Even before Galileo was born, a Polish astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus, came to a similar conclusion. He believed that scientists before him and his own contemporaries were wrong in thinking the sun and the planets revolved around the earth. Instead, he reasoned that the earth and the other planets revolved around the sun. But he was afraid to push his views for fear of provoking the ridicule of his peers, and possible excommunication from the Catholic Church.
However, Galileo was more forceful than Copernicus in pushing his ideas. Hence, he got into trouble with the Church.
In October 1632, Galileo was ordered to appear before the dreaded Inquisition.
Facing torture and execution, he decided that discretion was the better part of valour, and he distanced himself from his life’s work. He confessed, in writing, to heresy and he made a full public confession.
Pope Urban VIII and the other princes of the church had triumphed. Galileo, the heretic, was sentenced to indefinite imprisonment and told to be grateful that he was allowed to serve his time under house arrest near Florence.
Of course, we know now that they were wrong, but it took the Vatican over three and a half centuries to admit its mistake. This should be a classic warning that science by consensus is as faulty as the perverse racial theories expounded by the Nazis, the perverted Marxism practised by communists behind the Iron Curtain or the radical fundamentalism that led to the terrorist outrages in New York, Bali and Madrid.
In a sense we are witnessing the rise of a new kind of fundamentalism, a secular religion in the form of a trendy naturalism that could be every bit as unthinking as the mentality that confronted Galileo. People are hyping hysterical theories about global warming which have been accepted by the gullible media and elements of the scientific community who have been prostituting themselves.
Last week, Martin Durkin’s Channel 4 documentary — The Great Global Warming Swindle — exposed the farce, but people hiding behind a cosy, ignorant consensus ridicule those who question the hysteria. In science, those who question unproven consensus make some of the greatest breakthroughs. The theories being expounded as part of the current hysterical consensus are not proven; they are just theories.
There are good grounds for questioning conventional wisdom in blaming man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) for global warming. Global warming certainly exists and there is a rise in carbon dioxide levels, but are those levels the cause or the effect of global warming? Scientists have detected that the polar ice caps are receding on Mars. Nobody would rationally suggest that this is due to man-made carbon dioxide. Could it be something to do with the sun?
Galileo had to cope with those who believed that man and earth were at the centre of the universe. The same kind of delusion is prevalent today among those who are telling us that man is responsible for the greenhouse gasses, particularly CO2, and thus for the global warming that is supposedly going to destroy the world.
“You can’t say that CO2 will drive climate,” insists Professor Ian Clark of the department of earth sciences at the University of Ottawa. “It certainly never did in the past.”
Weather Action climate forecaster Dr Piers Corbyn argues, “None of the major climate changes in the past thousands of years can be explained by CO2.”
A United Nations-sponsored body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), came out with a report in 1996 that was supposedly a consensus of more than 1,000 scientists who contended that CO2 and the greenhouse gasses were going to lead to disaster. However, a number of IPCC members, including Prof Paul Reiter of the Pasteur Institute in Paris and Prof Richard Lindzen of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, denounced the study as a distortion, because some significant findings were altered in an unscientific way just to fit a political agenda.
PROF Frederick Seitz, a former president of the American Academy of Sciences, described the report as a “disturbing corruption” of the peer review process, because a number of key observations made by scientists had been deleted — including their observation that “none of the studies cited above has shown clear evidence that we can attribute the observed changes to the specific cause of increased greenhouse gasses.”.
The IPCC explained that the changes were made “in response to comments from governments, individual scientists and non-governmental organisations.”. Prof John Christie, one of the report’s main authors, says that IPCC is a political body and its conclusions were politically-motivated.
There has been a rise in the average temperature by just over 0.5C since the mid-19th century. But most of that occurred prior to 1940, and the greatest increase was during the Great Depression of the 1930s when industrial activity was distinctly curtailed, yet there was a distinct drop in temperature during the post-war industrial boom until 1975. Ironically, at that stage the BBC and the media generally were warning of the catastrophic impact that global cooling was going to have on the world’s climate.
Scientists have been able to study climate changes over thousands of years through ice core samples deposited throughout the ages. In his Oscar-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, former US vice president Al Gore states that an ice core survey found a clear correlation between CO2 and temperature over the millennia. “When there is more carbon dioxide,” Gore says, “the temperature gets warmer.”
The ice core data showed a definite link, but Gore got it backward. The oceans are the biggest producer of CO2. As the temperature of the oceans increase, so do the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. Over thousands of years, the world has experienced numerous climate changes that have had nothing to do with man-made greenhouse gasses.
When Eric the Red led the Norwegian Vikings to Greenland in the late 900s, it was an ice-free farm country, with grass for sheep and cattle. By the 12th century, 3,000 people were living there. But then, in the 15th century, the average temperature dropped by about 1.5C and the world experienced a mini ice age that lasted for some 300 years. The Thames in London used to freeze so hard that people skated on it.
We are now in a warmer period in the cycle of change but it was even warmer in earlier times. Going back over 400 years, Danish National Space Centre director Prof Eigil Friis-Christensen has shown that solar activity caused by sun spots correlated very closely with the temperature on earth. It is the sun that drives climate changes.
The greenhouse gas hysteria is the modern equivalent to the kind of mistake that the popes and the consensus scientists were making in the 16th and 17th centuries in believing that man and earth were the centre of the universe. They knew no better.
Paying carbon credits to underdeveloped countries will just waste our money and ensure they remain underdeveloped. We are victims of an extravagant scam being promoted by a reckless alliance of prostituting scientists, an uncritical media and trendy elements inspired by irrational emotion.