By Christopher Jay Thompson
On the website for the American Policy Round Table there was an article called 8 arguments against global warming. This information was supplied by the Heartland Institute. Before we delve into the contents of that article, let’s examine what the Heartland institute is. It claims to be a Non-profit research and education organization. Yet, what they really are is a corporate funded media lobbyist group. Some of their Biggest contributors have been Exxon, Wal-Mart and Philip Morris. So you coul imagine the credibility of an organization that is funded by corporate money.
So let us now turn our attention to the 8 Arguments against global warming:
1) Most Scientists do not think human activity is responsible for global warming and there is no convincing evidence.
this is false. They refer to the Oregon petition as proof of their statement. As is turns out the Oregon petition is a Fabrication. So there goes that argument.
2) The most reliable sources say there is no data that shows a trend in warming.
False. NASA says there is a definite trend in warming according to satellite data. I guess they don’t consider NASA a reliable source. But the oil companies are? I guess NASA is a part of this sinister global conspiracy.
3) Global climate computer models are too crude to predict future climate changes. scientists have also cheated by tweaking the numbers.
False. Although models of the 1990s were rather crude, current models are rather complex. As far as the Question of their acuracy, they are not a magic window into the future. there is no crystal ball.
The accusations of the scientists cheating, there is no evidence to support such a claim. I am curious who there sources(Exxon) are. This argument sounds like more conspiracy theory.
4) IPCC did not prove that human activities are causing global warming.
Yes they have.
5)A modest amount of global warming is good for the environment and beneficial to the natural world.
False- First of all I don’t even know what they consider modest. If the global temperature rises 5 degrees we are toast. Even a 1 or 2 degree rise in global temperature could have serious ramifications. Remember we are talking about global temperature, not regional temperatures.
6) Efforts to reduce green house gasses would be costly and wouldn’t stop the climate from changing.
You have got to be kidding. It would be costly? I think the Fortune 500 companies that are polluting the most can afford it.
The claim that we can’t do anything about it is just irresponsible. Is is saying”well, we probably can’t stop the climate from changing,so lets just pollute till our heart’s content”.
7) Efforts by state governments to reduce emissions would be expensive and would bust state budgets.
this falls under the nobody knows for sure category. Yes, the measures would be expensive. But to say that they know for sure that it will bust state budgets is a rash statement. Apparently the Heartland Institute can see into the future.
8) The best strategy to pursue is “no regrets”. Make no drastic changes. Invest in atmospheric research. Investments should only be made if they are economically viable.
So not true. This one needs no commentary.
Well there we have it. Notice how the arguments contradict one another . They keep shifting from it isn’t real, to humans don’t cause it, to its a good thing,to noting can be done about it. I think the credibility of the Heartland Institute has gone down the toilet.