Climate Change
Man-made climate change due to the "pollutant" carbon dioxide (CO2) will destroy civilization! We must take drastic measures to save the planet now! This has been the multi-decade international campaign of some scientists, Hollywood types, leftist politicians and the media, popularized by the 2006 documentary film with Al Gore, "An Inconvenient Truth". The upcoming 5th Assessment report [AR5] of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is being trumpeted as further proof (they are now 95% sure of man-made global warming). The Gray Area actually believes that humans are doing harm to the environment, but the facts don't support that climate change is affected by humans. This is not just from the 2009 "climategate" scandal, but a growing number of scientists also agree. This will come as heresy to the leftists who have built their belief systems or careers on this campaign, but it is nonetheless true - facts don't support the claim. The Global Warming Primer, Second Edition, by the NCPA provides counterpoints to the film's message. "The fact is that CO2 is not a pollutant. CO2 is a colorless and odorless gas, exhaled at high concentrations by each of us, and a key component of the biosphere's life cycle. Plants do so much better with more CO2 that greenhouse operators often increase the CO2 concentrations by factors of three or four to get better growth. This is no surprise since plants and animals evolved when CO2 concentrations were about 10 times larger than they are today." The Earth has had cyclical weather patterns since its creation. Ice sheets covered and retreated around the globe four times. We are currently in the 5th warming cycle over the last 400,000 years, and it is the least severe, according to "The Big Picture" at There is scientific data ad-nausea-um on the subject of climate change at that site. So why the high volume messaging that man-made climate change exists - follow the money and the political advantage that comes from it. Government funding for academic research, growth of government bureaucracies, excuse for raising taxes, tax payer funded subsidies and a big lure for charitable donations. So, as you read the left and right positions on climate change below, remember, the truth is "petroleum saved the whales", "coal saved the forests" and "wealthier is healthier".

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from The Gray Area:
The reaction of the propaganda media in America to the wildfires in Canada follows the axiom, 'never let a crisis go to waste.' The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBCNews and The White House, to mention just a few, were all over the climate change political narrative as the reason for this and for every wildfire. “[It’s] yet another alarming example of the ways in which the climate crisis is disturbing our lives and our communities,Jean-Pierre said during the White House press briefing. “The west coast has dealt with this for some time.” In an Opinion piece this weekend in the Wall Street Journal, That’s Smoke, Not Climate Change, writer Mary Anastasia O'Grady nails the political narratives being passed around last week. "Canadian forest fires provide fresh fuel for the familiar simplistic political narrative...Their claims are bunk." ... Evaluating the causes of this complex event call for humility, curiosity and thoughtfulness. But, media types, and politicians like Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, President Biden and others, who all say the science confirms their climate change rhetoric are wrong. A 2020 study, “Trends in Canadian Forest Fires, 1959–2019,” found that “there was a sharp increase in destruction caused by forest fires” in the first half of that 60-year period, “and a general decline in the second half.” The study, published by the Vancouver-based Fraser Institute, reported that “the all-time peak of fire activity in 1989 involved some 7.6 million hectares burned, while the most recent national data show only 1.8 million hectares burned in 2019.” Fire activity varied significantly across the country. Whereas Alberta had its second-highest fire loss in 2019 (1981 was its worst), in the prairie provinces “peak fire activity occurred several decades ago.” In the east, levels of forest fire activity were “steady.” Two years later, Quebec’s boreal forests are ablaze, New York is eating the smoke—mostly due to a fluke weather system—and the anti-fossil-fuel crowd isn’t about to let a crisis go to waste. Drought conditions make matters worse when there’s a fire. But the blazes themselves are often caused by lightning. Fire is part of the natural life cycle of a forest; it’s what spurs those pine cones, carrying seeds, to open up. Some extreme environmentalists think forests should remain out of bounds to all humans. But as Natural Resources Canada points out, “There is no such thing as untouched forest in Canada”—or one that’s unchanging. “In the forest, nothing is ever static. This is particularly true in the boreal forest, which is ecologically adapted to renew itself through disturbances such as fire.” Ms. O'Grady offers the best way to describe the left's reaction to forest fires, 'simplistic political narrative'. More From The Wall Street Journal (subscription required):

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