by Gregory J. Rummo
March 6, 2009
Gregory J. Rummo
has an M.S. in chemistry. He is a businessman,
syndicated columnist and the author of two books; “The
View from the Grass Roots,” and “The View from the Grass
Roots, Another Look.” Contact him through his website,
Last June I found myself somewhere over Central America at about
37,000 feet in a 757, en route to the Andes Mountains in Peru for an
annual missionary trek that I have been a part of since 1999.
While getting a cup of coffee in the
galley in the rear of the aircraft, I struck up a conversation with
a Peruvian who wanted to know what a Gringo was doing traveling to
his country for the eighth time in ten years. I explained that our
treks through the mountains to visit different villages of
indigenous Quechua often took us through passes or pasos
de portachuelos at the edge of snow fields starting around
In ten or twenty years all the snow and ice will be gone from the
Nevados of the Cordillera Blanca because of global warming, he said
to me in Spanish.
So when I arrived a day later in the city of Huaraz in the Callejon
de Huaylas, I was curious to see if in fact the glaciers had
retreated and if the snow cover was reduced from prior years. What I
learned was in fact, just the opposite - from my own photographs and
from the testimonies of the people with whom I spoke over the next
Despite the ‘consensus’ of scientists that we are told agree that
global warming is a fact, I observed more snow on the mountains, the
glaciers had seemingly grown in size, and the climate had become
noticeably cooler. The locals - virtually all of them farmers -
And last year was in fact the first year
we had hiked through the Cordillera Negra - the more temperate and
dryer range of the Peruvian Andes - and experienced cloudy days with
wind-blown chilling rains.
Consensus is a dangerous thing.
Remember the great scare over
Y2K, when some of the most
brilliant minds of our generation arrived at a “consensus” that
predicted the end of the world at midnight on December 31, 1999?
In a similar vein we have the
economic crisis of 2008 - a grand
mal version of the Bernie Madoff-Ponzi Scheme that duped some
of the best minds of the finance world. The consensus of a majority
of leading economists and bankers that included the then Treasury
Secretary and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve was that the
economy was sound only months before the world imploded.
As many governments of the world including the United States are
poised to burden their citizens with a carbon tax, perhaps now would
be a good time to reconsider whether the consensus is again very
I am speaking about the consensus over anthropogenic
(human-caused) carbon dioxide-induced global warming - or
should I say what used to be called ‘global warming’ until the data
that poured in over the last several years showing that the earth
has cooled drastically has made its hysterical proponents employ the
classic bait-and-switch use of the term ‘climate change’.
Now any meteorological anomaly - can
serve as ‘evidence’ for Apocalypse Now.
The consensus over climate change is largely based on suspect
computer models that cannot predict the weather a week into the
future let alone the state of the world’s climate decades from now.
Much of the science is junk science and almost all of the data is
subject to interpretation by humans many of which have their own
ideologically driven agendas.
This has been used to rally support from
celebrities who along with the government are only too willing to
help support the funding of pet research projects.
There’s a religious, cult-like component
requiring belief in “Gaia”
or “Mother Earth” embraced by global warming proponent and
Richard Branson and movie
M. Night Shyamalan among
others. And a complicit and largely science-challenged gaggle of
mainstream journalists is all-too willing to cooperate in the
Climate change should neither portend the end of the world nor
should it come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the Earth’s
climate history. There have been long epochs of warmer climate on
the earth during the Medieval Warm Period, for example, which
spanned 400 years from 1000-1400, and decades of colder climate such
Little Ice Age, which spanned from
the 16th to the mid-19th centuries.
It seems a touch arrogant for us humans to presume that because we
have witnessed minor warming during the 20th century that this is
unusual or worrisome.
The book of Genesis reminds us:
“While the earth remains, seedtime
and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night
shall not cease.”
Who is to say that a slightly warmer
earth would not be beneficial to mankind?
Medieval Warm Period, infant
mortality rates shrank throughout Europe as swamps dried up and the
population of mosquitoes - vectors for a number of fatal diseases -
My observations in the Peruvian Andes last June have been born out
by a number of other scientists.
David Deming a geophysicist and Adjunct Scholar at the
National Center for Policy Analysis and an Associate
Professor of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma,
writing in the Washington Times on December 10 stated,
“…The last two years of global
cooling have nearly erased 30 years of temperature increases. To
the extent that global warming ever existed, it is now
officially over. This year began with a severe spell of winter
weather in China.
Observers characterized it as the largest natural disaster to
hit China in decades. By the end of January, blizzards and cold
temperatures had killed 60 people and caused millions to lose
electric service. Nearly a million buildings were damaged and
airports had to close. Hong Kong had the second-longest cold
spell since 1885.
A temperature of 33.6 degrees
Fahrenheit was barely higher than the record low of 32 degrees F
set in 1893. Other countries in Asia also experienced record
But not even colder than normal weather
can dissuade the ‘climate-change’ fear mongers.
After Nature published the
results of a computer model showing that nearly the entire Antarctic
continent had not cooled over the past 50 years, as the real-world
observational data showed, but had warmed instead, Christopher
Monckton, Chief Policy Adviser for the Science & Public
Policy Institute commented that the analysis in the ‘warming
“depends not on actual temperature
measurements, nor on other observations from the real world,
which unequivocally show that Antarctica has been cooling for
half a century, but on statistical ‘interpolation’ of made-up
data between the rather sparse observations from Antarctic
Ironically, the point may be moot.
Fred S. Singer, President and
Founder of Science and Environment Policy Project explains,
“Not long ago we learned that a
cooling Antarctica was ‘consistent with’ greenhouse warming and
thus the skeptics were wrong. So a warming Antarctica and a
cooling Antarctica are both ‘consistent with’ model projections
of global warming.
Our foray into the tortured logic of
‘consistent with’ in climate science raises the perennial
question, what observations of the climate system would be
inconsistent with the model predictions?”
Deroy Murdock, a columnist with
the Scripps Howard News Service, explained in December that
the year 2008 was the coldest since 1997.
With the winter of 2008-2009 barely
underway, Murdock listed among other meteorological phenomena; an
8-inch snowstorm in New Orleans, a half-inch of snow in Malibu,
three-inches in Las Vegas and snow across southern Brazil.
He also cited temperature data showing
that last summer was the third-coldest on record for Anchorage,
Alaska causing a 13.5% expansion of Arctic sea ice - an area about
the size of the state of Texas.
Murdock asked Dr. Martin Hertzberg, a physical chemist and
retired Navy meteorologist,
“So, is this all just propaganda
concocted by Chevron-funded, right-wing, flat-Earthers?”
Hertzberg’s answer was interesting.
“As a scientist and life-long
liberal Democrat, I find the constant regurgitation of the
anecdotal, fear-mongering clap-trap about human-caused global
warming to be a disservice to science.”
Murdock quotes from a letter written to
British members of Parliament last October from Imperial College
of London astrophysicist and long range forecaster Piers
“Global Warming is over, and
Global Warming Theory has failed. There is no
evidence that CO2 drives world temperatures or any
consequent climate change… According to official data in every
year since 1998, world temperatures have been colder than that
year, yet CO2 has been rising rapidly.”
“That evening, as the House of
Commons debated legislation on so-called ‘global warming,’
October snow fell in London for the first time since 1922.”