Climate Change and a Convenient Untruth – Part 4
The theory of man-made climate change is based on mass hysteria not proven facts
In the previous three articles about the world-wide controversy that is global warming, the position of the people who support this theory – the Scaremongers – has been explained and their core arguments commented upon. They seem to be winning the propaganda war, but their battle tactics are based on the feeble interpretation of recent data. The facts presented by the Idealists, however, are much more sustainable but are ignored by the Scaremongers.
The indication from reading the web sites of the major news organizations is that the pro-warming lobby enjoys support from one third of the public, whilst two out of three says more evidence is needed. That is the common view throughout most of the world.
However in some countries, the reverse is the case. There 2 out of 3 people believe that global warming is occurring and that it’s caused by man. In these countries it’s very easy for politicians to seek electoral advantage by promising a range of policies that gullible people think will stop global warming.
But generally the world media believes that every major problem that comes about is being caused by global warming: drought in Australia; famine in eastern Africa; violent storms in the Caribbean; or melting glaciers. The mass media jump on this and in their desire to be seen as ‘leaders’ in the debate, push the ‘Yes’ case without giving any detailed comment or supporting facts.
Lets look at just a few examples, bearing in mind that the ‘Yes’ case tell us that world climate has got warmer with adverse climatic conditions becoming more extreme and violent.
The ten fiercest and most violent hurricanes to affect the US all occurred before 1950. Likewise with the ten most powerful tornadoes, none have happened in the past 50 years. And yet the Scaremongers and the international media continue to tell us that present day hurricanes and tornadoes are getting more and more powerful. Why is the public not being told the truth?
The ‘Yes’ people like to justify their case by suggesting that famine in Africa is being caused by global warming causing difficult growing conditions. In fact the real cause of the problem is poor government and deforestation. But the UN is not going to state the real causes as it would conflict with its position of not commenting on the poor governance the people of Africa are experiencing.
In the case of Australia, the ‘Yes’ people would have us believe that the current drought is the worst in the country’s history and is due entirely to man-made global warming. On both counts they are wrong. Australia’s worst drought since European settlement occurred between 1893 and 1904, well outside the time-frame suggested by the Scaremongers that greenhouse gases started to increase. They also state that the present poor condition of the River Murray – Australia’s largest – is an example of their theory. Again they are wrong. From time to time the Murray has had problems with lack of water supply – that’s happening today, and will continue in the future.
The ‘Yes’ case would like us to believe their case is proven. They tell us that because 5,000 scientists in the US have signed a petition confirming their support for the theory, then it must be true.
What they won’t tell us is that 31,000 US scientists, including over 9,000 PhDs, say the theory is just plain wrong. And that there’s no proof whatsoever that global warming, if indeed it’s taking place and is unique in the life of the earth, has been caused by mankind’s activities. But of course the media is not going to make too much of this – it’s not news. They have an interest in keeping the story going.
Some observers say that the Scaremongers are the same sort of people who 30 years ago suggested that the West was responsible for all the world’s problems: friction with the European eastern bloc; the military build-up and the obscene amounts of money spent on weapons of war; US support for right-wing dictatorships in central and southern America, and Asia; and lastly western support for Israel’s position in the Middle East.
Now it’s said that these people support the theory of man-made global warming because it lays the blame at the feet of the industrial west. A position the UN seems happy to support as it fails to recognize the role played by land deforestation, which occurs principally in the poorer, non-industrialized countries, and over-population.
The Idealists suggest that one of the biggest failings of the ‘Yes’ case is that the supporters are not prepared to look at the big picture. They seem focused on data collected over the past 110 years but more particularly the last 50 years. They won’t ask questions or provide solutions concerning events that have happened in the centuries before then.
In fact the biggest criticism leveled at the Scaremongers is that they approach the topic in a wholly unscientific and poorly researched manner with a disregard for translating data in a professional way. Hysteria rules rather than a calm, measured look at the problem.
For the Scaremongers to convince people that man-made global warming is under way, the evidence they produce has to be more credible.
This is the fourth part of a look at the international controversy concerning the cause of climate change, and an attempt to put some balance into the argument.