To the Editor:
David Barnhill has now written two letters supporting anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change to The Lakeland Times (February 20, 2014; March 25, 2014).
He has identified himself as Director of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. Out of curiosity, I examined his website at UW-Oshkosh. Barnhill has a PhD in Religious Studies with a minor in Japanese Literature. His teaching schedule for the Fall of 2013 was a Monday-Wednesday two-hour course in Japanese Nature Writing and a 1.5-hour Tuesday-Thursday course in Senior Seminar – doesn’t seem like he is overworked in his cushy job, and therefore has plenty of time to develop his climate change alarmism. His list of publications does not include a single one on climate change in any scientific journal, much less a publication in a reputable peer-reviewed journal. This raises a serious question of why he was hired as Director of Environmental Studies with no credentials; he has no formal training as a scientist, or in the field of climate science.
Barnhill’s most recent letter is loaded with platitudes, distortions and misinformation: “How can intelligent people keep denying the fact of global warming in the face of longstanding and over-whelming evidences of its reality and agency?” “ … because it gives the mistaken impression that there is substantial dispute among climate experts about the perilous situation we are in. There is not.” “…media empire of Rupert Murdoch, lead by Faux News, which keeps pumping out doubt and distortions…” “That is why no debate could ever convince Richard or Vern Moore to accept climate science as it is represented by all major climatological organizations, all major climate science journals, and the authoritative Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (which Vern Moore is forced to dismiss in order to argue that there is a substantive scientific debate).”
Barnhill is not a scientist; he is a propagandist and a purveyor of poppycock.
Barnhill asserts that our claims about global warming are “merely ideological assertions,” and that no matter how often we proclaim our views, “they represent a very small minority among those who study seriously our deepening climate crisis.”
All of my assertions are taken from reputable scientists in the field who publish in established scientific journals. From where are your assertions derived Mr. Barnhill?
On the other hand, Barnhill did not provide any evidence for anthropogenic climate change in either of his two articles, with the exception of his claim that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is authoritative. As he knows – or at least should know – the claims of the IPCC have been debunked, especially the climate models that are uniformly wrong in their predictions.
Barnhill, here’s a challenge for you. Instead of all the nonsense, I challenge you to provide a succinct bullet list of four to five reasons why there is anthropogenic climate change – no more rhetoric just the facts. In turn, I will respond to each of your claims.
And where is this “deepening climate crisis?” Over the last 150 years, temperature has increased about 0.8 degrees C (1.4 degrees F, data from the Climate Research Unit in the U.K., a part of the IPCC). About half of this increase occurred prior to 1940 before increased releases of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere began after WWII. For the last 17 years, we have had no increase in temperature. Every weather event is now erroneously blamed on human-made climate change.
Another favorite tactic of these phony environmentalists is to attack anyone who doesn’t agree with their ideology. In the March 25 letter, Barnhill attacks the Koch brothers for spreading misinformation – please tell us Mr. Barnhill just what misinformation they are spreading. He also demonizes Dr. Patrick Moore for representing nuclear and logging industries. What’s so disgraceful about that?
The real crisis is that Barnhill, and others of his ilk, hold positions in academia that give them a platform to indoctrinate students and spread their propaganda about this phony crisis of anthropogenic climate change. Young active minds are susceptible to these enticing claims. If climate change is so widely acceptable by a huge majority, why can’t Obama get cap-and-trade passed through the Congress, and why is this issue so low on the list of priorities of the American people?