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Environmentalism is Endangered

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Wake up, environmentalists!  Your movement is on the road to extinction, and you are your own worst enemies.  Your movement is committing suicide, by hitching its wagon to possibly the greatest scientific scam since Piltdown Man.  Seriously.  You have leapt unthinkingly on the bandwagon of preventing Anthropogenic Global Warming.  That bandwagon is headed for a crash, and environmentalism will be its most serious casualty.  In her Globe and Mail column on Saturday, Margaret Wente had this to say.  It’s worth reading.

The scam has been sold to the world by the IPCC and Al Gore, and environmentalists have swallowed the whole thing, hook, line and sinker.  So have the media.  The ” war”  against Global Warming has become a cause celebre, and those who promote global action to reduce CO2 have become media darlings.  But the world is beginning to wake up to the scam, and when the IPCC, Al Gore and AGW itself are finally discredited, the media will disown them.   Environmentalism will be tarred with the same brush.

Why tilt at the windmill of man-made CO2 and methane emissions when there are real enemies to fight?  Unlike man-made CO2 and methane from farm animals, deforestation and wetland destruction really do have a significant climate impact.  Strip-mining, oil spills, over-fishing, bottom trawling, whaling, industrial, agricultural and urban pollution, land-fill waste disposal, intensive forced farming and the destruction of natural wildlife habitats all diminish the sustainability of life itself.

Stick to your knitting, environmentalists – get back out and concentrate on the real environmental issues.  We need you to do that.  And to do it, you need credibility and respect.  It will be very hard to maintain your credibility when you smell of Anthropogenic Global Warming bullshit.

Tree Rings as Temperature Proxies

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The IPCC uses proxy temperature calculations based on studies of tree rings, to provide a long-term record of global temperature changes.  And the resulting graph showed global temperatures declining since 1998.   This was the subject of the now-infamous email about “Hiding the decline” in the proxy picture of temperature global temperature changes.   They substituted selected thermometer-measured temperatures for the proxy-calculated ones from 1980 onward.   After the emails from the East Anglia University’s Climate research Unit were leaked by the hackers, their justification was that the proxy data are invalid after 1980, because of a localised drought that caused a lessening of tree growth, resulting in an artificial decline in the temperature estimates.  And of course, the substituted temperature data showed the temperatures continuing to rise.  What would Penn & Teller make of that explanation?

There’s a big, big problem with it.  Tree growth rates are influenced by temperature, availability of water and the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, among other things.  If comparisons of tree-ring proxy-calculated temperatures and measured temperatures show the former to be unreliable since 1980, does that not throw all tree-ring proxy-calculated temperatures into doubt?  Including the ones that “prove” conclusively that there was no middle-ages warm period?  How do we know how many localised droughts have occurred in the past, let alone when they occurred?  There are historical records of a sharp decline on temperature in medieval times in Europe.  There is also anthropological evidence of a marked shift in the majority of the New Zealand Maori population from the fertile South Island to the North Island, closer to the tropics, at the same time as the recorded drop in temperature in Europe.  Given that the Maori at the time wore grass skirts and did not have shoes or tailored clothing like shirts, jackets and trousers, such a move could well be explained by a drop in temperature.  Is it not possible that tree-ring proxies are inherently unreliable as a temperature record?  A record that the IPCC and all of the noisy chicken-lickens want us to believe shows conclusively that we are causing the Earth’s temperature to rise?

Bloody hell!  We all know, without needing to reference proxy records, that temperatures rose in the twentieth century, that ice-caps declined and glaciers retreated during that time.  That’s bleeding obvious!  It has happened many times before – there have been many warm periods in the history of the earth, always followed by cool periods.  We have not found any evidence that the rise in the twentieth century was caused by man, or by CO2 or methane from our livestock.  There is also no evidence that this is a disaster and that we are headed for a runaway greenhouse effect of Venusian proportions.  At various times in the glacial records, we have found evidence of much higher temperatures than we have today,  and much higher levels of CO2 than at present.  Has anybody actually noticed that the earlier occurrences did not cause runaway greenhouse effects?  Nope- what they did was fuel the carbon cycle until the next downward temperature trend.  (Venus has a runaway greenhouse effect because its solar proximity and period of rotation make it impossible for it to support a carbon cycle.  Click here for more information about Venus.)

Interestingly, glacial records show that the rises in CO2 have always followed global temperature rises, not preceded them.  They certainly do not support the hypothesis that rising CO2 levels cause temperature rise.  But they sure could support the opposite!