Skip to comments.Chu: We don’t understand the “bumps and wiggles” of climate change, but oh yes, it’s happening
Posted on 04/13/2012 1:27:29 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
The Obama administration was more vocal about the supposedly dire need to combat climate change toward the beginning of their oh-so-eminent reign, with President Obama out championing the cause at such august events as the U.N. climate conference in 2009. Theres been a bit of a lull in their alarmist-enthusiasm rhetoric in the past year or so (maybe theyve figured out that concern for climate change is a luxury good during times of economic recession), but it looks like they may be thinking about bringing back the meme to help sell their horrendous energy polices in the run-up to November.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Wednesday that scientific evidence of climate change is getting more and more powerful, comments that come as global warming legislation remains moribund in Congress and Environmental Protection regulations are facing ongoing GOP assaults.
Over the last couple of years, the dispassionate, hard science evidence has been mounting, increasing, said Chu, speaking at an energy forum hosted by The New York Times.
Chu noted that we dont understand everything and that in past years scientists have actually underestimated the pace of some changes, including sea level rise.
It is rising even faster than we thought. The number of violent rainstorms have increased faster than we thought, he said at the event in New York, adding that though there are bumps and wiggles that are not understood, trends are clear in the long term.
Funny I thought the rising sea levels were supposed to have wiped out polar bears by now, or something?
For what feels like the umpteenth time: nobody is denying that climate change exists. Planet earth is not and never has been a static place. But is human activity contributing to climate change at an exponentially unsustainable rate, hurtling the world toward unprecedented large-scale catastrophe? Hmm
During a speech at Tufts law school last month, Sen. John Kerry voiced his consternation with what he called the flat-earth caucus of the U.S. Congress constantly standing in the way of President Obamas environmentalist ambitions. You cant talk about climate now, Kerry lamented. People just turn off. Its extraordinary. Only for national security and jobs will they open their minds. The irony is that we used to be a nation that valued science. We have become a nation that is now discarding science.
Well, guilty as charged! Yes, conservatives are finally vocalizing the idea that science is not a sacred cow immune from politics, but rather that science is perfectly capable of being corrupted and is governed by a set of incentives. Incentives such as oh, I dont know chasing government grants and lobbyist money, perhaps? And boring, non-catastrophic science doesnt rank highly on the government-handout to-do list, as it doesnt whip the public into the suitable frenzy. Contrary to the doomsayers claims, more and more heretics are emerging from the scientific community to point out how politicized the issue of climate change has become, and a growing faction agrees that the 21st century hasnt actually produced any measurable warming.
The prospect of battling with those darn obstructionist Republicans didnt deter President Obama from requesting a nice $770 million chunk in foreign aid to combat climate change in developing countries (but then, his entire 2013 budget was a flippant political stunt that won approximately zero votes, so, wash). Despite the fact that we cannot afford even these tidy little earmarks, this appeal to the environmentalist lobbys bid to shape and control how other countries develop is selfish, elitist, and ignorant. Wealthier societies are healthier societies, and discouraging the proven routes to prosperity in weaker nations in order to furnish laboratories for environmentalist pipe dreams is a waste of money that does nothing to contribute to global economic growth and accomplishes little to help lift people out of poverty and misery.
Yup. He’s correct.
Just a couple of months ago it was cold as heck.
Now, it seems to be warming up and the robins are back.
$770 million chunk in foreign aid to combat climate change in developing countries
for what air conditioning ? combat climate change ,these people should leave their cave for a few hours a day
Chu: We dont understand the bumps and wiggles of climate change, but oh yes, its happening
of course it is. It was 36 degrees over night and today it is 65 degrees. We had sleet 2 days ago and on Sunday it is supposed to be 80 degrees.
We thought the rainy season was over.
The climate hasn’t stopped changing since the earth was a molten rock. Why would it be any different now?
Of course there’s climate change. It never stops.
Open letter to Chu:
Hello Dr. Chu,
I’ve known dozens of brilliant PhDs with no common sense whatsover. Thank you for being another shining example of politically motivated idiocy.
Thanks for the link to the video.
Just why does che despise the scientific method? Why does he bate facts and logic? Nobel or not he is a useless poltroon...at best.
Just why does chu despise the scientific method? Why does he hate facts and logic? Nobel or not he is a useless poltroon...at best.
Revoke the man’s Nobel. He has no sharper a scientific mind that my 2 y/o granddaughter.
Climate change has happened since the beginning of time....You dumb idiots......