Skip to comments.Manmade Climate Disruption – the Hype and Reality
Posted on 05/10/2014 5:19:59 AM PDT by Kaslin
The White House has released its latest National Climate Assessment. An 829-page report and 127-page summary were quickly followed by press releases, television appearances, interviews and photo ops with tornado victims all to underscore President Obamas central claims:
Human-induced climate change, once considered an issue for the distant future, has moved firmly into the present. It is affecting Americans right now, disrupting their lives. The effects of are already being felt in every corner of the United States. Corn producers in Iowa, oyster growers in Washington, maple syrup producers in Vermont, crop-growth cycles in Great Plains states are all observing climate-related changes that are outside of recent experience. Extreme weather events have become more frequent and/or intense.
Its pretty scary sounding. It has to be. First, it is designed to distract us from topics that the President and Democrats do not want to talk about: ObamaCare, the IRS scandals, Benghazi, a host of foreign policy failures, still horrid jobless and workforce participation rates, and an abysmal 0.1% first quarter GDP growth rate that hearkens back to the Great Depression.
Second, fear-inducing climate disruption claims are needed to justify job-killing, economy-choking policies like the endless delays on the Keystone XL pipeline; still more wind, solar and ethanol mandates, tax breaks and subsidies; and regulatory compliance costs that have reached $1.9 trillion per year nearly one-eighth of the entire US economy.
Third, scary hyperventilating serves to obscure important realities about Earths weather and climate, and even the NCA report itself. Although atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have been rising steadily for decades, contrary to White House claims, average planetary temperatures have not budged for 17 years.
No Category 3-5 hurricane has made landfall in the United States since 2005, the longest such period since at least 1900. Even with the recent Midwestern twisters, US tornado frequency remains very low, and property damage and loss of life from tornadoes have decreased over the past six decades.
Sea levels are rising at a mere seven inches per century. Antarctic sea ice recently reached a new record high. A new report says natural forces could account for as much as half of Arctic warming, and warming and cooling periods have alternated for centuries in the Arctic. Even in early May this year, some 30% of Lake Superior was still ice-covered, which appears to be unprecedented in historical records. And to top it off, rising CO2 levels improve forest, grassland and crop growth, greening the planet.
Press releases on the NCA report say global temperatures, heat waves, sea levels, storms, droughts and other events are forecast or projected to increase over the next century. However, the palm reading was done by computer models which are based on the false assumption that carbon dioxide now drives climate change, and that powerful natural forces no longer play a role. The models have never been able to predict global temperatures accurately, and the divergence between model predictions and actual measured temperatures gets worse with every passing year. The models cannot even hindcast temperatures over the past quarter century, without using fudge factors and other clever tricks.
Moreover, much of the White House and media spin contradicts what the NCA report actually says. For example, it concludes that there has been no universal trend in the overall extent of drought across the continental U.S. since 1900. Other trends in severe storms, it states, are uncertain.
Climate change, Johnstown Floods, Dust Bowls, extreme weather events and forest fires have been part of Earth and human history forever and no amount of White House spin can alter that fact. To suggest that any changes in weather or climate or any temporary increases in extreme weather events are due to humans is patently absurd. To ignore positive trends and the 17-year absence of warming is abominable.
Fourth, sticking to the manmade climate disaster script is essential to protect the turf, reputations, funding and power of climate alarmists and government bureaucrats. The federal government doles out some $2.6 billion annually in grants for climate research but only for work that reflects White House perspectives. Billions more support subsidies and loans for renewable energy programs that represent major revenue streams for companies large and small, and part of that money ends up in campaign war chests for (mostly Democrat) legislators who support the climate regulatory-industrial complex.
None of them is likely to admit any doubts, alter any claims or policies, or reduce their increasingly vitriolic attacks on skeptics of dangerous manmade global warming. They do not want to risk being exposed as false prophets and charlatans, or worse.
Last, and most important, climate disruption claims drive a regulatory agenda that few Americans support. Presidential candidate Obama said his goal was fundamentally transforming the United States and ensuring that electricity rates necessarily skyrocket. On climate change, President Obama has made it clear that he cant wait for an increasingly dysfunctional Congress to do its job. Where they wont act, I will. His Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, Department of Energy and other officials have steadfastly implemented his anti-hydrocarbon policies.
Chief Obama science advisor John Holdren famously said: A massive campaign must be launched to de-develop the UnitedStates bringing our economic system (especially patterns of consumption) into line with the realities of ecology and the global resource situation. [Economists] must design a stable, low-consumption economy in which there is a much more equitable distribution of wealth.
This agenda translates into greater government control over energy production and use, job creation and economic growth, and peoples lives, livelihoods, living standards, liberties, health and welfare. It means fewer opportunities and lower standards of living for poor and middle class working Americans. It means greater power and control for politicians, bureaucrats, activists and judges but with little or no accountability for mistakes made, damage done or penalties exacted on innocent people.
A strong economy, modern technologies, and abundant, reliable, affordable energy are absolutely essential if we are to adapt to future climate changes, whatever their cause and survive the heat waves, cold winters, floods, droughts and vicious weather events that will most certainly continue coming.
The Obama agenda will reduce our capacity to adapt, survive and thrive. It will leave more millions jobless, and reduce the ability of families to heat and cool their homes properly, assure nutritious meals, pay their rent or mortgage, and pursue their American dreams.
Americas minority and blue collar families will suffer while Washington, DC power brokers and lobbyists will continue to enjoy a standard of living, housing boom and luxury cars unknown in the nations heartland. Think Hunger Games or the Politburo and nomenklatura of Soviet Russia.
Worst, it will all be for nothing, even if carbon dioxide does exert a stronger influence on Earths climate than actual evidence suggests. While the United States slashes its hydrocarbon use, job creation, economic growth and international competitiveness, China, India, Brazil, Indonesia and Spain, Germany, France and Great Britain will all continue increasing their coal use and CO2 emissions.
President Obama and White House advisor John Podesta are convinced that Congress and the American people have no power or ability to derail the Administrations determination to unilaterally enact costly policies to combat dangerous manmade climate disruption and that the courts will do nothing to curb their use of executive orders and regulatory fiats.
If they are right, we are in for some very rough times and it becomes even more critical that voters eject Harry Reid and his Senate majority, to restore some semblance of checks and balances.
Only God knows.
Man is so terribly arrogant.
Me thinks it’s God made & He’s trying to get our attention.
Obama should be removed from office, based on this extortionist lie alone. Never mind murdered patriots in foreign lands, he’s trying to extort the whole nation with an economic hoax!
Global warming, then Climate change, and not climate disruption.
The liberals really are good at coming up with ever more descriptive and inflamatory names for progressive propaganda bullsh!t.
Have *any* of those “green energy” companies the government so lavishly subsidizes actually managed to stay in business, much less turn a legitimate profit?
Not arrogant, mercenary.
The Green Stuff movement is all about stealing money from the US Treasury.
The gullible, the tight sphinctered young women who’s only goal in life is to make a difference, are conned into making the constant hue and cry enabling the theft.
Inadvertent climate modification
War of the Words: Climate Change or Global Warming?
Obama Creates More Wealth for Green Crony Soros
...”Absolutely “0” evidence to conclude that climate change is man made. How did we make it so cold during the ice age?? And how did Greenland get to be green?”...
What is so incredibly disturbing to me is that we are in grave danger regarding the possibility of an EMP or Electro-Magnetic-Pulse, which would mean death within months of 90% of Americans and little is being done about it from our leaders. Those who lust for money and power pedal this false theory of man made climate change and ignore what I believe to be the biggest threat to our people at the moment. It is a crime and a disgrace. EMP would be more devastating than a nuclear bomb and it is ignored in favor of a fantasized and made up narrative about a false theory which used to be called climate change. They change the name so often it is hard to keep up. Our press and our leaders are so inept. We are into new territory in that regard. They live in la-la land and their neglect in keeping us safe in favor of their keeping themselves the “elite” through politics will “come home to roost.”
Indeed, 10,000 years ago, the part of the earth we call Ireland, Scotland and England was under a thousand feet of ice.
Here in NYS, IIRC, we have Canada’s topsoil.
Pushed there by glaciers?
Some of the same bunch who lied about Obamacare,Benghazi,etc.?? After this many lies,what’s one more?
Global warming, then Climate change, and not climate disruption.
Ignorance is the food that feeds Socialism, Communism, Marxism, and fear of everything.
So, have the government protect you from everything.
Man-made Climate Deception!
The global warming cultists gloss over the fact that their theory assumes that only parts per million changes in CO2 levels are supposed to kill the planet. If the earth's climate were balancing on a knife edge of a few parts per million of CO2 or any other greenhouse substances in the atmosphere life on earth would have ended eons ago. Even in historic times a single volcanic eruption has altered global climate, yet the earth has managed to return to its relatively steady state of climate. The Tambora volcano erupted in April 1815 and caused massive global cooling as its dust shrouded the globe. In the summer of 1816 the sky seemed permanently overcast and the lack of sunlight became so severe that farmers lost their crops and food shortages were reported in Ireland, France, England, and the United States. Yet by 1817 things returned to normal. A similar situation happened in 1991 with the eruption of Mt Pinatubo, but again global temperatures returned to normal. If the knife edge tipping point of climate change were true we would be in a global ice age as a result of these climate disruptions.
This hoax was invented to tax more, kill industry and is criminal. Man made activity is contributing to these variations as much as Kenyan pissing in the ocean would cause globull flooding! (free to quote me)