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The Good Ship AGW Is Sinking; Still the Band Plays On

The United States and India this week discussed a memorandum to serve as the framework for bilateral global warming efforts. That will be an interesting document, because India has been adamant that developing countries -- including, of course, India -- must get a free ride in fighting the terrors of global warming. Prime Minister Singh hopes to get lots of U.S. investment in India's economy while continuing to pump the demon carbon dioxide and its equivalents into the atmosphere. Much of this probably has more to do with the China warming offsets sought to be purchased by the Obama administration than with any realities of global warming, but then that's smart diplomacy.

And the circus continues elsewhere.

The Italian foreign minister threatened that "[world leaders'] credibility could suffer if they failed to make concrete commitments at next month's Copenhagen climate summit."

Central American countries will demand $105 billion "from industrialized countries for damages caused by global warming. ... We hope for a deal that is ethical and moral."

Poland wants to sell $22 million worth of carbon credits to Ireland.

Those examples came from just five minutes spent online. There are many more.

Despite the hockey stick thrown into the gears of global warming by the recent involuntary disclosure of emails and other documents, it remains easy to find paeans to the devil (or god) of global warming. This, from the appropriately named Arizona Daily Sun, makes no note of the impact of the Sun or the recent iceberg of involuntary disclosures of some unfortunate untruths.

Such accounts are ubiquitous.

Some comment threads on blogs generally discount the significance of the disclosures, reflecting a belief that no matter how disreputable the "science" of global warming may be seen to be by some, the faith must be kept. Besides, the "reputable" scientists sort of speak in tongues and must be defended with religious fervor regardless of whether we understand them.

According to the New York Times:

The evidence pointing to a growing human contribution to global warming is so widely accepted that the hacked material is unlikely to erode the overall argument. However, the documents will undoubtedly raise questions about the quality of research on some specific questions and the actions of some scientists. ...

Several scientists whose names appear in the e-mail messages said they merely revealed that scientists were human, and did nothing to undercut the body of research on global warming. "Science doesn’t work because we’re all nice," said Gavin A. Schmidt, a climatologist at NASA whose e-mail exchanges with colleagues over a variety of climate studies were in the cache. "Newton may have been an ass, but the theory of gravity still works."

If the ObamaCare debacle, the sour state of the economy, and the diminishing adulation now accorded President Obama do not kill cap and trade or any Copenhagen treaty, then the unsinkable Titanic may well be an appropriate metaphor for the United States.