AGW for the purpose of this blog means Alarmist Global Warmers
So you want to be a believer that man is responsible for the current warming of our planet? I have here, everything that you need to be a convert. The primary prerequisite is unquestioned faith in the organizations and individuals that are the prophets of doom. Primary among these is the UN. This is the group that brought you the oil for food scandal which lined the pockets of UN cronies instead of supplying food and supplies to oppressed children and then covered it up. This is the group that made Libya the chair of the human rights committee. This is the group that issued 14 resolutions against Iraq but after more than 12 years of non-compliance refused to take any action. This is the group that exaggerated the aids epidemic to emphasize the need. But despite all this, you need to accept that this time they are honestly saving the world, not to promote their power but for purely humanitarian interests. Sounds fair so let’s move on.
Second, it would be helpful to accept that Al Gore, who had a little difficulty with science classes and couldn’t make the grade in seminary school ( Some say, to be fair, he had a one year scholarship to the school and managed to get through it.) has suddenly been transformed into the world’s science guru (with experience in preaching) with the help of a NASA scientist of course. A real scientist, James Hansen, that just happened to find climate alarmism profitable, won a $250,000 prize from the Heinz Foundation and also received a $720,000 grant from the Open Society Institute funded by the left wing radical George Soros. With that kind of payoff I too could believe. There was a little confusion over hot years but what is 64 years between friends. But you must believe. Al Gore’s mentor, a scientist named Revelle hired a Scientist name Keeling who investigated CO2 induced global warming. Arrhenius’ and Callendar’s speculations that anthropogenic CO2 could cause global warming, became fact when Keeling accepted them without further testing other than CO2 was increasing. These were key prophets of the newly formed religion. Blessed be the prophets.
It is important to distinguish between the motives of big corporations in their funding of research. If you are an oil company your motives must be evil (Unless of couse you are BP which has a cooperative agreement with GE) . If you are GE, for example, your motives for getting government incentives to subsidize the purchase of your photo cells( a solar system that cost $75,000 could be had after incentives for about $20,000) and windmills, which would otherwise not be viable alternatives, are the result of the highest regard for the Earth and mankind. Not to mention profits. Discrediting scientists for working for an organization that once accepted donations from someone who was related to someone who worked in an oil refinery who was paid by “Big Oil”, is considered great sport by true believers. Fun and games. I hope you are hanging in there. Then there is the Hockey Stick reconstruction of temperature history. Never mind that the graph wiped out several well known historic climate events that were published in previous assessment reports both cold as well as warm. And of course, what is the probability that one could conceive of a mathematical scheme that generated hockey sticks from trendless data. Sure, it could happen to anyone. It happens every day. And purely by accident. I’ve done a lot of graphical representations and I’ve never been so lucky but some people have it all. I couldn’t help but notice when Steve McIntyre and Ross McKitrick, who debunked the hockey stick (Their complaints were later confirmed by 2 independent studies), pointed out the issues quite clearly to the chart’s authors The authors very vehemently cried foul to something else! As far as I know the questions were never entirely answered and no acknowledgement was ever made of the error. A religous belief is sometimes difficult to accept but if you expect to be a believer….
Like many religions, it sometimes gets a little tougher to find truth and the ultimte wisdom. Now you must have the biggest leap of faith. You must accept what seems counter intuitive in that you must absolutely, without equivication, believe that the Sun has a minimal warming effect on the planet. This is not so hard to believe when you have made it this far. There it is on the NASA web site. The sun is a one of the smallest contributors to warming and CO2 somehow actually generates heat out of very thin air. Apparently, the idea of the sun being the source of light and heat must be wrong. It is actually CO2 molecules bumping into each other that causes the heating. I guess? What else could it be. But salvation awaits. Now is not the time to let your belief be shaken.
Then there is that nutty stuff about solar intertial motion. We all know the Sun is the center of the Solar System and how could it be possible that the Sun would find itself at some point away from the “geographical” center. Magnetic fields of the Sun and it’s polarity vary. All 4 poles. This affects cosmic rays that allow ice to form into clouds that reflect solar radiation resulting in cooling. But hey, the IPCC only recognizes irradiance. Hmmm? So does the Goddard Institute. And while we are at it, I believe the National Acadamy of Sciences does also. Is there any connection going on here. There are rumors but these thing would, of course, be held close to the vest. You must resist getting into this idea too much. It is too confusing. It is so much easier to blame CO2 and man. . Besides the Gurus of the religion have spoken.
If you are OK with everything so far, congratulations, you are a believer. Pass the KoolAid, Jim. And I don’t mean Jim Jones.