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Kempf/My Turn: Warming hysteria

Well, well, well, it seems every time I open a newspaper, magazine or watch the news I read or see something that mentions global warming. For instance, on the front page of The Recorder on Feb. 19 was the headline “Less snow, more blizzards expected.” Does that even make any sense? It seems global warming alarmists are everywhere. I still cannot understand how these alarmists can predict the weather 50-100 years from now and the weatherman cannot even predict the weather more than a week in advance.

During the 1970s, the media promoted global cooling alarmism with dire threats of a new ice age. Extreme weather events were hyped as signs of the coming apocalypse and man-made pollution was blamed as the cause. Environmental extremists called for everything from outlawing the internal combustion engine to communist style population controls. This media hype was found in newspapers, magazines, books and on television. What happened to this global cooling?

We all have heard that polar bears are going to be extinct by the end of the century due to global warming. Well polar bears have been around for 130,000 years and counting. You see the earth’s temperature has naturally wavered between periods of hot and cold throughout its history. And the 130,000 years that the polar bear has been around, they have managed to adapt through many periods much warmer than the one that ended last century.

Take it away Secretary of State John Kerry. This guy is second to Al Gore in being a global warming alarmist. Telling us we need to change our lifestyles because of global warming, but yet he goes helicopter skiing when staying at his wife’s $5 million retreat in Idaho. He and his wife live an affluent life. They own a six-floor, $7 million town home in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, a $9 million ocean-front home on Nantucket, a $4 million estate in Fox Chapel, Pa., near the Heinz family’s home base of Pittsburgh, and a $5 million home in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Some carbon footprint!

One of the biggest hypocrites of all time, Al “Captain Planet” Gore, who in 2009 told a House committee he was putting all of his earnings into a nonprofit company to “spread awareness of why we have to take on” global warming. A year later, he buys a $9 million mansion with six fireplaces, five bedrooms, and nine bathrooms. “Where are the solar panels on your house Al,,,?” And by the way, earlier this year he sold his Current TV channel to Al-Jazeera which is backed by Qatarian oil. Nothing green about that.

In January of 2006, at the Sundance Film Festival, Al Gore said we have 10 years to avert imminent destruction. So let’s get the countdown started we have about 2 years, 240 days or so left to keep the planet from scorching. That statement by Al is causing hysteria and is a hoax, just like the Y2K computer disaster that never happened. I am sorry to say folks, global warming is a “theory” not a fact.

The recent bombshell in the London Economist reported that over the past 15 years air temperatures at the Earth’s surface have been flat while greenhouse-gas emissions have continued to soar. The world added roughly 100 billion tons of carbon to the atmosphere between 2000 to 2010. That is about a quarter of all the CO2 put there by humanity since 1750. This May, scientists also reported to the BBC that there has been an unexplained “standstill” in the heating of the Earth’s atmosphere.

We warm and we cool. We have nothing to do with it, folks. We can’t cause it. We can’t stop it. We can’t cause a thunderstorm; we can’t stop one. We can’t cause a snowstorm. We can’t fix a drought. We can’t do anything! We cannot cause global warming. We cannot cause storms.

Maybe Nobel Prize-Winning Stanford University Physicist Dr. Robert B. Laughlin, who won the Noble Prize for physics in 1998, and was formerly a research scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory said it best. “Please remain calm: The earth will heal itself, climate is beyond our power to control. Earth doesn’t care about governments or their legislation. You can’t find much actual global warming in present-day weather observations. Climate change is a matter of geologic time, something that the earth routinely does on its own without asking anyone’s permission or explaining itself.”

David Kempf is a Montague resident.

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