The term “global warming” is becoming blasé. According to a recent Gallup poll, 41 percent of Americans say the concept is exaggerated. Furthermore, scientists from all over the world now believe that the Earth has actually been cooling since 2001.

Our sun, they say, is going into a cooling phase and it’s the sun and not the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that actually determines how hot or cold it gets down here.

This hasn’t sidetracked the old global warming bunch. To keep those contributions rolling in they’ve adopted new buzzwords like “climate change” and “global volatility.”

What they’re trying to tell us is that anytime the weather changes, it’s still our fault. We drive our cars too much, and the wind blows excessively. Burn too much diesel, and it will make it hot or cold or too much of one or not enough of the other. We’ve made weather too volatile, more unpredictable.

I remember a Memphis March evening in 1968 when Channel 5 weatherman Dave Brown predicted the following day would be precipitation-free. When Memphians awoke the next morning, March 22, a 17-inch blanket of snow had nestled into a landscape beginning to show the first signs of spring. Being 16 years old at the time, I didn’t care much that Dave Brown got it wrong, but what could be more unpredictable than that?

The United Nations still hasn’t heard the news about global warming. They’re going ahead with plans to regulate us back into an unspoiled environmental state. They’re doing this without a solid consensus among scientists.

An article in The Australian online newspaper quotes three Japanese scientists who question the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent acceptance of the premise that man-made gas emissions are causing global warming.

“I believe the anthropogenic (man-made) effect for climate change is still only one of the hypotheses to explain the variability of climate,” said Kanya Kusano, a research group leader with the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science’s Earth Simulator project. He added that it could take 10 to 20 years more research to prove or disprove the theory of man-made climate change.

“Before anyone noticed, this hypothesis has been substituted for truth,” said Shunichi Akasofu, founding director of the University of Alaska’s International Arctic Research Centre.

The Australian noted that Tokyo Institute of Technology geology professor Shigenori Maruyama said there was widespread skepticism among his colleagues about the IPCC’s latest assessment report that said most of the observed global temperature increase since the mid-20th century “is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations.”

“Our nation must pay huge amounts of money to buy carbon discharge rights,” Akasofu said. “This is not reasonable, but meaningless if global cooling will come soon — scientists will lose trust.”

The article concluded with a not so surprising observation from Maruyama who said many scientists were doubtful about man-made climate-change theory, but did not want to risk their funding from the government or bad publicity from the mass media, which he said was leading society in the wrong direction.

The scientists also made it clear they are not on one side or another of the global warming issue. It simply has not been debated, or researched, enough, despite what we’re told.

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