Global Warming

Global Warming has come to be a hotly contested issue. Are there valid concerns that we should consider, or is Global Warming just the latest manufactured crisis to cash in on the public’s fears and generate new support for global governance, global carbon taxes and other oppressive policies?

On November 20, 2008 Ron Paul said in a New York Times / Freakonomics interview:

“I try to look at global warming the same way I look at all other serious issues: as objectively and open-minded as possible. There is clear evidence that the temperatures in some parts of the globe are rising, but temperatures are cooling in other parts. The average surface temperature had risen for several decades, but it fell back substantially in the past few years.

Clearly there is something afoot. The question is: Is the upward fluctuation in temperature man-made or part of a natural phenomenon. Geological records indicate that in the 12th century, Earth experienced a warming period during which Greenland was literally green and served as rich farmland for Nordic peoples. There was then a mini ice age, the polar ice caps grew, and the once-thriving population of Greenland was virtually wiped out.

It is clear that the earth experiences natural cycles in temperature. However, science shows that human activity probably does play a role in stimulating the current fluctuations.

The question is: how much? Rather than taking a “sky is falling” approach, I think there are common-sense steps we can take to cut emissions and preserve our environment. I am, after all, a conservative and seek to conserve not just American traditions and our Constitution, but our natural resources as well.

We should start by ending subsidies for oil companies. And we should never, ever go to war to protect our perceived oil interests. If oil were allowed to rise to its natural price, there would be tremendous market incentives to find alternate sources of energy. At the same time, I can’t support government “investment” in alternative sources either, for this is not investment at all.

Government cannot invest, it can only redistribute resources. Just look at the mess government created with ethanol. Congress decided that we needed more biofuels, and the best choice was ethanol from corn. So we subsidized corn farmers at the expense of others, and investment in other types of renewables was crowded out.

Now it turns out that corn ethanol is inefficient, and it actually takes more energy to produce the fuel than you get when you burn it. The most efficient ethanol may come from hemp, but hemp production is illegal and there has been little progress on hemp ethanol. And on top of that, corn is now going into our gas tanks instead of onto our tables or feeding our livestock or dairy cows; so food prices have been driven up. This is what happens when we allow government to make choices instead of the market; I hope we avoid those mistakes moving forward.”

After additional consideration and analysis and shortly before the release of the Climategate emails in late 2009, Ron Paul identified the artificial panic around Global Warming as an elaborate hoax:

“The greatest hoax I think that has been around for many, many years if not hundreds of years has been this hoax on […] global warming.” – Ron Paul on Fox Business, Nov. 4, 2009

“[The Copenhagen treaty on climate change] can’t help the economy. It has to hurt the economy and it can’t possibly help the environment because they’re totally off track on that. It might turn out to be one of the biggest hoaxes of all history, this whole global warming terrorism that they’ve been using, but we’ll have to just wait and see, but it cannot be helpful. It’s going to hurt everybody.” – Ron Paul on the Alex Jones Show, Nov. 5, 2009

For an environmental insider’s view on the “Green Agenda” and its background and motivations check out The Green Agenda. Also read Lew Rockwell’s Anti-Environmentalist Manifesto.

  • Barton Paul Levenson

    Gee, it’s great to know that a politician with an M.D. thinks global warming is a hoax. I take it Ron Paul could write down the equation of radiative transfer without looking it up? That he’s not a complete illiterate when it comes to planetary astronomy or climate science?


    • JBrown

      Says the obvious climate shill. You should make your profile private so it isn’t so obvious, shill.

      • Barton Paul Levenson

        Say, Mr. Brown, why don’t you go fuck yourself?

        • JBrown

          Did I make the wittle shill mad? You are pretty upset about your demon witch hillary didn’t get elected, aren’t you?

          • Barton Paul Levenson

            You believe in witches, I take it.

          • JBrown

            ooo wow nice attempt at a ad hom! Did the reds steal the election from you? Where is McCarthy when you need him? Am I right?

  • Big Susie

    Hmmmmm well u need your chill pill hun.

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  • Mike

    As long as there’s a planet, the climate will always endure weather changes. Man-made climate change is made up by eco friendly nut jobs. And Al Gore is one of them. He pays scientists to give people false alarm about this “global warming” scam because thats how he gets his money. This winter, the east coast has had RECORD COLD TEMPERATURES, (temperatures that, ACCORDING TO WEATHER FORCASTERS, that hasnt been seen in almost 20 years) All you tree huggers need to get a life and quit posting non sense.

    • Lo

      Are you a climate scientist? If not, what gives you authority to speak about whether or not climate change is real?

      Weather and climate are NOT the same thing. I understand that the east coast has experienced severe cold this winter, but California has been plagued by heat waves and drought. 2013 was the driest year on record in California. Making claims about the weather in a particular region and then trying to extrapolate meaning to world climate just makes you sound ignorant.

      • So unless you are a certified scientist in a field you can’t know anything about that field? Really?? That will severely limit one’s topics for conversations.

        • Paul

          James, like Lo said, the issue is that climate and weather are separate topics. Weather is day to day, maybe a season. Climate is the average of a 30 year period of global temperatures, and science undeniably proves human carbon emissions are harming our environment and changing our climate temperatures a significant amount.

        • caman9119

          When you are making factual statements that are factually inaccurate and anecdotal then yes. Scientific research on Climate Change is pretty settled, you’d be hard pressed to find many other areas of science where the data points to a conclusion as strong in data as that.

          So if you come to me and so no the science is wrong, then I will be looking for your credentials, research, and data.

      • Johnny

        @Lo: By the same token, are you a certified climate scientist? If not, what gives you authority to speak about whether or not climate change is real?

        @Paul: Nobody denies human emissions make some contribution. The question is “How much?” and if that amount is negligible then why these monstrous government taxes? Even if climate change is as true as you say, “fighting it” is not government’s duty. The free market can come up with solutions far better and more cost effective than the govt. can – and all without robbing a single person.

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  • jake

    An interview with Ron Paul about his presidential platform on energy and the environment:

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  • jhon

    Ouch! ‘Senate global warming hearing backfires on Democrats’ — Boxer’s Own Experts Contradict Obama! — ‘Skeptics & Roger Pielke Jr. totally dismantled warmism (scientifically, economically, rhetorically) — Climate Depot Round Up
    ‘Sen. Boxer’s Own Experts Contradict Obama on Climate Change’ — Warmists Asked: ‘Can any witnesses say they agree with Obama’s statement that warming has accelerated during the past 10 years?’ For several seconds, nobody said a word. Sitting just a few rows behind the expert witnesses, I thought I might have heard a few crickets chirping’:
    Warmist admits recent 97% ‘consensus’ survey paper is bogus:
    71% Of The US Below Normal Temperature in 2013:
    Climatologist Dr. Judith Curry on Sen. Boxer’s key warmist expert on ocean acidification: ‘Doney’s [Senate] testimony didn’t score too high on my credibility meter’:
    Paper finds Arctic climate & sea ice extent related to solar activity — Paper published by the Danish Meteorological Institute:

  • jake

    Are wind farms saving or killing us? A provocative investigation claims thousands of people are falling sick because they live near them The symptoms they claim to have suffered may vary – including dizziness; increased blood pressure and depression – but the theme remains the same. Read more:
    The Great Global Warming Swindle, A great documentary by the BBC that exposes the poilitics behind this shameful manipulation of the people of the world:

  • jakeliberman

    Marijuana: Hemp Made Cars Running on Hemp, Supressed Oppertunities . I’ll guess the oil and steel industry didn’t want this world to be green. Nor to be a bit more peaceful either. With that much hemp around needed to fuel all our engines and to replace many of the metals and plastics, the temptation of that first marijuana sigaret would be too close around the corner for the masses. The powers that be like the people more to consume stupifying and aggressifying alcohol products so they’ll stay in their matrix:

  • Bushwhacker

    With some understanding of farming practices around the world and soil biology, it’s not difficult to understand that the main cause of rises of CO2 levels are from deforestation. When bare soil is exposed to the sun’s heat the microbial life within it is killed off and oxidation of the soil occurs (Deforestation is also a contributor to flooding, since the ground can then no longer hold as much water but that’s a different subject).

    To reverse CO2 buildup we must not only plant more trees, but learn from nature and create forests that feed us. Forests have up to 8 different growth layers ranging from root plants, through small shrubs, climbing plants all the way to canopy trees. There are foods that can be cultivated this way too and we should look to nature to see how we can improve the earth.

    Fighting nature with ever stronger toxic chemicals (mostly derived from natural gas and oil) means we are killing the soil and increasing CO2 levels in our atmosphere and also damaging our health from consuming traces of such toxic chemicals in addition to eating foods grown with lower nutritional value.

    Farming as it is today is unsustainable, since it is highly dependent on use of oil to produce it. 5 times more energy is used for production of food (through burning of fossil fuels by tractors, trucks, planes, ships, etc) than is actually contained within. When oil runs out, we’ll be doomed if we continue on this path.

    Learn about Permanent (Agri)culture a.k.a. Permaculture and grow your own foods at home to give your family and the earth the best chance of heath & future.

    • Shannon

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  • jam

    More and more scientists are challenging the conventional wisdom on Global
    Warming. The ground-breaking 2004 Channel Four film “The Great Global Warming Swindle” set out the scientific case against climate alarmism, with interviews with top scientists in the field. In the eight years since then, it’s been confirmed by events. Professor Phil Jones of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia recognises that there has been no statistically significant warming for fifteen years. In fact over the last century the temperature has increased by only about 0.7° C. Even green guru James Lovelock, inventor of the “Gaia” hypothesis and godfather of environmentalists, has conceded that climate alarmism has been hopelessly over-hyped. He sais 20 years ago we know what climate is doing. now we dont. The slight warming in the last hundred years is entirely consistent with well-established long term natural climate cycles- The Roman Optimum, The Dark Ages, The Mediæval Warm Period, The little Ice Age. And now we seem to be moving into a new natural 21st century optimum.

    • hammlatern

      We hear a lot about “green jobs” in the renewables industry. The reality is rather
      different. A recent report called “Worth The Candle?” by Verso Economics
      demonstrates that for every job created in the renewable sector, four jobs are
      destroyed elsewhere in the economy. How? By driving up energy costs, reducing
      competitiveness and deterring investment. A Spanish study entitled “Effects on employment of public aid to renewable energy sources” by Professor Gabriel Calzada Alvarez at King Juan Carlos University questions whether “green jobs” are worth the public investment. According to this document renewables have received €28.7 billion in subsidies. This is nearly €600,000 for each of the 50,200 jobs created. Meanwhile renewables businesses are collapsing. In the US, President Obama touted solar-PV company Solyndra as a text-book example of renewables and green jobs: it soon went belly-up. A study by The Washington Post shows that of the approximately $19 billion loaned so far, a total of just 3,545 jobs have been created.That comes to over $5 million per job.
      In China, solar PV manufacturers are facing a crisis as demand fails to match projections and prices slip below costs. Renewables are not about “green jobs”.
      They’re about green unemployment. In the UK, the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, a Danish company called Vestas, has scrapped plans to build an offshore wind factory in Kent. The 70 hectare site would have housed a facility designed to build the Danish company’s 7MW V164 offshore wind turbines but a lack of confirmed orders led to the project being cancelled. This decision is the second time that Vestas has opted out of the UK market; in 2009 it closed down a plant making onshore turbines on the Isle of Wight. Contrary to the claims of the green lobby, the renewable industry is unsustainable. It needs massive ongoing public subsidy. Such levels of subsidy are unaffordable,especially in current economic times. These subsidies are also profoundly regressive. They take money from poor consumers, including pensioners, and give it to rich landowners and corporations.

    • Cal

      That film, “The Great Global Warming Swindle”, has been proven to have an ironically accurate title: the film itself is the swindle. The claims that it makes have been comprehensively debunked, and it relies heavily on deceptive editing of interviews with scientists. Likewise, Professor Phil Jones most certain has not said that there has been no statistically significant warming for fifteen years.

      Also, the “Roman Optimum”, “Medieval Warm Period” and “little Ice Age” did not exist on a global scale. They were merely regional warming and cooling trends. It’s just that they were warming and cooling trends that occurred in the regions where the dominant world civilizations of the day were located, and thus they get disproportionate attention in written history. Had those regional warming and cooling trends instead happened in the pre-colonization Americas or in sub-Saharan Africa, few would have ever even heard of them.

  • cj3bm2hb

    I’ve read many of the comments presented here and I was baffled as to why none of them made any sense. I then realized I did not have my tin-foil hat on properly so I was not getting the correct signals from the mother ship.

  • hancock

    2013 Global Temperature Standstill Continues: ‘So far 2013 is proving to be statistically identical to the past 15-years or so’:
    Dr. Roy Spencer: Increase in “superstorms” is “an urban myth”:
    Prominent Princeton Scientist Dr. Happer Testifies to Congress: increased CO2 will be good for mankind’. CO2 is not a pollutant and it is not a poison and we should not corrupt the English language by depriving “pollutant” and “poison” of their original meaning. Our exhaled breath contains about 4% CO2. That is 40,000 parts per million, or about 100 times the current atmospheric concentration. CO2 is absolutely essential for life on earth. Commercial greenhouse operators often use CO2 as a fertilizer to improve the health and growth rate of their plants:

    • Cal

      By “statistically identical to the past 15-years or so” you mean it’s one of the 10 hottest years on record.