You know the old saying, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”? Well, the Cult of Global Warming has a new spin on the old saw.
Over the coming days a curiously revealing event will be taking place in Copenhagen. Top of the agenda at a meeting of the Polar Bear Specialist Group (set up under the International Union for the Conservation of Nature/Species Survival Commission) will be the need to produce a suitably scary report on how polar bears are being threatened with extinction by man-made global warming.
This is one of a steady drizzle of events planned to stoke up alarm in the run-up to the UN’s major conference on climate change in Copenhagen next December. But one of the world’s leading experts on polar bears has been told to stay away from this week’s meeting, specifically because his views on global warming do not accord with those of the rest of the group.
The expert, Dr. Mitchell Taylor has been doing polar bear management research for 30 years. There aren’t many people on the planet who know more about polar bear populations in the Arctic than he. But since he doesn’t sing the approved hymns of the climate change faithful, he’s been shoved aside.
The scientific thing to do would be for the Polar Bear Specialist Group to actually deal with his findings. Alas, they are inconvenient truths (remember that word. You’ll see it again.), since they show that the very polar bears we’re told were in dire straits are actually doing quite well. All but two of the 19 populations of polar bears are either increasing in number or have reached the optimum level of bearitude.
So, goodbye, climate change fanatics, and be sure to thank all the polar bears!
Meanwhile, back here in the good old U.S. of-science-loving A., another scientist have been given the Copernicus treatment. This time the culprit is our very own Environmental Protection Agency. You may recall that President Obama made quite the big deal about ensuring that science would “never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology”.
The Environmental Protection Agency may have suppressed an internal report that was skeptical of claims about global warming, including whether carbon dioxide must be strictly regulated by the federal government, according to a series of newly disclosed e-mail messages.
Less than two weeks before the agency formally submitted its pro-regulation recommendation to the White House, an EPA center director quashed a 98-page report that warned against making hasty “decisions based on a scientific hypothesis that does not appear to explain most of the available data.”
The scientist who wrote the report, Dr. Alan Carlin, has been writing papers on the environment and public policy for 35 years. He graduated from CalTech and got his PhD from MIT. He knows a thing or two about a thing or two, as they say. His report pointed out, among other things, that the information the EPA group was using was old, that the climate was not actually warming, and that there were more efficient ways of regulating temperatures based on the current solid science than regulating carbon dioxide.
Not only was his report ignored, but Dr. Carling was placed under a gag order and assigned to updating a grant database, which I’m sure you’ll agree was a completely suitable task for someone of his experience and expertise. I’m surprised they didn’t have him swabbing out bathrooms and getting coffee.
Remember that word I said you’d see again? Well, let’s go back the President for one more quote, just for kicks, why don’t we?
“The truth is that promoting science isn’t just about providing resources—it’s about protecting free and open inquiry,” President-elect Obama said. “It’s about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology. It’s about listening to what our scientists have to say, even when it’s inconvenient—especially when it’s inconvenient. Because the highest purpose of science is the search for knowledge, truth and a greater understanding of the world around us. That will be my goal as President of the United States—and I could not have a better team to guide me in this work.”
You know that whole “listening” bit there? I don’t think he’s entirely on board with the whole concept.
Oh, and as a bonus, the Atlantic hurricane forecast for this year has been scaled back. Apparently, climate change won’t be increasing the number of hurricanes this year. I wonder if the climate change cultists will decide to ignore that inconvenient truth, too.