Global Warming: A George Will Harrumph

Graphic by Larry Ray / The Rag Blog.

Will says there is no man made global warming, and that it is all going to be OK? All the scientific warming measurements for 2008 are inconsequential? And he is called the most influential writer in America?

By Larry Ray / The Rag Blog / January 22, 2009

I sometimes read Newsweek magazine’s back page column by George F. Will because he can be a fine writer. In 1977, Will won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Heretofore, I usually have been only mildly irritated by his generally conservative timbre and his trademark tendency toward sesquipedalian prose. But with his PhD from Princeton and his M.A. from Oxford, he instinctively must scatter about long, generally unfamiliar words like journalistic territorial scent marks on the page. Will has been called, perhaps “ … the most influential writer in America” by the Washington Post writers group. And that is what troubles me.

Will’s recent column in the January 26th edition of Newsweek see-saws between tepid stamps of approval for George W. Bush’s spare positive moves, and a final verbal lashing for his incompetence and failed leadership. His latest column artfully winds its way through his assessments of the name, “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” to the failures of hurricane Katrina disaster assistance, the failed Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers, and then in a seeming involuntary, uncontrollable Tourette Syndrome burst of keyboard tapping, this paragraph is awkwardly forced into the column:

Within the lifetimes of most Americans now living, today’s media-manufactured alarm about man-made global warming might be an embarrassing memory. The nation will then be better off because Bush—during whose administration the embarrassing planet warmed not at all—refused to be stampeded toward costly “solutions” to a supposed crisis that might be chimerical, and that, if real, could be adapted for considerably less cost than will be sunk in efforts at prevention.

Wait, did I just read that? Yep. Will says there is no man made global warming, and that it is all going to be OK? All the scientific warming measurements for 2008 are inconsequential? And he is called the most influential writer in America?

Will chooses his words carefully. He qualifies his claims with “man-made,” “supposed crisis” and “if real,” all code that positions him way to the right. But then he suggests the supposed crisis “might be chimerical” (imagine your own mythical fire-belching she-goat animal made from mismatched body parts) to remain true to his logocentrism, while leaving a door open for maybe, kinda, sorta some kind of climate change. The derailing of his column’s train of thought from reviewing Bush’s two-term presidency to suddenly, jarringly pitching his denial of global warming is what troubles me.

Ultraconservative eagerness to jump on most any convenient juicy liberal-bashing rumor and rush it to press showed itself, sadly, in Will’s Washington Post column this past June when he wrote that “Drilling is underway 60 miles (97 km) off Florida. The drilling is being done by China, in cooperation with Cuba, which is drilling closer to South Florida than U.S. companies are.” Dick Cheney, and GOP House leader, John Boehner both cited the same wild claim to the press, wanting to believe the right wing fiction. All three were forced to offer retractions after Democats and energy experts pointed out the gross error. But the egg had already dried on their faces by then.

A little more poking around shows that George F. Will is, in fact, a darling of man-made global warming denier web sites like who declare they are, “dedicated to debunking, reviewing, and responding to the shrill cries of the media and the global warming zealots who have embraced anthropogenic global warming (AGW) as an eco-religion and not as a scientific endeavor for answers.” I wonder if Will wrote that paragraph for their web site? Most folks just say manmade instead of anthropogenic.

All the debunkers hate Al Gore with a frightening, almost pathological stridency. The professed belief that carbon dioxide has nothing to do with global warming is almost like a secret fraternity handshake among rabid ultraconservatives. In a December 29th, 2007 column Will wrote, “Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize that should have gone to nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow, who proposed saving the planet by limiting—to one—”how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting.”

And from that strange, tasteless toilet paper comparison, Will also has sweepingly minimized concerns of the world’s top atmospheric and environmental scientists with observations like, “The warming that is reasonably projected might be problematic, although not devastating, for the much-fretted-about polar bears, but it will be beneficial for other species. The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment anticipates increasing species richness.”

George’s father, Frederick L. Will, was a professor of philosophy, and specialized in epistemology, at the University of Illinois. Ironically, Will certainly must know that epistemology is the investigation of what distinguishes justified belief from opinion. Today Will sadly seems to be unable or unwilling to make that distinction in his writing.

[Retired journalist Larry Ray is a Texas native and former Austin television news anchor. He also posts at The iHandbill.]

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5 Responses to Global Warming: A George Will Harrumph

  1. Anonymous says:


    This is not the first time G.F. Will denies the threat of climate change.

    See for yourself over the last 2 years in Nesweek:
    – 8 Feb 2007 GF Will on Global warming
    – 12 Feb 2007 Inonvenient Kyoto Truths
    – 28 Jul 2008 another one
    – 16 dec 2008 The biofuel follies

    Influential or not, he has made it his “cause” to “debunk the myths” of global warming and he will not stop there!

  2. Thanks for doing deeper research on Will’s dark denial. I don’t understand this mentality. It is pervasive among the hard-core ultraconservative base. I guess if they all tee up together at the club and agree that the tooth fairy is actually real, in spite of knowing parents put the half dollar under the kid’s pillow, they eventually will believe kids magically get money when a tooth falls out. Makes as much sense as denying man made global warming to keep their energy company stocks from dropping in value. The irony is that this kind of thinking has actually already done in their stocks with no help from the tooth fairy! The subprime fairy came first.

    Keep smiling, Larry

  3. Sid says:

    Call me a liberal. Call me an intellectual. Call me a progressive. Call me a realist. And Call me a climate skeptic.

    We have only in the past few years even been able to grasp the simplest mechanisms of global climate… and immediately thereafter come up with ‘projections’ and ‘interpretations’ and ‘forecasts’ that are absolutely astounding in their righteousness… all the while there’s not a single climate ‘model’ that could have predicted today from all the real information of the past.

    I would ask all environmentalists and thinkers and scientists to review the track record of Paul Erlich, the Al Gore of the ’70’s. The following quote from his book “The Population Bomb” should give the modern chicken little’s pause:
    “In the 1970s and 1980s . . . hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now.”

    There are many more like that, but you get the picture… and amazingly, the man is still listened to by the same people who condemn GWBush for saying that there were WMD in Iraq. It seems to me that consistency is, if not a measure of good judgment, than at least the measure of honesty, and if we rightfully condemn the latter, so to should we judge the former.

    I would humbly suggest that people actually inform themselves through their own work about things such as solar winds, the ‘hockey stick’ of rising temperatures and rising sea levels before they rush to judgment. While there are indeed many very good reasons to stop using fossil fuels, rising CO2 levels leading to a calamitous rise in earth temperatures is most likely not one of them.


  4. And when you’ve got HOURS to check into this even further, here are enough links to read and form your opinion.

    Me? I’m as skeptical as hell – way too much money to be made in all of this; they’re always looking for ways to grab your money THROUGH FEAR….

    Schnitt’s Global Warming Files

    [YouTube] – The Great Global Warming Swindle
    [Google] – The Great Global Warming Swindle
    [YouTube] – Global Warming – Doomsday Called Off
    [YouTube] – Climate Catastrophe Cancelled
    [DivX Video] CAUTION CONTENT LANGUAGE – Penn and Teller – S06E06 – Being Green
    Penn & Teller: Al Gore is an EPA — ‘Egregiously Pushy A**hole’
    The Anti “Man-Made” Global Warming Resource, STOP the hysteria
    Man-made Global Warming – So What If It’s a Hoax? By Geoffrey P. Hunt
    EARTH IN THE BALANCE Don’t Believe the Hype Al Gore is wrong. There’s no “consensus” on global warming. BY RICHARD S. LINDZEN
    FREE INQUIRY Climate of Fear Global-warming alarmists intimidate dissenting scientists into silence. BY RICHARD LINDZEN
    Why Global Warming is Probably a Crock By James Lewis
    [PDF] – Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth One-sided, Misleading, Exaggerated, Speculative, Wrong By Marlo Lewis, Jr.
    Gorey Truths 25 inconvenient truths for Al Gore. By Iain Murray
    Chill out over global warming By David Harsanyi
    Global Warming: The Cold, Hard Facts? By Timothy Ball
    There IS a problem with global warming… It stopped in 1998 By Bob Carter
    Resisting Global Warming Panic By J.R. Dunn
    A Necessary Apocalypse By J.R. Dunn
    Inconvenient Truths for Al Gore A Skeptic’s Guide to An Inconvenient Truth By Marlo Lewis
    Gore’s flying visit questioned
    Group questions level of energy use at Gore home High electric billing records show ‘green power’ also was purchased By ANNE PAINE
    Al Gore’s Personal Energy Use Is His Own “Inconvenient Truth” Gore’s home uses more than 20 times the national average
    Al Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Truth’? — $30,000 utility bill
    Gore Responds to Charges His House Uses Too Much Electricity
    A Modest Proposal to Eco-Celebs Clarice Feldman
    Green Power Switch®
    Gore may get doctorate By Elena Rozwadowski
    Al Gore rains on his party Andrew Bolt
    Celebs Who Claim They’re Green but Guzzle Gas
    Citadel, Shaw, Tudor Shun Global Warming as Short Sales Climb
    Say what? The report on global warming you didn’t hear about BY TARA SERVATIUS
    The IPCC Should Leave Science to Scientists By Marc Sheppard
    Global warming activists turn storms into spin
    FOX News Poll: Most Americans Believe in Global Warming By Dana Rohinsky
    Global Warming Effects Could Be Seen in 10 Years Giant Mirrors to Deflect Sun Suggested as a Possible Solution
    Remember Global Cooling? Why scientists find climate change so hard to predict. By Jerry Adler
    [PDF 1975] – Newsweek: The Cooling World
    Amazing Mars picture show planet’s ‘dramatic climate changes’
    Cosmic rays blamed for global warming By Richard Gray, Science Correspondent, Sunday Telegraph
    On Global Warming: Follow the Money Indeed! By David Asman
    Who’s Afraid of Global Warming? By J.R. Dunn
    An experiment that hints we are wrong on climate change Nigel Calder, former editor of New Scientist, says the orthodoxy must be challenged
    Del. Global warming skeptic stands pat State climatologist on opposite side of governor in court case By JEFF MONTGOMERY
    Del. Scientist’s’ view on climate criticized Ties to big oil, industry-funded lobbies draw criticism By JEFF MONTGOMERY
    Al Gore, Global warming, Inconvenient Truth Scientists respond to Gore’s warnings of climate catastrophe “The Inconvenient Truth” is indeed inconvenient to alarmists By Tom Harris
    Harper’s letter dismisses Kyoto as ‘socialist scheme’
    AEI Critiques of Warming Questioned Think Tank Defends Money Offers to Challenge Climate Report By Juliet Eilperin
    Two New Books Confirm Global Warming is Natural, Moderate
    The real deal? Against the grain: Some scientists deny global warming exists Lawrence Solomon, National Post
    Climatologist Timothy Ball sends PhD to Canada Free Press By Judi McLeod
    Global Hot Air Greenhouse hysteria. By Thomas Sowell
    Global Hot Air: Part II By Thomas Sowell
    Global Hot Air: Part III by Thomas Sowell
    Climate change: our fault, or cosmic consequence? JAMES MORGAN, Science Reporter
    Global warming is a theory, not scientific fact By PETER WORTHINGTON
    Global warming ‘over-hyped’? By Christina Bellantoni
    Media climate By Greg Pierce
    Al Gore full of hot air: Klein, Gore bashes oil sands development By FRANK LANDRY
    Global Warming’s Real Inconvenient Truth By Robert J. Samuelson
    Two New Books Confirm Global Warming is Natural; Not Caused By Human Activity Drudge Report
    Humans’ beef with livestock: a warmer planet By Brad Knickerbocker
    Scientist Alleging Bush Censorship Helped Gore, Kerry By Marc Morano
    Spokesman for U.S. Senator says global warming skeptics are ‘demonized’
    Will the sun cool us? LAWRENCE SOLOMON
    No change in political climate By Ellen Goodman
    Global-warming skeptics cite being ‘treated like a pariah’ By Eric Pfeiffer
    Global warming debate spurs Ore. title tiff VINCE PATTON
    Bad Research, Worse Reporting on Global Warming By Dennis Byrne
    Inconvenient Kyoto Truths George F. Will
    Global Warming Skeptics Shunned By Fred Lucas
    Global Warming: Just Another Liberal Orthodoxy Chris Adamo
    Cleveland’s weather wizards downplay global warming Michael Scott
    Antarctic temperatures disagree with climate model predictions
    The “carbon sink” and global warming James Lewis
    More Hot Air on Global Warming By Roger Aronoff
    Flights of Fancy by Gregg Easterbrook
    Hollywood Golightly An interview with Hollywood eco-crusader Laurie David By Amanda Griscom
    Who is Laurie David
    Can’t stand the heat? Laurie David wants you Ray Richmond
    Why is global warming a forbidden topic for most TV weather reporters? Climate change is “controversial” and bad for ratings. By Linda Baker
    Kyoto is pointless, say 60 leading scientists By Philip Sherwell
    What about the left-wingers who put politics over science? Jay Ambrose
    Experts question theory on global warming Anil Anand
    The Executive Ranch The scoop on Bush’s Texas getaway By Umbra Fisk
    Prairie Chapel Ranch From Wikipedia
    Mars Melt Hints at Solar, Not Human, Cause for Warming, Scientist Says
    Statistics needed — The Deniers Part I
    Warming is real — and has benefits — The Deniers Part II
    The hurricane expert who stood up to UN junk science — The Deniers Part III
    Polar scientists on thin ice — The Deniers Part IV
    The original denier: into the cold — The Deniers Part V
    The sun moves climate change — The Deniers Part VI
    Will the sun cool us? — The Deniers Part VII
    The limits of predictability — The Deniers Part VIII
    Look to Mars for the truth on global warming — The Deniers Part IX
    Limited role for C02 — the Deniers Part X
    End the chill — The Deniers Part XI
    Clouded research — The Deniers Part XII
    Allegre’s second thoughts — The Deniers XIII
    The heat’s in the sun — The Deniers XIV
    Unsettled Science — The Deniers XV
    Bitten by the IPCC — The Deniers XVI
    Little ice age is still within us — The Deniers XVII
    Fighting climate ‘fluff’ — The Deniers XVIII
    Science, not politics — The Deniers XIX
    Greenhouse effect is a myth, say scientists By JULIE WHELDON
    Gore’s guru disagreed — The Deniers XX
    The ice-core man — The Deniers XXI
    Some restraint in Rome — The Deniers XXII
    Discounting logic — The Deniers XXIII
    Dire forecasts aren’t new — The Deniers XXIV
    They call this a consensus? – Part XXV
    NASA chief Michael Griffin silenced – Part XXVI
    Forget warming – beware the new ice age – Part XXVII
    The Great Global Warming Swindle
    Global-warming theory and the eugenics precedent By John Linder
    ‘Hannity & Colmes’ Lists More Than 70 Scientists Skeptical of Global Warming Hysteria Show proves case isn’t closed, discusses major new documentary. By Dan Gainor
    Bush’s Ranch House ‘Far More Eco-Friendly’ Than Gore’s By Randy Hall
    All those scientists may still be wrong By Martin Livermore
    Global Warming will make you healthy and sexy By James Lewis
    Profit of Doom – Bill Hobbs
    Carbon credits: indulgence or commutation fee? Thomas Lifson
    Valentine bouquets ‘are bad for the planet’ By Nicole Martin
    Global-warming theory and the eugenics precedent By John Linder
    Sun Responsible for Global Warming
    Climate Momentum Shifting: Prominent Scientists Reverse Belief in Man-made Global Warming – Now Skeptics
    [XLS file] – Skeptic Scientists
    Polar Bear Baby Boom Occurring in Eastern Arctic, Will Media Notice?
    Polar bears ‘thriving as the Arctic warms up’ By Fred Langan in Toronto and Tom Leonard
    Global Warming Is Not a Crisis OPINION By PHILIP STOTT
    Danish scientist: Global warming is a myth
    Researchers Question Validity Of A ‘Global Temperature’
    Hummer Greener Than Prius?
    UK (C4) Documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle
    Al Gore’s Science Fiction A Skeptic’s Guide to An Inconvenient Truth by Marlo Lewis, Jr.
    [PDF] – Al Gore’s Science Fiction A Skeptic’s Guide to An Inconvenient Truth By Mario Lewis, Jr.
    [PDF] – A Skeptic’s Primer on Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth One-Sided, Misleading, Exaggerated, Speculative, Wrong By Marlo Lewis, Jr.*
    [PDF] – Some Convenient Distortions A Brief Guide to Distortions, Misleading Statements, Exaggerations, and Errors in Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth* By Marlo Lewis, Jr.†
    Gore plan will harm us all By MARLO LEWIS JR
    Czech leader Klaus fights global warming ‘religion’
    NASA Finds Sun-Climate Connection in Old Nile Records
    Dazzling new images reveal the ‘impossible’ on the Sun
    The Big Chill by Kirk A. Maasch
    150 Years of Global Warming and Cooling at the New York Times
    Global warming on trial Sixth-graders decide that humans aren’t to blame By Ben Ready
    Gore’s Faith Is Bad Science By Michael Barone
    In age of reason, the brouhaha over global warming can leave you cold
    Critic takes longer view of warming NED ROZELL ALASKA SCIENCE
    Global warming hits Mars too: study
    Study: Red planet heating up
    Forecaster says Al Gore does ‘great disservice’ with film about global warming Says Gore “a gross alarmist” By CAIN BURDEAU
    Why So Gloomy? By Richard S. Lindzen
    [2004] – Sunspots reaching 1,000-year high
    Scientist: Warming not caused by humans
    Climate change skeptics say it’s hard to get heard
    Global warming debate ‘irrational’: scientists Stephanie Stein
    Industry caught in carbon ‘smokescreen’ By Fiona Harvey and Stephen Fidler in London
    Is Global Warming a Sin? Alexander Cockburn
    Climate change hits Mars – Jonathan Leake
    A New Ice Age: The Day After Tomorrow? by Brad Lemley
    [1996] – A Major Deception on Global Warming Op-Ed by Frederick Seitz
    Hurricane Forecaster: Oceans Cause Global Warming, Not CO2
    Scientists opposing the mainstream scientific assessment of global warming From Wikipedia
    Earth’s Climate Is Seesawing, According To Climate Researchers Science Daily
    Scientists blame global warming on rice
    Not the End of the World as We Know It By Olaf Stampf
    SUNDAY SPECTATOR May 13, 2007 Getting cooler
    Did the U.N.’s IPCC Report Exaggerate CO2 Increases to Hype Global Warming?
    Climate Momentum Shifting: Prominent Scientists Reverse Belief in Man-made Global Warming – Now Skeptics
    Global warming debunked By ANDREW SWALLOW
    [Video] – Dr. Gray: People not to blame for global warming
    So how did An Inconvenient Truth become required classroom viewing? Even climate change experts say many of the claims in Al Gore’s film are wrong. Kevin Libin
    Water Vapor Rules the Greenhouse System
    [Audio] – Dr. Gray Talks with Schnitt regarding Global Warming 05-22-2007 – Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6
    INHOFE OPENING STATEMENT: The Issue of the Potential Impacts of Global Warming on Recreation and the Recreation Industry” May 24, 2007
    Junk Science: Hot Air Study Melts Global Warming Theory By Steven Milloy
    NASA Administrator Michael Griffin Questions Need to Combat Warming
    Water Vapor Rules the Greenhouse System
    Global warming — just “hysteria”?
    “Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt called for an end to the ‘hysteria’ over global warming in the lead-up to the [Group of Eight] summit
    Meteorologist: ‘Al Gore’s Global Warming is the Biggest Myth of the Century’
    Cut & paste: Greenhouse gas emissions do not lead to global warming
    Global Overheating by Jay D. Homnick
    Kilimanjaro not a victim of climate change, UW scientist says By Sandi Doughton
    Study: Kilimanjaro’s shrinking snow not sign of warming
    Prius Outdoes Hummer in Environmental Damage By Chris Demorro
    High price for load of hot air
    Helping along global warming By Bill Steigerwald
    Local scientist calls global warming theory ‘hooey’ Samara Kalk Derby
    Read the sunspots R. TIMOTHY PATTERSON
    Read the sunspots – The mud at the bottom of B.C. fjords reveals that solar output drives climate change – and that we should prepare now for dangerous global cooling R. TIMOTHY PATTERSON
    Global warming skeptics score a few points By TED BYFIELD
    Richard Burr Left-winger counters global warming hysteria
    Global Warming Hysteria is a National Security Issue By Gerd Schroeder
    ABC’s Global Warming Piece Ignores Decades of Hysteria from NASA’s James Hansen
    An Archive of Resources on Global Warming, Division of Marine Sciences and Ecological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida, Edward T. “Terry” Wimberley, Ph.D., Professor, Division of Marine and Ecological Sciences
    Manmade Global Warming: The Real Assault on Reason By Marc Sheppard
    Alarmist global warming claims melt under scientific scrutiny BY JAMES M. TAYLOR
    Oldest DNA ever recovered shows warmer planet: report
    Ancient Greenland was actually green! DNA analysis reveals ice-covered country was once home to butterflies By Ker Than
    Cows that burp less aid climate fight Findings show new diets make them belch less, reduces greenhouse gas
    Global warming debunked By ANDREW SWALLOW
    All in a Good Cause By Orson Scott Card
    EPA to Probe Threatening E-Mail Sent to Global Warming Skeptic
    Latest Scientific Studies Refute Fears of Greenland Melt
    Global warming? Look at the numbers Lorne Gunter
    Blogger Finds Bug in NASA Global Warming Study?
    Blogger Finds Y2K Bug in NASA Climate Data
    [PDF] – Global Warming: Man-Made or Natural? S. Fred Singer Professor Emeritus, Environmental Sciences University of Virginia
    Breaking: Less Than Half of all Published Scientists Endorse Global Warming Theory
    Challenge to Scientific Consensus on Global Warming: Analysis Finds Hundreds of Scientists Have Published Evidence Countering Man-Made Global Warming Fears
    One More Reason to Distrust Global Warming Predictions By Jerome J. Schmitt
    The ‘Old’ Consensus? INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY
    Carbon dioxide did not end the last Ice Age
    [Video] – CNN Meteorologist: ‘Definitely Some Inaccuracies’ in Gore Film
    Evidence of Dire Global Warming Effects Scant
    John Stossel Exposes Global Warming Myths
    Most Preposterous Claim Ever [Iain Murray]
    [YouTube] – Stossel- GMAB – Al Gore Global Warming Myth
    Al Gore’s ‘nine Inconvenient Untruths’ By Sally Peck
    35 Inconvenient Truths The errors in Al Gore’s movie By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley
    Junk Science: Hey Al Gore, We Want a Refund!
    My Nobel Moment By JOHN R. CHRISTY
    Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming by Bjorn Lomborg Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School and Author
    Global warming ‘not linked’ to typhoons By Roger Highfield
    Weather Channel Founder: Global Warming ‘Greatest Scam in History’
    Global Warming Delusions BY DANIEL B. BOTKIN
    Al Gore Wrong Again
    NASA Debunks Part of Global Warming Myth, Will Media Report It?
    U.N. Climate Distractions By Steven Milloy
    A complete list of things caused by global warming
    Everything is Caused by Global Warming (600+ links) Christopher Alleva
    Planet-saving madness By Christopher Booker
    U.N. Climate Distractions By Steven Milloy
    It’s the Sun, Stupid By Steven Milloy
    Warmist polar expedition was cancelled due to extreme cold Thomas Lifson
    The Greenest Hypocrites of 2007
    New Peer-Reviewed Study Finds ‘Warming is naturally caused and shows no human influence’
    New Study Explodes Human-Global Warming Story
    Skeptical Scientists Urge World To ‘Have the Courage to Do Nothing’ At UN Conference
    The Pope condemns the climate change prophets of doom
    Sun, Not Man, Main Cause of Climate Change, New Study Says
    Study: Part of Global-Warming Model May Be Wrong
    Convenient Untruths Some who clamor for statist answers to this alleged climate crisis employ dodgy measurement techniques. By Deroy Murdock
    Arctic Sea Ice Re-Freezing at Record Pace
    Max Mayfield: ‘No One Forced Me to Say Anything’
    Scientists doubt link for global warming, big hurricanes By Ken Kaye
    Global Carbon Tax Urged at UN Climate Conference
    Year of global cooling By David Deming
    U.S. Senate Report: Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed Man-Made Global Warming Claims in 2007 Senate Report Debunks “Consensus”
    Br-r-r! Where did global warming go?
    Changes in the Sun’s Surface to Bring Next Climate Change
    A Solution to Man-Made Global Warming by Pat Sajak
    Antarctic volcanoes identified as a possible culprit in glacier melting
    Study says warming may curb hurricanes
    Climate shift: political rhetoric distorts reality Raymond J. Keating
    Experts challenge ice shelf claim
    Will Media Expose Global Warming Con Job? Written by Jerry Carlson
    The New Zealand Climate Science Coalition
    Baliunas Says Global Warming Related To Sun
    Greenhouse Affect
    Ethanol Worse Than Gasoline By Stephen Leahy
    Forget global warming: Welcome to the new Ice Age Lorne Gunter, National Post
    Earth’s final sunset predicted
    Temperature Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling Michael Asher
    The 2008 International Conference on Climate Change Sponsored by The Heartland Institute March 2 – March 4, 2008
    The Weather Channel Founder Wants to Sue Al Gore? Carbon Credit Money-Making Comes Under Fire
    [PDF] – The 2008 International Conference on Climate Change Sponsored Conference Speakers
    Prince Charles: Climate change is alarming
    Global-Warming Payola? By John Tierney
    Carbon Output Must Near Zero To Avert Danger, New Studies Say
    Scientists Skeptical of Global Warming Alarmism Join Forces
    The media snowjob on global warming Lorne Gunter
    Climate alarmists pose real threat to freedom Vaclav Klaus
    Climate panel on the hot seat By H. Sterling Burnett
    The Mystery of Global Warming’s Missing Heat by Richard Harris
    Junk Science: The Global Warming Bubble By Steven Milloy
    Inconvenient Truth: Global Warming Ended Ten Years Ago By James Murray
    More trouble for the global warming movement
    Climate facts to warm to Christopher Pearson
    The oceans have stopped warming! By Dennis T. Avery
    American media ignores inconvenient science on global warming Jerome J. Schmitt
    TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) Data Set Potential in Climate Controversy By Joanne Simpson, private citizen
    Yet another inconvenient story ignored by the MSM.
    Junk Science: Kilimanjaro’s Snow Cap Written By: James M. Taylor
    The Clean Energy Scam By MICHAEL GRUNWALD
    Global warming ‘dips this year’
    Lord Lawson claims climate change hysteria heralds a ‘new age of unreason’ By Christopher Booker
    2008: The year the world will cool down
    BBC Caught Editing Story To Appease Global Warming Lobbyist
    The BBC Changes News to Accommodate Activist
    Good science isn’t about consensus
    Academic cool on warming
    Huge Dakota Oil Pool Could Change Energy Climate Debate By Dennis Avery
    BBC heats up the climate news Special to the Financial Post
    Geologist: Sun’s shift could mean global chill ‘Warming’ fits 30-year cycles, geologist argues JOHN STARK
    Gore Admits Financial ‘Stake’ In Advancing Global Warming Hysteria
    Revisiting the global warming-hurricane link
    Gore Won’t Ask Wealthy Hollywoodans to Alter Lifestyle to Save Planet
    Sorry to ruin the fun, but an ice age cometh Phil Chapman
    Gore Used Fictional Video to Illustrate ‘Inconvenient Truth’
    Jeb Bush Skeptical About Global Warming
    Greenpeace founder now backs nuclear power
    Walter E. Williams: Environmentalists’ wild predictions
    Hollywood Agenda: ‘Day The Earth Stood Still’ Remake Is All About Global Warming!
    NASA Confirms Natural Climate Shift Marc Sheppard
    Environmentalists’ Wild Predictions
    Washington Post Enlists Kids in Fight for Polar Bears Lacking key facts, Post asks young readers to decide if polar bears ‘deserve’ to be listed as endangered. By Genevieve Ebel
    Gore Financially Invested in Climate Cause By Fred Lucas
    Global warming may ‘stop’, scientists predict
    You hippy-crites! When it comes to saving the planet do celebrities practise what they preach?
    Cold Water Thrown on Antarctic Global-Warming Predictions
    Study says global warming not worsening hurricanes
    Global warming hysteria challenged Book reveals how controversial the science is on climate change
    McCain Finds His Crisis in Global Warming By John Stossel
    ‘Grantsmanship’ Distorts Global Warming Science By Jerome J. Schmitt
    Myth of human CO2 causing warming or climate change The Unholy Alliance that manufactured Global Warming By Dr. Tim Ball
    Over 31,000 U.S. scientists deny man-made global warming By Dennis T. Avery
    Unlike Global Warming Alarmists, Hurricane Forecasters Now Deliberately Vague By P.J. Gladnick
    Global warming: Upon further review it looks like a hoax
    Roger F. Gay Global Warming: Has Anyone Noticed that it’s Over?
    The end of the fake consensus on global warming Mark Milke
    White House issues climate report 4 years late
    Pouring cold water on climate report
    Climate concern ripped as ‘religion’ Czech leader condemns it David R. Sands
    Water Vapor Rules the Greenhouse System
    Global Whining vs. the Truth By Brian Sussman
    Gore Invests In Carbon Credit Company, Will Media Care?
    Congressman Rohrabacher’s Floor Speech on Global Warming Washington, May 14
    Global Warming ‘Alarmism’ Is Hurting New Jersey Economy, Say Conservatives By Kevin Mooney
    Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Arthur B. Robinson, Noah E. Robinson, and Willie Soon Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine
    American Physical Society Sponsors Debate On Validity Of Global Warming Science
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  5. Anonymous says:

    Excellent article by Mr. Ray. I have a special interest in the global warming debate having worked for the National Weather Service for over 37 years.

    Much of the controversy over global warming is a result of political viewpoints established years ago when Republicans controlled both houses of congress. It was a standing rule among the GOP that no bill that mentioned global warming would ever see the light of day.

    In the climate science research departments of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) gag orders were literally imposed on climate researchers by the Bush administration. Government climate scientists and their research papers were forbidden to mention climate change, nor could they even talk about threatened polar bear habitat as a result of earlier than normal melting of the polar ice due to global warming.

    It intrigues me that journalists of George Will’s (Princeton educated) caliber, an icon of conservative pundits, cites himself as an expert on meteorology, global warming and climate change.

    But, we have become accustomed to people like Rush Limbaugh and Karl Rove, neither of whom have a degree in anything, spouting nonsense that is accepted as gospel by the right wing sheep.

    The long term trend from 1880 to the present shows an absolute warming of both the oceans and the global atmosphere as well as the increasing rise in the ocean height levels.

    Yes, there are spikes in the 128-year trend line. The years when the average annual temperatures decrease, however, do not translate into an new Ice Age as the global warming deniers are all too willing to exploit to disprove global warming caused by increasing greenhouse gases.

    For all of George Will’s supposed education, he is no less a right wing ideologue than Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Michael Savage, Bill O’Reilly and others whose science illiteracy is exceeded only by their myopic brand of Republican political drivel.

    That is why they are the minority party today and mostly likely will remain that way for many more election cycles.

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