Friday, November 28, 2008

The price of dissent on global warming

David Bellamy sums up the thoughts of many of us concerning the environment.
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"The thing that annoys me most is that there are genuine environmental problems that desperately require attention. I'm still an environmentalist, I'm still a Green and I'm still campaigning to stop the destruction of the biodiversity of the world. But money will be wasted on trying to solve this global warming "problem" that I would much rather was used for looking after the people of the world."

David Bellamy

When I first stuck my head above the parapet to say I didn't believe what we were being told about global warming, I had no idea what the consequences would be. I am a scientist and I have to follow the directions of science, but when I see that the truth is being covered up I have to voice my opinions.

According to official data, in every year since 1998, world temperatures have been getting colder, and in 2002 Arctic ice actually increased. Why, then, do we not hear about that? The sad fact is that since I said I didn't believe human beings caused global warming, I've not been allowed to make a television program.

My absence has been noticed, because wherever I go I meet people who say: "I grew up with you on the television, where are you now?"

It was in 1996 that I criticised wind farms while appearing on children's program Blue Peter, and I also had an article published in which I described global warming as poppycock. The truth is, I didn't think wind farms were an effective means of alternative energy, so I said so. Back then, at the BBC you had to toe the line, and I wasn't doing that. At that point, I was still making loads of TV programs and I was enjoying it greatly. Then I suddenly found I was sending in ideas for TV shows and they weren't getting taken up.

I've asked around about why I've been ignored, but I found that people didn't get back to me. At the beginning of this year there was a BBC show with four experts saying: "This is going to be the end of all the ice in the Arctic," and hypothesising that it was going to be the hottest summer ever. Was it hell! It was very cold and very wet and now we've seen evidence that the glaciers in Alaska have started growing rapidly, and they have not grown for a long time.

I've seen evidence, which I believe, that says there has not been a rise in global temperature since 1998, despite the increase in carbon dioxide being pumped into the atmosphere. This makes me think the global warmers are telling lies: CO2 is not the driver. The idiot fringe has accused me of being like a Holocaust denier, which is ludicrous. Climate change is all about cycles. It's a natural thing and has always happened. When the Romans lived in Britain they were growing very good red grapes and making wine on the borders of Scotland. It was evidently a lot warmer.

If you were sitting next to me 10,000 years ago, we'd be under ice. So thank God for global warming for ending that ice age; we wouldn't be here otherwise.

People such as former American vice-president Al Gore say that millions of us will die because of global warming, which I think is a pretty stupid thing to say if you've got no proof. And my opinion is that there is absolutely no proof that CO2 has anything to do with any impending catastrophe. The science has, quite simply, gone awry.

In fact, it's not even science any more; it's anti-science.

There's no proof, it's just projections, and if you look at the models people such as Gore use, you can see they cherry-pick the ones that support their beliefs. To date, the way the so-called Greens and the BBC, the Royal Society and even political parties have handled this smacks of McCarthyism at its worst.

Global warming is part of a natural cycle and there's nothing we can actually do to stop these cycles. The world is now facing spending a vast amount of money in tax to try to solve a problem that doesn't actually exist.

And how were we convinced that this problem exists, even though all the evidence from measurements goes against the fact? God knows. Yes, the lakes in Africa are drying up. But that's not global warming. They're drying up for the very simple reason that most of them have dams around them.

So the water once used by local people is now used in the production of cut flowers and vegetables for the supermarkets of Europe. One of Gore's biggest clangers was saying that the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan was drying up because of global warming.

Well, everyone knows, because it was all over the news 20 years ago, that the Russians were growing cotton there at the time and that for every tonne of cotton you produce you use a vast amount of water. The thing that annoys me most is that there are genuine environmental problems that desperately require attention. I'm still an environmentalist, I'm still a Green and I'm still campaigning to stop the destruction of the biodiversity of the world. But money will be wasted on trying to solve this global warming "problem" that I would much rather was used for looking after the people of the world. Being ignored by the likes of the BBC does not really bother me, not when there are bigger problems at stake.

I might not be on TV any more but I still go around the world campaigning about these important issues. For example, we must stop the destruction of tropical rainforests, something I've been saying for 35 years.

Mother nature will balance things out, but not if we interfere by destroying rainforests and overfishing the seas. That is where the real environmental catastrophe could occur.

David Bellamy is a botanist, author of 35 books, and has presented 400 television programs.

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Source: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24700827-7583,00.html

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4 comments:

  1. Global warming is part of a natural cycle and there's nothing we can actually do to stop these cycles.

    I agree. But I disagree with the general points in the article.

    The planet's climate has changed drastically over millions of years.

    From being a hothouse with dinosaurs roaming around N. America to having a sheet of ice two miles thick over N. America.

    But that is change that developed gradually, over thousands of years and not in the 40 plus years we've seen recently of climate change.

    There's something screwy going on and we can try and cut back on fossil fuel consumption and change our dead end ways or join those dinosaurs.

    Right now, we seem to be treating climate change like our fiances, just dump the problems on our kids and grandkids and let them figure out what to do.

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  2. Cutting back on fossil fuels should be a major goal. The trouble is that the centralized monsters in control are not going to give it up easily.

    In the late 70's through 1981 I worked with a group of people studying and trying to develop affordable solar energy options. TVA was giving interest free loans for solar applications and energy conservation. Very early technology stuff. I was thinking a career in this.

    One solar house in this area was built with the loans. Reagan then cut it out.

    If a fraction of the war money had been spent on development of solar, I know we would have a ton of off the grid homes and who knows what else would have been developed. 30 years of potential decentralization of energy sources have been wasted.

    The big money boys are trying to ensure another 30 years or more of us being slaves to their monopoly.

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  3. President Carter had solar panels installed on the WH roof.

    One of Reagan's first acts was to remove them.

    Back in 1973, during the OPEC boycott, Denmark saw the writing on the wall and decided to get energy independent and now, they are.

    If there's a myth in all of this, I'm starting to doubt the myth of peak oil.

    Maybe there isn't a shortage of oil fields or maybe the earth regenerates oil thru microbes or something.

    But we sure have been frightened into believing that the end of oil is at hand while the Big Oil boys rake in record profits quarter after quarter.

    As for the author, David Bellamy, it's difficult to believe what someone is saying about global warming when they work with an insitute that receives money from Exxon Mobil.

    British botanist and author
    Fraser Institute, press conference speaker

    Bellamy recently joined a newly formed climate “skeptic” organization calling itself "The New Zealand Climate Science Coalition." The chairman of the NZ Coalition is Rear Admiral Jack Welch, a retired member of the New Zealand Navy.


    http://www.exxonsecrets.org/html/personfactsheet.php?id=1281

    Fraser Institute has received $120,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.

    2003
    $60,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
    Climate Change
    Source: ExxonMobil 2003 Worldwide Giving Report

    2004
    $60,000 Exxon Corporation
    Climate Change
    Source: ExxonMobil 2004 Worldwide Giving Report


    http://www.exxonsecrets.org/html/orgfactsheet.php?id=107

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  4. Thanks for the info Greg.
    Where the funding comes from usually tells a big part of the story.

    But with Gore as the shill for the CO2 debate...well, you know that story.

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