Jun 24, 2009

Global Warming 101

Joseph Farah
By Joseph Farah

Now that Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress have straightened out the automobile industry, solved the banking problems, ended the housing mess, reversed the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and have begun the process on providing universal health care, they are setting their sights on saving the planet from the ravages of "man-made, catastrophic global warming."

How are they going to do it?

The same way they solved all the other problems – by stealing more wealth and freedom from you, your children, your grandchildren and your great-grandchildren.

However, there is one difference between the issue of "climate change" and all the others.

All the other problems actually had at least some basis in reality. In other words, there really were some problems associated with the automobile industry, the banks, housing, the economy and health care. I would suggest to you that the very people designing the "solutions" were responsible for creating those messes. And I would also suggest to you that their "solutions" are actually only going to make matters worse.

But, at least, we can all agree that there were some issues needing to be addressed – if not by Washington, by someone.

That is not the case at all with so-called "global warming."

In this case, the very crisis itself has been manufactured out of whole cloth for the express purpose of redistributing wealth, inhibiting freedom and empowering government beyond our wildest imaginations.

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand this. In fact, it helps if you are not an employee of NASA – because NASA has a vested interest in exploiting the "global warming" myth.

But while banking and car-making and the economy and health care are all tough issues for ordinary, untrained people to understand, the weather is most definitely not.

Let's face it – farmers can predict the weather as well as most meteorologists. With a homemade barometer, a thermometer and an understanding of cloud formations, I've trained my 9-year-old daughter to do as good a job at predicting the weather as the local weather professionals.

Most of us live in climates where the temperature range can easily top 40 degrees in a 24-hour period. Did you ever think about that? It's not unusual to have temperatures rise 40 degrees or more from night to day. In some climates, the range can be much higher – in one day!

Over the course of a week, you can see much more significant changes in temperature.

Over the course of a month, you will witness even greater changes.

And, of course, over a 365-day period, you will see temperature changes that can easily top 100 degrees. Again, far more in some places – like New York, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, Denver and so forth.

Few people perish as a direct result of those wild temperature swings. We dress differently. We heat or cool our cars and homes to adjust. We adapt.

Yet, the "climate change" zealots tell us that a one or two degree temperature change over the course of 100 years is somehow going to be cataclysmic. It's going to spell disaster of apocalyptic proportions. Some even see the world as we know it coming to an end as a result of this small change over a great period of time.

They are also seemingly oblivious to the fact, not conjecture, that such changes in temperature – and even far greater ones – have occurred in the past 4,000 years without resulting in global disaster.

Further, there is no real evidence of any significant change in global temperature in the previous 100 years – certainly not warming.

And, even more to the point, there is no evidence that man's activity on the planet is causing, or could cause, any change in global temperature.

Nevertheless, that won't stop government from stealing more from you – both wealth and freedom. Because this plot is not about saving you from higher temperatures. It's about empowering themselves at your expense.

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