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Germans tried to warn us of climate fraud

By Dennis T. Avery
web posted November 30, 2009

The airwaves are full of the "secret" codes and emails from Britain's Hadley climate research center. New Zealand is looking at the upward trend in the "official" graph of its recent temperatures—while the country's raw temperature data show no warming. Now researchers are digging into the Hadley data to find if the rest of the world's climate data have been similarly "adjusted."    

But Der Speigel, the German news magazine, tried to blow the whistle on this climate fraud more than two years ago. In May of 2007, it published a story titled, "Not the End of the World As We Know It."  The story pointed out that Svente Arrhenius, the Swedish chemist who first posited the Greenhouse, had seen global warming as a good thing, with "better climates" potentially making poor harvests and famine a thing of the past.

Der Spiegel noted how previous cold periods—including the Little Ice Age that began in 1300—were too cold for grain to mature properly. In Germany, thousands of mountain villages and huge tracts of farmland were abandoned due to the cold.

"When global temperatures plunged unexpectedly again in the 1960s, many meteorologists were quick to warn people about the coming of a new ice age—supposedly triggered by man-made air pollution. Hardly anyone at the time believed that a warming period could pose a threat."

"It was not until the rise of the environmental movement in the 1980s that everything suddenly changed," said the Speigel article. "From then on it was almost a foregone conclusion that global warming could only be perceived as a disaster for the earth's climate. . ."

The wildlife going extinct? Speigel said, "Additionally, some environmentalists doubt that the large-scale extinction of animals and plants some have predicted will in fact come about. 'A warmer climate helps promote species diversity,' says Munich zoologist Josef Reichholf.'" 

"According to another persistent greenhouse legend, massive flooding will strike major coastal cities, raising horrific scenarios of New York, London and Shanghai sinking into the tide . . . but it quickly became apparent that the horrific talk of a melting South Pole was nothing but fiction. The average temperature in the Antarctic is -30 degrees Celsius. Humanity cannot possibly burn enough oil and coal to melt this giant block of ice. On the contrary, current climate models suggest that the Antarctic will even increase in mass: Global warming will cause more water to evaporate, and part of the moisture will fall as snow over Antarctic, causing the ice shield to grow." 

Der Speigel even had a follow-up interview the next day with biologist Reichholf, who pointed out that "biodiversity reached its peak at the end of the tertiary age, a few million years ago, when it was much warmer than it is today. The development went in a completely different direction when the ice ages came and temperatures dropped, causing a massive extinction of species, especially in the north."

Two years ago, Germany was apparently not ready to accept Der Speigel's answer to the "global warming problem." None of the world's other major media quoted the article, or picked up the theme. Today, only Fox News, among the world's major media, has dared to look at the Hadley Center information as a real news story. Must we wait for the huge new energy taxes to be imposed by the Congress before we take the evidence of climate fraud seriously? ESR

Dennis T. Avery is an environmental economist, and a senior fellow for the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC.  He was formerly a senior analyst for the Department of State. He is co-author, with S. Fred Singer, of Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1500 Hundred Years, Readers may write him at PO Box 202, Churchville, VA 24421 or email to cgfi@hughes.net.

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