Posted by: Calmseas (Mike) | December 21, 2007

Carbon Offsets—Serious Solution? Or 21st Century Snake Oil?

Do I dare pose the question? Is it possible that “global warming” is shaping up to be the biggest hoax of the first half of the 21st century? And will Al Gore become this century’s version of P.T. there’s-a-sucker-born-every-minute Barnum? This post will probably generate more hits and negative comments than anything I’ve written about so far. But if I am trying to write about things the way I see them, then this topic can’t long be avoided. So, here goes.

A letter signed by 100 prominent scientists was received by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the recent Bali conference on global warming that raised several concerns about the path that the United Nations, Al Gore, and others in league with them would take us down. Among the key points of the letter are the following:

  1. “It is not possible to stop climate change, a natural phenomenon that has affected humanity through the ages; It is not established that it is possible to significantly alter global climate through cuts in human greenhouse gas emissions;
  2. “We, therefore, need to equip nations to become resilient to the full range of these natural phenomena by promoting economic growth and wealth generation;
  3. “The current UN approach of CO2 reduction is likely to increase human suffering from future climate change rather than to decrease it.
  4. Leading scientists, including some senior IPCC representatives, acknowledge that today’s computer models cannot predict climate.”

It may be true that the mean temperature of the Earth is rising; but it may also be true that it is falling. We just do not know for sure as stated in point number four above. But there are two things that we know for sure: The Earth does not have “a fever,” as Al Gore would have us believe; and the mean temperature of the Earth is constantly in flux, moving higher or lower in cycles (that is a definite truism based on the historical record).

What is also true is that we can no more stop climate change than we can stop another Katrina from forming in the Atlantic and taking out another major American City. As much as our hearts may desire it, we simply do not have control over the forces of nature.

Therefore, as the letter points out, if (and the “if” is tenuous at best) indeed the Earth is warming, than so far our reaction has been all wrong. We need to prepare for the inevitable change, not try to no avail to stop the change.

If you want to know what’s really behind this global warming scheme, follow the money—just like most things in life. For example, does anyone besides me think that so-called “carbon offset credits” is a complete crock? Will it eventually become a fancy way to say “revenue enhancements” which, in turn, is a fancy way to say “taxes”? But, of course, it will not be considered a tax; it will be more like a user fee, i.e., as long as we pay to play, it’s OK, right? Right.

There is actually an internet site where you can purchase your carbon offsets by credit card (there are probably more than one such site, but I think that I will forgo looking for them). When I first looked at this, I thought for sure that it must be a parody of some sort. The main page on the site trumpets the headlines, “Holiday Offsets Are Here,” and “Give Something Green For The Holidays.” It appears that you can actually buy a carbon offset gift card for your loved one this season. Who wouldn’t be pleased as punch to receive such a thoughtful gift this Christmas.

You’ve got to hand it to these carbon off-setters: they are real entrepreneurs. This scheme ranks right up there with the people who bottle the tap water that you can get for free and sell it to you for a buck-and-a-half a bottle.

However, it is one thing for hucksters to get into your back pocket; it is entirely another thing when government does it. And you can be sure that the government will take a page from the “voluntary” carbon-offset folks and find recesses in your back pocket that you didn’t even know exist.

Personally, I’m waiting for the real science; even then, it seems axiomatic to me (a non scientist) that more than a few decades of data are required to spot a long-term trend. And what if an unmistakable warming trend is spotted after a few decades, or after a couple of centuries: is there anything we can do about it? And if we try to do something about it, are we upsetting the balance of nature somehow to our detriment? These are some important questions that lead us to entirely different, but equally important, subjects.

For now, though, take a look at the video below. It is chilling how the global-warmers are trying to shut down all dissent on the subject by arbitrarily and unilaterally declaring the subject closed to further discussion.



  1. You are right on target!!! As you stated, “we simply do not have control over the forces of nature.”
    Oscars and Nobel Peace Prize??…They have no meaning anymore!!! Al Gore should NOT try to ‘play scientist or or worse yet…God’…who does he think he is….AND his claim to have invented the internet too!!!! What will he claim next!!!

  2. What trips me out is how the world loves its own voice so much that any dissenter is intolerant, stupid, archaic, ignorant, decieved, etc. And all this despite clear evidence to the contrary! It sounds so much like the way the world attacks those who believe God created the world, or that Jesus died and rose again for it. People are determined to believe lies. I struggle to remember we’re not fighting them, but the spirit of the world at work in them.

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