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Nothing settled about global warming science

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Published:   |   Updated: August 7, 2014 at 06:20 AM

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For more than two decades, Florida has been ground zero — or to be more precise, underwater ground zero — for many who worship at the house of global warming built by Al Gore.

Back in 1992, then Sen. Gore, before he figured out a way to make tens of millions of dollars for himself fear­mongering on the subject, was predicting that as early as a decade or so from now, Tampa and much of the Sunshine State might be part of the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean. Gore said at the time, “Because of the rising sea level due to global warming, in the next few decades … up to 60 percent of the present population of Florida may have to be relocated.”

Really?

Even back then, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — the group that was the co-recipient with Gore of their tainted Nobel Peace Prize — was troubled by Gore’s showboating on the subject. It quickly dialed down Gore’s dire prediction by saying Florida’s sea level might rise between 7 and 23 inches by the year 2100. Of course, even that “qualification” is proving to be greatly exaggerated.

While the Al Gore of 1992 couldn’t wait to utter the words “global warming,” the Al Gore of 2014 knows the planet has not warmed one bit for coming up on 20 years. Just as he knows Florida is not about to be submerged.

Last year, the London-based Economist magazine, which twice endorsed Barack Obama for president, tried to expose the theology of global warming as a false religion by saying, “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 and 2010. That is about a quarter of all the CO2 put there by humanity since 1750.”

That’s not what the charlatans trying to blame humans, tax everyone, and destroy millions of jobs in the name of combating global warming wanted to hear. Even though they — and this includes Gore and many “scientists” from the left — know for a fact that our own sun plays the major role in climate change. Be it sunspot activity, solar magnetic fields or cosmic rays, our star has influenced our weather since the dawn of time. And yet, Gore, far-left zealots and most of the media continue to push their false narrative. Why?

The simple truth is they desperately need the issue for their own selfish, partisan or business reasons. As they can’t tax the sun, these alarmists need to demonize humans and the United States to either punish people and corporations, raise funds or create advertising revenue.

One of the loudest megaphones for this draconian theology is the Weather Channel, which focuses on Florida on a regular basis. When not continually predicting global-warming-created hurricanes that never materialize, they seem to be constantly promoting the agenda of the Obama White House.

As we are bombarded by this gospel of global warming, if you dare to question it and instead believe your own eyes, your own judgment and just plain common sense, you are not only told “the debate is over” and that the “science is settled,” but you risk being labeled a heretic of the faith and censored, or worse.

With this punishment of those who question the theology of global warming in mind, a number of the world’s top public relations companies have just announced they will no longer work with “climate change deniers.”

Great. What’s next? Re-education camps?

Just last month, more than 650 scientists, economists and policy experts met at the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change. Their goal? To ask if the human impact on climate change is too small to warrant concern.

While this conference and these scientists will now be censored by some public relations companies who make a great deal of money working for the disciples of global warming, they refuse to be silenced.

Said one of the scientists at the conference, “I am heartened by the knowledge that we here gathered today will fight on — for honest science, affordable energy, accountable government and better lives for billions of people — and against the dark forces of climate fanaticism.”

As Gore — a man now richer than Mitt Romney — takes private jets from his 10,000-square-foot mansion in Tennessee to his nine-bathroom villa in California, these “climate change denying” scientists literally risk being blacklisted and becoming unemployable.

Welcome to the dark ages of the progressives’ “settled science.”

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