Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Conspiracy Theories

Today the Daily Telegraph has published a series of photos and brief descriptions of the 30 greatest conspiracy theories of our times. Global warming is one of them!

Under an interestingly emotive picture reads the following, I quote:

29. Global warming is a hoax - Some climate change doubters believe that man-made global warming is a conspiracy designed to soften up the world's population to higher taxation, controls on lifestyle and more authoritarian government. These sceptics cite a fall in global temperatures since last year and a levelling off in the rise in temperature since 1998 as evidence.

So let's take a look at this. First of all, from a geological point of view, the time scales quoted are ridiculous and meaningless. Secondly, we know that climate change is the norm, for there is no such thing as a "stable climate" (except in the minds of politicians).

The evidence for global warming being significantly man-made at this time is not completely understood. The most significant greenhouse gas is water vapor, not carbon dioxide, while much of the CO2 released into the atmosphere is natural, not anthropogenic. Science simply doesn't know the true impact of man-made CO2 emissions on the atmosphere and climate. The scientific jury is still out on the subject, despite so called "consensus" statements by the IPCC, etc.

This leaves the political ramifications of the conspiracy theory and here we have something a lot less scientific and therefore harder to debate. There seems to be no doubt that the evidence of anthropogenic global warming is continually being distorted by those who can use it to control lives and, as many global warming deniers have pointed out, the main reason for Al Gore's unscientific slide show, an Inconvenient Truth, has been to promote Gore's own image and wealth. We are beginning to see evidence that politicians will use doublespeak to promote green agendas. Climate change taxation is certainly with us already.

Does that make it a conspiracy? An interesting question. But consider this. By grouping the subject along with 29 other conspiracy theories, it would appear that those who question global warming politics are being cast in the same light as those who construct huge paradigms for alien visitations and so on. "Deniers", "Heretics", now "Conspiracy Theorists"! The name calling continues.