Between the release of the International Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) summary report and the Academy Award win for An Inconvenient Truth, February was a rough month for global-warming deniers. So much so that some conservatives — most notably South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, in a February 22 Washington Post op-ed — are warning their peers to accept climate change or risk total marginalization.
Not too many seem to be taking up that call, to judge by the most popular conservative Web sites. After Sunday night’s Oscars, their columnists and front-page bloggers threw everything under the sun — and the sun itself — at global-warming theories, the IPCC, and, of course, Al Gore. Here’s a sampling.
“Gore received two Oscars for a junk-science production called An Inconvenient Truth. . .
“[T]here are some other serious causal explanations for global warming. A venerable scientific journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society, published recent research done at the Danish National Space Center indicating that the impact of cosmic rays on the climate could be much greater than scientists estimated . . . Combining this discovery with evidence that our local star is experiencing historically high levels of solar activity, the researchers suggest that our sun is batting away cosmic rays from elsewhere in the galaxy and thus reducing our planet’s cloud cover.”
— Mark M. Alexander, TownHall.com
“So, I wake up this morning and click on the TV to see if there are any impending crises that I need to know about and I’m greeted by Al Gore at the Oscars saying that global warming is a moral issue — indeed, the central moral issue of our time. Ummm . . . what about Iraq? War on Terrorism? Millions without secure sources of food?”
— Mark Noonan, Blogs For Bush
AL GORE: ECOLOGICAL HIMMLER?
“Al Gore’s mansion ‘consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES).’
“Since Gore has repeatedly equated global warming to the Holocaust, he must, by his own lights, be among history’s greatest monsters, right?”
— John Tabin, American Spectator Online
“If you believe the fear mongers, in less than the lifetime of the average American, coastal cities will be under water. If the Ice Age cycle holds true, however, at some point it is far more likely that they will be under a thick sheet of ice.
“The notion that humans can prevent either is so absurd as to defy belief, but it clearly doesn’t defy belief because millions have been convinced it can be done. . . .
“Bear in mind that real science is of little interest to Global Warming advocates. History, too, is a great nuisance because it inconveniently suggests they are lying through their teeth. . . .
“For those with the wits to examine the history and science of climate, it is obvious that the Global Warmers are seeking to deceive whole nations and continents into the destruction of a thriving period of world trade and relative peace we call globalization.”
— Alan Caruba, The Conservative Voice
“The Earth’s atmosphere is not warming, it is getting colder and is on an irreversible course toward another Ice Age. . . .
“It is not the impact of industrialization and fossil fuel combustion that is causing the seas and oceans to warm. To the contrary, it is the existence of a growing number of underwater volcanic eruptions and extremely high temperature magma seepages on the ocean floor.”
— Paul R. Hollrah, The Conservative Voice
“I just received a letter from a little girl in elementary school asking why I don’t believe in global warming. . . . I did take the time to write her a response. Perhaps it will help in some way to dilute the vile, one-sided, brain-numbing education machine and get a little truth into one classroom.
It is important to know that the IPCC has a history of releasing false and misleading reports on global warming. . . . There is little hope that the new study, no matter what the science shows, will fair any better. . . .
“So, if all of this is true, why do so many, like Al Gore, sound the global warming alarm? Money and political power. It is a sad fact that many people will spread such lies and fear for money and power. But it has happened throughout history. Politicians don’t always tell the truth. . . .
“Meanwhile, there is a very frightening effort underway to silence the “skeptics” of global warming. Some officials have even advocated that those who oppose global warming hysteria should be arrested. To do so would mean the end of free thought and free speech in the United States. . . .
“Please don’t worry. Global warming is not a horror that will destroy the earth. It is completely natural. We’ll get used to the warmer winters and the longer growing seasons for our crops. The sea levels will not swallow whole islands and the 911 Memorial in New York will never be underwater — I promise.”
— Tom DeWeese, Cybercast News Service