Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Whatever happens, it's global warming

Mark Steyn lets the enviro-whackos have it in the Telegraph.

But the point is, as Steven Guilbeault of Greenpeace puts it: "Global warming can mean colder, it can mean drier, it can mean wetter, that's what we're dealing with." Got that? If it's hot, that's a sign of global warming, and, if it's cold, that's a sign of global warming.

And if it's just kind of average - say, 48F and partially cloudy, as it will be in Llandudno today - that's a sign that global warming is accelerating out of control and you need to flee immediately because time is running out ! "Time is running out to deal with climate change," says Mr Guilbeault. "Ten years ago, we thought we had a lot of time, five years ago we thought we had a lot of time, but now science is telling us that we don't have a lot of time."

Really? Ten years ago, we had a lot of time? That's not the way I recall it: "Time is running out for the climate" - Chris Rose of Greenpeace, 1997; "Time running out for action on global warming Greenpeace claims" - Irish Times, 1994; "Time is running out" - scientist Henry Kendall, speaking on behalf of Greenpeace, 1992. Admirably, Mr Guilbeault's commitment to the environment extends to recycling last decade's scare-mongering press releases.
The global warming doom-mongers like to present their pet theory as science. But in order for a hypothesis to be scientific, it must be falsifiable. But if whatever happens is presented as a consequence of global warming, then the theory isn't falsifiable, and therefore is not science, but faith. Which is why the pronouncements of enviromentalists are sounding more and more like the rantings of doomsday "Armageddon is around the corner" religious cults.

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