Skip to comments.The Real Climate Change Catastrophe
Posted on 10/21/2006 5:44:49 AM PDT by Molly Pitcher
Every snowstorm, hurricane, deluge or drought generates headlines, horror movies and television specials, demanding action to avoid imminent climate catastrophe. Skeptics are pilloried, labeled climate criminals, and threatened with Nuremberg-style war crimes trials.
Britains Royal Society has demanded that ExxonMobil stop funding researchers who say global warming is primarily the result of natural forces. Meanwhile, scientist James Hansen received $250,000 from Teresa Heinz-Kerry for insisting that warming is due to humans, and socially responsible investor services refuse to list or recommend corporations they deem insufficiently sensitive on the subject.
Not surprisingly, companies from Wal-Mart to BP, GE and JP Morgan have brought climate activists into their board rooms, lobbied Congress for climate and ethanol legislation, and retooled to produce new product lines intended to boost tax subsidies, favorable PR and profits.
But are these actions socially responsible or in the best interests of society as a whole?
Asserting the science is settled ignores the debate that still rages. Proclaiming that climate change is real ignores Earths constant, natural warming and cooling.
Vikings raised crops and cattle in Greenland 1000 years ago, while Britons grew grapes in England. Four hundred years later, the Vikings were frozen out, Europe was gripped in a Little Ice Age, and priests performed exorcisms on advancing Swiss glaciers. The globe warmed in 1850-1940, cooled for the next 35 years, then warmed slightly again.
Detroit experienced six snowstorms in April 1868, frosts in August 1869, a 98-degree heat wave in June 1874, and ice-free lakes in January 1877. Wisconsins record high of 114 degrees F in July 1936 was followed five years later by a record July low of 46. In 1980, five years after Newsweeks new little ice age cover story, Washington, DC endured 67 days above 90 degrees.
Studies by National Academy of Sciences, NOAA, Danish and other scientists continue to raise inconvenient truths that question and contradict catastrophic climate change theories, computer models and assertions. The hockey stick temperature graph (which claimed 1990-2000 was the hottest decade in 1000 years) was shown to be invalid; the Southern Hemisphere has not warmed in the past 25 years; the US is yet to be hit by a major hurricane in 2006; interior Greenland and Antarctica are gaining ice mass, not losing it; and Gulf Stream circulation has not slowed, as claimed in 2005.
Other recent studies conclude the suns radiant heat and cosmic ray levels affect planetary warming and cloud formation more strongly than acknowledged by climate alarmists. Thats logical. Why would natural forces that caused climate change and bizarre weather in past centuries suddenly stop working?
Why would we assume (as many climate models do) that energy, transportation and pollution control technologies will suddenly stagnate at 2000 levels, after the amazing advances of the previous century? And can we afford the Quixotic attempt to stall or prevent future climate change?
Just the current Kyoto Protocol could cost the world up to $1 trillion per year, in regulatory bills, higher energy costs and lost productivity. Thats several times more than the price tag for providing the world with clean drinking water and sanitation which would prevent millions of deaths annually from intestinal diseases.
Over 2 billion of the Earths citizens still do not have electricity, to provide basic necessities like lights, refrigeration and modern hospitals. Instead they breathe polluted smoke from wood and dung fires, and die by the millions from lung diseases. But opposition to fossil fuel power plants, in the name of preventing climate change, ensures that these indigenous lifestyles, diseases and deaths will continue.
Opposition to hydroelectric projects (damming rivers) and nuclear power (radioactive wastes) likewise perpetuates endemic Third World poverty. So would a new European Union proposal to tax imports from China, India and other poor countries that are exempt from the Kyoto Protocol, because this gives them an unfair trade advantage over EU countries that are struggling to meet their Kyoto #1 commitments.
But UK Climate Change Minister Ian Pearson insists that climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing countries in sub-Saharan Africa. And environmental zealots blame malaria rates on climate change, to deflect charges that their callous opposition to insecticides is killing African babies.
Elsewhere, government and private studies calculate that the Protocol would cost the United States up to $348 billion in 2012. The average American family of four would pay an extra $2,700 annually for energy and consumer goods, and in US minority communities, the climate treaty would destroy 1.3 million jobs and substantially affect standards of living.
Yet, even perfect compliance with Kyoto would result in Earths temperature being only 0.2 degrees F less by 2050 than under a business-as-usual scenario. Assuming humans really are the culprits, actually controlling theoretical global temperature increases would require 40 Kyoto treaties each one more restrictive, each one expanding government control over housing, transportation, heating, cooling and manufacturing decisions.
The real danger is that we will handcuff economies and hammer poor families, to promote solutions which wont solve a problem that the evidence increasingly suggests is moderate, manageable and primarily natural in origin.
The real catastrophe is that we are already using overwrought claims about a climate cataclysm to justify depriving Earths most impoverished citizens of electricity and other modern technologies that would make their lives infinitely better.
Real ethics and social responsibility would weigh these costs and benefits, foster robust debate about every aspect of climate change, ensure continued technological advancement, and give a seat at the decision table to the real stakeholders: not climate alarmists but those who have to live with the consequences of decisions that affect their access to energy, health, hope, opportunity and prosperity.
Paul Driessen is senior policy advisor for the Congress of Racial Equality and Atlas Economic Research Foundation, and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green Power - Black Death. CORE will host a November 29 program at the United Nations on how climate change programs and policies might affect industrialization, families and communities in developing nations.
All I know is that if Al Gore starts ranting about the global warming thing again, I am ordering a load of firewood.
It tells us nothing about global warming.
As did last year's record season. While we had hurricane after hurricane in the Atlantic, there was a dearth of typhoons in the West Pacific, where there normally are dozens every year. And for all the claims that the number of strong storms have increased, other scientists have pointed out that we had limited sat data 30 years ago and it's apples to oranges to compare that timeline.
The lack of hurricanes hitting the US has shown that there is/was a speculative bubble in oil prices.
LOL! Sounds good to me
What are the assumptions these models are based on?
I travel a lot...so 5-7 days before leaving for my destination, I start paying attention to the weather predictions there...9 out of 10 times, the forecasts are off to some degree or another. So why do I still persist, you may ask! LOL!
The pretensiveness of the eco-dogooders is startling. The arrogance of turning science into a political position should bother us all. This really isn't that different, as Michael Crichton points out, than the massive scientific "proof" for eugenics that led to the Nazi governemnt-led murder of thousands of feeblemined and other less fortunate folks.
I listened to the news-readers gloss right over that one ~ colder than ever ~ while associating the "Ozone Hole" with "Global Warming".
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I am always *intrigued* by those, that when confronted by "colder than normal" events, also blame THAT on "global warming".
No hurricane activity here where I live, Florida. Explanations such as return of El Nino and better weather off African coast have been given
Since it apparently did no good to put excorcists to work on advancing glacierd, this time lets assign them to algore et al.
"Global warming" is just another effort to create an industry out of fear.
And usually right after Thanksgiving outdoor Ice Rinks opened up and the Chicago Park Distrait started putting up the Warming Shacks and making the skating rinks in the Parks (along with putting up the No Skating signs by the Lagoons).
And the Winters, man they were brutal. Tires Chains were 'almost' a standard accessory on a 57 Chevy. BUT NO MORE. Now ponds rarely freeze over, the rinks of the CPD are ancient history and 'what's a tire chain' is the response for anyone in their late 30's early 40's.
This can only be due to ONE THING - the Japanese! Yep, I'm series. As soon as Japanese import cars started appearing our Winters went away. Think about it, the Jap cars back then couldn't survive a Northern Climate winter, then the bad winters just disappeared.
I find this coincidence very suspicious. So I bet there's a weather machine buried deep inside Mount Fuji and they are controlling the weather - just so they can sell us a Toyota!
Hey! Today's the day I fire up the truck ('84 Chev Blazer, if theres more than a teaspoon of gas in her, she'll start) and go to the supply joint for a tons of pellets.
we moved to s. Cook County in June '60 from the Texas Gulf Coast - yes the first winters were brutal - and NOT just because of where we'd come from...but not just cold, there was lots of snow, too! Our driveway by Feb, had these fortress-like snow walls...
then it warmed up, and cooled down a few more cycles that I've experienced in such places as Louisiana and Ohio over the years...so what to take from this? Difficult to say, but the impetus behind the Global Warming pushers is statism and control. That's about the only conclusion I can draw.
Good point, cook county, about the location of the temp measurements that are made.
(if I ever see that guy with the 84 Dodge van again, I'm gonna kick his butt)
BTW, anyone want to buy a Rolex watch? I got real good deal on them (no - different guy, different Van).
This is all true, but the group thinkers are too far down the global warming path to think about a change in direction.
the Southern Hemisphere has not warmed in the past 25 years
That's totally incorrect
1612 Santorio Sanctorius puts thermometer to medical use
1629 Joseph Solomon Delmedigo describes in a book an accurate sealed-glass thermometer which uses brandy
1643 Evangelista Torricelli invents the mercury barometer
1714 Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit invents the mercury-in-glass thermometer
1821 Thomas Johann Seebeck invents the thermocouple
1864 Henri Becquerel suggests an optical pyrometer
1885 Calender-Van Duesen invented the platinum resistance temperature device
1892 Henri-Louis Le Châtelier builds the first optical pyrometer
So lets get this straight.... the thermometer has only been in use for about 300 years
according to the "geniuses", the earth is millions of years old
recorded history is only about 6,000 years old, (maybe more if you count cave paintings).
Yet, a small group of scientists and nearly ALL leftist politicians are convinced that man is the cause of "Global Warming"
and in spite of the fact that just one of the hundreds of annual Volcanic eruptions emits more greenhouse gas than all of the industrial pollution combined at any given time
sheesh but I am just a stupid construction worker what would I know
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