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Is man really the cause of global warming?

by Ishtar Dingir

The question posed by the title may seem ridiculous to some, especially in the light of how much media schooling we’ve experienced in the last decade or so about man’s wanton profligacy being the Original Sin that caused global warming. But if we zoom out a bit, to see how this prevailing view within consensual reality was born, we might be able to apply a little more independent critical thought to the issue.

For instance, back in the early Nineties, I was a journalist specialising in environmental stories, one of which was global warming. Global warming in itself ~ man-made or not ~ was considered then to be a completely crack pot idea. And so I would be well wrapped up in thick coats, gloves, woolly scarf and hat when I would go to interview my contacts at Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace in the winter. They were in run-down buildings in the shabbier part of London, and often couldn’t afford to put the heating on. They were always overcrowded with too many desks packed into stuffy rooms, and there would be stacks of papers falling off the tops of filing cabinets ... basically, they had no money and no backing ... and the only time they made the press, it was as objects of ridicule.

Fast forward a decade or so and I start to find myself at conferences where Greenpeace are on the platform with the likes of Shell and Norwich Union who are all falling over backwards to show how sustainable they are, and how they worked with their ‘partners’, Greenpeace or Friends of the Earth, to achieve this. I also had to write a sustainable section to Rio Tinto’s website because now mining companies could not get a licence to dig a mine anywhere in the world without producing an extensive plan for the surrounding area which had to tick every box under corporate social responsibility that now included ecological concerns.

At the last conference I covered a couple of years ago, the then prime minister, Gordon Brown, three secretaries of state and numerous ministers were on the stage promoting clean, low carbon technologies and promising to change the planning laws so that more than 700 wind turbines could be put into the North Sea. But this new thinking about clean energy technology wasn't because the whole cabinet had suddenly had Damascean conversions over organic living and started growing brown rice in their herbaceous borders. It was because, as Gordon Brown said, he wanted to make the UK a world leader in clean technology to create new employment opportunities (always a vote winner!) and also that it would reduce our dependence on Middle East oil.

So suddenly, man-made global warming was fashionable in high places and everyone started following the money.

Most of the advertising copywriting work that I got following that conference was low carbon related - because masses of money and political influence were being pumped into all work that supported the concept of man-made global warming while very little was (and is) being pumped into work which supports the other side of the argument. So it amazes me that the argument against man-made global warming makes any impact at all... even though it has much going for it.

Six solid reasons against man-made global warming

1.    Ice core samples taken from the Vostok region of Antarctica show that the Earth has continually gone through cycles of warming and cooling over 400,000 years, at least, and that the frequent Ice Ages are always preceded by periods of warming which are characterised by a high level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that, importantly, occur AFTER the warming begins and, therefore, cannot be the cause of it. (Caillon et al 2003)
2.    Carbon dioxide, in any case, does not drive temperature. The Sun is the driver of temperature changes on Earth.
3.    As we saw from the “Climategate” scandal, climate scientists are not averse to cooking the figures so that they can reach a conclusion which will ensure continued funding.
4.    Hundreds of high profile and respected scientists have dissented from global warming claims or resigned over the issue (see U.S. Senate Minority Report)  including, last month, Dr. Ivar Giaever. This former professor with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the 1973 winner of the Nobel Prize in physics abruptly announced his resignation last month from the American Physical Society in disgust over its officially stated policy that "global warming is occurring."
5.    Predictions about global warming are based on computer modelling, but computer data is only as good as the knowledge of the person who inputs it and “we all know the frailty of models concerning the air-surface system" stated atmospheric scientist Dr. Joanne Simpson, the first woman in the world to receive a PhD in meteorology, formerly of NASA, and who has authored more than 190 studies.
6.    Other planets in our solar system, which don’t have denizens pumping out carbon dioxide, are currently experiencing global warming, such as Jupiter, Pluto and Neptune’s moon, Triton. In addition, the "ice caps" near Mars's south pole are melting (see article in National Geographic).

What is causing global warming?

And so if man’s emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere are not causing global warming, what could be?

According to Steven M. Japar, a PhD atmospheric chemist who worked on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Second (1995) and Third (2001) Assessment Reports,

“Current warming is consistent with a 300 year trend. Changes in solar activity could explain much of it. Then there is the climate model-predicted mid-troposphere 'hot’' zone that is supposed to exist over the tropics. Temperature measurements show that the hot zone is non-existent. This is more than sufficient to invalidate global climate models and projections made with them!"

I would also like to add that I think it's a mistake to mentally pigeon-hole those who point out the flaws in the man-made global warming argument into being some kind of environmental vandal. Most care very much about the environment, as do I and it's why we've started a campaign against chemtrails over Glastonbury Tor (article and link to petition here).

 My belief is that we should respect and value our Mother, the Earth, and treat her with all due love and care ... just as we would our natural, human mothers ... and that includes honouring any cycles She goes through in her natural course which includes, of course, Ice Ages and periods of warming that have always, according to the Vostok ice cores, naturally preceded them.

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Ishtar Dingir is a shamanic healer and writer and she can be contacted through Ishtar's Gate or her blog, Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

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