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The Global Warming Swindle

Posted by Jerry on March 23, 2007

If you have ever made or believed in the claim that global warming is caused by human actions–by our industrial and vehicular emissions, then you MUST watch this documentary. Indeed, it would only be honest for you to do so. 

The Great Global Warming Swindle

[If the video below does not work, click here to watch it on google video.]

Al Gore has been challenged to an internationally televised debate on global warming:

The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley presents his compliments to Vice-President Albert Gore and by these presents challenges the said former Vice-President to a head-to-head, internationally-televised debate upon the question “That our effect on climate is not dangerous”, to be held in the Library of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History at a date of the Vice-President’s choosing. Forasmuch as it is His Lordship who now flings down the gauntlet to the Vice-President, it shall be the Vice-President’s prerogative and right to choose his weapons by specifying the form of the Great Debate. May the Truth win! Magna est veritas, et praevalet.

Given at Carie, Rannoch, in the County of Perth, in the Kingdom of Scotland, this 14th Day of March in the Year of our Lord Two Thousand And Seven. God Bless America! God Save The Queen!

In an essay in “Return to the Primitive,” Ayn Rand cites the issue of environmentalism as the leftists’ new movement following the failure of their collectivist and socialist ideology. These observations were made by Rand more than four decades ago, based on the trends she noticed at the time.

P.S.: Thus far, I have made no public comments on global warming or other environmental issues (as evidenced by my silence on this matter on my blog) simply because I had no clear grasp of the issue, I did not have adequate evidence or arguments from all sides, nor was I particularly interested in thinking about matters of this nature. My sole guiding principle was–and still is–to favor ideas, policies, laws, and practices that promote and advocate individual human advancement, achievement, and living condition on this Earth by all means possible.

I do not view the Earth as instrinsically valuable (as some supernatural deity or some anthropomorphic entity) without any regard for the betterment of the valuer (human beings). The Earth shall be protected by human activities only as a secondary consequence of the human motive for survival, production, and flourishment. Insofar as humans choose to live, produce, advance, and progress, the Earth will be taken care of secondarily. Let men live freely on this Earth, and the Earth will be taken care of.

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5 Responses to “The Global Warming Swindle”

  1. Jason said

    Being that I’m in a throwback, podunk town in Middle of Nowhere, PA, I’ll have to wait to watch the video when I return to work on Monday…

    My only true thoughts so far on global warming (DISCLAIMER: I still don’t see how all of our pollutants couldn’t have an effect on the Erath’s temp) is that it doesn’t necessarily do us harm to prevent pollution anyway, so why wouldn’t we, even if these actions aren’t causing the warming, want to pollute less?

    This is very simplistic, I realize… But I really can’t think of a drawback to wanting to pollute less and to regulate things like carbon emmissions and such if it will help preserve not only the earth (secondarily, as you truly point out), but keep mankind living healthier, longer lives through less carcinogenic pollutants in our atmosphere…

    Well, regardless, I look forward to watchiung the video on Monday…

    Hope all is well… Catch ya later…

  2. Ergo said

    Jason,

    Yes, it appears to make sense–at first glance–to simply choose to pollute less even if it is a fact that our actions have no relation whatsoever to climate change. I wonder if you notice the parallelism between this argument you proposed and the one made by Pascal (known as Pascal’s wager). It is of almost the same form of logic: even if there is no God and no hell, it is still better for us to believe in God just in case. You very well know all the great flaws in Pascal’s wager, which I remember pointing out in the comments of your blog once.

    One of the basic premises that the Pascal’s wager demands of you is to behave blindly on faith even if you’re not too sure of the content of your faith. I think there is a similar demand being made here. I am not advocating that people be irrational with their use/misuse of resources. Insofar as men choose to act in accordance to their own long-term self-interest, I don’t believe we have to make any mentions of “saving the Earth.”

    With regard to your specific question, it is raised by the experts and scientists in the documentary and is given an appropriate answer. You have to watch the documentary and look out for that part where your point is raised and responded.

  3. juan said

    You have to admit, that society has to limit how far we take our actions to justify progress… I was left speechless by the “the possible detonation, on uninhabited land north of 70° latitude, say, of a limited number of hydrogen bombs. […] The presence of those particles would serve to reduce the amount of sunlight reaching most of the Arctic’s surface. The effect would be to maintain the frigid climate of the region and to prevent the further melting of its ice or, if necessary, to increase the amount of its ice.”

    Progress… Yes. But not if the consequences require us to go this far.

  4. Luis said

    I never knew this side of the story.

    Thanks for posting the vid!

  5. thetbones said

    I never did watch this and now the video and the link are not working. Is it available somewhere else?

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