including all European and all other developed industrial nations except the US and Australia.

    Posted by EuroYank | November 30, 2008, 6:09 am
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