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The Global Warming Myth – Your 2008 Year-in-Review

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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 that’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 I’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

Water-Borne Disease

Birds Laying Eggs Early

Tomato Salmonella Outbreak

Rain and More Rain

Tree Death

Plane Crashes

Ocean ‘Deserts’

Jellyfish Outbreak

Collapse of Dublin’s Bridge

Whale Blubber Loss

Shellfish Invasion

Australian Cooling

Growing Glaciers (you can’t make this stuff up, folks!)

Confused Coral

Kidney Stones

Extreme Waves

China Snowstorms


Bad Blood



Increased Insurance Rates

High Gas Prices

Penguin Decline

Killing Amphibians (or maybe not): Frogs Not Dying From Global Warming Afterall

Hinders Fight Against Poverty

Fewer Hurricanes

More Intense Hurricanes

Midwest Floods Caused by Global Warming. Maybe Not.

Hurricane Ike

Food Quality


Increased Sea Salinity

Disruption in Swan Migrations

Snake Invasions

Truffle Trouble

Extended Allergy Season

Earlier Spring

Possum Extinction

Refugee Surge

Natural Disasters


Fall of Empires

And don’t forget to check out The Big List of Things Caused by Global Warming.

And all the things that cause global warming:

Clean Air




Plasma and LCD TVs

Solar Panels


Nature, Part Two

Being Fat

Not Finishing Your Food

Television Ads






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 Gore’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 ‘puts the poor at risk of starving’

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 Gore’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.

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A social and fiscal conservative, I scour the news for information that disputes the current man-made global warming indoctrination that takes place around the world. I take a rather sarcastic approach to reporting on the nonsense being spewed by the talking heads in the media and the governments around the world.

15 Comments on “The Global Warming Myth – Your 2008 Year-in-Review”

  • Dan wrote on 23 December, 2008, 1:34

    I don’t knock any hard science supporting the hypothesis that humans are not changing earths climate. However, the hypothesis of global warming is not that every single inch of the earth will get hotter each year. The fact that somewhere had it’s coldest day, year, week, minute, whatever, does nothing to disprove global warming. Global warming is a misnomer, the theory is that of “climate change”, so a record cold, if anything, proves the theory. If you’re going to present evidence to disprove a theory then please disprove the actual theory, not just the name.

  • Randall Hayden wrote on 24 December, 2008, 9:03

    Climate change? That’s rather grandiose. Although it sounds like the reason you mention for using that is that temps can decrease. More CO2 can lower temps? No big deal then.

    How many temp means are in one climate? Or how many temp differences separate climates. To change climate, temps might have to change by ~12F. Is that what’s happening? This exaggeration will eventually destroy the AGW movement.

    So basically what the stance of the gloom & doomers is now, in light of a colder year, is that temps will rise when they do, except when they don’t.

  • Tom wrote on 24 December, 2008, 9:46

    Variations in temperature and weather patterns have been naturally occurring since the beginning of the earth. If plummeting temperatures are not cause to question the hypothesis then why can the alarmists use summer heat waves to back up their claims. There is a blatant double standard. It was not the skeptics that were shouting that the glaciers are going to melt away and gave us the perception that temperatures around the globe were on the rise. Why only after a period of decreasing temperatures are we hearing that “no,no that’s not how we said was going to happen”? The exclusion of conflicting evidence makes it nearly impossible to disprove the theory. Thus, it will always be correct. This is not how science is supposed to work.

  • Skeptic wrote on 24 December, 2008, 9:49

    Thanks for all of the great comments, all.

    Tom, you made a very good point. If cold temperatures do not dispute the global warming, why do summer heat waves? It is a double standard. Might have to write up a post around that idea.

  • DCB Suwanee wrote on 31 December, 2008, 12:08

    Thanks for the great site and links you provide here. Having followed this story closely for years, to me, the most interesting aspect of AGW has nothing to do with weather…it’s the people.

    I am amazed at how so many people have totally given themselves to this global warming cause. For some time I wondered if maybe they knew something I didn’t know; that maybe this global warming stuff was over my head. But as I continued to read everything available from all sides I started to notice that the AGW supporters seemed to know shockingly little about the subject, the science, or anything relating to the facts. In fact, most didn’t want to learn about it. There seemed to be no interest in debating the subject, to inquire, to test. All too often the discussion would be ended with an insinuation that I apparently don’t care about the world we live in.

    Which led me to this realization: for most of the frenzied supporters, the AGW cause is nothing but a sort of personal ‘brand – sort of like a brain tattoo that provides them with an unshakeable public image as a person who is assumed to be more ‘caring, considerate, intelligent, proactive, and good.’ And the best part is that it requires no real effort at all! For the lazy of body and mind it is quite a deal.

    Why bother seeking true purpose in life, or contributing anything to this world or actually becoming a caring, intelligent, proactive, or good, when you can gain the appearance of all these by simply supporting AGW, or being green? Without this kind of support, AGW never would have gotten this far.

  • Wakefield Tolbert wrote on 1 January, 2009, 16:38

    Please see the above from someone who’s crunched the actual numbers. Or say he says.

    Let’s at least play “Devil’s Advocate” for a moment on this issue to air out all sides. I am more than aware of all the headlines about snow in 2007-2008 vs. those who claim “you can’t use winter” to disprove climate change. When told that Antarctica is cold after all, the editors over at Real Climate respond by saying, “um, yeah–thanks, –we know that already”

    NOW: Just out of curiosity, and not to place you on the spot, but what is your opinion or retort to those who claim its not really colder–but that we have more snow due to more VAPOR in the air–in turn caused by …..more global warming and the conduction of vapor toward northern latitudes. In point of fact Greenland IS still melting, as are the arctic ice caps.

    Second, there DOES seem to be some acidification of the seas due to more Co2 in the atmosphere due to fossil fuel combustion. Even without significant warming, this is BAD news to most forms of ocean life.

    Or not?

  • Travis wrote on 14 January, 2009, 19:40

    Can we get a list of these 1500 news articles that are grouped by what type of media they come from? I would like to know how many of these are actually fact based and not opinion articles, and if any at all are peer reviewed research.

    Nice post wakefield!

  • Michael Duvinak wrote on 14 January, 2009, 19:45

    I’m sure we all agree that Albert Einstein was a genius and was accurate about many things in the scientific world. What many people don’t know is how many peer-reviewed scientific papers he published. One.

    Your witness.

  • Travis wrote on 14 January, 2009, 19:57

    Now I’m really skeptical of where you get your information. 4 of Einstein’s first 5 publications were in one of the world’s most prestigous PEER REVIEWED physics journals “Annalen der Physik”. I’m sure your info. on einstein, much the same as the rest of the myths you publish, was heresay.

  • Michael Duvinak wrote on 14 January, 2009, 20:03

    They were published in Annalen der Physik. Unfortunately they weren’t peer reviewed before publication.

  • Travis wrote on 14 January, 2009, 20:11

    I stole this off of the web, and I realize peer review wasn’t as accepted in Europe at the time, but here is some info. I found you might find interesting
    “There is a very good Physics Today article about this. Einstein published his most important papers in Germany before coming to the US in 1933. German journals at the time had little peer review and a very high acceptance rate. Although peer review was more common in American journals, most of Einstein’s publications probably would not have been subject to anonymous peer review, given his reputation. Although Einstein ignored the referee’s comments, the referee (Howard Percy Robertson) had found a serious mistake, and was able to convince Infeld, Einstein’s assistant, of the mistake. The paper which was eventually published had the exact opposite conclusion of the version originally submitted to Physical Review. So it appears that peer review is good for something after all.”

  • Michael Duvinak wrote on 14 January, 2009, 20:18

    Anyway, I’m glad you finally did your research to set Einstein’s record straight. I’d work on the half-truths you leave as comments on blogs in the future. They need some work.

    Enjoyed the debate, however.

  • Travis wrote on 15 January, 2009, 20:24

    wow, no comment on why a review ended up helping research huh?Although I am for peer review, at least i can admit review doesn’t always work. that’s the problem with extreme views on either side. They are unwilling to see things the other way and they get us nowhere…

  • Travis wrote on 15 January, 2009, 20:27

    a comment on Tom’s post. I’ve never listened to what I would call a credible scientist use summer heat waves as evidence for global warming, only sensational journalism and news media. Most climate change research that is the basis for the trend in warming is on much much much longer time scales.

  • Michael Duvinak wrote on 15 January, 2009, 21:52

    See my comment on the other post. is an Privacy Policy and Legal
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