JULY 31, 2012
In a rarity, the U.S. government has given an esteemed scientist a forum to counter the mainstream assessment that global warming is dire and stands to threaten everything from national security to health and the world’s food supply.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientist (Richard Lindzen), coined “global warming skeptic” by the feds, was never the less given the opportunity to present his findings at a recent government-funded “climate security” series that addressed the many ills of climate change. The event was sponsored by a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) lab that conducts scientific research to help detect, repel, defeat or mitigate national security threats.
Not surprisingly Lindzen, an atmospheric physicist and professor of meteorology at MIT, was outnumbered by dozens of scientists that share the Obama Administration’s vision on global warming. Here is a perfect example of what Lindzen was up against; a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research who proclaimed that global warming is unequivocal and will compromise national security when island and coastal countries disappear or sink below sea level because of rising oceans.
Lindzen countered this, saying that there is little evidence that changes in climate are producing extreme weather events and that too much is being made of climate change by researchers seeking government funding. Their data and methods don’t support their claims, he assured, offering detailed scientific information to back his theory. He discounted the notion that climate change can hurt national security, pointing out that “historically there is little evidence of natural disasters leading to war….”
In the last few years a variety of government-funded studies have warned that global warming will make food and water dangerous, cause mental illness, cancer and threaten national security. In fact, under the Obama Administration, a consortium of scientists from several government agencies—including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State Department and National Institute of Environmental Health Science—have confirmed that global warming is one of the “most visible environmental concerns of the 21st century.”
Just a few months ago, a group of bilingual and “binational” researchers from the U.S. and Mexico determined that global warming will threaten the water supply in a southern border region. Why is that? Because parts of Arizona and Mexico form the “front line of ongoing climate change” and that means “water vulnerability” caused by “climate variability and change.” Combined with vulnerability from urbanization, industrialization and agriculture intensification this will threaten the water supply.
That’s nothing. Global warming is much worse than previously imagined because the ocean actually masks the true rate of damage for periods as long as a decade. At least that’s what a recent government study from the National Science Foundation (NSF) says. According to this logic the crisis is way more severe than what it appears because the sea is storing the heat that damages the earth, making it appear as if there is a sort of hiatus in global warming when there really isn’t. When this ocean-stored heat will show its evil face will probably be the subject of the next government-funded study
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