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A Matter Of Facts
Environment: When Barack Obama brought up global warming during last week's Berlin speech, his lecture resonated with the audience but not with the truth.

"As we speak," said Obama, "cars in Boston and factories in Beijing are melting the ice caps in the Arctic, shrinking coastlines in the Atlantic, and bringing drought to farms from Kansas to Kenya."

He followed that up by suggesting that the world "reduce the carbon we send into our atmosphere" with "the same seriousness of purpose as has your nation," apparently unaware that CO2 emissions in Europe, to which he was appealing, grew 2.1% from 2000 to 2004, while U.S. emissions increased just 1.3% over the same time.

"This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet," Obama declared. "Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands."

A lot of errors are crammed into less than 100 words.

First, there's no way a Democratic presidential candidate, former vice president or agenda-minded scientist can say with any certainty that "cars in Boston and factories in Beijing are melting the ice caps," shrinking coastlines and causing drought. They can speculate that's the case. But they can't prove it.

Second, glaciers are advancing in Northern California, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand and Pakistan. Greenland is not melting into the sea. And while Arctic ice is indeed thinning at 3% a decade, Antarctic ice which is 20 times bigger is growing 1% a decade.

As Canada's National Post has noted, though last summer's Arctic ice melt was the biggest on record, this summer's Antarctic melt was the smallest.

Third, Obama and much of the developed world assume, because they've been conditioned through the media and pressure groups, that the planet is growing hotter; in fact, it's cooling and has been since 1998. And a peer-reviewed study published in April by Nature predicts the world will continue cooling through 2015.

While he discussed drought in Kenya, Obama failed to mention Anchorage, Alaska, which is going through its own weather anomaly. Is it because that city is having its coldest summer on record? As of last week, there had been only seven days when the temperature met or broke the 65-degree mark. With only a month of "summer" left, it seems likely that Anchorage's previous all-time low of 16 days without reaching 65 degrees will be broken.

We admit that what Anchorage is going through is not indicative of the global climate (if there even is such a thing). Neither is drought in Kansas. Yet the alarmists enthusiastically use weather anecdotes as examples to prove their argument about climate.

Sometimes we wonder when rational thought will finally root out the global warming fantasy and hype.
Maybe we're beginning to see the cracks. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who had embraced the global warming cause, last week vetoed a bill that would have required public schools in the state to teach climate change. That won't resonate with his audience, but it will with the facts.