The concept of man-made global warming has generated a cultlike following, with Al Gore’s movie "An Inconvenient Truth" becoming the cult’s bible of sorts. Schools teach our children that man-made global warming is fact, and a dissenting voice at a cocktail party is met with intolerance and condescension. But before any of us sign up to worship at the altar of global destruction and human extinction, it would be wise to consider all aspects of this polemic.
A recent British documentary by Martin Durkin titled "The Great Global Warming Swindle" refutes many of the claims made by the man-made global warming movement and Gore’s movie.
According to the documentary Web site, "Earth’s 4.5 billion year history isone long story of climate change."
"In more recent history there has been," the documentary argues, "a mini ice age in the 17th century ... and a medieval warm period, even balmier than today; and sunnier still was the so-called Holocene Maximum, which was the warmest period in the last 10,000 years."
Interestingly, the data shows that the Earth’s warmest periods occurred long before human beings began producing "large amounts of carbon dioxide," the decidedly evil greenhouse gas that Gore’s movie touts as being responsible for global warming. However, according to the arguments made by scientists in this British documentary, "A detailed look at recent climate change reveals that the temperature rose prior to 1940 but unexpectedly dropped in the post-war economic boom, when carbon dioxide emissions rose dramatically."
The film interviews a long list of esteemed scientists, such as Fred Singer, founding director of the U.S. Weather Satellite Service and professor emeritus of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia; Professor Tim Ball of the Department of Climatology at the University of Winnipeg; and Professor John Christy, an award-winning scientist from the University of Alabama at Huntsville, to name just a few.
So, who does benefit from the global warming movement? Certainly, Al Gore benefits from this environmentalist platform. It has put him back in the spotlight and created a foundation upon which he could run for president of the United States.
Professor Richard Lindzen, of the Department of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, explains in the movie that prior to the elder Bush’s presidency funding levels for these fields were about $170 million, but since the global warming phenomenon took hold it’s increased to $2 billion.
This huge influx of money has created many new jobs and an entire industry. Even the media has created the "environmental journalist." This provides a huge incentive to maintain the notion of man-made global warming, for if the theory is disproven the money will dry up and an entire industry of people lose their jobs.
As "The Great Global Warming Swindle" points out, "global warming has gone beyond politics, it’s become a new kind of morality," and disagreement with it is not tolerated. Is there global warming? Yes. Is man causing it? We don’t know. The evidence suggests that this isn’t a foregone conclusion as the media often reports. Should we take care of our planet? Absolutely.
But do the research, learn about all aspects of this topic. I challenge you to watch this video, share it with your children, and encourage your local schools to play it for their students and discuss the topic at length. After all, isn’t the give and take of ideas and a demand for proof all part of science?
Kathleen Antrim is a columnist for The Examiner newspapers, the author of "Capital Offense," and a correspondent for NewsMax Magazine. She can be heard regularly on Hot Talk 560 KSFO in San Francisco on "The Lee Rodgers and Melanie Morgan Show." For more information go to: www.KathleenAntrim.com