Alarmist: Science Doesn’t Matter

by Paul Chesser, Heartland Institute Correspondent on February 16, 2009

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As unusual as it has been for global warming alarmists to debate skeptics, I have found it even more rare to find a mainstream news outlet — anywhere — to cover the issue surrounding states’ global warming commissions and the Center for Climate Strategies. Well, after traveling all the way to Anchorage a few weeks ago, I finally found a local TV station who was interested in hearing about it: ABC’s affiliate, which broadcasts throughout Alaska.

It turned out that I was there (when the station did a report about my concerns) on the day before the Alaska Climate Change Sub-Cabinet, as it’s called up there, was to meet. So after hearing what I had to say, reporter Bob Mallory checked out the meeting to see what CCS and panel members had to say. From his report, where he said a carbon tax was under consideration:

Mallory: As far as scientific debate as to whether global warming is occurring, that’s something that won’t be happening in these meetings.

CCS facilitator Gloria Flora: I think when you look at Gov. Palin’s executive order, and (Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation) Commissioner (Larry) Hartig has made it very clear, that we’re not here to debate who did what when, where are these emissions coming from…we know that there is far more carbon and CO2 in the atmosphere.

In a further on-air discussion with anchor Ty Hardt, Mallory explains how the state’s contract with CCS (as is the case in every state) forbids any discussion or debate about the science of global warming. And in the written version of the report for the station’s Web site, Flora makes this amazing statement:

ABC Alaska News asked Flora, what if the science behind climate change is wrong? Her response: “So what? We’ve saved money. We’ve saved resources. We’ve improved our health. We’ve improved the environment. So, if we’re wrong, hallelujah! You know, we just did a lot of really good things.”

To give you a flavor of the Grape Nuts that CCS is hiring to run their state climate commission meetings, YouTube has a short clip of Flora in full-alarmism.

Matt February 16, 2009 at 5:51 pm

See I don't understand why the truth is not excepted when the truth is actually not predicting doom and gloom. Flora is most certainly a huge nut in a whole can of them that need to be thrown out so the real scientists who are after facts not some weird biased opinion can come to the surface.

Walter Reed February 17, 2009 at 8:20 am

These wackjobs are willing to ignore the truth, the evidence, and the needs of humans in order to save the "planet" as though we don't belong on it. "Damn the evidence, Full speed ahead!"

Thank God for the 2nd amendment. We're eventually going to need it in order to prevent these wackjobs from doing exactly what George Washington and the rest of the founding fathers warned us about. "Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."

They won't be happy until the survivors of their glorious plans are living on the ground in the open competing barehanded with bears for the last berries of the summer, and begging permission of the local forest chief for permission to pull up a carrot from the ground. They want absolute control of every facet of our lives and though some of them are no doubt "sincere", they are blind to the damage they are willing to cause to make the Earth in the image that they believe is correct. Strip them naked and drop them in the jungles of Africa and South America. Let them love an average lifespan of 35 years, 75% of their children dying before adulthood, starvation, and rampant diseases that curtail every effort they make to improve their lives. I could go on forever, but it all comes down to "people bad" "environmentalists and government good." They have no faith in the ability of people to solve problems, to overcome obstacles, to create opportunities, to be a resource for all humans. They look at humans as a blight and disease on the planet and seek to do all they can to eliminate humanity from the planet under the guise of saving the planet for the planet.

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