Man Made Global Warming a Hoax for Taxes
The popular theory of Global Warming seems to depend on the theory that the Earth is heating up because of increase of Carbon-dioxide caused by man-made products and energy use, (We will refer to this as Man Made Global Warming).
Dr. Tim Ball, Historical Climatologist, PhD. (Doctor of Science) from the University of London, England seems skeptical about scientific method used in analyzing the Global Warming phenomena. He is old enough to remember in the early 1970's the “scientific” panic of the next ice age coming, which turned out to be bad science, so he is skeptical of the present Man Made Global Warming Theory (4):
"...The majority of the scientists who are on the Kyoto and global warming bandwagon know nothing about the science...The other problem is that so many of the scientists who are quoted as being on side with global warming are actually doing studies on the impact of global warming and climate changes and their studies then are listed as evidence for support of it. They are not, they are just starting with the assumption that global warming is going to occur, and what effect that would have. That is not support or proof at all. "(5)
Was Global Warming a political movement before it had scientific momentum, as Dr. Ball implies in his comment above? Yes. He is correct; surprisingly the first proponent of Man Made Global Warming was arch-conservative politician Margaret Thatcher. She promoted the theory that fossil fuels not only polluted the air with toxins but they also were heating up the earth to dangerous levels, as reported by the Toronto Sun Newspaper:
"By the mid-1980s, Thatcher had lost faith in coal and oil as secure energy sources for Great Britain, due to her confrontations with British mine workers and the oil crisis of the 1970s. Thatcher favored nuclear power and upon learning that nukes, unlike coal and oil, didn't emit carbon dioxide, used it to forward her agenda...Thatcher poured government money into research on global warming, creating the climate modeling unit that would serve as the basis for the now famous (or infamous) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change." (6)
She promoted this theory in an effort to get more nuclear power plants built and win public opinion to support her brutal treatment of the coal miners when she destroyed that industry in Great Britain.
The ramifications of a government's impure intentions are important when a wealthy country like Great Britain supports the research of Global Warming with grants. Those looking for grant money will add support the Global Warming theory, if this will get them grants. Nigel Calder, former editor of New Scientist, comments on this problem in the Documentary “The Great Global Warming Swindle”:
“If I wanted to do research on the squirrels of Sussex any time from 1990 onwards, I would write my grant application saying, 'I want to investigate the nut-gathering behavior of squirrels with special reference to the effects of global warming', and that way I get my money; if I forget to mention Global Warming, I might not get the money. The whole global warming business has become like a religion. People who disagree are called heretics.” (7)
Al Gore picked up where Thatcher left off. His documentary, ”An Inconvenient Truth,” uses ice core samples to show increase CO2 and increased temperature correspond as one of his main scientific proofs for Man Made Global Warming. Unfortunately, he left out part of the data and its conclusions. CO2 is not the cause of Global Warming but a product of it. Jeff Severinghaus, Professor of Geo-sciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography– University of California, San Diego, explained that an increase of CO2 happens after a warming period not before – CO2 levels are more like a thermometer than an engine. Increase of CO2 levels lag, by 800 years on average, behind increased temperatures.(8) The British High court ruled that Gore's film was misleading political propaganda in this major point and 8 other major assertions.(9) Gore seems to be unaware that the earth's surface temperature has fluctuated greatly throughout history.
A review on global temperature change through out history, carried out by a team from Harvard-Smithson Center for Astrophysics, reviewed more than 200 climate studies and found an extremely hot climate period, commonly called the “ Medieval Warm Period of 800 to 1300 A.D. and an equally cold period, called the Little Ice Age of 1300 to 1900 A.D. These periods were worldwide phenomena not limited to the Europe and North America. While 20th century temperatures are much higher than in the Little Ice Age period, many parts of the world show the medieval warmth to have been greater than that of the 20th century.” (10) Both these periods are before industrialization; therefore Man Made Global Warming is shown false by these higher and low climate periods.
So the evidence seems to be contrary from popular belief and the evidence keeps mounting. The Arctic ice has been decreasing and reached a record low in 2007, but satellite images show the contrary in Antarctic sea. New Scientist Magazine reported that ice in Antarctic is increasing every month of the year expect January (2007-2008). Man Made Global warming proponents, like John Turner of the British Antarctic Survey predict that, 'By the end of the century we expect one third of Antarctic sea ice to disappear,' but he is confused because '... we're trying to understand why it's increasing now, at a time of global warming.' "(11)
Research from NASA's “Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment,” noticed another possible answer for Global Warming -- solar activity.
“[In the] late 17th century astronomers observed that no sunspots existed on the Sun’s surface during the time period from 1650 to 1715 AD. This lack of solar activity, which some scientists attribute to a low point in a multiple-century-long cycle, may have been partly responsible for the Little Ice Age in Europe.” (12)
The Little Ice Age made regular freezing of the Thames in London common, (13) while the Medieval Warm period allowed wine vineyards to grow in London. (14) Both these periods are extreme to our own present period and could not have happened because of industrialization. Both seem to have been related to sun activity.
More proof that Sun activity is most likely the Cause of Global Warming is that Mars' ice caps have been melting. This was pointed out in a recent National Geographic article “In 2005 data from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor and Odyssey missions revealed that the carbon dioxide 'ice caps' near Mars' south pole had been diminishing for three summers in a row.”(15)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology has also found other warming signs in our solar system observed with the “NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based instruments reveal that Neptune's largest moon, Triton, seems to have heated up significantly since the Voyager space probe visited it in 1989. “The warming trend is causing part of Triton's surface of frozen nitrogen to turn into gas, thus making its thin atmosphere denser.” (16) Sun activity can only explain this, Mars and our own planets recent warming trends.
Now we have an opportunity to see how the sun affects us, since National Geographic has reported: “The sun is the least active it's been in decades and the dimmest in a hundred years.” (17) This lull could be a good opportunity to see if sun activity is driving climate change, rather than greenhouse gases and so far there has been a cooling trend that coincides with lower sun activity. (18) We must not forget Global Warming has been happening on other planets and some scientists have predicted we will start a Global Cooling period, because of less sun activity, so far their predictions are correct. Thus, it is logical to assume some other reasons for Global Warming other than man-made pollution. Pollution is bad but it must be fought for the right reasons otherwise the environmental movement will lose integrity.
Quo Bono?—(Possible real reasons for the Man Made Global Warming movement)
We have already seen how that Margaret Thatcher affected those seeking grant money motivated the Global Warming theory in England, but is there any other reasons for its global appeal? Yes, taxes. Global Warming leaders like Al Gore propose a cap an trade or carbon tax. As Thomas Friedman of the New York Times points out, supporters of cap-and-trade like it because it doesn’t use the word “tax” ― even though it amounts to one. “Worse, cap-and-trade will be managed by Wall Street. If you liked credit-default swaps, you’re going to love carbon-offset swaps.”(19) Ralph Nader in a resent op-ed article in the Wall Street Journal pushed to support Al Gore’s carbon tax with his considerable influence. (20) There seems to be a lot of self interest involved to support Man Made Global Warming, especially governments seeking new tax revenue.
This would give the EPA the authority to tax greenhouse gas for not only transportation and manufacturing, but also livestock. Livestock has been marked as a major greenhouse gas producer by the UN. (21) The dairy industry is already warning about this possible new tax. “The tax for dairy cows could be $175 per cow, and $87.50 per head of beef cattle. The tax on hogs would upwards of $20 per hog... Any operation with more than 25 dairy cows, 50 beef cattle or 200 hogs would have to obtain permits.”(22)
Man-Made Global Warming has been a large waste of time, money and distracting humanity from real human made environmental problems. If we want to work together to “Save the Planet,” let us start with saving our greatest natural resource – humankind. Humans are not a disease but part of the Eco system and should be treated with just consideration as other parts of the system. Humans have a get capacity for problem solving and all that is needed is the healthy environment and education to let true creativity to emerge to solve environmental problems and have social responsibility flower.
Five foundational points are needed to help utilize human resources of the Developing World:
1. Clean Drinking Water – More damage is done to the environment and human life by tainted or polluted drinking water than almost any other problem.This is well covered by a UN report:
“More than 2.6 billion people - over 40 per cent of the world's population - do not have access to basic sanitation, and more than one billion people still use unsafe sources of drinking water, warns a report released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.” (23)
With an increase access to clean water, hygiene would improve and with it health and disease control.
2. Energy – Increase energy resources to the developing world would increase standards of living as United Nation studies have shown:
“The linkages between energy and poverty have implications for the development of strategies to alleviate poverty. The standard poverty-alleviation strategies—macroeconomic growth, human capital investment, and income redistribution—do not address directly the energy-poverty nexus. If patterns of energy use result in adverse effects on nutrition, health, and productivity, the benefits of economic growth are likely to be absorbed only very slowly by the people living in poverty. For instance, schooling will continue to promote earning capacity, but by less when biomass is the dominant energy carrier because of poor lighting, limited access to knowledge via radio and television, and poor school attendance due to respiratory illness.” (24)
If over population is considered a problem, energy would help since less people would be needed for any given job.
3. Land – “My home is my castle” the Christian understanding of private property increases a sense of civic responsibility as Medieval Christian philosopher Thomas Aquinas points out:
“Private ownership of property is the normative means ( not absolute) by which the principle of common use is realized... individuals tend to shirk responsibilities that are nobody's in particular, and people tend to take better care of what is theirs than of what is common to everyone. [But]...after one has satisfied one's own needs and those of one's families, one ought to use the surplus in ways that benefit others.” (25)
4. A Just Wage – Production of Goods is not a problem but a living wage to consume these goods produced without going into debt is; a national credit should be given to all workers as GDP increases. Thus making each country a co-operative institution and the citizens reaping some of the profits as a dividend:
“I believe, as I think many of you do here, that the right to income security must be viewed as an absolute. This right, I believe without apology, is ultimately based on a spiritual value, that every human being who comes to life on the planet has a right to a minimally secure existence, which governments exist to ensure. I believe that income security is what people must have to express their right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Without income security, that is a hollow phrase.”(26)
5. High Ideal- only by promoting a high ideal like Christian individualism or the like, such as an Aristotelian ethic, which promotes the dignity of the person with education and virtue, in this way civic responsibility can make a global change. We all need to work toward virtuous society so there will be more freedom and benefits available for each individual to develop. Virtue is to society like fusion is to the sun; the more active the more brightly it gives light.
(4) Gwynne, Peter, “The Cooling World”, Newsweek, April 28, 1975; also:“Another Ice Age?” Monday, Jun. 24, 1974.
(5) Interview with Dr. Tim Ball, Ph.D. in Climatology; professor University of Winnipeg, The Frontier Centre for Public Policy – http://www.fcpp.org/main/
(6) Goldstein, Lorrie "Very strange bedfellows (Maggie Thatcher and global warming)" Toronto Sun 2007-05-20 ; http://www.freerepublic.com/
(7) Documentary “Global warming Swindle”, Channel 4 London England, First quote: 46min.;20sec.--Second quote: 7min.;40 --http://video.google.com/
(8) Seringhaus, Jeff, Professor of Geosciences,Scripps Institution of Oceanography – University of California, San Diego, “What does the lag of CO2 behind temperature in ice cores tell us about global warming?,” 3 December 2004. --http://www.realclimate.org/
also cf. – “Timing of Atmospheric CO2 and Antarctic Temperature Changes Across Termination III” by:Nicolas Caillon, Jeffrey P. Severinghaus, Jean Jouzel, Jean-Marc Barnola, Jiancheng Kang, Volodya Y. Lipenkov. – http://icebubbles.ucsd.edu/
also cf. – SCIENCE VOL 299 14 MARCH 2003--Page two-- www.sciencemag.org
(9) Harvard-Smithson Center for Astrophysics, Press Release No.: 03-10; March 31, 2003--http://www.cfa.harvard.
(10) “Medieval Warm Period, Little Ice Age and 20th Century Temperature Variability from Chesapeake Bay” United States Geological Survey – http://geology.er.usgs.gov/
(11) Brahic, Catherine, “Why Antarctic Ice is Growing Despite Global Warming,” NewScientist Magazine issue 2705, April 20, 2009 – http://www.newscientist.com/
(12) NASA “Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment,” Factsheet – http://earthobservatory.nasa.
(13) BBC, “Frost Fairs, London, UK,” March 11, 2003, – http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/
(14) ”First vineyard is planted in London since Middle Ages,” London Telegraph, May 06, 2009 – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
(15) Ravilious, Kate, “Mars Melt Hints at Solar, Not Human, Cause for Warming, Scientist Says,” National Geographic News,February 28, 2007 – http://news.
(16) “Hubble Reveals Neptune Moon, Titan, Warmer”, NASA-Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas,VOL. 37 NO. 13, July 17, 1998, Page 1 – http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/
(17) Minard,Anne "Sun Oddly Quiet -- Hints at Next 'Little Ice Age'?" National Geographic News May 4, 2009 – http://news.
(18) Calder, Nigel, “An experiment that hints we are wrong on climate change – Nigel Calder, former editor of New Scientist, says the orthodoxy must be challenged,” The Sunday Times, February 11, 2007
(19) Friedman, Thomas L., Op-Ed Columnist, "Show Us the Ball," New York Times,April 7, 2009 – http://www.nytimes.com/2009/
(20) Ralph, Nader and Heaps, Toby, "We Need a Global Carbon Tax -- The cap-and-trade approach won't stop global warming" Wall Street Journal, December 3, 2008 – http://online.wsj.com/article/
(21) Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations "Livestock a major threat to environment --Remedies urgently needed" -FAO News Room, November 29, 2006-http://www.fao.org/
(22) Dairy Industry Newsletter "EPA Charge of $175 per Cow to Curb GHGs?" The Dairy Site News, December 31, 2008-- http://www.thedairysite.com/
(23) UN:World Health Organization,"World facing "silent emergency" as billions struggle without clean water or basic sanitation, say WHO and UNICEF", News release,AUGUST 26, 2004 – http://www.who.int/
(24) United Nations Development Programme, “Energy After Rio: Prospects and Challenges” (New York: United Nations Publications, 1997), p. 11
(25) Gregg, Samuel, Dr.Phil. “Private Property and Public Good,” – Acton Institute- http://www.acton.org/
(26) Cook, Richard C., "The Basic Income Guarantee and Monetary Reform: A Tale of Two Ideas", Atlantic Free Press, Saturday, 24 March 2007 – http://www.atlanticfreepress.