That’s the thrust of this article. Rep. Waxman is planning a hearing into whether the Bush administration misled them about global warming.

The Democratic chairman of a House panel examining the government’s response to climate change said Tuesday there is evidence that senior Bush administration officials sought repeatedly “to mislead the public by injecting doubt into the science of global warming.”

I’m wondering how Rep. Waxman will prove that the science surrounding global warming. Look at all of the headlines on global warming today:

10 Years to Save the Planet

U.N. agency pressures Ban on climate crisis summit

Climate change means hunger and thirst for billions: report

Rep. Waxman wants people to think that global warming is Gospel fact. The bad news for Rep. Waxman is that intelligent people are shooting holes in the global warming theory, chief among them Michael Crichton. The truth is that most people accept that Earth’s climate is changing but they’re skeptical of global warming claims. Reports like this don’t help sell global warming:

Billions of people will suffer water shortages and the number of hungry will grow by hundreds of millions by 2080 as global temperatures rise, scientists warn in a new report.

The report estimates that between 1.1 billion and 3.2 billion people will be suffering from water scarcity problems by 2080 and between 200 million and 600 million more people will be going hungry.

We heard the same thing in the 70’s. We’ve been told that Earth was speeding towards ecological disaster if we didn’t dramatically change our ways. We’ve been told that the polar ice caps would melt, flooding the United States. We’ve been told that we’d see wide scale water shortages. We’ve heard Ted Turner say that the internal combustible engine was a greater danger than was terrorism. We’ve heard Ted Danson say in the 1980’s that we had 10 years to save the planet.

Simply put, the environmental extremists have predicted the end of the world as we know it so many times that it isn’t credible anymore. The sad part is that this lunacy isn’t confined to the celebrity moonbats. It’s rampant in the ‘scientific community’, too. Here’s part of Michael Crichton’s congressional testimony:

To summarize it briefly: in 1998-99 the American climate researcher Michael Mann and his co-workers published an estimate of global temperatures from the year 1000 to 1980. Mann’s results appeared to show a spike in recent temperatures that was unprecedented in the last thousand years. His alarming report formed the centerpiece of the U.N.’s Third Assessment Report, in 2001.

Mann’s work was immediately criticized because it didn’t show the well-known Medieval Warm Period, when temperatures were warmer than they are today, or the Little Ice Age that began around 1500, when the climate was colder than today. But real fireworks began when two Canadian researchers, McIntyre and McKitrick, attempted to replicate Mann’s study. They found grave errors in the work, which they detailed in 2003: calculation errors, data used twice, data filled in, and a computer program that generated a hockeystick out of any data fed to it-even random data. Mann’s work has since been dismissed by scientists around the world who subscribe to global warning.

Why did the UN accept Mann’s report so uncritically? Why didn’t they catch the errors? Because the IPCC doesn’t do independent verification. And perhaps because Mann himself was in charge of the section of the report that included his work.

In other words, reports predicting doom and gloom have been with us for ages because whatever study ‘reports’ global warming as fact isn’t examined with a critical eye; it’s simply accepted as Gospel fact. Crichton’s testimony is powerful proof that global warming can’t be supported with verified facts.

It’s time that we reached consensus that we should ignore the environmental extremists that produce such reports. Here’s a last set of dire predictions on global warming:

The assessment is contained in a draft of a major international report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to be released later this year, Australia’s The Age newspaper said.

Rising sea levels could flood seven million more homes, while Australia’s famed Great Barrier Reef, treasured as the world’s largest living organism, could be dead within decades, the scientists warn, the newspaper said.

The Age said it had obtained a copy of the report, believed to be one of three prepared for release by the IPCC, which is highly regarded for its neutrality and caution.

Either The Age magazine is lying or Michael Crichton is. The IPCC can’t be neutral or cautious on the one hand while refusing to do “independent verification” of its own reports. Given their track records, I’ll trust Mr. Crichton.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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