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Who Are the Real Friends of Science?
Probably not the ones who predicted doom by 2016 and have now moved the goal post to 2031!
After notifying Dr. Roger Higgs that I had (May 7) made good use of his 25-point argument against human-caused global warming (specifically CO2), he responded with thanks and a link to Friends of Science which has published on its blog a recent letter he had written to the Sunday Times that may or may not be published in The Times this coming Sunday -- since, like most corporate media outlets, The Times is deep into the carbon pollution theory of climate change.
I'm probably not alone in having been unfamiliar with Friends of Science (although they obviously have a wide audience), mainly because my own blog covers a wide range of political topics that take up a lot of my time and mental energy, and also because a Google search for "climate change" does not readily produce a link to the Friends of Science website (as is also the case now with most independent political bloggers) -- a definite advantage to proponents of the carbon theory.
Duck Duck Go is a much better (and privacy conscious) search engine, but even it gets bogged down in the pronouncements of the IPCC, the corporate media and NASA, enhancing the impression that human activity in the form of carbon pollution is driving the dreaded "climate change" that has struck fear into the hearts even of children.
I admit to a certain amount of bias in that, if the term "Friends of Science" had come up in a search, the title would have registered in my mind as support of the going theory, since Science is touted as being fully supportive of the CO2 theory. Well, it isn't -- although, being quite leftish, I still have to deal with the fact that it was founded and is supported by right wing organizations and oil companies, and that there are oil specialists among the geologists involved.
Canadian retired professor, Dr. Tim Ball, one of the founders of Friends of Science, was himself accused of being in the pay of oil producers, though he and others were quick to convincingly refute that claim.
It has occurred to me that the fuel industry wins no matter what, since if it's used less by the average citizen, a good supply will then be available for the interminable war industry, as well as manufacturing industries that have the advantage of passing on any left-over expense in the process of "cap and trade" to the ordinary consumer of their products.
Here are two articles in the National Review from back in 2015 that make the proponents of man-made climate change look a whole lot more bought and paid for than the naysayers:
NationalReview (2015): Global Warming: Follow the Money
NationalReview (2015): On Climate, Science and Politics Are Diverging
Even NASA (though big on carbon theory) had to admit that the shrinking polar ice has rebounded. (Forbes) That doesn't preclude NASA, however, from creating a website dedicated to preaching the carbon theory to kids.
Speaking of kids: Friends of Science tells a story about Greta and friends that you're unlikely to readily find in the corporate media, and it answers my question as to who provided those marching kids with their very professional-looking banners. "WDHT - We Don't Have Time" is a booming business:
Greta, Inc. (April 2019):
I'll be curious to see if the Sunday Times prints Dr. Higgs' letter, but since The Times is putting up a pay wall these days, my chances are slim even if it does get published.
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Below Image from TheFederalistPapers: [In 2006] ... Al Gore said we had only a decade left to save the planet from global warming.
I used to get accused of being in the pay of "big oil"
11/5/2019 09:43:33 am
Wow, Penny; you should see if "big oil" will pay your heating bill. (sarcasm).
Gee, I wish they would, because it's still cold here!!!
11/5/2019 12:54:06 pm
Good lord, I thought by now you would at least be able to get your garden going!
12/5/2019 01:47:18 pm
Too bad, it doesn't look like the Roger Higgs letter made it into the Sunday Times or did I miss it?
12/5/2019 03:54:20 pm
Hi Jill: Good to hear from you. You're right about the Sunday Times; I couldn't see Dr. Higgs' letter there either. Maybe next week.
12/5/2019 07:25:25 pm
I really do commiserate with you having Doug Ford as your so-called leader. There's a slight possibility your election could have been tampered with, though, right? Don't you have electronic voting? Unfortunately, the same can't be said here because we still use paper ballots. People are scared because the boom is gone and they just can't accept it and move on. If they can vote for a huckster like Kenney to save them, I fear who/what they will turn to when global cooling becomes obvious and begins affecting their lives.
13/5/2019 04:52:45 pm
I just wanted to clarify, by my support of a pollution tax, I wasn't considering CO2 as a pollutant. As most people know, the fossil fuel industry produces massive toxic waste on the land, water, and in the air.
13/5/2019 11:26:28 pm
I hear you, Jill. If they just focus on carbon it does nothing to mitigate pollution, since carbon really isn't a problem and so many other things are:
12/5/2019 10:35:41 pm
The Ontario voting itself wasn't electronic, but the tabulation of the votes was and there were all kinds of snafus, and prior to that there were technical snags at Canada Post that delayed and prevented the sending out of voter cards (I never received one). Upshot was that I never got to vote at all.
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