Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Al Gore may be looking for new work

Roger over at XDA linked an article from The Australian which drives a giant stake through the heart of the global warming/climate change fear-mongering. It's from an interview with Jennifer Marohasy of Australia's Institute of Public Affairs, and her observations on new data available to climate scientists and the impact on the climate debate.

There's way too much great material to copy here, so here's a little taste...
Duffy asked Marohasy: "Is the Earth still warming?"

She replied: "No, actually, there has been cooling, if you take 1998 as your point of reference. If you take 2002 as your point of reference, then temperatures have plateaued. This is certainly not what you'd expect if carbon dioxide is driving temperature because carbon dioxide levels have been increasing but temperatures have actually been coming down over the last 10 years."

[ ... ]

Duffy: "It's not only that it's not discussed. We never hear it, do we? Whenever there's any sort of weather event that can be linked into the global warming orthodoxy, it's put on the front page. But a fact like that, which is that global warming stopped a decade ago, is virtually never reported, which is extraordinary."

[ ... ]

Duffy: "From what you're saying, it sounds like the implications of this could be considerable ..."

Marohasy: "That's right, very much so. The policy implications are enormous. The meteorological community at the moment is really just coming to terms with the output from this NASA Aqua satellite and (climate scientist) Roy Spencer's interpretation of them. His work is published, his work is accepted, but I think people are still in shock at this point."
My personal favorite comes from the article's writer:
With catastrophe off the agenda, for most people the fog of millennial gloom will lift, at least until attention turns to the prospect of the next ice age. Among the better educated, the sceptical cast of mind that is the basis of empiricism will once again be back in fashion. The delusion that by recycling and catching public transport we can help save the planet will quickly come to be seen for the childish nonsense it was all along.
Read the whole thing.


Tyler said...

Hey, the man did invent the internets... So much for Kyoto... I'm now going to go joy ride on Highway 1 in my 13.9 MPG SUV. (not like "Global Warming" has ever stopped me from doing it before, now I just don't have the guilt of hurting those without the "Sharper Image Ionic Breeze GP Silent Air Purifier with UV-C Germicidal Protection" . Wow, that was a bit of a ramble. I guess thats what you get when I don't want to pay attention in computer class. These Dells suck by the way, even more so while running Photoshop on 512 MB of RAM.

Eric said...

And I'm replacing all those stupid florescent bulbs in my house with good, old-fashioned incandescent ones.

Tyler said...

Amen to that.