More Global Warming Follies

In a post over a year ago, I noted that Governor Palin had been correct all along in her healthy skepticism of Al Gore’s crackpot man-made global warming theory. A few weeks later, Governor Palin’s position was further vindicated by the revelation that the University of East Anglia was cooking the data to make it appear as though human activity was responsible for the latest natural temperature fluctuations when in fact no such evidence existed. Governor Palin’s subsequent op-ed in the Washington Post shed further light on the extent to which man-made global warming enthusiasts would go to perpetuate their hoax in the hopes of continuing to receive funding for their “research”.

This, of course, didn’t sit well with those who have the most to gain by promulgating this theory and the Grand Poo-Bah himself, Al Gore, responded by calling Governor Palin a man-made “global warming denier”, prompting Governor Palin to respond thusly:

The response to my op-ed by global warming alarmists has been interesting. Former Vice President Al Gore has called me a “denier” and informs us that climate change is “a principle in physics. It’s like gravity. It exists.”

Perhaps he’s right. Climate change is like gravity – a naturally occurring phenomenon that existed long before, and will exist long after, any governmental attempts to affect it.

However, he’s wrong in calling me a “denier.” As I noted in my op-ed above and in my original Facebook post on Climategate, I have never denied the existence of climate change. I just don’t think we can primarily blame man’s activities for the earth’s cyclical weather changes.

Former Vice President Gore also claimed today that the scientific community has worked on this issue for 20 years, and therefore it is settled science. Well, the Climategate scandal involves the leading experts in this field, and if Climategate is proof of the larger method used over the past 20 years, then Vice President Gore seriously needs to consider that their findings are flawed, falsified, or inconclusive.

Vice President Gore, the Climategate scandal exists. You might even say that it’s sort of like gravity: you simply can’t deny it.

– Sarah Palin

Why, after all this time, am I revisiting this story on this New Year’s Eve more than a year later, you ask? I came across a devastating graphic which was contained in a post by Brian Bolduc that appeared in yesterday’s National Review. Bolduc’s post, including the aforementioned graphic, follows:

On Watts Up With That?, Dr. Don J. Easterbrook notes the attention 2010 is getting as a contender for the warmest year of the century. And then he calms everyone down:

Another graph of temperatures from the Greenland ice core for the past 10,000 years is shown in Figure 5. It shows essentially the same temperatures as Cuffy and Clow (1997) but with somewhat greater detail. What both of these temperature curves show is that virtually all of the past 10,000 years has been warmer than the present.

Figure 5. Temperatures over the past 10,000 years recorded in the GISP2 Greenland ice core

So where do the 1934/1998/2010 warm years rank in the long-term list of warm years? Of the past 10,500 years, 9,100 were warmer than 1934/1998/2010. Thus, regardless of which year ( 1934, 1998, or 2010) turns out to be the warmest of the past century, that year will rank number 9,099 in the long-term list.

The climate has been warming slowly since the Little Ice Age (Fig. 5), but it has quite a ways to go yet before reaching the temperature levels that persisted for nearly all of the past 10,500 years.

Yes, you read that correctly.  Of the past 10,500 years, 9100 will have been warmer than 2010, and virtually all of them occurred before we invented that evil internal combustion engine.  Don’t expect to read much about this in the mainstream media as it totally refudiates the case being made by the man-made global warming crusaders.  It also further vindicates everyone who believes that fluctuations in global temperatures occur naturally, and have been doing so for eons.  Mankind can’t change climate even if he wanted to, and to believe otherwise is, at best, hubris.  Temperatures have been rising and falling for thousands, make that millions, of years, and will continue to do so long after we’re all gone.

This is something to keep in mind as 2011 begins and gasoline prices continue to rise, predicted to hit $5 per gallon by 2012.  This could be avoided, of course, by following Governor Palin’s advice and utilizing the vast energy resources which exist in this country while maintaining a strong and stable dollar.  I suspect that if Governor Palin runs for the presidency in 2012, she will be reminding voters of this while the clueless Obama ruminates about windmills, carbon taxes, and the necessity of causing energy prices to “skyrocket“.  This is an argument, I suspect, that Governor Palin will be more than happy to engage in as it can only inure to her benefit.  Read Easterbrook’s entire piece here.

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