Could it be that our consensual reality has to make us the Fall guy for something now that the Original Sin of religious thinking has been mainly debunked? To see how the false but prevailing view that global warming is man-made came about, we need to go back in time a little.
Back in the early Nineties, I was a journalist specialising in environmental stories, one of which was global warming. Global warming in itself ~ man-made or not ~ was considered then to be a completely crack pot idea by the media. And so I would be well wrapped up in thick coats, gloves, woolly scarves and hats when I would go to interview my contacts at Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace in the winter. They were in run-down buildings in the shabbier part of the London, and often couldn’t afford to put the heating on. They were always overcrowded with too many desks packed into stuffy rooms, and there would be stacks of papers falling off the tops of filing cabinets … basically, they had no money and no backing … and the only time they made the press, it was as objects of ridicule.
Fast forward a decade or so and I start to find myself at conferences where Greenpeace are on the platform with the likes of Shell and Norwich Union who are all falling over backwards to show how sustainable they are, and how they worked with their ‘partners’, Greenpeace or Friends of the Earth, to achieve this. I also had to write a sustainable section to Rio Tinto’s website because now mining companies could not get a licence to drill a mine anywhere in the world without producing an extensive plan for the surrounding area which had to tick every box under corporate social responsibility that now included ecological concerns.
At the last conference I covered a couple of years ago, the then prime minister, Gordon Brown, three secretaries of state and numerous ministers were on the stage promoting clean, low carbon technologies and promising to change the planning laws so that more than 700 wind turbines could be put into the North Sea. But this new thinking about clean energy technology wasn’t because the whole cabinet had suddenly had Damascean conversions over organic living and started growing brown rice in their herbaceous borders. It was because, as Gordon Brown said, he wanted to make the UK a world leader in clean technology to create new employment opportunities (always a vote winner!) and also that it would reduce our dependence on Middle East oil.
So suddenly, man-made global warming was fashionable in high places and everyone started following the money.
Most of the advertising copywriting work that I got following that was low carbon-related, because masses of money and political influence were being pumped into all work that supported the concept of man-made global warming, while scientific studies which support the other side of the argument get little to no funding or publicity. So it amazes me that the argument against man-made global warming makes any impact at all… even though it has much going for it.
Six solid arguments against man-made global warming
1. Ice core samples taken from the Vostok region of Antarctica show that the Earth has continually gone through cycles of warming and cooling over 400,000 years, at least, and that the frequent Ice Ages are always preceded by periods of warming which are characterised ~ but not necessarily caused ~ by a high level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
2. It has never been proven that carbon dioxide drives temperature. But by exclusively concentrating on man-emitted carbon dioxide as the main culprit, scientists are missing so many other possible causes for warming and cooling cycles such as solar activity.
3. As we saw from the “Climategate” scandal, climate scientists are not averse to cooking the figures so that they can reach a conclusion which will ensure continued funding.
4. Hundreds of high profile and respected scientists have dissented from global warming claims or resigned over the issue (see U.S. Senate Minority Report) including, last month, Dr. Ivar Giaever. This former professor with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the 1973 winner of the Nobel Prize in physics abruptly announced his resignation last month from the American Physical Society in disgust over its officially stated policy that “global warming is occurring.”
5. Predictions about global warming are based on computer modelling, but computer data is only as good as the knowledge of the person who inputs it, added to which: “We all know the frailty of models concerning the air-surface system,” stated atmospheric scientist Dr. Joanne Simpson, the first woman in the world to receive a PhD in meteorology, formerly of NASA, and who has authored more than 190 studies.
6. Other planets in our solar system, which don’t have denizens pumping out carbon dioxide, are currently experiencing global warming, such as Jupiter, Pluto and Neptune’s moon, Triton. In addition, the “ice caps” near Mars’s south pole are melting (see article in National Geographic).
What is causing global warming?
And so if man’s emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere are not causing global warming, what could be?
According to Steven M. Japar, a PhD atmospheric chemist who worked on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Second (1995) and Third (2001) Assessment Reports,
“Current warming is consistent with a 300 year trend. Changes in solar activity could explain much of it. Then there is the climate model-predicted mid-troposphere ‘hot’’ zone that is supposed to exist over the tropics. Temperature measurements show that the hot zone is non-existent. This is more than sufficient to invalidate global climate models and projections made with them!”
If you look at this graph of previous Ice Ages, produced by the Vostok scientists, you’ll see that there have been ups and downs in the Earth’s temperature, some quite extreme, for hundreds of thousands of years.
Steven M Japar is referring to a 300 year cycle because that’s when the Earth last experienced a “mini Ice Age”, lasting from 1790 to 1830, or Dalton Minimum as it’s known because it’s named after the English meteorologist John Dalton. Like the Maunder Minimum which preceded it (1645 to 1715), the Dalton Minimum was characterised by very low sun spot activity, as we are witnessing now as we’re about to go into another very cold winter in the UK.
In other words, it is much more likely that the Sun is causing global warming, if that is what is happening. And given the evidence of the Vostok ice cores, we could well be about to enter an Ice Age.
I would like to finish up by saying that I think it’s a mistake to mentally pigeon-hole as some kind of environmental vandal those who point out the flaws in the man-made global warming argument. Most care very much about the environment, as do I and as evidenced by our campaign against chemtrails over Glastonbury Tor (please see article and link to petition here).
It seems to me to be complete hypocrisy for our governments to blame us for bringing the end of the world on our heads through global warming when they are spraying the skies all over the globe with heavy metals and other deadly toxic chemical pollutants. (See A Pilot Speaks Up About Chemtrails and HAARP).
My belief is that we should respect and value our Mother, the Earth, and treat Her with all due love and care … just as we would our human mothers … and that includes honouring any cycles She goes through in Her cosmic course which includes, of course, Ice Ages and periods of warming that have always, according to the Vostok ice cores, naturally preceded them.
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Ishtar Babilu Dingir is a former Sunday Times journalist and can be found on her blog at the HANGING GARDENS OF BABYLON.