Activists take advantage of sincere environmentalists

It certainly appears that concerned environmentalists are being misled by activists using cargo cult science.

We have personally been supporting conservation efforts for many years and most of our friends support efforts to preserve wetlands and stop pollution of our waterways. Lately, however, there are too many attempts to hijack sincere environmental efforts and divert money and energy to support political scams.

If a political action group tried to raise taxes for a government program "Save the Jackalopes", most environmentalists would spot the scam immediately.

On the other hand, if politicians create a monstrous program to reduce Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere by calling it a "pollutant", some environmentalists are taken in. This is a scam that is as devious as any Nigerian email.

The "Carbon Dioxide as Pollutant" scam by the Global Warming Climate Change folks is being rebranded as Project 350 which is a stellar example of reliance on cargo cult science.

Publicity-seeking figures criss-cross the country spreading the word that the planet has reached a "tipping point" and a massive joining of hands is needed. Expert PR firms have crafted a campaign that will ease the adoption of legislation that will steer your tax money into eager government hands and private pockets.

If you go to the Project 350 site, you will see this and other falsehoods:

So, what is global warming and what's the problem anyway?


The science is clear: global warming is happening faster than ever
and humans are responsible. Global warming is caused by releasing what
are called greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

The first inconvenient truth is that global temperatures have been falling for 8 years.

The second inconvenient truth is that Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere is driven by temperature and CO2 peaks occur years AFTER global temperature rises.

As a carbon-based lifeform, I resent efforts by politicians to characterize Carbon Dioxide as a pollutant. It is essential to life and my plants love it. If CO2 increases, plant growth increases to take advantage of it.

Richard Feynman defined Cargo Cult Science where the "scientist" puts on a white coat but omits to do real experiments, theory testing & general scientific method.

We are seeing a lot of that these days…

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0 Responses to Activists take advantage of sincere environmentalists

  1. Luke Staengl says:

    I believe the 2 key measuring points which inicated that the “planet was cooling down” were both recently analysed by teams from Stanford and MIT. One of them was a satelite which circunavigated the globe and supposedly took a temperature reading “at the same point at the same time” (high noon) and sent this reading in. The readings showed a slightly declining temperature. When the teams looked at this they discovered that the timing was slightly in eror and the reading happened just a little later every day, which whas why it showed declining temperatures. When they corrected for the error it showed that the average temperature had indeed increased during the period in the location in question. The second measuring point was a weatehr ballon which was released at the same time in the same place every day and took a series of readings at increasing altitudes. This also showed declining temperatures. When that data generating system was analysed it was found that every year the scientists invovled were improving the shielding of the sensors to prevent direct sunlight from affecting the readings. It was found that these improvements had not been accounted for in the data. When the improvements in shielding were accounted for it was found that the average temperature was indeed climbing at all the measured altitudes.
    Now as to “Cargo Cult Science” – I will leave it to the several hundred eminent scientists thus accused to defend themselves and their work.
    While it is true that CO2 is essential for plant growth, I would point out that while oxygen is essential to human life, at high levels it destroys lung tissue over extended exposure – so we need to consider dosage and concentration of even the most benign gases and chemicals.

  2. Sam says:

    Dear David,
    I want to thank you for talking the stance of a different view of 350.org. This is not because I necessarily agree with this stance but because it is vitally important that we all are aware of the differing opinions and yes science and facts that are out there regarding such important topics.

    You bring up a good point about being cautious about what level of control we will allow our government have in our lives and being aware of how they may take that control.

    As consumers of this planet we rarely give back as much as we take. It is easy to see science and proven facts and say the experts say… so I will listen. This is true for all sides of the coin not just the two big ones.

    I have seen and heard much from those that agree with humans having too large of a foot print on our planet and that it currently is and will be the demise of many species. I have also heard much from those that disagree.

    While we always need to be on our toes about what we decide to listen to and agree with. I do think that opportunities to decrees what we take from our planet and begin giving back more then we consume are opportunities well worth looking into.

    With the awareness of skeptics and believers helping all of us see the many facets involved in helping our living planet, we will have the ability to move in a healthy direction in resolving the real global environmental issues while spotting those that are being used as manipulative measures to control the populous.

    Thank you again for speaking your thoughts and perhaps you can share some of the sources of information that you gather from.
    Knowing where the source of information is coming from is a part that I feel is important when we consider what we will be agreeing with.

    Perhaps you could also share some alternative ideas to 350ppm concept that our community can participate in that will bring awareness to ourselves and others about how we can begin giving back more then we consume.

    We are a growing community and if we can set an example for those moving here and other communities that are growing, which will show that you can have more people in an area and still be stewards for our water, land and animals would be a really useful tool for all to learn about.

    Thanks again and many Blessings
    Sam

  3. mattbg says:

    I agree with you, David. I have taken a number of these theories (global warming, peak oil, etc) far too seriously over the past few years and have become disillusioned quite quickly.

    More than anything, I am put off by the narrow focus on an objective, the dismissal of contrary evidence, and the attempt to silence critics.

    For some people, it’s a career move to take on these roles. For others, they just can’t function in the normal world and want to change the world so that they have some role of importance in it… pretending to know what other people don’t.

    Some of them make some good points, but take it too far when they try to manufacture a model to make their isolated points serve as an an explanation for absolutely everything.

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