Friday, October 23, 2009
Global Warming Naysayers
In case you missed it, HuffPo is blaming the fact that an all-time low number of Americans now believe that Global Warming is man-made on a group of 18 people. They seem to overlook the simple truth that there is too much evidence to the contrary...like, oh, the globe has been on a cooling trend for the past 11 years...
According to HuffPo, the 18 MMGW Deniers are:
Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Steve Doocy, Michael Steele, George Will, Sen. James Inhofe, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, David Bellamy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Northern Ireland Environment Minister Sammy Wilson, Phelim McAleer, Stephen Moore (Wall Street Journal editorial board member, senior economics writer), Czech President Vaclav Klaus, Fred Barnes, Roy Spencer, former NASA scientist, Rep. John Shimkus, John Coleman (founder of The Weather Channel), and The American People.
Of course, Al Gore challenger Lord Monckton adds another interesting and exceedingly poignant perspective to the ongoing debate (he didn't make the list?).
This is how I described my household in the past when it comes to this issue:
"The Man and I are conscious of the need for Conservation. I have talked about this before and I wish there was a term for what we are...conservationists (or good stewards of the earth) that don't believe in man-made global warming/cooling trends. We didn't start conserving when Al Gore told us to...we always have. We are Conservationists, not Reactionaries..."
In light of this line between being a good steward of the Earth and its resources and scaring people into believing the sky is falling because they dared to buy a bottled Evian, I have asked a very GREEN friend of mine to guest post on what I believe to be the disparity between the global warming message/warnings and the facts. I look forward to his submission and the chance to look inside the thinking of the "other side" of this issue.