Monday, November 5, 2007

Global Warming or Polar Bear Pandering

U.S. Senate Committee on Environmental & Public Works Minority Ranking Member James M. Inhofe (R-OK) today posted a reprint and link to a San Francisco Chronicle article published yesterday. Senate Link here Polar Bear Pandering (In Case You Missed It...Debra Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle) or San Francisco Chronicle Link here Polar Bear Pandering

This post will use the Senate Link.
Sen. Barbara Boxer of California delivered a speech in the Senate last week in which she linked global warming to the San Diego wildfires, Darfur, the imminent loss of the world's polar bears and even a poor 14-year-old boy who died from "an infection caused after swimming in Lake Havasu," because its water is warmer. Forget arson. Forget genocide. Forget nature. There is no tragedy that cannot be placed at the doorstep of global-warming skeptics. [emphasis mine]

Apparently Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), as the last sentence of the above quoted paragraph indicates, believes almost everything bad which happens is because of Global Warming. Even when presented factual information to the contrary, Senator Boxer continues to maintain it's Global Warming which is to blame.

The article in the SF Chronicle makes note of this statement by Senator Inhofe.
Last month, Inhofe took on the Al Gore suggestion that polar bears are in peril because of global warming. Inhofe pointed to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services estimates that show the polar bear population at about 20,000 to 25,000 bears - up from the estimated 5,000 to 10,000 polar bears in the 1950s and 1960s.
In response, here is the article's paragraph of Senator Boxer's answer.
Boxer rejected Inhofe's claim that there are more polar bears, selectively citing the "best-studied population" of Canada's western Hudson Bay that found a 22 percent reduction of polar bears from 1987 to 2004. Then she referred to a World Conservation Union prediction that the polar bear population will drop by 30 percent by 2050. Global warming is supposed to be about science, yet projections now stand as fact. [emphasis mine]
So who's correct? Actually both are, but the Hudson Bay Study of Polar Bear decline Senator Boxer cites, doesn't mention this inconvenient fact.
Bjorn Lomborg addressed the polar bear scare in his book, "Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming." Of the 13 polar bear populations in Canada, the populations of 11 are stable or growing. The biggest cause of polar-bear deaths: hunters, who shoot an average of 49 polar bears in western Hudson Bay yearly. [emphasis mine]
But to Global Warming Alarmists, the cause really doesn't matter so long as it sounds like the cause could be Global Warming. To me that's Irresponsible. It is especially egregious when a powerful politician, one who like Senator Boxer, twists the facts to fit the theory.

It is also conveniently omitted by Politicians like Al Gore and Senator Boxer that the Kyoto Pact was brought to a vote in the Senate in 1993 and rejected by 95-0. Mr. Gore was VP and President of the Senate, while Ms. Boxer was one of the 95 Senators who voted against the Kyoto Accord.

What is usually heard is the fact that the Kyoto Treaty was supported by President Clinton, and rejected by President Bush. That's even more remarkable when the 1993 date is considered. In 1993, Clinton was President, Bush was not yet Governor of Texas (Elected 1994).

The Senate rejected the Kyoto Accord because of the severe adverse effect the terms would have had on our economy if ratified. In addition to an economic disaster, the Kyoto Accord would have, at best, a negligible effect on Global Warming. Negligible because the Kyoto Accord limits the production of Carbon Dioxide (CO2), but CO2 constitutes a very small part of the Green House Gases. Water Vapor is the greatest component of Green House Gas.
Today, Democrats have abandoned all reason. They buy the worst-case scenarios and sell snake-oil economics. The air of unreality pervades the debate. It doesn't matter what you spew if you say you believe in global warming. You don't have to sacrifice. Fighting global warming will be easy and good for the economy. This isn't science. It's fantasy. [emphasis mine]
There is some hope for San Francisco.

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