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Climate & Environmental Extremism

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Date: Wednesday - April 16, 2008
Host: George Noory
Guests: Tim Ball, Richard C. Hoagland

Appearing during the first three hours, retired professor of climatology, Dr. Tim Ball argued that climate change is not due to manmade causes such as increased CO2. Environmental issues are being politicized and exploited, he said. It is arrogance that we can stop climate change, and human energy into the system is miniscule-- global climate change is caused by natural cycles mostly related to the sun and the oceans, he noted.

The bullying atmosphere about the future of our planet is misguided, and environmental extremism leads us away from the real issues, he commented. For instance, fears of overpopulation begun in the 1960s have not played out, and if anything, there is a bigger problem of declining populations, Ball offered. He also addressed water concerns-- droughts are part of a cycle, such as in the Great Plains of North America, which undergoes a 22-year pattern.

It is a myth that fossil fuels are running out, and the increased usage of biofuels such as ethanol is threatening world food production, he detailed. For more, see this article Ball wrote for the Canada Free Press.

Solar Breakthrough

Appearing in the last hour, Richard C. Hoagland of Enterprise Mission commented on a breakthrough in solar cells which use a kind of nano ink. There are major problems with such energy alternatives as wind power and biofuels, and this new type of thin-film solar cell could eventually become very cost effective, he said.

Bumper Music

Bumper music from Wednesday April 16, 2008

  • Layla
    Derek & The Dominos
  • Layla
    Derek & the Dominos
  • True
    Spandau Ballet