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Global Warming - A Canard?

According to the advocates and promoters of the very successful Global Warming campaign, the principal
cause for the phenomenon is the increased emission of carbon dioxide produced by human activity
(anthropogenic). While it is exceedingly difficult to ascertain with precision the magnitude of the impact
of human activities on climate, it is quite easy to visualize the impact that the sun has on our planet; were
it to fail to radiate its energy, the earth would be a very cold place indeed! Climate change has been ever
present since the formation of Earth and will continue to be until our planet is enveloped in the expansion
of the sun and reduced to a cinder some billions of years hence.

What is amusing in the anthropogenic Global Warming postulate is that neither the sun nor solar
characteristics are mentioned by the politicians who espouse the notion that human activities are the sole
cause of the presumed warming; nor that Earth orbit lies inside the atmosphere of the sun and thus subject
to solar weather. The fact is that the sun, as a variable star, changes its energy output in cycles of about
11 years; scientist know of longer cycles that account for epochs when the planet was warmer and colder
than it is today, as in the early Cretaceous Period (120–65 million years ago) when temperatures were 8°
to 10°C higher than they are now (Earth had no industry and no politicians then) and the Pleistocene Ice
Age when much of North America, Europe, and Asia were buried under great sheets of glacial ice. Our
Merrimack Valley was covered by ice one mile thick until about 12,000 years ago.

Also absent from discourse is the effect of another far more preponderant greenhouse gas: water vapor,
the stuff of clouds. Water vapor is Earth's most important greenhouse gas; it accounts for about 95% of
Earth's greenhouse effect and is almost totally of natural origin. The advocates of anthropogenic Global
Warming willfully ignore the role that water vapor plays in keeping our planet habitable through its
greenhouse effect, without it, the average temperature of Earth would be minus 18°C, 89.2°F less than it
is today -a deep freeze. It is intellectually dishonest to magnify the rather negligible human contribution
to the greenhouse effect by excluding water vapor from the analysis of Earth’s greenhouse gases.

Volcanic activity is yet another significant contributor to variations of Earth’s mean temperature. Mount
Pinatubo’s eruption in June of 1991 lowered global temperatures by about 0.9 °F, yet volcanism is
another climate contributor that is not mentioned by the anthropogenic Global Warming advocates. The
sun, water vapor and volcanism are far more powerful agents of change in climate than our CO2
emissions.

Here are some facts about carbon dioxide:

 186 billion tons of CO2 enter earth's atmosphere each year from all sources of these, only 6 billion
tons are from human activity or 3.2%.
 At 368 parts per million CO2 is a minor constituent of earth's atmosphere, less than 4/100ths of 1% of
all gases present.
 Five hundred million years ago CO2 was 20 times more prevalent than today, decreasing to 4-5 times
during the Jurassic period and then maintained a slow decline until the industrial revolution.
 All life on Earth is carbon based and CO2 is an essential ingredient.
 Plants absorb CO2 and emit oxygen as a waste product. Humans and animals breathe oxygen and emit
CO2 as a waste product. Carbon dioxide is a nutrient for plants, not a pollutant.
 CO2 is a by-product of fermentation of sugar in the brewing of beer, whisky and other alcoholic
beverages.
 Up to 40% of the gas emitted by some volcanoes during eruptions is CO2.
 CO2 that goes into the atmosphere does not stay there but is continually recycled by terrestrial plant
life and Earth's oceans.
 The world's natural wetlands produce more greenhouse gases annually than all human sources
combined.

Human activities contribute slightly to greenhouse gas concentrations through farming, manufacturing,
power generation, and transportation. However, these emissions are minute in comparison to emissions
from natural sources that we cannot control; even if our politicians mandate the spending of billions upon
billions of our dollars to limit human emissions, that spending would have a miniscule effect on global
climate, but an immense effect upon our freedoms, prosperity and pocketbooks.

"Climate change is no longer science. It's politics... Climate change is also about power. Power to
control.... It's about who gets to decide: how much energy we will have... where that energy will come
from... what it will cost... It's about simulations, scenarios and monsters conjured up by computer models
that should never be used to chart government policy -- especially on matters that will profoundly affect
our livelihoods, living standards, life spans and dreams of a better future. "So hold onto your wallets, and
hope you can hold onto your homes, cars and jobs. You're about to be put on a wild political roller
coaster." Paul Driessen, TownHall.com

Comments of President Vaclav Klaus of the Czech Republic delivered to the US Congress Committee on
Energy and Commerce in March, 2007:

“As someone who lived under communism for most of my life I feel obliged to say that the biggest threat
to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity at the beginning of the 21st century is not
communism or its various softer variants. Communism (has been) replaced by the threat of ambitious
environmentalism … The environmentalists consider their ideas and arguments to be an undisputable
truth and use sophisticated methods of media manipulation and PR campaigns to exert pressure on
policymakers to achieve their goals. Their argumentation is based on the spreading of fear and panic by
declaring the future of the world to be under serious threat. In such an atmosphere they continue pushing
policymakers to adopt illiberal measures, impose arbitrary limits, regulations, prohibitions, and
restrictions on everyday human activities and make people subject to omnipotent bureaucratic decision-
making … Man-made climate change has become one of the most dangerous arguments aimed at
distorting human efforts and public policies in the whole world.”

“A lie, repeated often enough, will end up as truth.” Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's Minister of
Propaganda.

Oscar Patino