Global-warming alarmism off to a cold start in 2014

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Is this the year that global-warming hysteria jumps the shark? If last week's events are any indication of the rest of the year, then yes.


Wednesday, fifty scientists on a research mission in Antarctica finally broke free of the ice they've been trapped in since Christmas Eve. If it weren't for the alternative media, you might not have heard about what they were doing on the South Pole. Almost none of the mainstream media wanted to report that they were there to study the melting ice caps when they became trapped in the ice that was supposedly disappearing.


Global-warming alarmism likewise is made more difficult when the majority of the country is frozen in the in the worst winter weather in decades. So, that's why they call it Climate Change--so they can have it both ways! Consider Time magazine blaming the 1974 polar vortez on global cooling, and in 2014 blaming it on global warming.


Then, there's what a leading climate scientist had to say on the subject, which I read in the Weekly Standard today.


If [MIT's Richard Lindzen] is right about this and global warming is nothing to worry about, why do so many climate scientists, many with résumés just as impressive as his, preach imminent doom? He says it mostly comes down to the money--to the incentive structure of academic research funded by government grants. Almost all funding for climate research comes from the government, which, he says, makes scientists essentially vassals of the state. And generating fear, Lindzen contends, is now the best way to ensure that policymakers keep the spigot open.


My own view is that yes, the climate is changing. It always has. Yes, greenhouse gases are in the atmosphere. However, one does not necessarily lead to the other, and if it does, it may not to be to the "degree" that global-warming alarmists predict. And yes, there is a consensus among scientists that I am wrong. But the consensus was against Galileo too, wasn't it? Just like many organized religions, I sense the global-warming alarmism industry is motivated more by emotion and personal gain, than truth.
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Eric Ingemunson's commentary has been featured on Hannity, CNN, NBC, Inside Edition, and KFI's The John and Ken Show. Eric was born and raised in Ventura County and currently resides in Moorpark. He earned a master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from California Lutheran University. As a conservative, Eric supports smaller government, less taxation, more individual freedom, the rule of law, and a strict adherence to the Constitution.