A 2008 Global Warming “Death Spiral”?

And no….it doesn’t mean what the left thinks it means. Let’s start with an Investor’s Business Daily prediction for 2008:

Global Warming ‘Consensus’ Fades

If 2007 was the Year of Al Gore, with his movie, Academy Award and Nobel Prize, 2008 just might be the year the so-called scientific consensus that man is causing the Earth to warm begins to crack.

The fissures started to show in 2007: Prominent French physicist Claude Allegre called Gore a crook and equates Gore’s French followers with religious zealots. Weather Channel founder and meteorologist John Coleman said global warming is “the greatest scam in history.” Gore continued to duck open invitations to debate his theory. More than 400 scientists disputed the global warming claims.

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Though they were shut out of the meeting, dissenting scientists were able to get a bit of media attention at the December climate conference in Bali.

Richard Lindzen, professor of atmospheric science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told us that it will take several years for the climate change scare to finally die. But the death spiral will begin at some point, and it looks like the spinning will start in ’08.

All of this, of course, makes sense and are things that we have been reporting on here for some time. Then, the noted right-wing rag The New York Times checked in with this:

You’re in for very bad weather. In 2008, your television will bring you image after frightening image of natural havoc linked to global warming. You will be told that such bizarre weather must be a sign of dangerous climate change — and that these images are a mere preview of what’s in store unless we act quickly to cool the planet.

Unfortunately, I can’t be more specific. I don’t know if disaster will come by flood or drought, hurricane or blizzard, fire or ice. Nor do I have any idea how much the planet will warm this year or what that means for your local forecast. Long-term climate models cannot explain short-term weather.

But there’s bound to be some weird weather somewhere, and we will react like the sailors in the Book of Jonah. When a storm hit their ship, they didn’t ascribe it to a seasonal weather pattern. They quickly identified the cause (Jonah’s sinfulness) and agreed to an appropriate policy response (throw Jonah overboard).

Today’s interpreters of the weather are what social scientists call availability entrepreneurs: the activists, journalists and publicity-savvy scientists who selectively monitor the globe looking for newsworthy evidence of a new form of sinfulness, burning fossil fuels.

A year ago, British meteorologists made headlines predicting that the buildup of greenhouse gases would help make 2007 the hottest year on record. At year’s end, even though the British scientists reported the global temperature average was not a new record — it was actually lower than any year since 2001 — the BBC confidently proclaimed, “2007 Data Confirms Warming Trend.”

Read the whole excellent piece.

It’s not easy trying to scream (to borrow a phrase) into the Mighty Wurlitzer of Global Warming. But since the global warming hype machine is entitled to its own opinion, but not its own facts, the house of cards on which their argument is built is bound to fall sooner rather than later. The fact of the matter is that the facts on anthropomorphic global warming continue to line up against the hype machine….


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