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Wednesday, June 09, 2010
This is great. Apparently, a law professor at the University of Penn law school did a "cross examination" of the evidence for global warming.
A cross examination of global warming science conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Law and Economics has concluded that virtually every claim advanced by global warming proponents fail to stand up to scrutiny.

The cross-examination, carried out by Jason Scott Johnston, Professor and Director of the Program on Law, Environment and Economy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, found that “on virtually every major issue in climate change science, the [reports of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] and other summarizing work by leading climate establishment scientists have adopted various rhetorical strategies that seem to systematically conceal or minimize what appear to be fundamental scientific uncertainties or even disagreements.”

Professor Johnson, who expressed surprise that the case for global warming was so weak, systematically examined the claims made in IPCC publications and other similar work by leading climate establishment scientists and compared them with what is found in the peer-edited climate science literature. He found that the climate establishment does not follow the scientific method. {emphasis added} Instead, it “seems overall to comprise an effort to marshal evidence in favor of a predetermined policy preference.”


Chris A said...

Yeah, but forgot one thing:

UN warns climate change could trigger 'mega-disasters'!

Run for your lives!

Darius said...

Don't you love it when science takes its cues from movies?

Chris A said...

Well, after all, 2012 is right around the corner. How else are we going to be scared into accepting global carbon taxes to fund the proposed super-currency? The situation with the Euro is sorta messing things up.

Well, they do have that little oil spill they are trying to use to pass "energy legislation" (carbon taxes). Problem-Reaction-Solution...

And about that, I'm not making a final judgment on what went on there. I don't think anyone can at this point. But I do find it suspicious that Goldman Sachs dumped 44% of their BP stock ($250 million worth) just three weeks before the spill. That's not your average sale of stock, even for Goldman. Not only that, but Tony Hayward, the CEO of BP, dumped £1.4 million worth of his own stock in the weeks leading up to the spill. What's more, Halliburton bought the clean-up company, Boots & Coots, about a week before the spill. Talk about timing! Maybe they're all clairvoyant or something. I don't know...

Darius said...

Yeah, that is all kind of weird. But I'm wondering how often some of that happens anyway, stocks being sold and bought and what not. I'd be more suspicious if they had cleaned it up really quickly. But because it has been so bungled, it doesn't make much sense that anyone knew something was coming.

Chris A said...

How often do these kinds of massive stock sales happen? Almost never on this magnitude. We're talking a quarter of a billion dollars worth. There aren't very many company's big enough so that the bankers would even be able to own that much stock.

The fact that it is taking so long to clean up shows how much of a potential loss was there for Goldman and Hayward, and how much potential profits are there for Halliburton. Plus even if they had foreknowledge of an impending spill, that doesn't mean they knew the magnitude of it. Nor would it mean that they would have had the necessary resources even if they did know the magnitude.

Chris A said...

Something else I just learned. This is from Peter Sutherland's Wikipedia page. We all know about past issues with Wikipedia's reliability, but most of this information is verifiable via other sources. But for what it's worth...

"He is non-executive Chairman of Goldman Sachs International (a registered UK broker-dealer, a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs). He was previously non-executive chairman of BP...

He is on the steering committee of the Bilderberg Group [citation needed], a chairman of the Trilateral Commission[1] and vice chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists.[2]"

Chris A said...

Okay, I just find out what I believe may be the real scoop behind the oil spill. This comes from an industry insider, some of the information confirmed by employees of BP. I'm not asking anyone to believe this, and you probably won't hear any of this in the news. It may even sound far-fetched, so take it or leave it.

BP tried to dig a super-deep oil well, similar to one that was dug in Russia - only the Russians had enough sense to do this on land. The well is as deep as 30,000 feet, and was drilled 4 miles under the sea. What happened is that the pressure propelling the oil exceeded the ability of the equipment to contain it. In fact, according to the insider, the pressure exceeds the ability of known human technology to contain it. This may be due to the fact that there was a magma chamber in the mantle propelling the oil. And the amount of oil coming out of that hole and other plumes recently discovered has been drastically underestimated - not to mention that they airborne volatile organic compounds are the biggest threat, and the EPA is covering up the information on that.

What can they do about it? The only thing that may help, according to this guy, is a nuclear weapon. How all that works I have no clue.

How does this figure into the stock sales? I don't know, but I will speculate. Perhaps they knew this was a gamble. Better to dump your stock and buy it back if and when you find out that the drilling was successful than to risk such a disaster and lose your shirt.

Chris A said...

Let me just add this for all the Christians who might read this. We really need to pray concerning this. If the information I have heard is correct, this oil may continue to come up indefinitely - as in forever. At this point, God has to intervene. Even if they do the nuclear device thing, it could turn out very badly even if it stops the oil.

Eschatologically speaking, I'm pretty much a Preterist at this point, so I'm not saying Revelation speaks of this event or anything, but upon hearing some of the details of this insider's account, this is what came to mind.

Revelation 8:

8And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;

9And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

10And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;

11And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

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