On November 18th, President-Elect Obama delivered a video address to the Governor's Global Climate Summit, another excuse for Governors to take the day off that was dreamed up by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Obama began his remarks with this extraordinary statement:
Obama: Few challenges facing America - and the world - are more urgent than combating climate change. The science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear. Sea levels are rising. Coastlines are shrinking. We've seen record drought, spreading famine, and storms that are growing stronger with each passing hurricane season.
Just one problem: the science is not "beyond dispute" and the facts are not clear.
- Sea levels are NOT rising. Southern sea ice is as historic highs and Northern ice is also rebounding, more slowly. Glaciers all over the world are growing; not shrinking.
- As for hurricanes growing stronger with each passing year Obama must live in a time warp which stopped in 2005. Since then 2006, 2007 and 2008 were among the quietest hurricane seasons in decades with few large killer storms.
And while we are on the subject of "facts" how about these?
- 87 new record low temperatures recorded in the U.S. at the same time Dr. James Hansen, the NASA scientist who has spearheaded the alarmism that has been proven wrong at nearly every turn claimed October was the hottest month on record. It turns out he was using data from September for his calculations. Oopps!
- There has also been a flurry of record snows across the U.S. and beyond. During a debate on climate change at the Parliament in London in October it snowed. And who can forget the snow that fell in Baghdad last January? That's something that hasn't happened for one hundred years.
So what is the reason for Obama's hype and scaremongering? Something to do with this maybe?
Obama: Let me also say a special word to the delegates from around the world who will gather at Poland next month: your work is vital to the planet. While I won't be President at the time of your meeting and while the United States has only one President at a time, I've asked Members of Congress who are attending the conference as observers to report back to me on what they learn there.Yep, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is currently meeting in Poland to develop another Kyoto style treaty that will permanently handcuff the United States by locking us into pointless CO2 controls and force us to spend $trillions on a problem that does not exist.
And once I take office, you can be sure that the United States will once again engage vigorously in these negotiations, and help lead the world toward a new era of global cooperation on climate change.
Now is the time to confront this challenge once and for all. Delay is no longer an option. Denial is no longer an acceptable response. The stakes are too high. The consequences, too serious.
The prospect of the further enrichment of bureaucrats and environmentalists has the delegates gathered in Poland all excited about Obama:
"As I walk around the hallways, I hear lots of different dialects and languages — and then 'Obama, Obama, Obama,'" said Gustavo Silva-Chavez, a climate change policy analyst with Environmental Defense, a New York-based nongovernment organization. "So definitely a lot of the negotiators here understand that it's the end of the Bush era and the beginning of the Obama era, and they're very excited about that."And in order for Obama to make that big payoff to environmentalists and socialist bureaucrats he needs a crisis, hence the scaremongering above. Rahm Emanuel, Obama's new chief of staff, admitted that the technique of a crisis is about the only way to get what they want. He said the following about the financial bailout but it works here too:
"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste...Things that we had postponed for too long, that were long-term, are now immediate and must be dealt with. This crisis provides the opportunity for us to do things that you could not do before."Time is Running Out for Scaremongering
But as global warming alarmists continue to shout "the sky is falling" the public is getting wise. For more than twenty years they have been told that if we don't act now it will be too late. And yet, they have seen with their own eyes that the alarmists are lying.
A poll of 12,000 people in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Malaysia, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States found that support for efforts to combat global warming are falling even faster than the temperatures in North America. Only 27% of those surveyed support the international efforts like the conference currently underway in Poland.
To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln: You can scare some of the people some of the time, but you can't scare all of the people all of the time. And sooner or later the truth comes out.
Will the truth come out in time to block the senseless and hugely expensive regulatory and tax schemes being hatched by Obama and world bureaucrats?
One hundred year snow in Baghdad, Iraq January 11, 2008
Big Ben in London snow October 2008