As U.S. Experiences Record Lows and Snows, Climate Report Shows Warming Increase

Associated Content | Feb 9, 2007  

Notice that the entire world is expected to toe the climate-change line and it is now blasphemy to question the evidence for so-called global warming. Under such conditions, propaganda is shoved down everyone’s throats, dissent is stifled and evidence to the contrary is pooh-poohed and condemned with fanatic religious fervor. Well, join the growing crowd of global-warming deniers. I am sure many in the Rocky Mountain states and along the Northern Tier are now willing to question what is really going on.

Nevertheless, there are those who will claim that even global-cooling and little ice-ages are caused by global-warming, so the whole debate is controlled and couched in Orwellian Doublethink and dissent is prohibited in public forums. The “inconvenient truth” is, we are currently in a severe winter of extreme cold snaps and massive dumping of snow not seen in ten years pushed by a subtantial and very frigid arctic air mass. There, I said it.

Thank Gore for the Internet!

PW

The Rocky Mountains and parts of the Northeast have had a rough winter, in spite of global trends

There are some people in the Northeast and Rocky Mountain areas who are going to take some convincing, as upstate New York braces for up to four more feet of snow on top of 100 inches so far, but the latest report on “global warming” and global climate change is stronger than ever.

An AP report this week said that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report to be issued in Paris is the product of a scientific consensus within the group that human influence is “very likely” causing the climate change that is being recorded throughout the world. This is an upgrade from a rating of “likely” issued six years ago.

As changes in the world’s climate – record snows and cold in parts of the U.S. notwithstanding – are being seen as more and more ominous, scientific panels are increasing their emphasis on human factors in the change. “Greenhouse gases” are receiving the most attention, as the carbon dioxide produced by industrialized nations is seen as playing a large role in decreasing the amount of protection that the Earth receives from its atmosphere against excessive solar radiation penetration.

Contrarians in the global warming debate are described in the media as partisan, and news coverage places them on the outside of the scientific debate, seeking to protect special interests and national economic interests. International consensus is being sought – the report from Paris must be released by unanimous consent – because the subject matter is, literally, a matter of global significance.

Already, economic effects are being seen, as insurers who have paid out tens of billions for weather-related claims in recent years, are pointing to the increased risk they are facing. Others are concerned that the report will provide insurers with a basis for substantial rises in premiums, or perhaps lead them to exit risky and vulnerable markets for weather events like hurricanes, such as Florida, altogether.

In a Reuters report on the subject, one weather scientist at MIT is shown as having his own opinion of the hurricane-related insurance problems. Kerry Emanuel, a professor who conducts research in the area of global warming and hurricanes, has said that the government is setting expectations that encourage people to take risks, from underpriced flood insurance and regulation of commercial insurance, to billions in disaster relief. He believes that the increases in losses from recent hurricanes are at least partially the result of these government policies, and, whether global warming turns out to be affecting hurricane intensity or not, the government will have to learn new ways in order to reduce the economic damage.

In fact, hurricane strength is one area in which the international report is vague. “More likely than not” is how the cause and effect are being described. The debate in the hurricane research community is still continuing, but given the global situation and the actions that are seen to be necessary to reduce human effects on climate in the future, the issue of increased hurricane strength seems to be a lesser, localized concern.

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