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Friday, December 14, 2007

Pope Condemns Al Gore

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Well, not specifically by name anyway, but Al Gore's recent Nobel Peace Prize certainly played a role in the Pope's comprehensive condemnation of global warming environmental hysteria and the ecology prophets of doom -- (Al Gore being their ring leader).

The Earth is getting warmer, that's an established scientific fact we've known for over 100 years. Yes, that's right. Scientists have been watching the average temperature on the planet increase for over 100 years. What a lot of people don't know is that for the last 150 years, we've been emerging from an ice age. Scientists officially call it the "Little-Ice-Age" and it started in the latter middle ages (around AD 1250), and lasted until the infancy of the United States of America (around AD 1800). Below is a chart chronicling average temperature for the last 2,000 years....

You'll notice in the graph above that the most recent period of global warming began around 1800, and will probably continue for some time. Scientists estimate that the last time the earth cycled into the same kind of extreme warming trend, we now appear to be in, was about 8,000 years ago. Alarmists frequently neglect to tell us that the planet Mars is also experiencing a similar emergence from an ice age. (read more here) Yes, that's right. Mars is going through global warming, just like Earth. Coincidence? Maybe it has something to do with those Martian SUVs and their alien carbon footprint? Or maybe it's something else? What could Mars and Earth have in common? Well, they're both planets in our solar system. Hmm. Solar system? Could the word "solar" have something to do with it? Could it be that perhaps the SUN is causing global warming, not only on Earth, but on Mars, and all inner planets of our solar system with an atmosphere?

Here's the science in a nutshell -- REAL SCIENCE I might add, not crackpot global warming hysteria. The sun emits cosmic rays. These cosmic rays influence the amount of cloud formation on the inner planets of the solar system with an atmosphere (Venus, Earth and Mars). Since Mercury and the Moon have no atmosphere, this does not apply to them. The more cosmic rays the sun emits, the more cloud formation increases on atmospheric planets. Cloud formation reflects ultraviolet sunlight, which in turn drops global temperatures. Okay, everybody got that? Don't worry, I'll review...
1. Solar cosmic rays cause planetary atmospheres to make more clouds.
2. Clouds reflect ultraviolet sunlight away from the Earth.
3. Less ultraviolet sunlight means lower global temperatures.

Okay, now we move on to science lesson #2. Solar disturbances (like sunspots) decrease the amount of cosmic rays the sun emits. That in turn reduces overall cloud cover on atmospheric planets (like Venus, Earth and Mars). Less cloud cover means more ultraviolet sunlight can get through, which heats the overall planet temperature. Here's the review...
1. Solar disturbances (like sunspots) decrease solar cosmic rays.
2. Less cosmic rays means less cloud cover on planetary atmospheres.
3. Less cloud cover means more ultraviolet sunlight gets through -- warming the planet.

Over the last 20 years, science has found increasing linkage between the number of solar disturbances (sunspots) and planetary temperatures here on Earth. See the following graph for details...

No matter how you slice it, the evidence of global warming on Mars cannot be denied either. It too correlates with sunspots. Mankind does not live on Mars. We have no "carbon footprint" there. What does this mean. It means the global warming environmental hysteria, pushed by Al Gore and his socialist cronies in the mainstream media and Hollywood, is nothing but hype! It's based on bad science, that really isn't even science. The biggest "greenhouse gas" in the atmosphere isn't even carbon. It's humidity! Yes, that's right, water molecules in the air have a far more significant effect on temperature than carbon does. In fact, any effect carbon has is minimal at best.

So along comes Pope Benedict XVI to put down the CULT of global warming environmentalism and the false prophets of ecological doom -- such as Al Gore. Before releasing his condemnation, Pope Benedict XVI ordered that the Vatican be renovated to become the most ecologically friendly nation on the planet -- so as to lead by example. The pope advocates a real and sincere kind of conservation of environmental resources, and an overall reduction of pollution, for no other reason than the fact that God Himself has charged mankind as the caretaker and steward of this planet. People MUST do what they can to protect and preserve this planet, but NOT at the expense of human suffering and lives. The kind of environmentalism that Al Gore advocates, along with the rest of his doomsday prophet ilk, is the kind of environmentalism that stunts development of the third world, resulting in human suffering. This is unacceptable, the pope tells us, and this "save the planet" cult must be replaced with a Christian form of ecological conservation that puts the welfare of human beings first...
(Daily Mail) - Pope Benedict XVI has launched a surprise attack on climate change prophets of doom, warning them that any solutions to global warming must be based on firm evidence and not on dubious ideology.

The leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics suggested that fears over man-made emissions melting the ice caps and causing a wave of unprecedented disasters were nothing more than scare-mongering.

The German-born Pontiff said that while some concerns may be valid it was vital that the international community based its policies on science rather than the dogma of the environmentalist movement.

His remarks will be made in his annual message for World Peace Day on January 1, but they were released as delegates from all over the world convened on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali for UN climate change talks.

The 80-year-old Pope said the world needed to care for the environment but not to the point where the welfare of animals and plants was given a greater priority than that of mankind....

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