Major kudos to Rick Santorum, who capped a stellar debate performance last night with the unequivocal statement that global warming is a hoax. You will not hear this bold truth from his Big Government adversaries Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, both of whom can be expected to play along with this crippling swindle, exploiting it to increase the size and power of the state — despite growing awareness that it is a crock, as confirmed in an op-ed cowritten by 16 prominent scientists:
Candidates should understand that the oft-repeated claim that nearly all scientists demand that something dramatic be done to stop global warming is not true. In fact, a large and growing number of distinguished scientists and engineers do not agree that drastic actions on global warming are needed. … [T]he number of scientific “heretics” is growing with each passing year. The reason is a collection of stubborn scientific facts.
The most obvious of these facts is that it hasn’t gotten any warmer in over a decade. Global warming theories cannot account for this inconvenient truth.
Other facts are basic science like we used to learn in school. Regardless of what the politicized Supreme Court might claim,
The fact is that CO2 is not a pollutant. CO2 is a colorless and odorless gas, exhaled at high concentrations by each of us, and a key component of the biosphere’s life cycle. Plants do so much better with more CO2 that greenhouse operators often increase the CO2 concentrations by factors of three or four to get better growth. This is no surprise since plants and animals evolved when CO2 concentrations were about 10 times larger than they are today. Better plant varieties, chemical fertilizers and agricultural management contributed to the great increase in agricultural yields of the past century, but part of the increase almost certainly came from additional CO2 in the atmosphere.
Since anyone qualified to teach high school science should know that global warming is not a scientific theory but a preposterous pretext for imposing oligarchical collectivism, why do so many scientists play along with it? One reason is fear.
[M]any young scientists furtively say that while they also have serious doubts about the global-warming message, they are afraid to speak up for fear of not being promoted — or worse. …
This is not the way science is supposed to work, but we have seen it before — for example, in the frightening period when Trofim Lysenko hijacked biology in the Soviet Union. Soviet biologists who revealed that they believed in genes, which Lysenko maintained were a bourgeois fiction, were fired from their jobs. Many were sent to the gulag and some were condemned to death.
At least in this country scientists who buck the establishment by refusing to propagate lies only lose their jobs.
In addition to a stick, there is also a carrot:
Alarmism over climate is of great benefit to many, providing government funding for academic research and a reason for government bureaucracies to grow. Alarmism also offers an excuse for governments to raise taxes, taxpayer-funded subsidies for businesses that understand how to work the political system, and a lure for big donations to charitable foundations promising to save the planet. Lysenko and his team lived very well, and they fiercely defended their dogma and the privileges it brought them.
Any global warming caused by CO2 is likely to be mild and “an overall benefit to the planet.” The global warming hoax is a pernicious scheme to rob us of our liberty and our standard of living in the name of a ridiculous lie. Only someone with the character to openly reject it is qualified to lead America.
On a tip from Varla.