Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Experts Are Jumping off Global Warming 'Train'

From our friends at www.newsmax.com 6/30/2008
 
Experts Are Jumping off Global Warming 'Train'

An award-winning meteorologist has written an article debunking fears of man-made global warming — and predicting that global cooling could be a more likely problem.

James Spann, chief meteorologist at station ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, Ala., first attracted worldwide publicity back in January 2007 when he disputed the assertion that global warming was caused by human activity, instead insisting it is part of the earth's regular climate cycle.

Now he has posted an article on his station's Weather Blog, headlined "Global Warming Movement Turns Cool," which reads in part: "Two years ago, it seemed like nothing could stop the global warming train. Most of the media, those in Hollywood, politicians (many on both sides of the cultural divide), and 'enlightened environmentalists' were all telling us that man was causing runaway warming of the earth's atmosphere, meaning global catastrophe only decades ahead for all of us. Scary stuff.

"The problem is that a majority of those in this almost religious movement have little training in atmospheric science, and little understanding of the issue. They jumped on the bandwagon because it matches their worldview, or pads their pocket."

The simple truth is that the man-made global warming train has "slowed to a crawl" and the riders are "jumping off as the facts are discovered," writes Spann, who has been named his state's best weather anchor nine times and won an Emmy Award for his tornado coverage in December 2000.

Spann notes that the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine this month announced that 31,072 American scientists signed a petition stating that "there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane or other greenhouse gases is causing, or will cause in the future, catastrophic heating of the earth's atmosphere and disruption of the earth's climate."

Spann acknowledges that the climate is changing, but maintains that it always has changed and always will. He points to these "simple facts":

  • The earth is no warmer now than it was in 1998.
  • Carbon dioxide, which is being blamed for global warming, is not a pollutant but a gas indispensable to plant life. Plants, in turn, release oxygen, which sustains animal and human life.
  • The primary greenhouse gas is not carbon dioxide, but water vapor.
  • The lack of solar activity in recent months suggests global cooling might be our biggest potential climate change problem in coming years.

"I have been doing the weather on local television for 30 years, and every year I have had people come up to me and tell me that they can 'never remember the weather being this strange,'" Spann writes.

John Coleman, meteorologist and founder of The Weather Channel, has called the global warming movement the greatest scam in history, Spann points out, adding, "I encourage all of you to read material on both sides of the issue and make up your own mind."

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