Six Most Embarrassing Moments in Environmentalism
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Every so often itâ€™s fun to take a step back and poke a little fun at the global warming alarmists here at Skeptics Global Warming. Many incriminate themselves with sheer hypocrisy and arrogance that does little to further their cause: to stop global temperatures from rising by reducing man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Every time one of these supposed friends of the planet hops into a private jet and flies to a different corner of the world, it gives us skeptics just one more reason to point our collective fingers and laugh at just how brash and assuming they really are. And while jet-setting and other wasteful carbon-emitting lifestyles are run-of-the-mill activities for these environmentalists, there are some things theyâ€™d like to keep locked in the closet, never to be shown publicly. In this weekâ€™s opinion piece, Iâ€™m going to expose the biggest and most embarrassing moments in environmental history and you can judge the poor decisions made by these alarmists.
#6: Global Warming Gives Way to Global Cooling
Itâ€™s hard to take a topic like global warming so seriously when any momentum is lost due to, well, the planetâ€™s temperature dropping. In fact, temperatures havenâ€™t really gone up at all in a decade. For a planet that continues to have carbon emissions pumped into the atmosphere every single year, they sure donâ€™t appear to be doing a whole lot of warming. Temperatures in 2008 mirror those of 1983. An El Nino-induced heat wave from 1998 hasnâ€™t been matched since. And snow continues to fall in places that havenâ€™t seen snow in decades or longer. Low temperature records continue to be broken in cities and towns across the globe. The ice age mantra not heard since the 1970s is slowly making its way back into the mainstream. Plus, itâ€™s awfully coincidental that the sun had no spots for over 200 days this year, even though scientists have ruled out any connection between the sun and climate yet Arctic sea ice is at levels from when the instruments first started recording the data. And no one knows why Antarctic ice continues to grow. Luckily weâ€™ve been spared the drama of an explanation by the global-warmer-in-chief. Other than a stint at one of the many inaugural balls celebrating the arrival of a new administration in the United States, Al Gore continues to be elusive. Maybe someone should chart Al Gore sightings with global temperatures and see if thereâ€™s a correlation.
#5: Environmentalists Donâ€™t Know How to Use Public Transportation
On July 17, 2008, Al Gore gave a speech on global warming at Constitution Hall in Washington DC in which he presented a 10-year plan for the United States to produce all of its electricity from renewable energy sources. In his speech, Gore said, â€œThe way to bring gas prices down is to end our dependence on oil and use the renewable sources that can give us the equivalent of $1 per gallon gasoline.â€ Gore advocates using alternative fuel sources to force the price of gasoline to drop to $1 per gallon. However, many of those that attended his speech on that July day apparently didnâ€™t grasp the concept of reducing our dependence on oil, and took private transportation to the event, even with a bus stop and train station within blocks of the venue. Hereâ€™s what the Americans for Prosperity organization found on the day of Al Goreâ€™s speech:
Maybe Gore should go back to the basics and speak on government-subsidized mass transit. After all, these people are paying for it regardless of whether or not they use it.
#4: Followers of Environmentalism Sign Petition to Ban Water
Environmentalists are a very smart bunch of individuals. After all, they have climatologists, astrophysicists, meteorologists, geologists and politicians out in full force to explain to us, the backwards-thinking Neanderthal skeptics, why global warming is real. While weâ€™re busy clutching our guns and our Bibles, the progressive elite have embarked on a campaign to tell us just how stupid we are. Certainly anyone with the proper credentials and published papers in peer-reviewed, and global warming approved, science journals would never be dumb enough to be a climate change skeptic. And then there are these people:
Is passion supposed to replace common sense? It does for the â€œintellectualsâ€ signing the petition to ban dihydrogen monoxide in the video above. If itâ€™s good enough for them, then certainly there is some rampant and overblown passion going on in the higher ranks of those responsible for the climate change hysteria.
#3: Al Goreâ€™s Excesses and Hypocrisy
This isnâ€™t really a moment as it is a series of moments that make up the life of our former Vice President. With many of us cutting back on spending to make ends meet during this crippled economy, itâ€™s comforting to know that there are still people out there that can live lavishly. Take Al Gore for instance. Since heâ€™s the mouthpiece for the movement to stop global warming, heâ€™s certainly going to take his share of criticism. Today is no exception. Oh, sure, his film An Inconvenient Truth may have had a few errors and he did cast the tie-breaking vote for ethanol in 1994, an alternative food-based fuel (of which he has investments) blamed for riots and skyrocketing food prices. But I digress. Life has been good to Gore, allowing him to buy a house boat, increase his home electricity use by 10% since last year, which could power 232 American homes, without buying it from green sources and all the while remaining less green than former President George W. Bush. Oh, and he eats meat too, which is a no-no when youâ€™re trying to cut back on those dangerous levels of methane produced by livestock. Lastly, letâ€™s not forget the zinc mine on Goreâ€™s property, where Al asked those extracting the minerals to try and â€œlimitâ€ their pollution. Maybe his 2009 resolutions havenâ€™t quite kicked in yet.
#2: The Hockey Stick Graph shown in An Inconvenient Truth Debunked
Sure, Michael Mannâ€™s hockey stick graph added drama to Al Goreâ€™s film and having Gore stand on a scissor lift just added to the intensity. But was the hockey stick showing us the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Earlier this year, it was revealed that the Medieval Warm Period, time between 700-1300 AD, was eliminated from Michael Mannâ€™s hockey stick graph shown in Goreâ€™s film. Not only was that period of time eliminated, but more research indicated that tree ring samples were cherry-picked to make the most dramatic example of how the planet is warming. Even more interesting is the fact that tree rings are only laid during the growing season and only during the day when photosynthesis occurs. So using tree rings to look at historical climate is inaccurate. Tree rings that record an unusually hot summer only take into account the summer temperatures and leave out any information about extreme cooling events in other months outside the growing season. Even more embarrassing is the radiocarbon dating of marine organisms in sea bed sediment that showed temperatures were about two degrees F cooler 400 years ago than today and two degrees F warmer 1,000 years ago compared to today (source: John Daly; Keigwin L.D., “The Little Ice Age and Medieval Warm Period in the Sargasso Sea”, Science, v.274 pp.1504-1508, 1996). Inconvenient? Yes. Truth? Absolutely.
#1: Not in My Back Yard
Ted Kennedy, United States Senator from Massachusetts, secretly protested a wind farm to be built off the coast of Nantucket back in 2006, a project that would have produced 75% of Cape Codâ€™s energy needs without burning any fossil fuels. The Kennedys have a compound in Hyannisport. Usually a stickler for the rules in the Senate, Kennedy broke the rules by privately interfering with plans to build the wind farm array off the coast of Nantucket even though he was quoted as an advocate for alternative energy. In the August 8, 2003 edition of the Cape Cod Times, Kennedyâ€™s editorial commentary remarked, â€œI strongly support renewable energy, including wind energy, as a means of reducing our dependence on foreign oil and protecting the environment.â€œ Unless, of course, itâ€™s in his own back yard. Even Greenpeace got in on the action with a television ad featuring an animated Kennedy hammering new offshore windmills:
A true self-serving liberal Senator whose own interests come before those of others.
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