David Solway on Climate Change:  A Poet Tackles a Controversial Issue

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Poet/essayist David Solway tackles the issue of global warming, aka “climate change,” employing a poet’s craftsmanship with language and an essayist’s incisive intellect, maneuvering in facts. He demonstrates the facility with which a poet can master the machinations of politics.

Behind the Green Door 

In David Solway’s essay, “What’s Behind the Green Door?,” the poet/essayist begins by referring to a 1950s era pop song titled “The Green Door.” The song dramatizes a speak-easy, a Prohibition era saloon, where insiders went to drink and carouse. The illegal establishment was not open to the public, and the would-be entrant had to reveal a password.

The person desirous of entry, singing the song, tries his luck with, “Joe sent me.” But this attempt just drew laughter from the revelers behind the green door. Solway jumps to today by cleverly suggesting that the password would be, “Al sent me.”

Solway’s metaphor of the green door encompasses all the adherents to the junk science called Global Warming, a.k.a. Climate Change, popularized by global warming alarmist and failed president-wanna-be, Al Gore. 

Solway elucidates his thesis, which is supported by Czech President Vaclav Klaus, who spoke at the Second International Conference on Climate Change in New York in March 2009.

The Czech president described those global warming sycophants by asserting that the alarmists are not interested in temperature, nor are they concerned with CO2, hard science, freedom, or markets. Instead, they are interested only in “their profits made with the help of politicians.”

Solway then explains that the warming alarmists stand to reap giant profits from government sources as they tout their untested beliefs, while covering those beliefs with the veil of science. 

The poet explains that “green” has become big business with “perks, awards, government subsidies, academic fellowships, scientific laurels, corporate subventions, and endowments and research grants.”

The alarmists remain on the government dole while dismissing alternative climate theories. 

Practitioners of the hard sciences do not claim “consensus” while censoring opposition; genuine scientists employ the objective, scientific method that deems any theory workable only if it can be replicated. 

The true “science deniers” are the alarmists-junk-scientists who cancel and censor their opposition, instead of offering opposing arguments with data.

Dr. Václav Klaus has furthermore stated that the human arrogance perpetuating the hoax of global warming, (a.k.a. “climate change”) “lives independently of the science of climatology.” 

He labels the current ideology “a set of beliefs, if not a religion.” He adds that the warming hoax does not involve disputes about temperature, but instead remains part of a “conflict of ideologies.”

The Iconic Polar Bear

Solway then cites the example of the polar bears. Al Gore and his ilk claim that the polar bear is becoming extinct because of global warming, but numerous scientists, including biologist Mitchell Taylor, have reported as much as a 25% increase in the polar bear population since 1970. The alarmist-environmentalists have relied on only one of the thirteen polar bear populations to make their claim.

According to Taylor, eleven of those populations are stable or increasing, and the one that shrank was caused by competition for food, which indicates that they were over populated. So no poplar bears have been lost because of global warming.

Ben Lieberman, senior fellow in environmental policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, has reported, “The state of Alaska . . . has noted that the bears’ global numbers have increased substantially, from an estimated 8,000-10,000 in 1965-1970 to 20,000-25,000 today.” Lieberman further states, 

History also argues against any assertions that polar bears are fragile. While true that the Arctic is warmer today than 30 – 40 years ago and that sea ice extent has declined over that span, the region was nearly as warm if not warmer during the 1930s, and almost certainly warmer at earlier times. Yet polar bears have existed as a distinct species for at least 100,000 years.

Clearly, the exploitation of the polar bear has resulted in hide-the-decline style statistics that remain well within the embrace of junk science, not legitimate, forensic, fact-based hard science.

David Solway – Global Warming: The Trials of an Unsettled Science 

Solway’s Additional Writings on Climate Change

In addition to Solway’s seminal “Green Door” essay, his further writings on the subject continue the expand his argument. For example, his article, “Global Warming: Half Politics, Half Religion,” which he has broadened into an even more informative book, Global Warning: The Trials of an Unsettled Science, broaches further problematic issues that need to be addressed regarding the issue of climate, particularly “global warming.”

About this valuable book, FrontPage editor and founder, David Horowitz, who pointed to the Nobel Laureate Ivar Gaiever’s speech debunking global warming, has opined: “An elegant takedown of the biggest, most costly hoax . . . in modern times.”

 Debunking Global Warming – Nobel Laureate (Full Lecture) 

Climate Scientism Replacing Marxism

Solway points out numerous errors that have been detected but not reported. One such error occurred when an associate of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies typed in September temperatures for October temperatures—an error that would obviously lead to the wrong conclusion.

Then there is the infamous incident of the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado, as well as the Goddard Institute, whose erroneous claims about the Arctic ice cap had resulted from a faulty satellite sensor that reported a loss of 500,000 square kilometers of ice, when, in fact, later it was discovered that ice had increased by an area the size of Texas.

One of the most egregious misappropriations of climate science has been the “Climategate” fiasco arising out of leaked emails of Phil Jones and his colleagues at the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit. This group of researchers lamented that the data was not supporting their desired findings; thus, they sought a way to “hide the decline” in temperatures.

Despite all of these demonstrably false claims, data shifting, and outright cover-ups, the warming notion keeps claiming adherents. The environmentalists under the banner of a Climatocracy have become the new Marxists, displaying a totalitarian mindset.

Solway quotes Philip Stott, professor emeritus of biogeography at the University of London, who says, “Global warming has become the grand political narrative of the age, replacing Marxism as a dominant force for controlling liberty and human choices.”

The Palpable Pause

David Solway’s first simple fact from his article “Three Simple Facts that Scuttle the Global Warming Paradigm” states a widely known embarrassment for the warmists/alarmists:

There has been no global warming for the last eighteen years and counting. Warmists like to call this quiescent period of zero net warming a “Pause,” but there is no evidence to suggest a double-digit hiatus in process. The word “Pause” is a palpable evasion intended to maintain an unproven contention. What we do know is that during the years in which apocalyptic claims of imminent catastrophe have been indefatigably circulated, the temperature has remained stable. There is no getting around the thermometer.

Despite the evidence, the dedicated warmists continue in their zeal, attempting to explain away the cooling that has begun to take place. Greenpeace’s Gerd Leipold had predicted that by 2030 there would be no ice left on the Arctic. 

Even as he attempts to justify his group’s earlier propaganda emotionalizing the issue, because of the recent cooling trend, he had to admit that he might have been mistaken.

Greenpeace Leader Admits Arctic Ice Exaggeration  

Professor Emeritus Don Easterbrook of Western Washington University has proposed that recent solar changes suggest the advent of a new cooling cycle which could be fairly severe.

But the alarmists continue to ignore the recent decade-long lack of warming, which leads geologist David Gee, who chaired the 2008 International Geological Congress, to question: “For how many years must the planet cool before we begin to understand that the planet is not warming?”

The Poet as Hoax Detector

While it may remain a truism that politics makes for bad poetry, the fact that poets may become passionate about political issues guarantees the strength of the argument through the poet’s ability to analyze those issues.

Because of a poet’s intimacy with language and presenting accurately his own experience in words, it stands to reason that a poet interested in any issue—political, medical, scientific, legal, social, or otherwise—will likely be able to explain those issues with aplomb and accuracy.

Such is certainly the case with the poet David Solway. His passionate interest has led to his deep understanding of the issue of “global warming,” and his analytic ability and skill in writing afford him the facility to explain clearly the problems involved in that hoax.


Two Famous Commentators:  Two Views

The following videos offer two very different ways of approaching the issue of global warming, a.k.a. “climate change.”  Notice how Thomas Sowell easily debunks Chomsky as Sowell focuses on the function of “intellectuals” in society. 

Noam Chomsky on Global Warming 

Thomas Sowell on Climate Change


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