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  • Ariel Thomann
    Dear Friends FYI, I have sent what follows to VIEWPOINTS@CHRON.COM , the editorial page of The Houston Chronicle. They will probably not print it, but then...
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 27, 2011
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      Dear Friends

      FYI, I have sent what follows to "VIEWPOINTS@...", the editorial page of The Houston Chronicle.  They will probably not print it, but then...  Please feel free to disseminate it.

      Let me know if you need documentation for anything I wrote.
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      Here they go again.

       

      The Houston Chronicle 23 November 2011 article “New emails leak ahead of climate talks” discusses e-mails stolen from the British University of East Anglia by deniers of what is most appropriately called human-aggravated global climate disruptions.

       

      Look at the factual sequence of events (I quote freely from several sources):

       

      18 January 1996: A scientific advisory committee, the “Global Climate Coalition” (financed by fees from large corporations and trade groups representing the oil, coal, auto industries and others) reported to its funder-sponsors that “The scientific basis for the Greenhouse Effect and the potential impact of human emissions of greenhouse gases such as CO2 on climate is well established and cannot be denied”.  The industries involved decided then to suppress that wording.

       

      23 April 2009: Fourteen years later, the Coalition’s report came to light as result of the discovery process in an unrelated lawsuit.  A LIE WAS THUS REVEALED.  This was reported widely elsewhere (but sadly not, I believe, by the Houston Chronicle).

       

      27 March 2009: “Study of the effects on employment of public aid to renewable energy sources” is published in Spain by Gabriel Calzada Álvarez, identified as an Assistant Professor at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain.  The “Study” claims that in Spain, the wind and solar energy impetus had caused the loss of two jobs for each one created.  (Calzada Álvarez’ primary employer was NOT the little-known, recently created Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.  No, it is the Belgium-based “Centre for New Europe”, which received much of its financing from ExxonMobil.  Many other “global warming deniers”, including some in Houston who often write to the Houston Chronicle, have also been financed by the same source).

       

      30 April to mid-June 2009: The “energy bill” (H.R. 2454) is debated in the U.S. Congress.  The Calzada “Study” is quoted endlessly by Republican “global climate deniers”.

       

      May 2009:  Several of the main early English-language refutations of the Calzada “Study” are posted on-line.  They included detailed quotations from many academic and government authorities in Spain, who lamented that the “Study” was being taken seriously in U.S. Congress debates.

       

      7 November 2009:  The Houston Chronicle helped debunk the Spain fallacy, by quoting the visiting Miguel Sebastián, Spain's Minister of Industry, Tourism and Trade.  As he said, Gabriel Calzada Álvarez ” …compares the destruction of jobs in the housing sector (‘bubble’) to the increase in the employment of the renewable energy sector in the last few years. He has linked two independent things. It is a political issue.”  Anyway, ANOTHER LIE REVEALED.

       

      20(?) November 2009: The “Climategate” theft of e-mails made public.  The overwhelming results of many subsequent investigations is that human-aggravated global climate disruption is true, despite this smoke screen.  And, oh, was that smoke screen ever used!

       

      What else can I say?  When caught lying, the best defense is a good offense – even if they have to steal in the process.

       

      Please report amply and objectively on the upcoming U.N. climate talks in South Africa.

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      Peace
      Ariel Thomann, MD
      Houston, Texas

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