In an otherwise fairly forgettable World Series, the most lingering memory may be the arctic-like conditions endured by the players, and the media questioning whether the Series should be played at a warm-weather neutral site.
Tiger manager Jim Leyland’s response to that question was an emphatic “no”, but isn’t the media missing the bigger implication behind this inconvenient weather and the inconvenience it forces upon players and fans. We have become numb to the reporting that attributes nearly every natural event–hurricanes, droughts, fires, fluctuations in ocean currents–to global warming.
As a character in Michael Crichton’s State of Fear puts it succinctly, it is impossible not to believe in global warming because, quite simply, “everybody does”, or so it seems. In fact everybody doesn’t, including thousands of scientists who signed a statement questioning the validity of man-induced global warming theory.
It just seems that way because the media conveniently overlook any anomolies in the theory, including one of the serverest winters on record in parts of Eastern Europe and Russia in 2006, wide uncertainty in temperature data taken much before 1930, data showing the average global surface temprature actually declined between 1940 and 1970, even though atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rose in the same period….and a frigid 2006 Fall Classic. Science demands we consider not some of the evidence, but all the evidence.
Man-induced global warming is a shallow theory, on the same footing as Freudian psychoanalysis, and for the same reasons: It cannot be disproved because it can’t be tested; and, as it has come to be formularized, it predicts all outcomes–heating, cooling, rain, drought.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Global warming is not about science–it’s about politics and research money.
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