About 450 people attended the premier of the film “Not Evil, Just Wrong” at Wichita State University’s CAC theater. A 50-minute presentation by atmospheric scientist Mike Smith of Wichita preceded the presentation. Smith, CEO and Founder of WeatherData Inc., talked about the science and opinion behind manmade global warming theory.
Smith, like the film that followed his presentation, debunked many claims of global warming theorists who are calling for major changes in environmental and economic policy.
“Not Evil, Just Wrong” is a response to the efforts of former Vice President Al Gore and other environmentalists seeking to limit or ban use of fossil fuels, a move that would cause dramatic changes in the world’s economy. The film points out what it’s producers call the real costs of global warming hysteria.
“I thought the film raised a number points that needed to be raised,” Smith said. “We have to balance the environment with the needs of ordinary human beings.”
Smith, a certified consulting climatologist took a strong stand against what global warming proponents call a scientific consensus that man is causing the Earth to heat up. “Consensus has no role in science, Smith said.” He reminded the audience that Galileo fought the consensus of his day on his way to becoming the father of modern science.
Smith asked the audience of about 450 how many of them do not have confidence in a five-day weather forecast. He and most of the audience raised their hands. “If meteorologists can’t accurately predict weather five days ahead, how can the public have confidence in a 39,000 day forecast?”
Much of the predictions for devastating global warming is based on computer models which have failed to accurately predict global temperatures over just a few years.
Those models are based on bad data leading to bad science according to Smith. He showed examples of weather data collection sites located near heat sources including air conditioner units, incinerators, sun-baked concrete and even an airport runway where jet blasts can dramatically increase the recorded temperature.
Smith presented data showing that temperatures have actually fallen recently, in part due to a dramatic decrease in solar activity. There has been virtually no significant sunspot activity in the last three years.
Smith and the film highlighted many other former global warming proponents who have reversed their stand or released updated data that undercuts previous claims that Earth’s temperatures are climbing or that global warming is caused by man.
Smith called global warming the biggest gravy train in atmospheric research, providing $87 billion to scholarship supporting global warming.
Most in the audience were familiar with President Dwight Eisenhower’s warning against the military-industrial complex in his Jan. 17, 1961, farewell speech. But audience reaction showed few were aware that the President from Kansas also gave a warning in his farewell speech that “a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity.”
“The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present — and is gravely to be regarded. . . Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.”
The presentation by Smith and of “Not Evil, Just Wrong” was sponsored by Americans for Prosperity Kansas and the Flint Hills Center for Public Policy.