Al Gore's oft-repeated assertion there exists a "consensus" within the scientific community that human activity has accelerated global warming to perilous levels was officially and strongly rejected last month by thousands of participating scientists of the Oregon Institute of Science & Medicine (OISM).
Debunking the climatic doomsday scenarios advanced by Gore, environmental activists and their opportunistic political allies in D.C., 31,000 scientists petitioned the U.S. Government to reject Kyoto or any similar proposals noting that dire "predictions of harmful climatic effects due to future increases in minor greenhouse gases like CO2 are in error and do not conform to current experimental knowledge" and that "proposed limits on greenhouse gases would [in fact] harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind."
With scientific certitude, their petition maintained that "there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of CO2, methane or other greenhouse gases is causing, or will in the foreseeable future cause, catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of Earth's climate."
The petition went on to state that "there is substantial evidence that increased CO2 is environmentally helpful...creating many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth."
It should be noted that the countervailing "scientific consensus" about which Gore and his minions are so fond of citing reflects the viewpoints of 600 scientists who represent less than 1% of the worldwide scientific community! Do the math.
Is it any wonder why Gore stubbornly and nimbly refuses to debate the "issue" with those representing a divergent scientific view?
Ah, yet again, another shattered myth perpetuated by our ambitious friends on the far left. Looks like the high priests of environmentalism will soon need to find another way to advance their dreams of social control and political dominance. We can only hope that their fall from grace occurs before they've managed to completely wreck our economy.
("The largest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy, and prosperity is no longer socialism. It is, instead, the ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous ideology of environmentalism." Pres. Vaclav Klaus, President of Czech Republic, May '08)