The AP is trying to scare you with global warming - Updated

Wade through the propaganda

Wow, isn't this a slick piece of propaganda. Opening two paragraphs, no less.

When Bill Clinton took office in 1993, global warming was a slow-moving environmental problem that was easy to ignore. Now it is a ticking time bomb that President-elect Barack Obama can't avoid.

Since Clinton's inauguration, summer Arctic sea ice has lost the equivalent of Alaska, California and Texas. The 10 hottest years on record have occurred since Clinton's second inauguration. Global warming is accelerating. Time is close to running out, and Obama knows it.

Man oh man, it certainly sounds like we are in danger, doesn't it?

But it turns out that the "summer ice" has been pretty constant. Hat tip An Englishman's Castle.

But they are not satisfied with that. No, we're REALLY in trouble according to the AP article.

U.S. emissions have increased by 20 percent since 1992. China has more than doubled its carbon dioxide pollution in that time. World carbon dioxide emissions have grown faster than scientists' worst-case scenarios. Methane, the next most potent greenhouse gas, suddenly is on the rise again and scientists fear that vast amounts of the trapped gas will escape from thawing Arctic permafrost.

The amount of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere has already pushed past what some scientists say is the safe level.

In the early 1990s, many scientists figured that the world was about a century away from a truly dangerous amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, said Mike MacCracken, who was a top climate scientist in the Clinton administration. But as they studied the greenhouse effect further, scientists realized that harmful changes kick in at far lower levels of carbon dioxide than they thought. Now some scientists, but not all, say the safe carbon dioxide level for Earth is about 10 percent below what it is now.

Except no one knows IF there is actually a "dangerous" amount of carbon dioxide, or what that carbon dioxide actually does. We do know that a major volcanic eruption can throw more carbon dioxide in the air than all of human industry, yet somehow that isn't "evil." No, it's only human caused carbon dioxide that is "dangerous."

And that is the key to understanding the whole mess, as the article itself admits.

Complicating everything is the worldwide financial meltdown. Frank Maisano, a Washington energy specialist and spokesman who represents coal-fired utilities and refineries, sees the poor economy as "a huge factor" that could stop everything. That's because global warming efforts are aimed at restricting coal power, which is cheap. That would likely mean higher utility bills and more damage to ailing economies that depend on coal production, he said.

"Fighting global warming" is not about saving the planet. It never was.

It's about controlling the economy and industry and implementing social engineering.

And it can't be done unless people buy into the whole anthropomorphic anthropogenic global warming argument.

I still have four questions.

Is it unusual?

Is it entirely or mostly human caused?

Is it evil or bad?

Can human action reverse or slow it?

Unless those four questions can all be answered yes, there is no global warming issue.

But there is a battle for your freedom.

Update - Regular reader BTHO pointed out on 24Feb2010 that the correct term is anthropogenic, not anthropomorphic.

— NeoWayland

Posted: Mon - December 15, 2008 at 01:45 PM  Tag

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