Magazine article Insight on the News

Global-Warming Theory Steams Ahead despite Conflicting Evidence

Magazine article Insight on the News

Global-Warming Theory Steams Ahead despite Conflicting Evidence

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With Al Gore's defeat in the presidential election, global warming has lost its most dedicated governmental sponsor. Gore may not have invented climate change ,but he certainly has been its most zealous advocate. He repeatedly proclaimed a nonexistent scientific consensus, labeling skeptical scientists as naysayers who view global warming, in his words, as the equivalent of the Easter Bunny.

Now that he has retreated to the Columbia University School of Journalism in New York City, will the global-warming scare fade from the scene? Don't bet on it. There are too many now whose perks, power and prestige depend on keeping the myth alive -- not to mention the billions of governmental dollars flowing out to these eager recipients. Annual conferences in attractive cities around the world involving some 180 national delegations with committee meetings in highpriced resort hotels in between: It's a great lifestyle and a full-time career for a growing number of scientists, bureaucrats and politicians -- paid for by the hapless taxpayers.

Don't expect these folks to pay any attention to climate science. For them, it is "settled" and "compelling," to use Bill Clinton's words. Yet, the U.N. Environment Program (UNEP) science panel keeps coming up with ever more fantastic predictions of coming disasters.

Last fall, this group leaked a summary of their findings to influential newspapers, hoping to boost Gore's chances of being elected and also providing added urgency to negotiations at The Hague on how to put teeth into the Kyoto Protocol on Global Warming. This international accord has not been ratified by any of the industrialized nations; if adopted, it would restrict their energy use by some 30 to 40 percent within the next decade. So, if you like the California power crisis, you'll love the Kyoto Protocol.

The Hague talks last November collapsed over relatively minor disagreements, but Kyoto is not yet dead. Its proponents are not giving up just yet. What will finally stamp out the Kyoto Protocol? The U.S. Senate, which would reject such a treaty once President Bush submits it for ratification. Senators of both parties recognize the economic danger of energy restrictions and are becoming aware of the shakiness of the alleged science that purports to back the Kyoto Protocol. …

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