Global Warming and Catholic(s)?
April 23, 2008 2 Comments
Always lots of interesting stuff floating around the Internet. There isn’t a day goes by that I don’t learn stuff that may at one point affect my family and me.
In the April 20, 08 edition of the Australian newspaper, the Sunday Telegraph, Cardinal George Pell of the Archdiocese of Sydney, expressed his concern regarding the “global warming hypothesis” in an article titled, “Global warming is over.”
Cardinal Pell began his essay by giving examples of countries that have recently experienced much colder temperatures and heavier snow falls than usual.
“Canada has just experienced the coldest winter and the heaviest snowfalls since 1970-71, which was called a once-in-1000-years event. Another 18cm of snow would set an all-time record.”
“In China, the Chinese New Year coincided with a fierce cold snap and snowstorms, which prevented many city workers returning to their villages for the celebrations. Police had to deal with the ensuing riots. London has just experienced snow at Easter.”
The cardinal said: “while the world is much bigger than both China and Canada combined, which might be the exceptions to the new rule of man-made global warming, but they are inconvenient facts for the climate-change bandwagon.”
“And it is an intolerant bandwagon with loud, exaggerated claims that the issue is settled and that an unchallenged consensus among scientists confirms the hypothesis of dangerous, humanly caused global warming. In fact, the issue is far from settled.”
He listed three significant points:
“Last December, more than 100 international scientists, some of them members of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, warned the UN that attempting to control climate was “ultimately futile”. So did 500 experts in Manhattan in March.”
“Fighting climate change was distracting governments from helping the most vulnerable citizens adapt to the threat of inevitable natural climate changes, whatever they might prove to be. Futile attempts to prevent global climate change would be a tragic misallocation of resources, they claimed.”
His noted that: “none of the natural changes observed with glaciers, sea levels and species migration is outside the bounds of known variability, including the warming of 0.1C to 0.2C per decade, in the late 20th century. But the 1930s decade was warmer than the 1990s. Most importantly, the global temperature has not increased since 2001.
“This finding invalidates the global-warming hypotheses because the amount of carbon dioxide continues to increase and the temperature should be increasing, too. It isn’t.”
His concludes: “today’s computers cannot predict climate over long periods, as there are too many unknowns and variables.”
“We should never forget that while computers are miracles of human ingenuity, they are also limited, cannot think for themselves and are totally obedient to their last human master.”
Well, I certainly don’t know how much a Catholic Cardinal knows about the science of global warming, but I must admit, I have had small doubts about what seemed like a rush to judgment or overstatement on this matter. I do know that billions of dollars have been already spent on efforts to stop the perceived danger and they have made not one wit of difference. Wonder who’s getting all that money?
I also remember a series of articles in a Canadian newspaper, about a year, maybe a year and a half ago, that interviewed a scientist that resigned from the UN committee because he felt that the public statement that the UN released on warming was highly overstated.
Now this is lousy journalism, because at the time, I had just a passing interest in the subject and now I can’t find the article. I’m sure its still floating around out there in the ‘ether’, and I will find it. If anyone knows of this series or can lead me to it, please let me know.
For the sake of our world and our children we can hope that the warming is just a ‘phantom.’ Failing that we must really tackle the problem without all the underhanded crap that large projects (like wars) always seem to spawn.
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