Watched a doco called 'The Global Warming Swindle' last night. Very, very interesting stuff there. Especially in the debate that was hosted afterwards.
It pointed out such things like how 30 years ago most scientists were predicting a new ice age and the idea of global warming due to man-made carbon was ridiculed, that the earth goes through natural heating and cooling periods, and that during the Middle Ages it was warmer than it is right now.
It also demonstrated the influence of the sun on weather patterns, which as one of the skeptics pointed out in the debate afterwards, the effects of which have been dropped from computer models and studies and so forth after around the 1950s, so that natural climate change is no longer considered and it's all become human-driven. Another interesting fact was that Margret Thatcher started the whole politicised science-to-order on climate change when she went to the science council and put money on the table for them to go an find evidence of climate change so that she could push for nuclear power.
And when the climate change scientists have something like 2 billion dollars thrown at them to find evidence of climate change, I'd tend to be a little suspicious of what they find.
Another interesting thing was that a number of scientists who did work for the IPPC or whatever the UN's tame scientists are called, had their work edited out of papers because it didn't agree with their predictions of doom and gloom, and yet their names were still attached to the papers as authors who agreed with the paper.
Something else that came out of the debate was a petition of 31,000 scientists who didn't agree with the statements issued by the IPPC on global warming. The IPPC claims 2500 people have put their name to the paper, but they don't mention that they're not all scientists.
Now, I'm all for recycling and protecting the environment, but not when you've got a bunch of First World environmentalist 'experts' going to Third World countries and telling them, no, you can't use your coal and oil to burn and build up your industry, build powerplants and start generating electricity so that people can light their homes and cook without having to burn wood which gives off toxic substances that kill off hundreds of children and give women lung cancers that kill them off before they're thirty. These people then go on to tell the Third World nations that they need to use solar power and wind power which are extremely expensive, but they won't help them get started.
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