Listen, I believe global warming is real and caused by man—for a couple reasons I’ll mention later—but the incredible dishonesty by media and scientists makes me so angry that I want to join the other side.
How I Got on This Subject
I haven’t had much time on the internet lately. I’ve been on a trip to California, working very hard to encourage some discouraged saints and bring them together in the power of the Holy Spirit.
So this afternoon I have a couple hours of internet time. I’ve been learning some things about humidity lately—as you can tell from some recent posts, and I was very curious about the recent high humidity heat wave in Tennessee.
I was looking up 1999 temperatures in Tennessee because I remember that summer being much hotter than this one, with temperatures climbing to 103o and higher regularly and heat indexes occasionally up to 114o.
The Dishonesty That Got Under My Skin
In the process I read an article that says …
Climate change promises to bring with it longer, hotter summers to many places on the planet. This June turned out to be the fourth-hottest month ever recorded—globally—scientists are reporting. With more heat waves on the horizon, and a big one currently sweeping much of the U.S. (Scientific American)
It’s not that this is directly dishonest. It’s the constant barrage of information like this that seems to add up to a conclusion. Meanwhile, some extremely important bits of information are completely left out.
What You’re Not Being Told
Phil Jones resigned from the Climate Research Unit in the UK after the "Climategate" scandal. (Several committees have determined that the unit did nothing drastically wrong, but that’s no wonder. They only did what everyone appears to be doing, skewing the information.)
The BBC, unlike any American news sources that I know of, interviewed Phil Jones and asked him some very hard, very direct questions. The one that ought to matter to a lot of us is …
Do you agree that from January 2002 to the present there has been statistically significant global cooling?
Phil Jones’ answer to this was no, but it wasn’t no to global cooling. It was no to "statistically significant." Here’s what followed his no answer …
This period is even shorter than 1995-2009. The trend this time is negative (-0.12C per decade), but this trend is not statistically significant. (Emphasis mine)
Did you catch that?
Since 2002, the globe has been cooling! Thus says a scientist who was forced to resign because it was alleged that he was skewing data in order to prove that Earth is warming!
Phil Jones is an avid supporter of man-caused climate change.
How About a Little Honesty on Climate Change
Have you ever heard that of the top 10 warmest years, four of them have been since the year 2000?
I have. Repeatedly.
Have you heard that the globe has reduced in temperature about 1/10th of a degree celsius since 2002?
Yeah, I’d never heard that, either, except on right wing talk shows that are accused of extreme bias and purposeful ignorance.
So who’s being biased and purposefully ignorant now?
Let Me Ask You a Question
Doesn’t it seem extremely irresponsible—and, in fact, purposely dishonest—to tell someone that global warming seems to be true based on the fact that 4 of the last 10 years are among the 10 warmest years on record without also telling them that there’s been an overall cooling trend the last 10 years?
Yeah, that’s what I thought, too.
Let Me Ask You Another Question
If your web site and national magazine are called Scientific American, then wouldn’t you consider it your obligation to your audience to present balanced, accurate, well-researched scientific information?
Yeah, me too.
And if you knew that our planet has had a cooling trend since 2002, would you consider it balanced, accurate, and well-researched to say, "Climate change promises to bring with it longer, hotter summers to many places on the planet"?
Yeah, I wouldn’t, either.
Reasons I Believe in Global Warming Despite the Dishonesty We’re Facing
- Carbon dioxide has been known to be a greenhouse gas for almost a century, not just recently. In the last 50 years, we have burned a good portion of the fossilized plant life (i.e., coal and oil) that used to be trapped in the earth, releasing massive amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.
- Shooting down global warming sanely and scientifically would make any group of scientists rich and famous, but none are doing so.
- Glenn Morton, one of my favorite scientists and a geologist for oil companies, is arguing against global warming with a lot of vitriol and often irrelevant arguments. It seems to me that if he had a good case, then a researcher as good as Morton is would avoid all the anecdotes and local (and thus irrelevant) reports he leans on.
If you were enlightened by this article, then this one may give you more directions to research in.