Commentary by Harold Hough
You don’t have to be a climate change expert to see that there is something fishy with the theory of global warming. Forget the controversial emails that indicate that British climate scientists rigged the global temperatures, ignored cooling data, and tried to silence global warming critics.
All the normal person had to do was watch the top environmentalists and politicians come to Copenhagen in December. While they told us that we would have to learn to make do with less, they were living a lifestyle that would have made Louis XIV, the Sun King, envious.
While Queen Elizabeth was taking a regular commuter train out of town for Christmas vacation, Prince Charles was borrowing one of mom’s private jets for a trip to Denmark - generating an estimated 6.4 tons of carbon dioxide - 5.2 tons more than if he had used a commercial flight. He didn’t even “plane pool” with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who brought a 185 seat Airbus to Copenhagen for himself and 20 aides.
Note that it was Gordon Brown who just a few months ago said that we only had 50 days to save the world from, “floods and droughts” with “climate change evacuees and refugees” if agreement is not reached in Copenhagen. He warned of looming “catastrophe” which, if not dealt with, “Would be greater than the impact of both World Wars and the Great Depression combined” If it was that bad, one would think that flying commercial might have bought the earth a minute or more, especially since there were 16 commercial flights from London to Copenhagen that day.
Of course, it’s not nice just to blame Prince Charles and Gordon Brown, when Obama and a congressional junket came to town too (not to mention Al Gore and others of the Environmental Elite. In fact, there were so many private aircraft in Copenhagen for the conference that they were forced to park some of the aircraft as far away as Norway. Talk about valet parking.
Nor were these eco-elites willing to take public transportation. So many limousines were required that Denmark had to temporarily import a fleet of limos from Germany. The result was that the conference and its 34,000 attendees created more carbon than a medium sized third world nation in one year.
The good news about this ostentatious lifestyle is that voters are going to be hard to sell in the future. Voters in the US are more concerned with their jobs and financial future than they are about over tear-jerking stories about polar bears.
Of course that only drives the eco-radicals wild and even more likely to make radical statements. One such scare tactic came from our own Former U.S. Vice-President and climate change zealot Al Gore, who attributed to Dr Wieslaw Maslowski, an eminent climate change scientist, the belief that there is a 75 per cent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years.” Dr Maslowski promptly denied that he would ever “try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as that.”
Unfortunately, it appears now that many of those making these statements have a financial interest in pushing the global warming theory. We know about Al Gore and his investments, but not as many people know about Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). According to the British newspaper The Telegraph, “What has also almost entirely escaped attention, however, is how Dr Pachauri has established an astonishing worldwide portfolio of business interests with bodies which have been investing billions of dollars in organizations dependent on the IPCC’s policy recommendations. These outfits include banks, oil and energy companies and investment funds heavily involved in ‘carbon trading’ and ‘sustainable technologies’, which together make up the fastest-growing commodity market in the world, estimated soon to be worth trillions of dollars a year.”
Fortunately, there are a growing number of people will to speak out. World-renowned British-born physicist Freeman Dyson, who has written that 'the fuss about global warming is grossly exaggerated' and decried “the holy brotherhood of climate model experts and the crowd of deluded citizens who believe the numbers predicted by the computer models.”
Although global warming has had a good run as far as frauds go, it appears that it’s time is up. The high lifestyles of the Copenhagen attendees, the wild scaremongering, and the growing sense that this isn’t science, but a method to enrich and empower certain individuals is making Americans skeptical.