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Jewish World Review
March 7, 2008
/ 30 Adar I 5768
This week, John Coleman, the founder of the Weather Channel, said that he is highly critical of global warming alarmism at the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change in New York. "The Weather Channel had great promise, and that's all gone now because they've made every mistake in the book on what they've done and how they've done it and it's very sad," Coleman said.
Coleman also told the audience his strategy for exposing what he called "the fraud of global warming." He advocated suing those who sell carbon credits, which would force global warming alarmists to give a more honest account of the policies they propose. "If the lawyers will take the case - sue the people who sell carbon credits. That includes Al Gore. That lawsuit would get so much publicity, so much media attention. And as the experts went to the media stand to testify, I feel like that could become the vehicle to finally put some light on the fraud of global warming."
And followers of the "global warming" scare might also be interested in a story written by Phil Brennan which ran on Newsmax a couple of weeks ago. Brennan claims that the reports of ice caps melting are nothing but scare mongering by the advocates of global climate change. Personally I believe that there is indeed climate change taking place in the world, not because of anything that people have done to the environment, but because of a natural, normal change that has been occurring in the world throughout the centuries.
What makes the Newsmax story so credible is the fact that it sites several reliable sources, such as the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). According to reports from NOAA, the ice cap melting scare is nothing but a load of bunk. Their reports reveal that almost all the allegedly "lost" ice has come back. A NOAA report shows that ice levels which had shrunk from 5 million square miles in January 2007 to just 1.5 million square miles in October, are almost totally back to their original levels.
Not only that, but a Feb. 18 report in the London Daily Express showed that there is nearly a third more ice in Antarctica than usual, throwing cold water on the global warming crowd. It's hard to claim that the earth is melting when the ice is increasing, isn't it?
The London Daily Express recalls the photograph of polar bears clinging on to a melting iceberg which has been widely hailed as proof of the need to fight climate change and has been used by former Vice President Al Gore during his "Inconvenient Truth" lectures about mankind's alleged impact on the global climate. But here's the rub - Gore fails to mention that the photograph was taken in the month of August when melting is normal. Or that the polar bear population has soared in recent years. Must have slipped his mind, I guess.
The Express goes on to report that scientists are saying the northern Hemisphere has experienced its coldest winter in decades, adding that snow cover across the area is at its greatest since 1966. The newspaper mentions the one exception - Western Europe, which had, until one weekend when temperatures plunged to as low as -10 C in some places, been basking in unseasonably warm weather.
All around the world, considerable areas have been buried under some of the heaviest snowfalls in decades. Central and southern China, the United States, and Canada were hit hard by snowstorms. In China, snowfall was so heavy that over 100,000 houses collapsed under the weight of snow. Jerusalem, Damascus, Amman, and northern Saudi Arabia report the heaviest snowfalls in years and below-zero temperatures. In Afghanistan, snow and freezing weather killed 120 people. Even Baghdad had a snowstorm, the first in the memory of most residents.
And here are just a few more inconvenient facts: AFP news reports icy temperatures have swept through south China, stranding 180,000 people and leading to widespread power cuts just as the area was recovering from the worst weather in 50 years. The latest cold snap has taken a severe toll in usually temperate Yunnan province, which has been struck by heavy snowfalls since Thursday, a government official from the provincial disaster relief office told AFP.
In Vietnam, local press reported a record-long spell of cold weather has hit the northern region, which started on Jan. 14, and has killed nearly 60,000 cattle. By Feb. 17, the cold had killed a total of 59,962 cattle in the region, including 7,349 in the Ha Giang province, 6,400 in Lao Cai, and 5,571 in Bac Can province, said Hoang Kim Giao, director of the Animal Husbandry Department under the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, according to the Pioneer newspaper.
In the UK the temperatures plunged to -10 C in central England, according to the Express, which reports that experts say that February could end up as one of the coldest in Britain in the past 10 years with the freezing night-time conditions expected to stay around a frigid -8 C until at least the middle of the week. And the BBC reports that a bus company's efforts to cut global warming emissions have led to services being disrupted by cold weather.
And Athens News reports that a raging snow storm has blanketed most of Greece over the weekend and continued into the early morning hours last Monday, plunging the country into sub-zero temperatures. The agency reported that public transport buses were at a standstill on Monday in the wider Athens area, while ships remained in ports, public services remained closed, and schools and courthouses in the more severely-stricken sections were also closed.
More than 100 villages were snowed-in on the island of Crete and temperatures in Athens dropped to -6 C before dawn, while the coldest temperatures were recorded in Kozani, Grevena, Kastoria and Florina, where they plunged to -12 C.
Global warming? Phil Brennan ends his column by saying, "If global warming gets any worse we'll all freeze to death."
The Newsmax piece is only the very latest example to shed light on the so-called "global warming" doom and gloom scenario. Another really great source is a book called "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism." The book is loaded with facts from eminent scientists and science organizations worldwide. It's a real eye-opener. But don't expect any of your liberal friends to go along with it - I've never met a liberal yet who let facts stand in his way of his feelings.
Gotta go now - I need to throw another log onto the fire.
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