This is the last weekly commentary of 2008. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The global warming hoax has proved to be, if nothing else, a topic that should be openly debated instead of being considered off-limits by the climate change activists. Over the last year, I’ve compiled well over 1500 news articles that portray global warming an an inexact science at best and its proponents as being tax-seeking and lifestyle-controlling and, all the while, sometimes even displaying their own hypocrisy and arrogance. Enjoy the year-in-review.
So what about the weather? I know specific weather events do not make climate, even though global warming alarmists do use this to their advantage when it comes to floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados and the like (see Hoaxers Using Weather Inaccurately to Promote Cause). Let’s take a look back at some weather events from the last year. But before we do that, have a look at this Reuters article that claimed 2008 would be in the top 10 warmest years: 2008 to be in top 10 warmest years say forecasters and, conversely, an article that says just the opposite: Scientists Expect a Cooler 2008. And, by year’s end, Australia had the coldest August in 35 years, A town in South Africa had the coldest September night – ever, Denver set two record lows, Charlotte had the coldest November in 32 years and record cold hit Montana. And thatâ€™s just from the last page of my cold weather posts. How about more weather posts?
Latest Storm Gives Kansas Foot of Snow
Big Winter Storm Pummels Northeast
2007 One of Coldest Years in Decades, and yet the alarmists call it one of the warmest.
Record Snowfall in Denver on Christmas, and Denver had record cold this December. Remarkable!
New Hampshire Breaks 131 Year-Old December Snow Record. I think Iâ€™m starting to see a trend.
Snow in Florida? Would I Kid You? Weather does not equate to climate, folks.
Southern Farmers Fret As Cold Sets In But it certainly helps when the weather is freezing everywhere.
Snow Flurries Reported in Daytona Beach
California Mountains Under 5 Feet of Snow
A First! Snow Falls in Baghdad
Up To A Foot of Snow in Boston
China Issues Red Alert for Snowstorms
Jerusalem blanketed with heavy snow
January Cooler than Average
Madison Wisconsin to have Snowiest Winter on Record
Winter carnival activities canceled (too much snow!!)
Cool Summer in Sydney
Record Snow Buries Columbus
Quebec children get holiday as snow piles on roofs
Technically It’s Spring, But Huge Snowstorm Coming
It’s a record year for snowfall
March 52nd Coolest on Record
Cold Temperatures Freeze Gardening
Storm Sets More Records as Mercury Plunges to Eight Below
Idaho Extends Ski Season into May
Anchorage digs out after record snowfall
May blizzard shuts down parts of South Dakota
April Coolest in 11 Years
Memorial Day: Time for Hot Dogs, BBQ and … Snow?
One of the Coolest U.S. Springs on Record
Charlotte Hits 123 Year Low Temperature
Iowans Won’t Have Sweet Corn for Fourth (spring too cold and wet!)
Alaska Experiences Normal Summer
Chicago Experiences Coolest Decade of Summers…Since 1930
Patchy Frost Forecast for Minnesota, Wisconsin This Weekend (in August)
More Frost Warnings: Oregon and California (in August)
New Zealand Temperatures 0.2 Degrees Cooler in August
Australia Coldest August in 35 Years
August Temperatures Dip Slightly
2008 Coolest in Five Years
Durban, South Africa Experiences Coldest September Night…Ever
Ireland Experiences Coldest September in 14 Years
Wyoming in for Winter Storm – in Early Autumn
And speaking of weather, let’s not forget the Gore Effect. It seemed in 2008 that every time some big global warming event took place, extreme weather followed:
Protesters Could Use Some Global Warming
Gore Brings Cold Temperatures to Cambridge
Brrrrrr! Too Cold for Global Warming Relay
Students Brave Cold on Bikes to Raise Climate Change Awareness
Global Warming Protestors Brave Unseasonable Cold
Gore Effect as Britain Debates Global Warming Bill
Gore Effect in Italy
And, of course, we learned about all of the things that global warming causes over the last year:
Surge in fatal shark attacks
Birds Laying Eggs Early
Tomato Salmonella Outbreak
Rain and More Rain
Collapse of Dublin’s Bridge
Whale Blubber Loss
Growing Glaciers (you can’t make this stuff up, folks!)
Increased Insurance Rates
High Gas Prices
Killing Amphibians (or maybe not): Frogs Not Dying From Global Warming Afterall
Hinders Fight Against Poverty
More Intense Hurricanes
Midwest Floods Caused by Global Warming. Maybe Not.
Increased Sea Salinity
Disruption in Swan Migrations
Extended Allergy Season
Fall of Empires
And donâ€™t forget to check out The Big List of Things Caused by Global Warming.
And all the things that cause global warming:
Plasma and LCD TVs
Nature, Part Two
Not Finishing Your Food
What about taxes and lifestyle changes? After all, I’m a firm believer that the whole global warming hoax is based around taking your hard-earned money and controlling your lifestyle. What have we learned over the last year about these subjects?
First, the lifestyle changes:
Liberty, Incandescent Lightbulbs and the Global Warming Hoax
Massachusetts Passes Energy Bill
No HOV Lanes for Carbon Credit Holders
Muscle cars are dead
London to Charge $50 to Drive SUV
Motivated by a Tax, Irish Spurn Plastic Bags
Slow Down to Save the World!
Global Warming Statists Threaten Our Liberty
WaPo Demands Huge Changes in Every Aspect of Your Daily Life
Want to Go Green? Leave the Cows Alone
Incandescent 150W Bulbs Phased Out; 100W Bulbs Next
California Wants to Control Residential Thermostats by Remote Control
Turn off your AC to Save the World
Drink Less Milk to Save the World
Lights Out in Manila Tonight
Ted Turner: There are Too Many People
And now, the taxes:
Advisory Group Suggests Raising B.C. Carbon Tax After 2012
Australian Carbon Tax Proposed
Australian New Cars May Be Hit With Carbon Tax at Sale
Australian Carbon Tax Could Bankrupt Zinc Miners
City of Portland Planning Carbon Tax
Double Whammy! Canadian Carbon Tax Could Drive Fuel Higher
First U.S.-Based Cap-and-Trade Program Launches Today
James Hansen’s Carbon Tax Proposal
John McCain Threatens Economy with Global Warming Plan
Los Angeles Considers Global Warming Tax
Michigan Congressman Wants 50-Cent Tax Hike on Every Gallon of Gas
New Zealand Government’s Windfall Profits Carbon Tax
New Zealand Proposes Carbon Tax in Car Imports
Shipping carbon tax costs will fall on consumers
The Carbon Tax Will be a Cash Cow
What Would a Carbon Tax Do To Gas Prices?
Bill Clinton Praises BC Carbon Tax
Carbon Tax will Hurt Who? The Poor
Farmers Face Flatulence Fee
EPA Proposes Livestock Tax
Speaking of gasoline, the global warming alarmists were big on ethanol mandates this year which, quite frankly, caused food prices to skyrocket. The same group of individuals that vowed to protect the poor and sick only hurt them as food riots broke out.
Al Goreâ€™s Greendom Starving The Poor
Burning Our Food
Climate Change Hinders Fight Against Poverty
Corn Hits $6 a Bushel on Tight Supplies
Corn Prices Set New Record
Promotion of Ethanol Contributed to Food Crisis
Food Costs Rising Fastest in 17 Years
Fuel From Food? Bad Idea
Surging costs of groceries hit home
The Case Against Ethanol
The Importance of the Corn Economy
Will Media Remember Gore’s Tie-Breaking Vote for Ethanol in 1994?
Rising food costs due to Ethanol Boondoggle
Backlash over Biofuels: ‘Crime Against Humanity’
British Cutting Biofuel Production to Save Food Prices
Environmentalists – Death, Poverty, Destruction, Food Riots
Era of Cheap Food Ends as Prices Soar
Global Food Crisis: Corn to Fuel Cars Thanks to Global Warming Hoax
Inconvenient Truth: People Will Go Hungry
Indian Minister Attacks Bio-Fuels
Often Forgotten, Seldom Fed
Political crisis â€˜puts the poor at risk of starvingâ€™
Will that be food or fuel?
Let’s take a look at some of the Al Gore follies from the past year:
$300 Million to Promote a Scam
Al Gore Admits he Makes Money From His Global Warming Fear Mongering
Al Gore Coast-to-Coast This Week
Eco-Messiah Al Gore Continues To Ignore Contrary Scientific Evidence; Still Preaches To The Choir
Give It Back! Gore’s Nobel May Be Illegal
French Author: Al Gore a “Crook”
Fear-Mongering Gore Causes High Gas Prices
Global Warming Hoax Has Been Good to Al Gore
Gore Calls for Breaking the Law to Fight Global Warming
Gore’s Home Energy Use Could Power 232 American Homes
Gore’s Inconvenient Lifestyle Exposed
Gore’s Lifestyle a Hot Topic for Skeptics
Meet the Meat: Al Gore’s Diet
Nobel Prize for Death
The errors in Al Goreâ€™s movie
What Al Gore Thinks of People Like Me
Why Won’t Al Gore Debate?
Campaign to Sue Al Gore Gains Support
Al Gore on 60 Minutes: Skeptics like Flat-Earthers and Moon Landing Hoaxers
And just how are we and our children indoctrinated into the global warming religion?
Al Gore Ministries Continues Indoctrination
California State Senate Approves New Global Warming Curriculum
Colleges plot global warming indoctrination
Convenient Indoctrination of Our Youth
Earth Hour’s soft fascism
Have Yourself a Green Hallowe’en!
Kids Fight Against AGW Indoctrination
Oklahoma Kindergartners Write Book on Going Green
Schools Receive Climate Change Packs
Senate bill requires textbooks to teach global warming
The Indoctrination of Global Warming Begins
All in all, 2008 has been better for skeptics than warming alarmists. With cold temperatures blanketing the globe during the Winter of 2007 and so far in the Winter of 2008, and planetary temperatures continuing their fall from their most recent high in 1998 even as greenhouse gas emissions rise, the evidence against anthropogenic sources of global warming mounts. But, as many of us know from experiences during our lifetimes, if one tells a lie enough, it becomes truth. I want to keep showing the lies here at Skeptics Global Warming and ensure that they do not become truth. Thank you for visiting during the course of the year. I look forward to another exciting 12 months of spreading the real truth about global warming.