Government-Backed Propaganda Campaign Steps Up A Gear As Teachers Face Environmental Indoctrination
Environment Agency 'briefings' aim to 'educate' geography teachers about global warming. The Association of British Drivers (ABD) warns of the dire need to educate the Environment Agency on the causes of climate change.
The ABD likens the prospect of government-backed in-service courses for teachers on global warming issues to the Inland Revenue lecturing businesses on tax avoidance.
Bernard Abrams, ABD Education & Environment spokesman and OFSTED Inspector, comments:
"The authorities' view on global warming is blinkered to say the least. No doubt teachers attending these 'briefings' will be expected to pass on the Party Line to their pupils -as accepted fact. Yet there is overwhelming evidence for a natural origin to climate change.
We have expensive TV advertising campaigns linking climate change to use of the car, yet this source accounts for little more than one-half of one percent of total global emissions of carbon dioxide.
Given that each Budget sees the Chancellor excusing another motorists' mugging on the basis of global warming, there is a glaring conflict of interest here to say the least. With buildings emitting nearly twice the volume of carbon dioxide as transport sources, the Environment Agency might try to explain to teachers why fuel to heat buildings is taxed at 5% while fuel to keep the nation moving (petrol) is taxed at 500%.
There are nearly 20,000 scientists' signatures on the Oregon Petition, and so much evidence pointing to the Sun as the cause of short-term climate change that the link with fossil fuel burning is not only statistically weak but also empirically redundant. It seems unlikely at best that teachers attending these 'briefings' will be given the full picture.
Canadian Environment Minister Christine Stewart let the cat out of the bag with her comment - after the Kyoto Summit - that the science of man-made global warming may be 'phoney' but there are 'collateral benefits' linked to opportunities for greater social justice. Translated into plain English, this means that sustaining public fears about climate change can be used to justify indirect tax hikes, ignoring the detrimental impact on enterprise and mobility whilst trying to avoid the unpopularity which such measures deserve.
ABD Chairman Brian Gregory, on hearing about these sessions, responded:
"Research by the ABD has unearthed a large catalogue of evidence which clearly refutes traditional man-made global warming theory, and we offer this to the Environment Agency (see below) as a source of objective data for use in their in-service courses for teachers.
What we need from the Government and the Environment Agency is more objectivity and less hot air about global warming. At the moment both are at the bottom of the class in these subjects."
Man Made Global Warming - Fact Or Fiction? The ABD's Evidence (And Conclusion)
1. Problems With Global Warming Theory
2. Evidence That Warming and Phenomena Attributed to Man Made Warming are Natural
- The European Science And Environment Forum - a group of independent scientists concerned about 'premature certainty' on environmental issues described the Greenhouse Effect as 'a Political rather than a scientific phenomenon' in their 1996 book, The Global Warming Debate, while nearly 20,000 scientists have signed the Oregon Petition to make these views even clearer
- Satellite measurements of the Earth's atmosphere during recent decades have shown no overall increase in average atmospheric temperature, in fundamental disagreement with GWT thinking and groundstation measurements. (Source: NASA / CDIAC, Trends '91, Oak Ridge, 1991)
- Carbon dioxide is touted about as 'the' greenhouse gas yet water vapour has an absolute greenhouse effect over twice as large as CO2; computer models are largely based on CO2 warming and this is another inaccuracy inherent in these models.
- Sherwood Idso of the USA Water Conservation Laboratory in Arizona has published articles which show how 'alterations' to major climate change publications have appeared mysteriously, comparing pre-publication versions and that which is released (e.g. the first definitive world document on GWT (The Science of Climate Change 1995) he found that somehow over 15 sections had had their wording changed AFTER scientists approved the final draft.)
- Over recent decades, the phenomenon of urban warming is held to be responsible for up to half of the observed temperature rise - this comes about due to the fact that temperature measurements on which claims of global warming are based are largely taken in towns and cities, which retain heat better as urbanisation spreads. (Wright, D, "Greenhouse Effect -Or Not?", Geography Review, Vol 12 No 1 September 1998.)
- The scientific journal 'Nature' published the findings of a team of researchers which studied ice core samples to gain a picture of climate change over a period of 400,000 years. This team found that naturally occurring (not man-made) greenhouse gases contribute about 3 degrees Celsius to the glacial-interglacial temperature variation of 6 degrees Celsius.
- Carbon dioxide can absorb radiant heat energy at one particular wavelength (15 microns), and this is already very close to saturation. At this point adding more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere couldn't possibly result in any further temperature rise. This saturation has been conveniently ignored by those working on climate change (Dr John Emsley, Imperial College London, in 'The Global Warming Trial', BBC Radio 4, 16/09/93 and Dr Steven Schneider, Science, 1971)
- In 1993, it was reported (Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung, 22 May 1993) that Greenpeace, no less, had conducted a survey amongst 400 climatologists. Fifty of these were split as to whether mankind’s emissions of greenhouse gases would cause global temperatures to increase or decrease. The other 350 thought the whole theory unsound.
- In a letter to 'Chemistry in Britain, 1995', Dr. John Emsley said: 'Like many chemists, I find it hard to accept the global warming theory of IPCC and Greenpeace. The mechanism by which CO2 behaves as a greenhouse gas is not the simplistic one of absorption-emission on which the IPCC bases its hypothesis... I refer the authors to J Barrett’s recent paper on the subject for the correct mechanism (Spectrochimica Acta 1995, 51A,415). There appears to be little connection between the level of CO2 in the atmosphere and the mean global temperature. Computer predictions which rely on such a connection (to predict global temperature trends) should therefore be treated with some scepticism.'
3. Evidence of a Natural Mechanism for Climate Change
- British Antarctic Survey data and websites tell the story that the small pieces of ice sheet which are seen by satellite to be breaking away do so for purely local, not global reasons, and this has been happening for a very long time. (Under a leader in the science journal Focus (1998))
- British Antarctic Survey (BAS) scientists point out that these changes are not due to global warming. Dr Keith Nicholls, also of the BAS, reports that research at the Filchner-Ronne ridge leads to the conclusion that rising temperatures [would] lead to thickening of the ice sheet due to changes in sub-surface salt concentrations, and ends by saying "Now it's clear they [ice shelves]are unaffected"
- Global warming has happened many times before cars and industry were invented, and to a higher degree than now. Climatologists agree that during the period 9,000 BC - 5,000 BC global temperatures were over two degrees warmer than now, while a team led by Prof. Shamesh of the Weizmann Institute, Israel, has shown from lake sediments in Kenya that there was another period of global warming between 350 BC and 450 AD.
- Natural climate variation has gone the other way too, with a mini ice age during the period 1645 - 1715 attributed to a decrease in solar activity observed and recorded by astronomers at the time - during this period the River Thames repeatedly froze over. Throughout this spell the solar cycle lengthened and solar activity and output declined so that no sunspots were visible - clear evidence of the link between solar activity and climate
- Friis-Christensen and Lassen pointed out in the Journal of Atmospheric & Terrestrial Physics that 83% of global temperature variations since the 1500s can be accounted for by the solar cycle. (J of A&T Physics, Vol 57 No8, 1995 pp835-845)
- The Economist and the Observer in April 1998 extensively reported that Dr Friis-Christensen and another Danish scientist called Svensmark proposed a mechanism involving cosmic rays and cloud formation to explain these observations.
- This impressed Dr Kirkby and Dr Close, physicists at Cern in Geneva, enough for them to propose building equipment to test this theory.
- Physicist Nigel Calder has written a book - The Manic Sun - which challenges the idea that burning fossil fuels warms the planet.
- Dr Piers Corbyn of Weather Action and the Southbank University wrote a major article in the May 1998 edition of 'Weather Action'. This began by questioning the 'conventional wisdom' of man made global warming which were 'clearly contradicted' by reliable satellite measurements. He said that the fundamental assumptions behind GWT must be challenged.
- Professor Mike Lockwood of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory studied solar radiation intensity at the Earth's upper atmosphere over a period of tens of years and found that at least half of the observed temperature change this century (total 0.6 degree Celsius) is due to changes in the output of the Sun, so that with the other half due to urban warming there is no CO2 effect to explain (Astronomy & Geophysics August 1999 Vol 40 no. 4)
Climate change is a natural phenomenon driven by:
- Short timescales: changing patterns of solar activity, amplified by upper-atmosphere effects
- Medium-long timescales: tectonic activity /volcanism
- Long timescales: the Milankovitch cycles in the eccentricity of the Earth's orbit and in its axial tilt