It’s been a rough season for Nobel Peace Prize winners. Jimmy Carter is campaigning for the UN to seat Palestine as a full voting member. The former president and 2002 Peace Prize winner has yet to explain why seating another Terroristan in the UN is a good idea.
Then, there’s President Obama. He copped the prize of prizes in 2009. He got his prize for his first 42 days of on-the-job training for healing the planet and causing the seas to cease to rise. Nice work, Mr. President.
But Mr. Obama did not reckon with the sunspot of Solyndra, the $535 million greendoggle. Inquiring minds, including Congressmen with subpoenas, want to know if the political contributions of Solyndra’s backers just might have helped the solar panel company get favorable government treatment. Solyndra this week declared bankruptcy.
Now armed with a new set of slides, Mr. Albert Gore, Jr. is calling climate skeptics wrong, and saying they’re racists and Holocaust deniers, too. Winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, Mr. Gore, blames the world’s ills on climate change. It probably even causes hanging chads.
Mr. Gore should save his hot air for CERN . It seems a Danish physicist, one Henrik Svensmark, has been quietly working away on the question of sun-caused global warming.
CERN is short for Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire. That sounds seriously scientific; it’s even French. CERN does not say global warming is a hoax, nor that humans do not play a role in global warming.
Still, for such a serious scientific body to report that the sun may play a major role is significant. CERN cannot be dismissed by the global green movement as some fringe outfit. Nor can they silence such respected scientists.
Dr. Henrik Svensmark in 1995 read a 1991 paper by Eigil Friis-Christensen and Knud Lassen. These researchers found a close correlation between solar activity and changes in the earth’s temperatures, going back to 1860.
In a widely circulated column by Anne Jolis in the Wall Street Journal Europe, Dr. Svensmark noted that the issue of climate change “is so sensitive, sometimes science goes into the background.”
Science in the background on climate change? Isn’t that Al Gore’s whole mantra, that we must all cease debating the causes of climate change and listen to the voice of science? And if we have any doubts about what voice of science says, Al Gore will tell us.
It’s worth pointing out that Albert Gore’s Nobel Peace Prize was shared by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). IPCC’s boss, Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, has been desperately trying to “walk back” the contention in a recent IPCC report that the Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035. A mere typo, the IPCC says. So, it’s actually 2305?
Pachauri puts climate skeptics in the same category as those who dispute that smoking causes lung cancer and asbestos is no different than talcum powder. “I don’t want to get down to a personal level, but all you need to do is look at their backgrounds. They are people who deny the link between smoking and cancer; they are people who say that asbestos is as good as talcum powder – I hope that they apply it to their faces every day…”
Gore doesn’t want to get personal, either. If you disagree with him, you’re a racist, a Holocaust denier. Nothing personal, of course. Just like Pachauri wanting you to apply a carcinogen to your face.
It’s worth noting that the Danes stood up to China on human rights, even when the Communists in Beijing threatened to crush Denmark “like a little bird.” The Danes published those cartoons of you know who that set off riots throughout the world by followers of the religion of peace.
It was a Dane, Bjorn Lomborg, who published The Skeptical Environmentalist and whose documentary, Cool It, contends that global warming is happening, is man-caused, but is something we can manage—without suppressing economic growth and political liberty. This is an important message not only for North America and Europe, but, especially, for Africa.
Of course, those Danes have been skeptical for some time. President Obama promised to stop the seas from rising. But Danish King Canute, according to legend, had his throne placed on the beach and commanded the tide not to rise. He wanted to teach a lesson to his toadying courtiers. When the tide came in, they got soaked and King Canute enjoyed a hearty laugh.
The more Albert Gore hollers, the hotter the sun gets. Let’s hope he doesn’t get sunstroke.
Likewise, the more President Obama lectures us on all the green jobs he’s creating, the more people point out that the only green shovel-ready project he’s found is his steam shovel at the U.S. Treasury.