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Former Vice President Al Gore, whose “An Inconvenient Truth” video epistle on the claims of global warming has not weathered recent scientific research, now has promised at a conference in the United Kingdom that the impending virtual energy tax under the U.S. “cap-and-trade” legislation will bring about “global governance.”
And two more studies – one by the Leibniz Institute of Marine Science and the Max Planck Institute of Meteorology in Germany and another by the University of Wisconsin – predict a slowing, or even a reversal of warming, for at least the next 10 to 20 years.
“The most recent global warming that began in 1977 is over, and the Earth has entered a new phase of global cooling,” says Don Easterbrook, professor of geology at Western Washington University in Bellingham.
He maintains that a switch in Pacific Ocean currents “assures about three decades of global cooling. New solar data showing unusual absence of sun spots and changes in the sun’s magnetic field suggest … the present episode of global cooling may be more severe than the cooling of 1945 to 1977.”
Climatologist Joe D’Aleo of the International Climate and Environmental Change Assessment Project says new data “show that in five of the last seven decades since World War II, including this one, global temperatures have cooled while carbon dioxide has continued to rise.”
Gore told the conference he was bringing “good news” from the U.S.: that President Obama had secured billions of dollars for renewable energy work.
He noted that two week ago, the House of Representatives passed the Waxman-Markey bill, “which for all of its flaws does put a price on carbon.”
“It’s very much a step in the right direction. It achieves real reductions below the 1990 base level by 2020, and that is the threshold that many have said … will dramatically increase the prospects for success,” Gore said.
He said “awareness” will drive the change “through global governance.”
Gore also discussed a lack of efficiency in energy processes.
At the Climate Depot website, writers recalled that French President Jacques Chirac in 2000 confirmed that the U.N.’s Kyoto Protocol – to which the U.S. has not subscribed – is “the first component of an authentic global governance.”
He said, “For the first time, humanity is instituting a genuine instrument of global governance. From the very earliest age, we should make environmental awareness a major theme of education and a major theme of political debate, until respect for the environment comes to be as fundamental as safeguarding our rights and freedoms. By acting together, by building this unprecedented instrument, the first component of an authentic global governance, we are working for dialogue and peace.”
At a later U.N. conference in Bali, Indonesia, Othmar Schwank, who has advocated for global taxes, said wealthly nations like the U.S. need to “contribute significantly more to this global fund.”
According to a forum page participant at the London Times Online, Gore’s endorsement of such taxes isn’t altogether intended to solve problems.
“I’ve driven by Al’s palatial digs in suburban Nashville and it is quite large. He got clowned recently for the size of his power bills and now is mad at the rest of us. He stands to make a mint over the Cap & Trade legislation if passed and signed into law,” said one participant.
“We know your Scam Mr. Gore and the Globalists. Make CO2 a pollutant and then turn it into GOLD by trading it on the BOGUS open market for $$$. We know what you and your ilk are up to and we the people will defeat you. Follow the money!” said another.
“Global warming is NOT a problem. Al Gore is a nut. The earth has actually maintained average temperatures since 2001. It amazes me that the EU has drunk the cool aid and is jumping off the cliff with AL like lemmings. I hope the USA does not follow suit,” said a third.
WND also reported that a team of scientists with years of expertise in climate issues recently wrote to Congress asserting the “sky is not falling” and there is no evidence man is causing global warming.
The letter was signed by physics professors Robert H. Austin and William Happer of Princeton, environmental sciences professor S. Fred Singer of the University of Virginia, retired manager for strategic planning at ExxonMobil Roger Cohen, physics professor (emeritus) Harold W. Lewis at UC-Santa Barbara and others.
Their names are tied to long lists of initials, including APS, or the American Physical Society; AAAS, or the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and AGU, or the American Geophysical Union.