|The Week That Was
December 23, 2000
NEW ON THE SEPP WEB:
An editorial (11/26/00) in The Sunday Telegraph (London) exposes the sham and futility of the Hague climate exercise.
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AN APPEAL: How you can help SEPP fulfill its mission
The Science & Environmental Policy Project began in late 1990 as a research effort by atmospheric physicist S. Fred Singer and a handful of graduate students. The Project had two goals: (1) to gather material for a book on global environmental issues, and (2) to conduct a survey of scientists affiliated with the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to determine the extent of what was, even then, being touted as scientific "consensus" on global warming.
What the graduate students discovered with their survey convinced Dr. Singer to set his book aside and instead to circulate among senior members of the American Meteorological Society a "Statement by Atmospheric Scientists" on greenhouse warming, which was quickly endorsed by 46 leading climatologists and atmospheric physicists (and eventually by nearly 100). That statement, issued on February 27, 1992, drew widespread media attention and was cited more than 150 times in the press. It was the first inkling journalists had that there was no scientific consensus on the reality of a global warming. Indeed, there has been raging debate.
SEPP was incorporated in the state of Virginia in 1992, and established as a nonprofit, 501(c)3 educational organization in late 1993. Today, having expanded from that core of 46 scientists, it draws on an international network of some of the finest minds in science who donate their time to promoting sound, credible, peer-reviewed research as the only basis for the health and environmental policies that affect us all.
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THE ICE AGE COMETH?
Larry Ephron, who holds degrees in clinical psychology and sociology, warns in his book, "THE END: The imminent ICE AGE & how we can stop it!," that, believe it or not, "we may stop eating in less than seven years" due to catastrophic global cooling. Scientific expert and now funny man, Robin Williams, thinks it is "one of the most relevant books since the last ice age."
Reactions to the predictions, however, are mixed. Victor Kovda, former President of the Scientific Committee for Environmental Problems, International Council of Scientific Unions, "consider this completely valid requires immediate action," and Greg Watson, Office of Science and Technology, Commonwealth of Massachusetts and science adviser to Governor Michael Dukakis, thinks "we have absolutely no time to lose." On the other hand, Dave Foreman, Founder of Earth First!, "welcomes it as a much needed cleaning ... I see no possible solution to our ruination of Earth except for a drastic reduction of the human population."
Larry, who is also the founding director of the Institute for a Future, suggests that an icy future can be averted if we take drastic action NOW. We simply must plant billions of new trees and drastically cut our fossil fuel usage. A few skeptics, however, propose that the Earth might actually warm due to increases in carbon dioxide, and the government, go figure, has actually warmed to the idea. Scientists have received the hint, wink wink, that "warming research would be funded by the government and cooling would not,"
What in the world can we do in the face of these cooling naysayers? In
the words of Patricia Ellsberg: "Don't polarize hope and despair.
. Just be open, fully aware. That is the scariness of this time. If you
let it flow, if you let that flow - those impacted feelings of despair
- you'll see that the energy starts coming."
And now for some further levity, from a NON-admirer of our efforts:
SUBJECT: CHRISTMAS 2025
From: Michael De Nola <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The children were sweating on top of their beds,
The sun fried us both with UV radiation,
With a little old driver, so lively and glib,
"Now, Wojick! now, Idsos! Baliunas and VIXEN!
I leaned out the window and perched on the frame.