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Global Warming - A conspiracy?


Evan Burton
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I have no idea, but I think it's better to defend against a problem that isn't there than be caught out. Anyway, saw this article and thought it was worth sharing.

The price of dissent on global warming

David Bellamy | November 25, 2008

Article from: The Australian

WHEN I first stuck my head above the parapet to say I didn't believe what we were being told about global warming, I had no idea what the consequences would be. I am a scientist and I have to follow the directions of science, but when I see that the truth is being covered up I have to voice my opinions.

According to official data, in every year since 1998, world temperatures have been getting colder, and in 2002 Arctic ice actually increased. Why, then, do we not hear about that? The sad fact is that since I said I didn't believe human beings caused global warming, I've not been allowed to make a television program.

My absence has been noticed, because wherever I go I meet people who say: "I grew up with you on the television, where are you now?"

It was in 1996 that I criticised wind farms while appearing on children's program Blue Peter, and I also had an article published in which I described global warming as poppycock. The truth is, I didn't think wind farms were an effective means of alternative energy, so I said so. Back then, at the BBC you had to toe the line, and I wasn't doing that.

At that point, I was still making loads of TV programs and I was enjoying it greatly. Then I suddenly found I was sending in ideas for TV shows and they weren't getting taken up. I've asked around about why I've been ignored, but I found that people didn't get back to me. At the beginning of this year there was a BBC show with four experts saying: "This is going to be the end of all the ice in the Arctic," and hypothesising that it was going to be the hottest summer ever. Was it hell! It was very cold and very wet and now we've seen evidence that the glaciers in Alaska have started growing rapidly, and they have not grown for a long time.

I've seen evidence, which I believe, that says there has not been a rise in global temperature since 1998, despite the increase in carbon dioxide being pumped into the atmosphere. This makes me think the global warmers are telling lies: CO2 is not the driver. The idiot fringe has accused me of being like a Holocaust denier, which is ludicrous. Climate change is all about cycles. It's a natural thing and has always happened. When the Romans lived in Britain they were growing very good red grapes and making wine on the borders of Scotland. It was evidently a lot warmer.

If you were sitting next to me 10,000 years ago, we'd be under ice. So thank God for global warming for ending that ice age; we wouldn't be here otherwise.

People such as former American vice-president Al Gore say that millions of us will die because of global warming, which I think is a pretty stupid thing to say if you've got no proof. And my opinion is that there is absolutely no proof that CO2 has anything to do with any impending catastrophe. The science has, quite simply, gone awry.

In fact, it's not even science any more; it's anti-science.

There's no proof, it's just projections, and if you look at the models people such as Gore use, you can see they cherry-pick the ones that support their beliefs. To date, the way the so-called Greens and the BBC, the Royal Society and even political parties have handled this smacks of McCarthyism at its worst.

Global warming is part of a natural cycle and there's nothing we can actually do to stop these cycles. The world is now facing spending a vast amount of money in tax to try to solve a problem that doesn't actually exist.

And how were we convinced that this problem exists, even though all the evidence from measurements goes against the fact? God knows. Yes, the lakes in Africa are drying up. But that's not global warming. They're drying up for the very simple reason that most of them have dams around them.

So the water once used by local people is now used in the production of cut flowers and vegetables for the supermarkets of Europe. One of Gore's biggest clangers was saying that the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan was drying up because of global warming.

Well, everyone knows, because it was all over the news 20 years ago, that the Russians were growing cotton there at the time and that for every tonne of cotton you produce you use a vast amount of water. The thing that annoys me most is that there are genuine environmental problems that desperately require attention. I'm still an environmentalist, I'm still a Green and I'm still campaigning to stop the destruction of the biodiversity of the world. But money will be wasted on trying to solve this global warming "problem" that I would much rather was used for looking after the people of the world. Being ignored by the likes of the BBC does not really bother me, not when there are bigger problems at stake.

I might not be on TV any more but I still go around the world campaigning about these important issues. For example, we must stop the destruction of tropical rainforests, something I've been saying for 35 years.

Mother nature will balance things out, but not if we interfere by destroying rainforests and overfishing the seas. That is where the real environmental catastrophe could occur.

David Bellamy is a botanist, author of 35 books, and has presented 400 television programs.

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Thanks for posting this Evan,

However, if we start or even encourage reference to people who acknowledge global warming in the same way 'CT'ers' and 'Truthers' are referred to, then I fear we really are screwed and deserve to be.

Is as close to a fact in my view as you can get, without actually waiting around to see what happens. I agree 100% with you that even if the various models do prove to be less drastic as some predict it is better than just sitting around and doing nothing. We (as a race) cannot afford to second guess this one and I for one want to do my best to ensure my children inherit a planet that we haven’t totally killed off - like so many other things.

Thanks - Steve

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Guest Stephen Turner

1,Does the atmosphere contain carbon dioxide?

2, Does atmospheric C/D raise the average Global temp?

3, Wil this rise be increased by additional C/D release?

4, Has Human activity led to a rise in the net emission of C/D?

If you can answer no to any of the above, put yourself foward for a Nobel prize, because you have just turned science on its head..

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It is my understanding that over the short term average temps go up and down but the long term they are rising. Thus it wouldn't surprise me if Bellamy's claims are partially true. I'd like to see the data that the world's temp has been going down of the last 10 years though.

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It's a complex subject, and I don't know who is right. There are respected, qualified scientists & researchers are on both sides of the argument; there is no firm consensus. That's why I take the side of caution until we can be sure it is not warranted.

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It's a complex subject, and I don't know who is right. There are respected, qualified scientists & researchers are on both sides of the argument; there is no firm consensus. That's why I take the side of caution until we can be sure it is not warranted.

Evan, this is not an even fight, the great majority of those respected scientists have no doubt that warming is occuring, and that mans activities are the main cause. The only real disagreement is how fast it happening, and to what degree. The arctic sea winter ice, a permenant feature since the last ice age, is rapidly shrinking, and according to some estimates may be gone within six years, thus leaving the Planet darker, and hotter, even more worrying is the melting of Arctic permafrost, this baby contains twenty times more Carbon than is currently in the atmosphere,Denial is not your friend. if it goes we are *&**£~:

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