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Global Warming Update


Private industry and governments around the world have spent trillions of dollars in the name of saving our planet from manmade global warming. Academic institutions, think tanks and schools have altered their curricula and agenda to accommodate what was seen as the global warming "consensus."

Mounting evidence suggests that claims of manmade global warming might turn out to be the greatest hoax in mankind's history. Immune and hostile to the evidence, President Barack Obama's administration and most of the U.S. Congress sides with Climate Czar Carol Browner, who says, "I'm sticking with the 2,500 scientists. These people have been studying this issue for a very long time and agree this problem is real."

The scientists whom Browner references are associated with the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Let's look some of what they told us. The 2007 IPCC report, which won them a Nobel Peace Prize, said that the probability of Himalayan glaciers "disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high" as a result of manmade global warming. Recently, IPCC was forced to retract their glacier disappearance claim, which was made on the basis of a non-scientific magazine article. When critics initially questioned the prediction, Rajendra Pachauri, IPCC's chairman, dismissed them as "voodoo scientists."

The IPCC also had to retract its claim that up to 40 percent of the Amazonian forests were at risk from global warming and would likely be replaced by "tropical savannas" if temperatures continued to rise. The IPCC claim was based on a paper co-authored by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), two environmental activist groups.

England's now-disgraced University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU) has been a leader in climate research data. Their data, collected and analyzed by them, have been used for years to bolster IPCC efforts to press governments to cut carbon dioxide emissions. Climatologists, including CRU's disgraced former director Professor Phil Jones, have been accused of manipulating data and criminally withholding scientific information to prevent its disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

Professor Jones, considered to be the high priest of the manmade global warming movement, has been in the spotlight since he was forced to step down as CRU's director after the leaking of e-mails that skeptics claim show scientists were manipulating data.

In a recent interview with the BBC, he admitted that he did not believe that "the debate on climate change is over" and that he didn't "believe the vast majority of climate scientists think this."

Long denied by the warmers, Professor Jones admitted that the Medieval Warm Period (800 A.D. to 1300 A.D.) might well had been as warm as the Current Warm Period (1975-present), or warmer, and that if it was, "then obviously the late-20th century warmth would not be unprecedented." That suggests global warming may not be a manmade phenomenon. In any case, Professor Jones said that for the past 15 years, there has been no "statistically significant" global warming.

During the BBC interview, Professor Jones dodged several questions: why he had asked a colleague to delete e-mails relating to the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report and ask others to do likewise; whether some of his handling of data had crossed the line of acceptable scientific practice; and what about his letter saying that he had used a "trick" to "hide the decline" in tree-ring temperature data?

Given all the false claims and evidence pointing to scientific fraud, I don't think it wise to continue spending billions of dollars and enacting economically crippling regulations in the name of fighting global warming. At the minimum, we should stop the Environmental Protection Agency from going on with their plans to regulate carbon emissions. Companies should resign from the United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a lobbying group of businesses and radical environmentalists. Dr. Tom Borelli, who is director of the National Center for Public Policy Research's Free Enterprise Project, says that BP, Caterpillar, Conoco Phillips, Marsh, Inc. and Xerox have the common sense to so already.

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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Mr. Williams-given the over whelming evidence that compels us to act to save this planet-do you actually believe the nonsense you write? Have you ever read or spoken to Bill McKibben?
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Posted by: JIM SAWYER
Thu Feb 25, 2010 3:53 PM
Mr. Williams, I have been reading your column regularly and you are RIGHT ON THE MONEY with the Global Warming Hoax. However the GREATEST hoax of all time has already been done... It is EVOLUTION! Everything you see going on with the global warming, and the attacks on anyone who stands up to question it, has been happening to those questioning evolution. We all know Living things CANNOT come from non living things, yet we are forced to accept the BIG BANG. We are forced to study how life on Earth came from amino acids in an ocean soup and further changing to be all the varieties of life on Earth. (In spite of the relative rarity of mutations!!) Any scientist who questions it, will be certain to lose his job or be blacklisted. So, if we settle the stupidity of Global Warming, maybe you can focus your lights of reason on the hoax of evolution. Thanks for giving me hope that there are intelligent Human Beings out there willing to question and spread the truth.
Comment: #2
Posted by: sarah lewis
Mon Mar 1, 2010 12:54 PM

Mr. Williams, this was an outstanding artical and completely full of the truth that people who have fallen for the Global Warmering Hoax, OOPS excuse me Global Warming doesn't work anymore because we are actually getting colder and the glaciers are growing again and we had to re-word our hoax to "Climate Change". After we have been forced to spend billions of dollars on this hoax we will again realize that planet earth (the only planet named by GOD, all the rest of the planets were named by man) is just going through the phases she was always meant to go through. The climate always changes and always will no matter what we little earthlings try to do to help it. I have been on this blessed planet for 61 years and have watched it change back and forth several times over those years. I could give several examples but won't at this time.

Scientists who want to make money have to go along with what is being pushed down their throat. The ones who don't go along with it are black balled. Even so, many thousands don't agree but you don't hear that from the main stream media because there is too much money to be lost if the truth is finally listened to.

Did you know that the High Court in Great Brittan will not allow the movie "This Unpleasant Truth" by past vice president Al Gore to be shown in their schools unless the teacher showing the movie to the class also explains to the students 11 items in the movie that were not truthful or half truths. But we are asked to eat it up. HA!!!!! Our high court should have such wisdom.

Are there some things we can change to make things a little healthier, yes. But we don't need our government or world government to ram it down our throats. If we think that what we have done on this planet in the few years we have been here is going to bring it to its knees, who do we think we are fooling. This great planet has survived millions (so some people think) of years of floods, forest fires, earth quakes, meteor strikes and the such and we are worried about a little plastic bag. WOW!!!!

Keep it coming Mr. Williams, keep it coming.

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Posted by: rick fulgenzi
Sat Mar 6, 2010 4:42 PM
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