GLOBAL WARMING: FICTION VERSUS FACT
By Alan Caruba
His novel, State of Fear (HarperCollins, 603 pages, $27.95), is a technopolitical thriller based on the widely ignored data that global warming is a hoax, but worse than that, it is a hoax specifically designed to harm the lives and the economy of people living in industrialized nations. It may well be the first novel to come complete with a section devoted to the data that demonstrates not only how false global warming is, but the impact it would have if the UN Protocol was strictly enforced.
When first proposed, the U.S. Senate unanimously rejected the global warming treaty and, in his first term, President George W. Bush withdrew the Kyoto Protocol from consideration in 2001. If this action had not been taken and the treaty applied to the U.S.A., the country would have been required to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 7% below its 1990 level. The only way to achieve this would have been to impose strict energy use limits.
Take away energy or greatly reduce it and you create the conditions for an economic disaster and an adverse impact on the lives and health of Americans from coast to coast. You invite draconian “solutions,” such as limiting the use of air conditioning, gas rationing, and restricting how many hours factories can operate.
State of Fear begins with the murder of an American graduate student studying ocean-wave dynamics. Other murders follow, but the UN Kyoto Protocol is tantamount to murder, too. Recall the deaths of Frenchmen when a heat wave hit that nation a few years ago. The lack of air conditioning literally killed countless elderly and others. Consider how the East Coast of the United States shut down when a massive electrical blackout occurred. Only the backup generators in hospitals prevented the deaths of seriously ill patients.
The novel references the same bogus computer models that are cited by global-warming proponents, such as Carl Pope of the Sierra Club, Kevin Knobloch of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and John Passacantando of Greenpeace, USA. They predict melting glaciers, rising sea levels, and other catastrophes. They are as reliable as a deck of Tarot cards. Here again, scientific data amply demonstrates that, though the temperatures in Greenland and Iceland have been falling at 2.2 degrees Celsius since 1987, there has been no affect on the ice in those nations -- ice that has actually been accumulating, not melting. The same is happening in Antarctica.
With the Russian Federation's approval of its participation in the UN Kyoto Protocol, the treaty is to go into effect on February 16, 2005. Its requirements for the reduction of energy use exempts Red China and India -- each country home to a billion or more people -- as well as some 130 Third World nations. Happily, the U.S.A. will not participate, but UN treaties have saddled us with laws such as the Endangered Species Act -- laws that have proven a great hindrance to economic growth. Most certainly, the U.S. Constitution does not authorize such laws, although it does bind us to honor idiotic treaties conjured up by the UN.
There are, however, those in the Congress and in various states of the Union who would impose these harmful restrictions on Americans. Chief among them in Congress is John McCain and Joseph Lieberman, the two U.S. senators who introduced “The Climate Stewardship Act” (S. 139), which would cap CO2 emissions at 2000 levels by 2010. It is estimated this would cost the American economy $106 billion.
Colluding for the same pupose are nine northeastern states -- Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Attorneys general of other states are using a public nuisance lawsuit against five utilities to achieve this goal. All this is more than curious, given the U.S. Senate resolution that rejected the UN Kyoto Protocol. And, of course, they based their action on the same bogus data put forth by the UN and the many NGOs behind the global warming hoax. If these misguided, ideological environmentalists succeed in their efforts, the end result will be a significant slowdown in economic growth, combined with a rise in the cost of energy.
I hope Michael Crichton’s novel (which is soundly rooted in documented science) becomes yet another big bestseller. I hope lots of people who remain susceptible to the lies of the Greens will read it and discover what is known by those of us who have fulminated against the UN Kyoto Treaty since the Greens first conjured it up in the early 1990s. Our speeches, our articles, our books, based on real science and real economics, have not slowed or stopped its ratification or implementation. Perhaps, a work of fiction will achieve what we could not?
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