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Monday, 29 August 2011

Global Sunning: Are You Listening, Mr Gore?

CERN Scientists Disprove Manmade Global Warming
It's been officially proven. Global warming is caused by...(drum roll please) THE SUN.  Not that you are going to hear about that. Never mind that it was leading scientists ensconced at CERN who discovered this. Never mind that the evidence is conclusive. Why aren't we going to hear about it? Because the Church of Al Gore and its millions of devotees is a powerful force indeed. Imagine all the organizations, all the pseudo-ecologists, the greenies and the meanies, the "please put a wind turbine on my farm and pay me lots and lots of money" folk who have a huge stake in keeping the first commandment of  the Church of Al Gore intact: "Thou shalt have no other source of possible global warming except man, woman and possibly smelly cows."

Millions and trillions of dollars have been poured into propping up the theory that global warming is anthropogenic. No other causes were even allowed to be put forth. But an enterprising Danish physicist named Henrik Svensmark postulated years ago that global warming was caused by "cosmic rays which act as seeds for cloud formation." When two scientists from the Danish Space Research Institute presented this idea to a scientific conference in the UK (1996) it the chairman was immediately ridiculed by Bert Bolin, who was the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He slammed them and attempted to humiliate them by saying: "I find the move from this pair scientifically extremely naive and irresponsible."  Case closed. The brave Danes found themselves totally locked out of further funding despite the fact that they had top credentials. However, two important scientists did not back down and actually took on board what the Danes said. One of them was physicist Nigel Calder (editor of the New Scientist) and the other was Jasper Kirkby who was already working at CERN in Switzerland. Kirkby convinced the CERN management that the Danes' theory might indeed be provable. It was through Kirkby's intercession that a cloud chamber was constructed within CERN to test the theory. The chamber was called CLOUD (an acronym for "Cosmics Leaving Outdoor Droplets"). But though the project was approved it was not always smooth sailing.

Lawrence Solomon in the Financial Post writes:

But Mr. Kirkby made the same tactical error that the Danes had — not realizing how politicized the global warming issue was, he candidly shared his views with the scientific community.“The theory will probably be able to account for somewhere between a half and the whole of the increase in the Earth’s temperature that we have seen in the last century,” Mr. Kirkby told the scientific press in 1998, explaining that global warming may be part of a natural cycle in the Earth’s temperature.

The global warming establishment sprang into action, pressured the Western governments that control CERN, and almost immediately succeeded in suspending CLOUD. It took Mr. Kirkby almost a decade of negotiation with his superiors, and who knows how many compromises and unspoken commitments, to convince the CERN bureaucracy to allow the project to proceed. And years more to create the cloud chamber and convincingly validate the Danes’ groundbreaking theory.

Yet this spectacular success will be largely unrecognized by the general public for years — this column will be the first that most readers have heard of it — because CERN remains too afraid of offending its government masters to admit its success. Weeks ago, CERN formerly decided to muzzle Mr. Kirby and other members of his team to avoid “the highly political arena of the climate change debate,” telling them “to present the results clearly but not interpret them” and to downplay the results by “mak[ing] clear that cosmic radiation is only one of many parameters.” The CERN study and press release is written in bureaucratese and the version of Mr. Kirkby’s study that appears in the print edition of Nature censored the most eye-popping graph — only those who know where to look in an online supplement will see the striking potency of cosmic rays in creating the conditions for seeding clouds.

So while the discovery has been made and the evidence is clear, the Church of Al Gore is still more powerful than CERN. And CERN wants to continue to get funded. They aren't in any hurry to upset anyone. And it will remain that way, until a big fireball of cosmic rays from the sun comes and burns a bush in Al Gore's back lawn. Maybe like Moses, Al will finally get off the global warming mountain and come and be with one with the truth.

At least Moses gracefully knew when the gig was up.