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RUSH: All right, here are the two global warming stories, and, you know, it’s interesting. The first one comes from Duke University. (interruption). Yes, it does. Actually the first story is from a 2005 Duke University study. “Sun’s Direct Role in Global Warming May Be Underestimated, Duke Physicists Report.” How long before somebody accuses these guys of being rapists? Well, that’s what happens, you know, when you go off the liberal reservation. They come after you. “At least ten to 30% of global warming measured during the past two decades may be due to increased solar output rather than factors such as increased heat absorbing carbon dioxide gas released by various human activities, two Duke University physicists report.”
They go on to demonstrate here through science and objective thinking why the hysteria of the left regarding the misnomer global warming is, as I have always said, it’s political. Scaremongering on the earth’s climate is not based on science and the reason that they can get away with it is because science and math, as we all know, is horribly taught in this country. Look at the science and math scores. We know they’re horrible. The United States was near the bottom of the heap in industrialized nations when it comes to teaching and learning science and math. The second story was in the Washington Times, today.
“Global warming may not be as dramatic as some scientists have predicted. Using temperature readings from the past 100 years, 1,000 computer simulations and the evidence left in ancient tree rings, Duke University scientists announced yesterday that ‘the magnitude of future global warming will likely fall well short of current highest predictions.'” They’re not predictions; they’re wild guesses! “Supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation, the Duke researchers noted that some observational studies predicted that the Earth’s temperature could rise as much as 16 degrees in this century because of an increase in carbon dioxide or other so-called greenhouse gases. The Duke estimates show the chances that the planet’s temperature will rise even by 11 degrees is only 5 percent, which falls in line with previous, less-alarming predictions that meteorologists made almost three decades ago. Marked climate change in other centuries resulted from ‘external forcing,’ said the Duke findings.”

At any rate, you do now have some scientific community members from elite leftist institutions now who are worried about their reputations, and I would think a lot of scientists would be. They don’t want to get lumped in with this mad dash to insanity that is based purely on politics and money — and then National Geographic news: “Climate Less Sensitive to Greenhouse Gases Than Predicted, Study Says. How sensitive is Earth’s climate? Sufficient to warm by at least several degrees in response to greenhouse gas pollution but perhaps not as sensitive as some scientists have feared, according to a new study. Climate sensitivity is a measure of how much the global temperature will warm in response to greenhouse gas emissions, explained Gabriele Hegerl, a climate scientist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.” What’s happening here? Duke University is trying to corner the market in anti-global warming news. I wonder if we will ever hear of these people again in a professional sense.

“The study’s results refute recent research suggesting that the climate may be susceptible to extreme increases in temperature. But Hegerl cautions that the findings do not diminish the threat of global warming.” Oh, of course not, they don’t diminish the “threat,” no, no, no! The climate may not be as susceptible to it, and it may not be as bad, but, oh, we can’t deny there’s global warming. Now, you know what’s happening. As the leftist environmental wackos hear this and other leftist intellectuals and they find out that all this contrary study and data is coming from Duke within the context of the Duke rape case, you just know that the left has got somebody out there saying, “I knew there was something wrong at Duke. Everybody thinks it’s this rape thing, but it’s their science department! I knew there was something wrong at Duke.”
Oh, and then there’s this from the Associated Press. “In what appears to be an amazing success for American medicine, preliminary government figures released yesterday showed that the annual number of deaths in the US dropped by nearly 50,000 in 2004. That’s the biggest year-to-year decline in nearly 70 years. The 2% decrease reported by the National Center for Health Statistics came as a shock to many experts because the US population is increasing, growing older and getting fatter.” It just means the experts are wrong! It means the climate isn’t killing us, it means we’ve got the best health care system in the world and all we have is a crisis, panic-oriented community on the left that gins up doom and gloom every day.
We all know the life expectancy is increasing. We all know people are living longer. How does this story even get written as though it’s news? The headline here: “Americans Are Suddenly Dying Less Often…” What a headline! “Americans Are Suddenly Dying Less Often, Early Data Suggests.” I swear, folks, these people are just… I don’t care whether it’s job numbers or it’s economic numbers or whatever numbers we’re talking about, the experts are always shocked because they’re obsessed with pessimism and negativity. Almost the whole movement now, liberalism, is almost apocalyptic. It’s gone beyond just mere pessimism and doom and gloom. They’re just a bunch of apocalyptic dead-enders.

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