Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Environmentalists Turn Up the Heat for Copenhagen

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sunAs next month's United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen draws near, climate-change promoters are flooding the media with news of pending eco-catastrophe.

The Associated Press reports accelerated loss of polar ice, rapidly rising ocean levels and global temperatures, toxic acidity of ocean waters, exploding populations of destructive insects, shrinking water reservoirs, rampant droughts and wildfires worldwide, growing lists of endangered species, and record weather-related blackouts and insurance losses, all due to anthropogenic global warming. The scientific online journal redOrbit.com cautions that in the past 12 years, "the world's oceans have raised an inch and a half, serious droughts have plagued parts of the world, temperatures everywhere are warmer, and several endangered species continue to be threatened." Bloomberg News warns that Antarctica is losing ice at a menacingly rapid pace, threatening to raise sea levels far higher than previously predicted, according to research published by the University of Texas (UT).

The latter article points out that not all scientists blame melting ice for rising sea levels. It quotes Jonathan Bamber, glaciologist with the University of Bristol, in regard to the UT research. "I'm surprised because other studies for slightly different time periods have come up with values that are close to zero," said Bamber, noting that the study's margin of error could account for the "very substantial inconsistencies," making it "difficult to draw strong conclusions." Bamber believes that melting polar ice is neither trivial nor catastrophic but concludes that if sea levels continue to rise at present rates, "that's very serious."

Spiegel Online reports that "climatologists are puzzled as to why average global temperatures have stopped rising over the last 10 years," pointing out that "it does raise doubts about the predictive value of climate models." Such news will not likely deter activists from using the same erroneous models to forward their political agenda at Copenhagen where, as Spiegel observes, "billions of euros are at stake in the negotiations." However, the article quotes many climatologists who say, despite fluctuations, they expect to see temperatures continue to rise.

All of the articles mentioned above quote scientists convinced we have no one to blame but ourselves for global warming and its pending catastrophic effects. Missing from the articles is specific proof that humans are at the root of the supposed problem. Readers should apparently leave the thinking to the scientists and wholeheartedly support the premise of anthropogenic global warming. The Coca-Cola Company offers one way to jump on the green bandwagon, teaming with more than 100 other companies in a coalition to promote the Copenhagen conference and current cap-and-trade legislation before Congress, as reported by WorldNetDaily.

The coalition website, Hopenhagen, opens on a black screen with the ominous message, "On December 7, leaders from 192 countries will gather at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen to determine the fate of our planet." The first message fades to the second, "Show the world you support change. Let's turn Copenhagen into Hopenhagen." Visitors then enter the main site, a darkened map of the world dotted with tiny chartreuse thought bubbles that explode to reveal "... gives me hope" messages left by citizens of the virtual community. "Commitment to positive change gives me hope," says Huw D. from England. Thiago J. in Brazil writes, "The sunset gives me hope." And though the Hopenhagen population is only around 400,000, it even has a remnant of resident dissenters, such as Don’tVote from Dothan, Alabama, who writes, "Ignorance is the reason the UN still exists gives me hope." Then there is the message by Dan P. of the Russian Federation, "I hope all of you die! He-He (Evil Pie) gives me hope." So much for a credible, scientifically tabulated petition, which every Hopenhagen citizen has signed for presentation at December's conference. The petition reads:

We the Peoples of the World Urge Political Leaders to:
1. Seal the Deal at COP 15 on a climate agreement that is definitive, equitable and effective.
2. Set binding targets to cut greenhouse gases by 2020.
3. Establish a framework that will bolster the climate resilience of vulnerable countries and protect lives and livelihoods.
4. Support developing countries' adaptation efforts and secure climate justice for all.

Further clicking on the Hopenhagen site reveals these four planks call specifically for legally binding international regulation of emissions and electric power distribution, a global cap-and-trade tax, and up to $10 trillion in foreign aid payable to poorer nations by industrialized polluters such as the United States.

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