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Steve Lunetta: The great glacier hoax

Posted: January 31, 2010 10:28 p.m.
Updated: February 1, 2010 4:55 a.m.
What in the name of heaven are you doing at the computer, Uncle Earl?"

"Sit down, my boy, and listen. I've figured out the perfect scam and nobody can catch me. I'm going to create my own scientific institute for global warming. I'm going to call it ‘Earl's Big and Well-Funded Science Institute for Global Climate Change.'"
"Say what? Earl, have you lost your mind?"

"Au contraire, my perplexed nephew. I figure I can play the game that all of these other ‘climate change scientists' having been playing. I'll make up data, apply for big government grants and then publish my bogus data in semi-respected journals."

"Oh - you must be referring to that column I wrote a few weeks ago on the stolen e-mail from the University of East Anglia that revealed the manipulated data for global warming and the attempts by several researchers to silence those who disagreed with them."

"Steven, that was just the tip of the iceberg. You clearly haven't heard the news last week about the great Himalayan glacier hoax."
"It pains me to say it, but why don't you enlighten me?"

"The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, headed by Nobel-laureate Rajendra Pachauri from India, claimed in a benchmark report that the Himalayan glaciers were receding so rapidly that they would completely disappear by 2035."

"Wow, that's amazing. Now, if only the Democrats would completely disappear by 2035."

"Let's not go there, my boy. This claim that the glaciers would completely disappear has greatly alarmed many people. There is only one problem. It's not true. The source of the statement was a reporter who interviewed an Indian scientist named Syed Hasnain located at Jawaharial Nehru University in Delhi in 1999."

"How is it not true?"

"According to eTN, Hasnain said the claim was ‘speculation' and was not supported by any formal research. To add fuel to the fire, a true glacier expert named VK Raina, a retired deputy director of the Geological Society of India, chairman of the Himalayan Glacial Monitoring Committee, and, for good measure, author of a book on Indian glaciers, said that data ‘had shown that there was nothing abnormal about their melting and that their retreat was being sensationalized by a few.'"

"So the glaciers are melting?"

"A little. But Raina went on to say that it would take several hundred years to melt the glaciers and that a certain amount of melting occurs as a natural life cycle of the glaciers."

"Then there is really nothing to worry about. How does this Nobel laureate fit into all of this?"

"Quite simple. Remember what I said about making a ton of money off this ‘climate change' scam? It seems that Dr. Pachauri has become a real money-making machine. The Telegraph in the United Kingdom has reported he has business interests in renewable energy and is involved in policy-making decisions in India. Also, Pachauri has accepted numerous board memberships with banks, universities, and other organizations that seek to profit from the climate change scare."

"Now I begin to see how you can make a ton of money off your institute, Earl."

"I intend to start locally, my inquisitive nephew. I will start with local governmental bodies like the California Air Resources Board, which recently passed draconian rules that severely hinder the ability of businesses to use diesel engines. Many companies will go out of business due to these rules."

"What does this have to do with the glaciers, Earl?"

"Simple. The board's rules were put together to inhibit global warming. The rules were assembled by a researcher named Hien T. Tran, who obtained his doctorate from Thornhill University. There is only one problem - Thornhill is a diploma mill run on the Internet by an Israeli guy who is wanted on pedophile charges in the United States."

"So all of the data used by the Air Resources Board was put together by a guy with fake credentials?"

"Yes. Now you are getting it. The climate change ‘industry' is loaded with charlatans with fake degrees, bogus data and outright lies. And as usual, all we need to do is follow the money. The driving force behind much of the climate change hysteria is simple greed."
"Earl, this is terrible."

"Well, not really. I intend to get on the bandwagon. Maybe a better name for my institute would be the "Barack Obama Institute for Truth, Hope and Change."

"Cute, Earl, real cute."

Steve Lunetta is a Santa Clarita resident. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. He can be reached at "Right About Now" runs Mondays in The Signal.


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