First, it was adding tens of thousands of felons back to the voter rolls, giving Democrats a significantly better chance of claiming Florida’s electroral votes in the presidential election, or at the very least, capturing more House seats. Now, in Governor Charlie Crist’s ongoing endeavor to become a “New Republican” in the mold of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Crist signed three executive orders to reduce the state’s carbon emissions to combat the purported problem of Global Warming. The mainstream media of course are ga-ga whenever a Republican “embraces the conventional wisdom” and goes against a majority of his own party, particularly on the Global Warming issue.
Unfortunately for us Floridians, Crist is not a leader on this issue, and his demagogery relating to Global Warming is most disappointing. Governor Crist has unfortunately fallen victim to the opinions of fearmongers and some in the scientific community who embrace man-made Global Warming theory as if it were an incontrovertible fact, replete with predictions of doom and gloom for the planet if we don’t humans cut back on our carbon emissions immediately. Take no mind, citizens of the world, that our earth’s climate has never been a static phenomena, even before the age of the SUV.
Al Gore, the pied piper of self-proclaimed enviromentalists around the world, has declared the Global Warming debate “over” as if he were Supreme Pontiff with divinely appointed magisterial powers to excommunicate heretics from “reasonable” discussion on the matter. Gore of course is afraid to engage in substantive debate with the hordes of climate scientists and other experts who deny his theory of manmade global warming, and this fact only shows that Gore really doesn’t have the courage of his own convictions.
Unfortunately, Gore isn’t too far from getting a majority of the public on his side either- there are lots of folks in the middle on the Global Warming issue who think, “well, if we are wrong about our theory, it’s just a happy accident”, yet they are utterly blind to the damage that would be done to the U.S. economy if Al Gore, Democrats, and me-too Republicans like Charlie Crist have their way, all in the name of a theory which does not stand up to the critical eye of truly objective scientists. Carbon-emission taxes and the costs associated with making Florida “green” will now burden Florida taxpayers, potentially negating what had been some promising developments on the property-tax relief front.
We are witnessing an interesting and alarming cultural phenomena- with our age being such a cynical time, why are so many people are truly hoping for manmade Global Warming to be true, rather than letting rational thought and objective reasoning based on facts be our guide? Are we entering a new era of Superstition because large segments of our society have jettisoned Faith and Reason? Unfortunately, I believe this to be the case. Prediction- History will look back at the proponents of the Global Warming “crisis” as a bigger folly and scientific error than the Church’s purported persecution of Galileo.
From flawed surface temperature data used for modelling, to heat-producing development near instrument shelters, many of the data-sets that supposedly prove Global Warming are corrupted. Some climate models have failed to account for the effects of water vapor or aerosols. Serious scientists know that climate models can have no validity unless they incorporate all relevant variables, and not just cherry-pick their data. It’s time for scientists who do not accept man-made Global Warming to start lecturing and informing politicans on this issue- we don’t need Al Gore and Charlie Crist, both of whom are not scientists, last time I checked, imposing a demonstrably false theory on the public.
Some influential scientist, perhaps Dr. Roy Spencer, needs to remind Governor Crist that cold weather is very punishing to all kinds of life, particularly for us humans, and we should welcome the fact that our temperature has gone up roughly half a degree in the past hundred years. Why do people such as myself, and in particular older people, move to South Florida in droves? Because warmer climates are more hospitable to life- human, animal, and plant. North or south of latitude thirty, most people understand this instinctively. If Global Warming is in fact real — though it is more than possible that it may not be — global warming would be a boon to humanity, not a catastrophe.
It is also helpful to make a distinction between Global Warming and what constitutes authentic man-made Global Warming. To believe in man-made Global Warming, the theory advocated by Al Gore, is to assert that our carbon emissions are so potent in their ecological impact that they override the environmental forces and systems which in the past have caused climate change naturally. If we are merely in a phase of Global Warming being of the non-man-made variety, we should sit back, relax, and think about how we are going to adapt to higher temperatures, rather than try to greatly hamstring human activity and freedom via government regulation and increased taxation.
We shouldn’t look at Global Warming as if it were some impending worldwide catastrophe, as many politicos such as Crist and the mainstream media continually portray it. A warmer world would be more verdant, more “biodiverse” in terms of plant and animal life, and more capable of supporting its human population’s food and agricultural needs, not to mention the fact that less people would die from hypothermia in colder regions of the world. Change is the normal state of climate on Earth, with or without humans and our SUVs. We will adapt as we have always done throughout the course of human history.
No thanks to you, Governor Crist- if you keep spending too much time mugging around with Ahhhnold, you just might get your cameo in a future Terminator sequel. There is however one politician who speaks plain sense on the Global Warming issue. Who might that be, you ask? Why, that would be Fred Thompson, of course.