Meet Global Warming’s new spokesman

April 18, 2011

It's an eco-helter skelter, man!

Charles Manson. Yes, that Charlie Manson:

Crazed cult leader Charles Manson has broken a 20-year silence in a prison interview coinciding with the 40th anniversary of his conviction for the gruesome Sharon Tate murders – to speak out about global warming.

The infamous killer, who started championing environmental causes from behind bars, bemoaned the ‘bad things’ being done to environment in a rambling phone interview from his Californian jail cell.

‘Everyone’s God and if we don’t wake up to that there’s going to be no weather because our polar caps are melting because we’re doing bad things to the atmosphere.

‘If we don’t change that as rapidly as I’m speaking to you now, if we don’t put the green back on the planet and put the trees back that we’ve butchered, if we don’t go to war against the problem…’ he added, trailing off.

Hell, he makes as much sense on this as the Goracle does.

via Ed Driscoll, who recalls when Gore was compared to the Unabomber.


Big Green: BP, GE and the World’s First Carbon Billionaires

October 13, 2010

In this third installment of PJTV‘s series on the alliance between environmentalist groups, government, and big business, Joe Hicks and his guests look at who stands to profit from all the Green Statist legislation and regulations the “save the Earth” crowd want to enact. Taking a star turn in this is one of Public Secrets’ favorite global hypocrites, the Goracle himself, Al Gore. Enjoy.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


The Goracle is displeased

August 13, 2010

Question not. The science is settled. Amen.

Alas! Al Gore, the High Priest of Gaea, Primate of the Church of Anthropogenic Global Warming, the Sex Poodle in Chief, has been foiled in his sacred mission to ruin the economy and control our lives save the Earth. He lashed out at those who defied him in an audience with his acolytes a conference call with his supporters:

Speaking about the likelihood of climate bill being passed by Congress in 2010, Al Gore told a conference call of supporters tonight that, “this battle has not been successful and is pretty much over for this year.” Gore bitterly denounced the Senate and federal government stating several times, “The U.S. Senate has failed us” and “The federal government has failed us.” Gore even seemed to blame President Obama by emphasizing that “the government as a whole has failed us… although the House did its job. [emphasis added]”

Ever notice that, whenever a Lefty doesn’t get his way, it’s proof that “government is broken?” It’s never, “Gee, maybe I was wrong and they were right.”

Gore urged his listeners to take the “realistic view that they had failed badly.” Gore said that “Comprehensive legislation is not likely to be debated” and that a “lame duck debate” is a “very slim possibility indeed.” (N.B. We thought, because Gore told us, that “the debate” was over.)

Gore said “the government was not working “as our founders intended it to” and laid more blame at the feet of fossil fuel interests who conducted a “cynical coordinated campaign” with “unprecedented funding” and “who have spent hundreds of millions of dollars just on lobbying.” He criticized “polluters” for “dumping global warming pollution into the atmosphere like it was an open sewer.”

And it’s always a conspiracy or a collusion by the demons that haunt their dreams: big corporations. Conveniently forgetting, of course, that big, bad companies like BP had hopped onto the global warming/carbon trading gravy train hoping to make millions off it.

Gore blamed the skeptics for “attacking science and scientists.” “They [the skeptics] did damage and cast doubt,” Gore said.

Funny, I thought doubt, skepticism, and the testing of hypotheses against empirical data were crucial elements of the scientific method, not heresies against the True Faith. And while skeptics like Steve McIntyre and Anthony Watts were doing just that, the vicious attacks were coming from the advocates of AGW, who would go so far as to characterize skeptics as the equivalent of Holocaust deniers and betrayers of the planet.

Asked why the alarmists were ineffective in addressing Climategate, Gore bitterly blamed a “biased right-wing media… bolstered by professional deniers.” Gore claimed the Wall Street Journal published 30 editorial and news articles about Climategate and “not a single one presented [his] side of the science.”

Ah, yes. That vaunted right-wing media conspiracy. What’s a little paranoia among friends, eh, Al?

This just begs for one of those Downfall bunker videos.

But, as befits his exalted station, the Goracle was at least temperate in language, if not in thought. Not so his buddy at the National Wildlife Federation, Larry Schweiger, who publicly referred to skeptics as “bastards.”

Love to you, too, Larry.

LINKS: More from James Delingpole and Anthony Watts.


Virtuous Greens more likely to lie, cheat, and steal

March 16, 2010

Maybe I should have written “sanctimonious” rather than “virtuous,” but… whatever. A study reported in the UK’s Guardian newspaper shows that our moral superiors in the “save the Earth” movement are also more likely to steal and then lie about it:

When Al Gore was caught running up huge energy bills at home at the same time as lecturing on the need to save electricity, it turns out that he was only reverting to “green” type.

According to a study, when people feel they have been morally virtuous by saving the planet through their purchases of organic baby food, for example, it leads to the “licensing [of] selfish and morally questionable behaviour”, otherwise known as “moral balancing” or “compensatory ethics”.

Do Green Products Make Us Better People is published in the latest edition of the journal Psychological Science. Its authors, Canadian psychologists Nina Mazar and Chen-Bo Zhong, argue that people who wear what they call the “halo of green consumerism” are less likely to be kind to others, and more likely to cheat and steal. “Virtuous acts can license subsequent asocial and unethical behaviours,” they write.

The pair found that those in their study who bought green products appeared less willing to share with others a set amount of money than those who bought conventional products. When the green consumers were given the chance to boost their money by cheating on a computer game and then given the opportunity to lie about it – in other words, steal – they did, while the conventional consumers did not. Later, in an honour system in which participants were asked to take money from an envelope to pay themselves their spoils, the greens were six times more likely to steal than the conventionals.

Why am I not surprised?  Waiting

(via the always thoughtful and moderate James Delingpole)


The Green Cult

March 1, 2010

I’ve argued before that, for many, the theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming is a more of a religion or a cult than a reasoned approach to problems facing the Earth: the attempts to stifle argument by declaring a revealed truth, thus turning theory into dogma; treating those who disagree as heretics who need to be silenced or even destroyed; and the whole aura of punishment for Man’s sins against the Earth that suffuses AGW theory.

Today’s Telegraph brings an extreme example of the cult’s irrationality, as two parents in Argentina shoot their children and kill themselves out of fear of global warming:

A seven-month-old girl survived for three days alone with a bullet in her chest after being shot by her parents as part of a suicide pact over their fears about global warming.

Francisco Lotero, 56, and Miriam Coletti, 23, shot their daughter and her toddler brother before killing themselves.

Their son Francisco, two, died instantly after being hit in the back.

However, their unnamed daughter cheated death after the bullet from her father’s handgun missed her vital organs.

Tragic and mad, and yet I wouldn’t be surprised to see more examples of desperation on the part of true believers as their church continues to collapse.

RELATED: On a much less dramatic note, the Cult’s High Priest, Al Gore, has come out of hiding in the wake of Climategate to pronounce anathema on skeptics and assert that the science is still settled:

It would be an enormous relief if the recent attacks on the science of global warming actually indicated that we do not face an unimaginable calamity requiring large-scale, preventive measures to protect human civilization as we know it.

But, of course, the (revealed) truth is that we are still on the way to disaster, in spite of all the evidence of flawed research, junk science, and scientific corruption. Read the whole article; it’s a masterful reassertion of a fatally challenged creed, and take note especially of this sentence:

From the standpoint of governance, what is at stake is our ability to use the rule of law as an instrument of human redemption.

One can only be redeemed if one has first sinned. Tell me again this isn’t a religion?

Jules Crittenden dismantles the Goracle’s ravings.  (via Sister Toldjah) Roger Kimball calls it the Al Gore Comedy Hour. Maggie’s Farm talks more about “redemption by law.” At American Thinker, Rick Moran rips into the Goracle’s article, ending by calling him a megalomaniac.


Another day, another global warming claim goes *poof!*

February 16, 2010

First it was the temperature data and the Dread Hockey Stick of Doom that turned out to be near-total fabrications. Then it was the glaciers that weren’t really melting as fast as claimed, and the rain forests that weren’t receding as much as claimed. And now it’s the increase in the frequency and power of hurricanes that isn’t happening:

Dr. Les Hatton, a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, today released a global statistical analysis testing six Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) statements against raw data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) Administration to prove there has been no increase in global hurricanes or typhoons, contrary to IPCC claims.

Hatton was inspired to analyse the IPPC hurricane data after the climategate email revelations and found that although the North Atlantic hurricane activity increased significantly, the increase was cancelled out overall by diminished activity in the East Pacific. Thus, the declines balance the increases. His detailed report can be found in this PDF.

  • “When you average the number of storms and their strength, it almost exactly balances.”

I begin to wonder if there’s anything true at all in anything the IPCC has published. The organization’s credibility has been ruined, a self-inflicted death. Time for it to be disestablished.

Oh, and time for Al Gore to surrender his Nobel Peace Prize and his Academy Award.

LINKS: More at Hot Air and Fausta.


Forget the facts, just believe

January 13, 2010

I’ve noted before that the global warming/climate change mania has taken on aspects of a religion, a near-pagan worship of the planet as the living Gaia. The late Michael Crichton several years ago delivered a famous and highly critical address on that very topic: Environmentalism As Religion.

And these are hard times for the faith, as inconvenient facts get in the way of holy orthodoxy and the foretold signs of a coming Green Apocalypse fail to occur.

So, what is a Believer to do when the priests are shown to be charlatans and the Earth refuses to cooperate, in spite of all the granola eaten and carbon credits bought to prove one’s virtue?

Breathe deeply and heed the words of your Green Patriarch, laid down for all to see in his new book:

Gore’s spiritual argument on climate

Al’s Gore’s much-anticipated sequel to An Inconvenent Truth is published today, with an admission that facts alone will not persuade Americans to act on global warming and that appealing to their spiritual side is the way forward.

In his latest book, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, the man who won a Nobel prize in 2007 for his touring slideshow on disappearing polar ice and other consequences of climate change, concludes: “Simply laying out the facts won’t work.”

Instead, Gore tells Newsweek magazine in a pre-publication interview, that he has been adapting his fact-based message – now put out by hundreds of volunteers – to appeal to those who believe there is a moral or religious duty to protect the planet.

(Emphasis added.)

In other words, “Don’t bother me with facts! I’m on a mission from God Gaia!”

So, who are you going to believe? Your lying eyes or The Goracle?

Question not. The science is settled. Amen.

Praying Praying Praying Praying Praying

(hat tip: Fausta)


How many feet can Al Gore stick in his big mouth?

December 16, 2009

The Goracle, speaking at the  UN Copenhagen Climate Change Farce Conference:

And he urged the world to complete a global deal by July, assuming the Copenhagen summit ends this week with a political agreement by all the countries.

Describing a “runaway melt” of the Earth’s ice, rising tree mortality and prospects of severe water scarcities, Gore told a UN audience: “In the face of effects like these, clear evidence that only reckless fools would ignore, I feel a sense of frustration” at the lack of agreement so far.

“Rising tree mortality?” Really? Should I go hug my favorite oak before it dies from drought, gets blown over by gale-force storms created by Man’s folly, and then floats away on the rising seas?

Umm… No. Nope. Not at all.

Al is ignoring inconvenient facts again:

Satellite data for the real world (not the one Mr. Gore lives in) can help give us an idea.

Global


Globally net primary productivity (NPP) has increased. As the IPCC’s WG II report (p. 106) says:

Satellite-derived estimates of global net primary production from satellite data of vegetation indexes indicate a 6% increase from 1982 to 1999, with large increases in tropical ecosystems (Nemani et al., 2003) [Figure 1]. The study by Zhou et al. (2003), also using satellite data, confirm that the Northern Hemisphere vegetation activity has increased in magnitude by 12% in Eurasia and by 8% in NorthAmerica from 1981 to 1999

Read the rest to see how vegetation is actually expanding worldwide.  And, contra the EPA, the trees seem quite happy with rising CO2 levels.

Tell me again why anyone takes bombastic fraud seriously?

RELATED: More Goracle gaffes.

(hat tip: David Freddoso)


A Goracle with egg on his face

December 15, 2009

Poor Al Gore. It’s hard enough being the spiritual leader for thousands of drooling enviro-cultists and the front man for Green Statists worldwide, but do people also have to ruin his narrative and humiliate him with facts?

Inconvenient truth for Al Gore as his North Pole sums don’t add up

There are many kinds of truth. Al Gore was poleaxed by an inconvenient one yesterday.

The former US Vice-President, who became an unlikely figurehead for the green movement after narrating the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, became entangled in a new climate change “spin” row.

Mr Gore, speaking at the Copenhagen climate change summit, stated the latest research showed that the Arctic could be completely ice-free in five years.

In his speech, Mr Gore told the conference: “These figures are fresh. Some of the models suggest to Dr [Wieslav] Maslowski that there is a 75 per cent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years.”

However, the climatologist whose work Mr Gore was relying upon dropped the former Vice-President in the water with an icy blast.

“It’s unclear to me how this figure was arrived at,” Dr Maslowski said. “I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this.”

Mr Gore’s office later admitted that the 75 per cent figure was one used by Dr Maslowksi as a “ballpark figure” several years ago in a conversation with Mr Gore.

Ignore the inconvenient fact that, while 2007 was the minimum year so far for Arctic ice (but we only started measuring around 1979, and it’s growing again), Antarctic sea ice is growing and reaching record highs. This is yet another example of why Al Gore should not be taken seriously: he plays fast and loose with the facts, when he’s not getting them wrong altogether. For him the “truth” of global warming is a given; having to prove it is a chore, so why bother to get facts straight when we already know what needs to be done? Facts serve policy; policy is not derived from facts. We see the same intellectual and ethical inversion at work in the leaked emails and program code from the UEA’s Climatic Research Unit. And now it’s all coming out, thanks to unnamed whistle-blowers and even Mother Nature herself.

No, it isn’t easy being High Priest.

Question not. The science is settled. Amen.

POSTSCRIPT: His Green Holiness seems to be on a roll with the mistakes.

UPDATE: Perhaps the scientist who claims Al got it wrong is himself playing fast and loose? Looks like we have two crooks caught, each pointing the finger at the other.


It’s on! Sarah Palin vs. The Goracle

December 10, 2009

Yesterday I linked to an op-ed piece in the Washington Post in which Governor Palin denounced the corruption of science revealed in the Climategate files and called on President Obama to boycott the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen. It was an example of the well-reasoned, commonsensical, and ethical conservative argument we’ve come to expect from her. For example:

In his inaugural address, President Obama declared his intention to “restore science to its rightful place.” But instead of staying home from Copenhagen and sending a message that the United States will not be a party to fraudulent scientific practices, the president has upped the ante. He plans to fly in at the climax of the conference in hopes of sealing a “deal.” Whatever deal he gets, it will be no deal for the American people. What Obama really hopes to bring home from Copenhagen is more pressure to pass the Democrats’ cap-and-tax proposal. This is a political move. The last thing America needs is misguided legislation that will raise taxes and cost jobs — particularly when the push for such legislation rests on agenda-driven science.

It was a fair analysis in opposition to a policy the authoress believed harmful to the interests of the United States. But it was blasphemy to some, a challenge to the orthodoxy of the Cult of Anthropogenic Global Warming that had to be quashed.

There was only one person to do it, one illuminated being with the gravitas (and the girth) to reassert inconvenient truths, remind us that the science is settled, and restore our faith in a coming doom from which only he and other technocratic elites could save us (inconvenient evidence be damned): Al Gore himself.

Asked about Palin’s charge on Facebook that these are “doomsday scare tactics pushed by an environmental priesthood,” Gore replied that the scientific community has worked on this issue for 20 years. “It’s a principle in physics. It’s like gravity. It exists.”

In other words, “Don’t listen to that moose-hunting, baby-making, state-school educated hick from a barely-civilized state! Don’t let her fool you with facts supplied to her by deniers who are traitors to the planet! No, listen to me! I’m wiser than her. I’ve been a senator, a vice-president … I HAVE AN OSCAR!!

Let us not forget that this is the same genius who asserted on national television that the temperature of the Earth’s core tops out at several million degrees. Hint: if that were true, the Earth would have had a very bright, but very short career as a fireball, before ending as a cosmic smoke-puff. (Inconvenient truth: scientific estimates range from about 5,000 to 9,000 degrees Celsius.)

Gore has also either lied about or is ignorant of the emails at the center of the controversy, claiming the most recent was ten years old. Wrong. The most recent is from November of this year.

I ask again, why does anyone take this fat, bombastic, profiteering moron seriously?

When someone presents contrary evidence, his replies amount to saying “nuh-uh!” over and over again. When asked to prove climate change is anthropogenic in origin, he looks with disdain and says essentially, “Because… shut up!”

All Al Gore can do when challenged is roll his eyes and condescend in an attempt to intimidate and demean his opponents, because the genuine science is increasingly against him and his statist money-making scheme theory. Governor Palin, on the other hand, presented reasonable arguments about why we should look very seriously at the integrity of the science of climate change before making any drastic commitments based on it.

I know who I trust. How about you?

POSTSCRIPT: The former Alaska governor had this to say on her Facebook page in response to The Goracle:

The response to my op-ed by global warming alarmists has been interesting. Former Vice President Al Gore has called me a “denier” and informs us that climate change is “a principle in physics. It’s like gravity. It exists.”

Perhaps he’s right. Climate change is like gravity – a naturally occurring phenomenon that existed long before, and will exist long after, any governmental attempts to affect it.

However, he’s wrong in calling me a “denier.” As I noted in my op-ed above and in my original Facebook post on Climategate, I have never denied the existence of climate change. I just don’t think we can primarily blame man’s activities for the earth’s cyclical weather changes.

Former Vice President Gore also claimed today that the scientific community has worked on this issue for 20 years, and therefore it is settled science. Well, the Climategate scandal involves the leading experts in this field, and if Climategate is proof of the larger method used over the past 20 years, then Vice President Gore seriously needs to consider that their findings are flawed, falsified, or inconclusive.

Vice President Gore, the Climategate scandal exists. You might even say that it’s sort of like gravity: you simply can’t deny it.

LINKS: Hot Air covers Gore’s disappointment in Obama’s focus on health care; California senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina reminds us that facts are important things; J. Storrs Hall provides evidence that assertions that the infamous hockey stick graphs can only be explained by anthropogenic causes are poppycock. At Pajamas Media, Environmental Protection Agency scientist Alan Carlin discusses the risks inherent in the Obama Administration’s politicization of the agency, Roger Kimball discusses how Al Gore flunks logic, and mathematician Frank Tipler argues that relativism corrupts science.


The church crumbles! The Goracle wrong?? Aaiiee!!

December 4, 2009

The Cult of Anthropogenic Global Warming was rocked yet again yesterday. From out of the Netherlands came news that the glaciers of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the melting of which Al Gore used as an iconic symbol of the dangers posed by man-caused climate change, melt and form due to a natural cycle:

Newspapers and news sites in the Netherlands today extensively broke the news of the findings of a research team led by Professor Jaap Sinninghe Damste — a leading molecular paleontologist at Utrecht University and winner of the prestigious Spinoza Prize — about the melting icecap of the Kilimanjaro, the African mountain that became a symbol of anthropogenic global warming.

Professor Sinninghe Damste’s research, as discussed on the site of the Dutch Organization of Scientific Research (DOSR) — a governmental body — shows that the icecap of Kilimanjaro was not the result of cold air but of large amounts of precipitation which fell at the beginning of the Holocene period, about 11,000 years ago.

The melting and freezing of moisture on top of Kilimanjaro appears to be part of  “a natural process of dry and wet periods.” The present melting is not the result of “environmental damage caused by man.”

Professor Damste studied organic biomarker molecules in the sediment record of Lake Challa, near Mount Kilimanjaro, and reconstructed the changes and intensity of precipitation in this part of Africa over the last 25,000 years. They observed an 11,500 year cycle of intense monsoon precipitation.

In the dry period between 12,800 and 11,500 years ago, Kilimanjaro was ice-free.

Uh-oh. It seems Kilimanjaro’s glaciation is driven by the Sun, not those nasty greenhouse gases. Arriving on the heels of the scandal involving scientific fraud at one of the centers of climate-alarmist advocacy, this has to make all but the most die-hard Gaea-worshiper question whether they’ve been had in the biggest con-job since Nixon said “I am not a crook.”

I mean, what are all those people who hang on the Goracle’s every word to do?

I know, I know.The science is settled.

Have faith.  Praying


Al Gore, scientific illiterate

November 17, 2009

Why does anyone take Al Gore seriously on global warming, or any matter involving science? The guy’s ignorant. Check out this howler. Thirty seconds of searching on the Internet found the correct information.

Again, I ask: Why does anyone lend this bombastic fool any credence whatsoever?

Because anthropogenic global warming is a religion, not a science, and the Goracle is its chief priest.

Don't let facts disturb your faith

(hat tip: Power Line)


Facts defy the Goracle

November 15, 2009

Don’t they realize the science is settled? Why bother to continue research and ask “if” when the Inconvenient Truth requires us to ACT NOW?

Maybe its because, if we do, we’ll find the real truth: that anthropogenic global warming is a gigantic fraud.

Controversial new climate change results

New data show that the balance between the airborne and the absorbed fraction of carbon dioxide has stayed approximately constant since 1850, despite emissions of carbon dioxide having risen from about 2 billion tons a year in 1850 to 35 billion tons a year now.

This suggests that terrestrial ecosystems and the oceans have a much greater capacity to absorb CO2 than had been previously expected.

The results run contrary to a significant body of recent research which expects that the capacity of terrestrial ecosystems and the oceans to absorb CO2 should start to diminish as CO2 emissions increase, letting greenhouse gas levels skyrocket. Dr Wolfgang Knorr at the University of Bristol found that in fact the trend in the airborne fraction since 1850 has only been 0.7 ± 1.4% per decade, which is essentially zero.

The strength of the new study, published online in Geophysical Research Letters, is that it rests solely on measurements and statistical data, including historical records extracted from Antarctic ice, and does not rely on computations with complex climate models.

I emphasized that last part because it’s important: the results from Bristol are based on empirical observation and the geologic record, not computer models that are by nature limited to the assumptions humans program into them, assumptions that have been shown to be fundamentally flawed.

The central argument of the theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) is that Man is pumping so much CO2 into the atmosphere that the the Earth’s ecosystem cannot absorb it all, and thus the excess is leading to dangerous temperature increases that will have catastrophic effects. The findings of Dr. Knorr, if they hold up to testing and replication, destroy the foundation of the AGW argument. If indeed there is no measurable excess of CO2 in the atmosphere, then there is no basis for the feared greenhouse effect. Thus the frantic effort to get the United States and other countries to hobble their economies in the name of “fighting climate change” is at best a Chicken Little moment of hysteria among true believers or, at worst, a mask behind which to hide the real statist agenda of extending government control over every aspect of our lives.

And they have to do it before the inconvenient facts wreck their Holy Truth.

LINKS: Watt’s Up with That calls the Bristol findings a bombshell. Heliogenic Climate Change discusses how the Arctic was much warmer in the recent geologic past than it is now. Fausta informs us that the Green Statist crowd is giving up on their latest attempt to impose a global Waxman-Markey fiasco on the world. Sister Toldjah relates how the US Environmental Protection Agency has threatened two of it lawyers who have dared to challenge AGW orthodoxy.


Quiet Sun

November 6, 2009

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At Heliogenic Climate Change, James Marusek, a retired USN physicist, discusses the continuing lack of sunspot activity and what it may portend for Earth’s climate:

So what does this all mean? Well, the sun’s interplanetary magnetic field has fallen to around 4 nT (nano Tesla) from a typical value of 6 to 8 nT. The solar winds pressure is down to 50 year lows. And the heliospheric current sheet is flattening. All these changes allow high-energy galactic cosmic rays to penetrate deeper into our solar system. In 2009, cosmic ray intensities have increased 19% beyond anything we’ve seen in the past 50 years, when satellite measurements began. Greater numbers of galactic cosmic rays driving deep into our atmosphere cause greater cloud formation (through ionization) which then results in decreasing surface temperature on Earth. This is because low level clouds reflect sunlight back into space. This is why Northern and Southern hemispheres have experienced unusually cold winters during the past couple years. The influence of the sun’s magnetic field is a force to be reckoned with in natural climate change.

Sorry, O Goracle.

More on the Svensmark theory of the interrelation of clouds, the sun, and cosmic rays in Earth’s climate.


It’s official

November 4, 2009
AlGore

The Goracle, Chief Priest of the Cult of Anthropogenic Global Warming

I’ve often referred to the more enthusiastic proponents of the supposed dangers of man-made climate change as the Cult of Anthropogenic Global Warming, because, well, it seems more a matter of faith with them than anything based on empirical science.

I was ahead of my time.

Climate change belief given same legal status as religion

An executive has won the right to sue his employer on the basis that he was unfairly dismissed for his green views after a judge ruled that environmentalism had the same weight in law as religious and philosophical beliefs.

In a landmark ruling, Mr Justice Michael Burton said that “a belief in man-made climate change … is capable, if genuinely held, of being a philosophical belief for the purpose of the 2003 Religion and Belief Regulations”.

The ruling could open the door for employees to sue their companies for failing to account for their green lifestyles, such as providing recycling facilities or offering low-carbon travel.

The decision regards Tim Nicholson, former head of sustainability at property firm Grainger plc, who claims he was made redundant in July 2008 due to his “philosophical belief about climate change and the environment”.

In March, employment judge David Heath gave Mr Nicholson permission to take the firm to tribunal over his treatment.

But Grainger challenged the ruling on the grounds that green views were political and based on science, as opposed to religious or philosophical in nature.

John Bowers QC, representing Grainger, had argued that adherence to climate change theory was “a scientific view rather than a philosophical one”, because “philosophy deals with matters that are not capable of scientific proof.”

That argument has now been dismissed by Mr Justice Burton, who last year ruled that the environmental documentary An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore was political and partisan.

The decision allows the tribunal to go ahead, but more importantly sets a precedent for how environmental beliefs are regarded in English law.

No kidding. Next step, a Law Against Green Heresy! No burning at the stake, however. Too big a carbon footprint….  Silly

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