Friday, January 16th 2009, 4:24 AM EST
The alarmists, not having a scientific leg to stand on, always resort to ad hominem attacks, usually accompanied by accusations of being in the pay of the oil companies.
The fact remains that this planet has been warming for about 12,000 years and will continue to warm until it decides to have another 100,000 year ice age. During that time, sea levels have risen perhaps 400 feet and will likely continue to rise at a millimeter or two per year until long term cooling sets in again.
Yes, we are currently in a cooling mode, but that means no more to me than the extra hot El Nino of 1998. The overall trend has been, and will continue to be, incrementally upward and frankly I like the warm weather and longer growing seasons this brief interglacial has provided us. It's what allow our species to leave Africa and populate the world.
While many thousands of scientists have now stood up and stated that the emperor has no AGW clothes, I know of not a single person who once was a "denier" and has now decided to become an "alarmist" on the basis of science. The "deniers" are growing at such a rapid rate it won't be long until even the vapid New York Times will have to face reality.
Sadly, those who have the greatest power to quash this massive hoax, like Andrew Revkin and other journalists, lack the in-depth education in physics and mathematics to truly understand the astonishingly miss-labeled phenomenon we have so incorrectly named the "greenhouse effect". The general public and most journalists are so mathematically and scientifically illiterate, they are inclined to think that the largest number of votes on this subject will magically result in an accurate consensus, not realizing that those voting are as illiterate as they.
The collateral damage to science itself will be massive. Millions of school children, having been taught that the Arctic ice is vanishing along with the polar bear, will eventually learn that they have been lied to, and we can look forward to a whole new generation who will not respect, and not wish to participate in the profession of science. NASA, once a respected fountain of technical knowledge, has been almost irreparably damaged by the failed and fraudulent computer models of persons like James Hansen and Gavin Schmidt.
Time is undeniably on the side of the "deniers", since none, zero, zip, and nada of the dire doom and gloom predictions of Al Gore and company have come to pass or show any sign of appearing, but this will be of little comfort if our economy is irrevocably damaged by inane and expensive carbon sequestration or cap and trade schemes which drain precious resources from the world's fragile economy. Shame on all of them and a pox on all their houses.....
James A. Peden