Truth is exposing the charade of global warming’s scare tactics, professor and author Larry Bell tells Newsmax.TV. Bell, whose new book labels the warming argument a hoax based partly on greed, credits the reality check to a couple of factors, including a good dose of common sense.
“One is people are looking out the window and noticing that the weather always changes and has been changing and getting cooler actually for the last 10 or 12 years,” Bell said during an exclusive interview.
Another was the release in 2009 of thousands of hacked e-mails and other documents from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit, “that basically revealed what most people a lot of scientists had known for a long time — that there were a lot of shenanigans going on, to put it in their words,” said Bell, an architecture professor at the University of Houston.
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Global-warming skeptics seized on the material from the university in Norwich, England, as evidence of collusion that advocates of the warming story manipulated data to advance their agenda.
In a bit of whimsy, with a touch of sarcasm, Bell devoted his book, “Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax,” to global warming champion Al Gore. “Dedicated to Al Gore, whose invention of the Internet made this book possible and whose invention of facts made it necessary,” the dedication page proclaims.
Bell sees no grand conspiracy behind the global warming hoax but instead a collection of common interests shared by those who would benefit from misinformation, such as those who oppose fossil fuels and offshore drilling.
“A number of common interests,” he said, “not the least of which is that this is an enormous multibillion-dollar climate industry that goes away if there’s no one frightened.”
Ideology is pushing global warming with constant rounds of stories about weather extremes, such as the recent holiday blizzard that struck the Northeast, he said.
“You know the weather’s always changing, and you can’t take one season, one event,” Bell said. “First of all, you have to look at it globally . . . You can’t really generalize from that, but the big driver in climate appears to be in the short-term stage the ocean changes which occur on fairly regular cycles and changes in solar activity. And from those predictions, it looks like we are in for a pretty cold few decades at least that’s the indication.”
One of the biggest misconceptions about global warming is the role of naturally and artificially occurring carbon dioxide, Bell said. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that levels of CO2 have been increasing since the industrial revolution that began in 1700s because of the burning of fossil fuels and that CO2 is one of the main causes of greenhouse gases.
“Pointing the finger at carbon dioxide as the culprit is a convenient way, of course, of vilifying carbon based fuels,” he said. “I think another . . . is that we have alternate fuels like solar and wind that are going to be the panacea that’s going to solve the problem. Well they’re not. Their capacities are incredibly limited.”
Bell also had harsh words for ethanol, which he said damages engines and causes farmers to over-fertilize and produce too much corn. Ethanol production also uses huge amounts of water, which lowers the water table, he said.
“Ethanol is terribly destructive on the environment,” he said.
Nonetheless, he acknowledges that the demand for foreign oil must be reduced. He suggests conservation, home insulation, nuclear power, and the use of more natural gas.
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