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Are We Entering Era of Global Cooling Alarmism?

A Mafia Chief’s Dream
By P.J. Gladnick
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19 Jan 09 – (Excerpts) Pity the poor global warming alarmists such as Al Gore, James Hansen of NASA, and the Weather Channel's Heidi Cullen. They went way out on the limb in promoting the absolute certainty of global warming and now Mother Nature is sawing it off behind them with the coldest weather in decades.

To spare themselves complete embarrassment, you might have noticed that many media outlets and global warming promoters are backing off from that term and are now using "climate change" more frequently.

In fact, this cooling trend is becoming so noticeable that we may soon face a new problem: global cooling alarmism. Yes, the alarm bells already are beginning to shift in the direction of global cooling as you can see in this article in The Australian: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that October in the US was marked by 63 record snowfalls and 115 lowest-ever temperatures.

Over the past few years, similar signs of colder than usual weather have been recorded all over the world, causing many people to question the still fashionable, but now long outdated, global warming alarmism. Global atmospheric temperature reached a peak in 1998, has not warmed since 1995 and, has been cooling since 2002.

...using several fundamentally different mathematical techniques and many different data sets, seven scientists all forecast that climatic cooling will occur during the first decades of the 21st century. Temperature records confirm that cooling is under way, the length and intensity of which remains unknown. 

Yet in spite of this, governments across the world - egged on by irrational, deep Green lobbying - have for years been using their financial muscle and other powers of persuasion to introduce carbon dioxide taxation systems.

A Mafia Chief’s Dream

Introduction of a carbon dioxide tax to prevent (imaginary) warming, euphemistically disguised as an emissions trading scheme, is a politician's, ticket clipper's and mafia chief's dream. All will welcome a new source of income based on an invisible, colourless, odourless, tasteless and often unmeasurable gas. No commodity changes hands during its trading, and should carbon dioxide emissions actually decrease because of the existence of a carbon dioxide market (which is highly unlikely), the odds are that it will have no measurable effect on climate anyway.

Nonetheless, the glistening pot of gold which beckons to be mined from the innocent public is proving nigh irresistible, and it is going to need a strong taxpayer revolt to stop it.

Perhaps a reassessment will finally occur when two-metre thick ice develops again on Father Thames at London Bridge, or when cooling causes massive crop failure in the world's granary belts.  

Note to the Australian and Pravda which also warned of this new threat: Don't fall prey to global cooling alarmism such as happened in the 1970s when Newsweek featured that dire problem on its magazine cover.

See entire article:
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gladnick/2009/01/19/are-we-entering-era-global-cooling-alarmism
Thanks to Marc Morano for this link

P.J. Gladnick is a freelance writer and creator of the DUmmie FUnnroundupies blog.

 


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