Global Warming Hoax: A Skeptical Beginner’s Guide, Part I
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When you landed on this site, you most likely made an effort to search for an alternate take on global warming – the one the mainstream media and Al Gore won’t tell you. Â However, you may be new to the entire subject of the global warming hoax and need a primer without having to read the vast library of information contained on SkepticsGlobalWarming.com. Â There are several major subjects up for debate, unlike what Al Gore tells you, on the topic of climate change. Â This two-part article will attempt to provide guidance, from a skeptical point of view, of each subject trumpeted by the global warming activists.
Each of these talking points have been touted by the media and the global warming crowd as proof that the world is going to end and all civilization as we know it will be wiped from the face of the planet if we don’t act soon. Â By “proof” they mean “possible observations at a specific point-in-time that may have changed to no longer support the global warming cause so we’ll just keep repeating old data until you believe it.” Â By “the world is going to end” they mean “sea levels are going to rise one foot over the next 100 years, but we’ll say 20 feet just to scare them”. Â ”All civilization as we know it will be wiped from the face of the planet” really means “the poor that can’t afford to move away from low-lying areas may have their homes flooded if there’s a really, really high tide”. Â And “act soon” really means “more taxes”. Â Got it so far? Â Good. Â Let’s move on to the talking points.
Global Warming Activist Point #1: Â Arctic ice is melting, which will force polar bears into extinction.
Global Warming Skeptic Rebuttal: Â If the Arctic ice is melting, a recent study found that it may be due to natural causes. Â However, the Winter of 2007-2008 showed that the Arctic ice refreezed at a record rate, but the records have only been kept for 25 years. Â Also, ice coverage between 2006 and 2007 went from 13 million square kilometers in the winter to 4 million square kilometers in the summer back to 13 million square kilometers the following winter. Â So no scientist can truly tell you that the Arctic ice, in an unprecedented move, is going to melt away and flood the world. Â There isn’t enough data available to understand the median ice coverage. Â Oh, and polar bear thing? Â An global warming activist was caught passing off photos of polar bears clinging to shrinking winter icebergs when the photo was actually taken in the summer.
Global Warming Activist Point #2: Â Antarctic ice is melting, which will flood the planet.
Global Warming Skeptic Rebuttal: Â Antarctic ice is GROWING on three sides of the continent. Â They don’t tell you that on the news. Â The best example of disputing this claim is the work of an early 1900′s explorer that visited Antarctica. Â His claims state that parts of the continent that were water back in 1915 are now ice. Â With all of the carbon dioxide pumped into the air between 1915 and today, shouldn’t the same area of Antarctica remain in liquid form?
Global Warming Activist Point #3: Â All of the warming has occurred since 1940, so it must be due to carbon dioxide output.
Global Warming Skeptic Rebuttal: Â Al Gore presented the now infamous “hockey stick” graph that depicted a relatively low temperature period before making a significant jump north during the era of industrialization. Â Unfortunately for Gore and the global warming activists, it’s been warmer on this planet before as is evidenced in a graph on this website. The warming and cooling of the Earth appear cyclical and, over the long run, does not appear to have any direct correlation to CO2 levels.
Continue reading the second part here:Â Global Warming Hoax: Â A Skeptical Beginner’s Guide Part II
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