Friday, February 02, 2007

Let The Spin Begin

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes (IPCC) has issued an authoritative report which concludes Global Warming exists, is man made and will continue for centuries, and rising sea levels and temperatures will continue even with efforts made to control emissions.

The United Nations IPCC, composed of 2,500 scientists from more than 113 countries also said it was "very likely", meaning more than 90 percent probable, that human activities - primarily the burning of fossil fuels explained most of the warming over the past 50 years.

A PDF summary of the report or a web-cast of the conference is available at The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change website.

The release of the report comes shortly after Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said at a hearing that evidence indicated Bush administration officials had tried to "mislead the public by injecting doubt into the science of global warming." as reported by the Chicago Tribune.

Also making news, the Guardian is reporting that the American Enterprise Institute, an ultra conservative Exxon-Mobil funded lobbying group with close ties to the Bush Administration has offered to pay scientists and Global Warming critics a sum of $10,000 to emphasize shortcomings in the IPCC report.

Liberal Progressive website Think Progress is also reporting that "Prominent global warming deniers, such as Rush Limbaugh and Sen. James Inhofe, have already been downplaying the report and contravening the science."

Which goes to prove that no amount of science can change the mind or mouths of those who are financially or politically motivated to hold to a certain conclusion.

They repeat "there is no such thing as global warming" and it reminds me of the mobsters who repeat "there is no such thing as the mob" and it reaffirms the Nazi belief that if one repeats a lie often enough that people will believe it.

In the coming days and weeks we can expects to see the usual pundits and quasi scientist try to debunk the evidence presented in the IPCC report without offering any real evidence to the contrary.

Those who deny global warming now will in the future be viewed much the same as people who once believed the world was flat, as ignorant, almost inexplicably so.

So now, we sit back and wait for the Spin to begin.