Con to the question "Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?"
"I am going to speak today about the most media-hyped environmental issue of all time, global warming…
The media have missed the big pieces of the puzzle when it comes to the Earth’s temperatures and mankind’s carbon dioxide (C02) emissions. It is very simplistic to feign horror and say the one degree Fahrenheit temperature increase during the 20th century means we are all doomed. First of all, the one degree Fahrenheit rise coincided with the greatest advancement of living standards, life expectancy, food production and human health in the history of our planet. So it is hard to argue that the global warming we experienced in the 20th century was somehow negative or part of a catastrophic trend.
Second, what the climate alarmists and their advocates in the media have continued to ignore is the fact that the Little Ice Age, which resulted in harsh winters which froze New York Harbor and caused untold deaths, ended about 1850. So trying to prove man-made global warming by comparing the well-known fact that today's temperatures are warmer than during the Little Ice Age is akin to comparing summer to winter to show a catastrophic temperature trend.
In addition, something that the media almost never addresses are the holes in the theory that C02 has been the driving force in global warming. Alarmists fail to adequately explain why temperatures began warming at the end of the Little Ice Age in about 1850, long before man-made CO2 emissions could have impacted the climate. Then about 1940, just as man-made CO2 emissions rose sharply, the temperatures began a decline that lasted until the 1970’s, prompting the media and many scientists to fear a coming ice age.
Let me repeat, temperatures got colder after C02 emissions exploded. If C02 is the driving force of global climate change, why do so many in the media ignore the many skeptical scientists who cite these rather obvious inconvenient truths?"
"Hot & Cold Media Spin: A Challenge to Journalists Who Cover Global Warming," www.epw.senate.gov, Sep. 25, 2006
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Involvement and Affiliations:
Member, US Senate (R-OK), 1994-present
Member, US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
Ranking Member, US Senate Committee on Armed Services
US Representative (R-OK), Jan. 3, 1987-Nov. 15, 1994
Mayor, Tulsa (OK), 1978-1984
Member, Oklahoma State Senate, 1969-1977
Member, Oklahoma State House of Representatives, 1967-1969
Most Outstanding Conservative US Senator Award, American Conservative Union
Lifetime Service Award, Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association
Freinds of the Taxpayer Award, National Taxpayers Association
Friends of the Farm Bureau Award, American Farm Bureau
Keeper of the Flame Award, Center for Security Policy