You can hear the desperation in their voices. The stridency of their attacks. The proponents of the failed theory of man made global warming see their golden-egg laying goose slowly being roasted.
Al Gore calls skeptics "the new 'racists.'" Earlier this month, ManBearPig (Gore) launched into a tirade of obscene language attacking those who question his pet theory--a theory, by the way, which has made him quite wealthy--and before that, he compared skeptics to Nazis. Has he no shame? . . . Of course not, HE'S A LIBERAL.
The degree of their stridency will tell you just how desperate the global warming crowd has become as, point after trumped-up point, their theory is unraveling in the face of more and more data.
It has always be true that those scientist who deal with real world data are more likely to question the assumptions supporting AGW (Anthropogenic Global Warming) than those who work with computer models into which those data are fitted (note the word "fitted," not "dropped").
There are several reasons for this, paramount among them is that real world data have never supported the theory very well and models are continually having to be adjusted by their creators to correct for those variances.
That method works for climate alarmists, because computer models are only a reflection of the biases of those who wrote the programs--have a little data-fit problem, merely "adjust" the model to accommodate the new variance and "Voila!" another perfect fit . . . albeit meaningless.
Now, however these pseudo-scientist are encountering something that rips their theory apart, something that was suggested a long time ago by a very unpopular "climate change skeptic," Danish physicist Henrik Svensmark.
Svensmark suggested that the sun was the dominant force influencing climate here on Earth.
[Wow! What a revolutionary idea, that the sun--that huge glowing thermonuclear furnace whose heat you can feel within seconds of stepping outside, even at a distance of 93,000,000 miles--has more to do with "global warming" than any activity of mankind.]
Svensmark's theory postulated that variations in global temperatures were the result variations in cloud cover over the Earth. The more clouds, the more solar energy was reflected back into space, and the lower global temperatures would be.
He suggested that cloud formation was seeded by the interaction of cosmic radiation with the atmosphere. Thus greater amounts of solar activity leads to a more powerful solar wind, less incident cosmic radiation, less cloud formation, and greater global temperatures.
Interestingly, the data fit for a correlation between incident cosmic radiation and climatic temperature variations is much closer than that of CO2 levels and those same temperature variations--a fact that so threatened the AGW crowd that they have spent an inordinate amount of their efforts to attack Svensmark and his theory.
AGW advocates have an over-inflated image of mankind and what he is capable of doing. They fail to understand that compared to this planet, this universe, mankind is insignificant. This leads me to a pseudo-question, or perhaps it is a rhetorical question--I'm not sure which:
Question: What is the probability of finding intelligent life in the universe?
Answer: Judging from the intelligence of the folks who adhere so adamantly to the increasingly failed theory of global warming and their arguments, I would venture to guess it's very rare.
That leads me to a little thought experiment that science fiction/comedy author Douglas Adams came up with in his wonderful Hitchhiker's Guide to the Planets books (in this case it is The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Chapter 19).
"It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination."Perhaps my estimate isn't so far off based on Adam's fun conjecture (of course since the number of possible planets is not "infinite," but merely immense beyond counting, it goes to show that my estimate of "very rare" is understated, but more accurate).
Anyway, to the point. Scientists at CERN the largest particle physics laboratory in the world and site of the largest particle accelerator in the world, have run a series of experiments based on Svensmark's theory and low and behold, found significant evidence that his postulations were correct and that cloud formation is affected significantly by the level of cosmic radiation impacting on our planet.
Here is the an article in the Financial Post by Lawrence Solomon
Lawrence Solomon: Science getting settledThe remainder of the article goes into the facts and the arguments surrounding these findings. The gist is that political pressure is so intense that this discovery may be suppressed by the pro-AGW folks.
Lawrence Solomon Aug 26, 2011 – 11:37 PM ET | Last Updated: Aug 27, 2011 10:08 PM ET
New, convincing evidence indicates global warming is caused by cosmic rays and the sun — not humans
The science is now all-but-settled on global warming, convincing new evidence demonstrates, but Al Gore, the IPCC and other global warming doomsayers won’t be celebrating. The new findings point to cosmic rays and the sun — not human activities — as the dominant controller of climate on Earth.
The research, published with little fanfare this week in the prestigious journal Nature, comes from über-prestigious CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, one of the world’s largest centres for scientific research involving 60 countries and 8,000 scientists at more than 600 universities and national laboratories. CERN is the organization that invented the World Wide Web, that built the multi-billion dollar Large Hadron Collider, and that has now built a pristinely clean stainless steel chamber that precisely recreated the Earth’s atmosphere.
Governments and the establishment academic elite have a lot invested in the myth of man-made global warming, so much so that they have continually sought to suppress, ridicule, and deny access to the press anything or anyone who contradicted Al Gore's pet money-maker.
For governments, global warming means power they can wield over their citizens and we all know how much government types like to control the lives of those they are supposed to be working for.
For academia, the stakes are even higher, their livelihoods and their prestige depend on their mythology not being debunked that's what happens when scientists cease being scientists and become advocates. AGW advocates love to liken climate skeptics to the clergy in the Catholic Church who tried to suppress Galileo Galilei's findings, but who really is involved in an attempt to suppress whom?
Clearly, we skeptics are facing a battle with the Holy Church of Anthropogenic Global Warming and their desire to suppress and prevent the dissemination of any information which would cause doubt in their theory.
Even now, in the face of this devastating evidence, they are busy trying to spin it like the Wizard of Oz, "PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN!"
The mythology of AGW continues to collapse and as it does so, you can bet that the voices defending it will become even more strident and alarmist. They will exert even greater pressure to suppress, conceal, and distort the findings of those whose work pokes holes in their religion, but word will still get out. Once the cat's out of the bag, you can't put him back in.
Al Gore (or ManBearPig as the comedy channel calls him) will get more hateful, more obscene and more desperate as evidence continues to mount against him.
Come on Al, isn't the $100 million you've scammed off of a gullible liberal public enough for you? Yeah, yeah, I know, Al, we've heard it all before:
"Top of the world, ma!"
Come on, Al, climb down off the building.
Long Live Our American Republic!!!!