Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Why is Global Warming like the Internet?

Quick, without looking it up, who invented the internet?  It's Al Gore right?  Has to be!  It's one of those things you don't even have to look up, everyone knows it!  So how weird was it then during the opening ceremony of the London Olympic games when that weird inflatable house lifted up and they introduced the inventor of the World Wide Web:

This guy!!                      (From the really great photo recap)

Clearly NOT Al Gore!  It's Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the real inventor of the World Wide Web.

So you know what other thing everyone knows Al Gore invented?  Global Warming?  Yeah it turns out he didn't invent that either!

I don't know why but for a lot of people Al Gore is the face of Global Warming.  For reasons I understand even less, people seem to be under the impression that he invented it, as if Global Warming was something no one knew about until the late 90's.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Global Warming isn't some evil conspiracy that was hatched in the last decade or so, climate scientists have been warning us about it decades before anyone knew who Al Gore was.  Want proof?  (Trick question! You should always demand proof!)  Here you go:

Global Warming discussed in 1956:

And in 1958:

And again in 1979:

The potentially disastrous effects of greenhouse gasses and global warming was well understood by the 1950s.  It's nothing new.  Heck, Global Warming was even a plot point in the classic movie "Soylent Green"!  Global Warming is like the Internet - Al Gore may have talked a lot about both but he invented neither!

One more thing.

"I believed at that time that the planet …was warming. until I did research and found out it was all an orchestrated scam.

planet has gotten colder last 10 years. hence the not so subtle change in the media from saying ‘global warming’ to ‘climate change’. it is all connected to trying to make us all pay more taxes for our ‘carbon footprint’. in essence, you should be taxed just for breathing. good scam.   "  Billy Corgan

This is another thing I keep hearing.  They invented Global Warming but then it got cold and now to avoid egg on their faces they're trying to rebrand it as "Climate Change".  Well that sure sounds incriminating, but only if you aren't going to let facts stand in your way.  Ever hear of the IPCC?  That is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  It was established in 1988.  Long before anyone in The Smashing Pumpkins had even heard about Global Warming, in other words.  Global Warming and Climate Change have always been interchangeable terms, there is no conspiracy here.  I prefer Climate Change personally, it's a much more descriptive term.  Climate is changing and the only scam is being perpetrated by the people telling you it's not really happening.

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