During the waning days of December I often find myself desperate for comic relief from the hum-drum routines of life. In recent days I happened upon these mirthful headlines:
— “New Zealand Climate Scientists Admit To Faking Temperatures: The Actual Temps Show Little Warming Over Last 50 Years”
— “What Happened to the ‘Warmest Year on Record': The Truth is Global Warming has Halted”
But the best headline of all festooned an article that ran in Tuesday’s Time magazine: “The Northeast Blizzard: One More Sign of Global Warming.” (I’m not making this stuff up!)
These headlines came as cold comfort to millions of teeth-chattering Americans, as December temperatures have fallen to near-record cold levels from Minneapolis to Miami.
Notwithstanding the hilarious musings of the Time editors, the fanciful claims surrounding global warming have turned out to be a colossal deception, an artful hoax, and an intellectual fraud.
There is truth in the statement that a glimmer of global warming was evident for a number of years — but not owing to human use of fossil fuels. Then two decades ago the trend suddenly reversed itself.
According to Dr. Roy Spencer at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, satellite monitors now reveal global temperatures are dropping at a rate of about 1.3 degrees per 100 years. At this rate, you’ll probably need to adjust your thermostat a couple centuries from now.
Everyone knows Al Gore invented the internet and the global warming myth. But who gets the credit for debunking his brazen chicanery?
More than anyone else, that distinction belongs to Republican James Inhofe of Oklahoma. When Inhofe became chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in 2003, he decided, in his words, “to study whether global warming was real, man-made, and potentially catastrophic, as many were asserting, before passing legislation that would place harsh financial burdens on American families.”
In short order, Sen. Inhofe found himself demonized and vilified by the global warming alarmists who hid behind the green velvet curtain of “scientific consensus.”
But reputable scientists began to take him up on his offer. Four years later Inhofe published a report brandishing the revelation that “Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed Man-Made Global Warming Claims in 2007.”
Inhofe didn’t stop there. When purloined emails from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) revealed hypocrisy and fraud among leading climatologists, he rushed to publish “‘Consensus’ Exposed: The CRU Controversy.”
And when the greenies put out a tasteless clip depicting schoolchildren being blown up by an enviro-fascist teacher, Inhofe denounced the stunt as an “outrageous, last-ditch effort…to scare little kids.”
Inhofe has taken particular delight in exposing the pretentious claims of Al Gore. On February 23 he demanded that the former vice-president be stripped of his Nobel Peace Prize. A month later Inhofe blasted Al Gore on the Senate floor for “trying to keep global warming alarmism alive,” comparing his mindless emanations to an ostrich with its head in the sand.
But Sen. Inhofe didn’t slay the well-financed Climategate monster alone. Inhofe was aided immeasurably by one Marc Marano, former communications director of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. While Inhofe brought raw political muscle and unflinching determination to the table, Morano, possessed of a rapier-like wit, is the master of parody and satire.