Our real manmade climate crisis

The crisis is due not to climate change, but to actions taken in the name of preventing change

In his first address as Secretary of State, John Kerry said we must safeguard “the most sacred trust” we owe to our children and grandchildren: “an environment not ravaged by rising seas, deadly superstorms, devastating droughts, and the other hallmarks of a dramatically changing climate.”

Even the IPCC and British Meteorological Office now recognize that average global temperatures haven’t budged in almost 17 years. Little evidence suggests that sea level rise, storms, droughts, polar ice or other weather and climate events and trends display any statistically significant difference from what Earth and mankind have experienced over the last 100-plus years.

However, we do face imminent manmade climate disasters. Global warming is the greatest moral issue of our time. We must do all we can to prevent looming climate catastrophes.

But those cataclysms have nothing to do with alleged human contributions to planetary climate systems that have always been chaotic, unpredictable and often disastrous: ice ages, little ice ages, dust bowls, droughts and monster storms that ravaged and sometimes even toppled cities and civilizations.

Our real climate crisis is our responses to Mr. Kerry’s illusory crises. It takes four closely related forms.

Influence peddling. Over the past three years, the Tides Foundation and Tides Center alone poured $335 million into environmentalist climate campaigns, and $1 billion into green lobbies at large, notes Undue Influence author Ron Arnold. Major US donors gave $199 million to Canadian environmental groups just for anti-oil sands and Keystone pipeline battles during the last twelve years, analysts Vivian Krause and Brian Seasholes estimate; the Tides Foundation poured $10 million into these battles during 2009-2012.

All told, US foundations alone have “invested” over $797 million in environmentalist climate campaigns since 2000! And over $19.3 billion in “environmental” efforts since 1995, Arnold calculates! Add to that the tens of billions that environmental activist groups, universities and other organizations have received from individual donors, corporations and government agencies to promote “manmade climate disaster” theories – and pretty soon you’re talking real money.

Moreover, that’s just US cash. It doesn’t include EU, UN and other climate cataclysm contributions. Nor does it include US or global spending on wind, solar, biofuel and other “renewable” energy schemes. That this money has caused widespread pernicious and corrupting effects should surprise no one.

Politicized science, markets and ethics. The corrupting cash has feathered careers, supported entire departments, companies and industries, and sullied our political, economic and ethical systems. It has taken countless billions out of productive sectors of our economy, and given it to politically connected, politically correct institutions that promote climate alarmism and renewable energy (and which use some of this crony capitalist taxpayer and consumer cash to help reelect their political sponsors).

Toe the line – pocket the cash, bask in the limelight. Question the dogma – get vilified, harassed and even dismissed from university or state climatologist positions for threatening the grants pipeline.

The system has replaced honest, robust, evidence-based, peer-reviewed science with pseudo-science based on activism, computer models, doctored data, “pal reviews,” press releases and other chicanery that resulted in Climategate, IPCC exposés, and growing outrage. Practitioners of these dark sciences almost never debate climate disaster deniers or skeptics; climate millionaire Al Gore won’t even take questions that he has not preapproved; and colleges have become centers for “socially responsible investing” campaigns based on climate chaos, “sustainable development” and anti-hydrocarbon ideologies.

Increasingly powerful, well-funded, unelected and unaccountable activist groups and bureaucracies use manmade global warming claims to impose regulations that bypass legislatures and ignore job and economic considerations. They employ sweetheart lawsuits that let activists and agencies agree to legally binding agreements that leave out the parties who will actually be impacted by the court decisions.

The green behemoth wields increasing power over nearly every aspect of our lives and liberties, with no accountability for screw-ups or even deliberate harm to large segments of our population. All in the name of controlling Earth’s temperature and preventing climate change

Climate eco-imperialism impoverishes and kills. Climate alarmism and pseudo science have justified all manner of regulations, carbon trading, carbon taxes, renewable energy programs and other initiatives that increase the cost of everything we make, grow, ship, eat, heat, cool, wear and do – and thus impair job creation, economic growth, living standards, health, welfare and ecological values.

Excessive EPA rules have closed numerous coal-fired power plants, and the agency plans to regulate most of the US hydrocarbon-based economy by restricting carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles, generating plants, cement kilns, factories, malls, hospitals and other “significant” sources. Were it not for the hydraulic fracturing revolution that has made natural gas and gas-fired generation abundant and cheap, US electricity prices would be skyrocketing – just as they have in Britain and Germany.

EU papers carry almost daily articles about fuel poverty, potential blackouts, outsourcing, job losses, economic malaise and despair, and deforestation for fire wood in those and other European countries, due to their focus on climate alarmism and “green” energy. California electricity prices are already highest in USA, thanks to its EU-style programs. The alarms are misplaced, the programs do nothing to reduce Chinese, Indian or global emissions, and renewable energy is hardly eco-friendly or sustainable.

Wind energy requires perpetual subsidies and “backup” fossil fuel power plants that actually produce 80% of the electricity attributed to wind, and blankets wildlife habitats with turbines and transmission lines that kill millions of birds and bats every year. In fact, industrial wind facilities remain viable only because they are exempted from many environmental review, wildlife and bird protection laws that are enforced with heavy penalties for all other industries. Solar smothers habitats with glossy panels, and biofuels divert crops and cropland to replace fuels that we have in abundance but refuse to develop.

Now climate activists and EPA want to regulate fracking for gas that was once their preferred option.

By far the worst climate crisis, however, is eco-imperialism perpetrated against African and other poor nations. When their country was building a new power plant that would burn natural gas that previously was wasted through “flaring,” President Obama told Ghanaians they should use their “bountiful” wind, solar, geothermal and biofuels energy, instead of fossil fuels that threaten us with dangerous global warming. Meanwhile, his Administration refused to support loans for South Africa’s critically needed, state-of-the-art Medupi coal-fired power plant, which the Center for American Progress, Friends of the Earth, Sierra Club and other radical groups stridently opposed.

The actions ignored both the livelihoods and living standards that electricity has brought the world, and the millions of deaths from lung infections and intestinal diseases that these power plants would prevent.

Ready-made excuse for incompetence. Hurricane / Superstorm Sandy proved how “dangerous manmade climate change” can give politicians a handy excuse for ill-considered development decisions that increase storm and flood risk, failure to prepare their communities for inevitable severe weather events, misleading storm warnings, and slow or incompetent responses in their aftermath. Blaming carbon dioxide emissions and rising seas is always easier than manning up and shouldering the blame for Bloombergian failures. Citing IPCC computer forecasts of nastier storms and flooded coastlines likewise gives insurers a convenient excuse for hiking insurance rates.

When the conversation next turns to climate change, discussing the real climate crisis – and the true meaning of environmental justice – could open a few eyes.

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About the Author: Paul Driessen

Paul Driessen

Paul Driessen is senior policy advisor for CFACT and author of Cracking Big Green and Eco-Imperialism: Green Power - Black Death.

  • Eckenhuijsen Smit

    In his first address as Secretary of State, John Kerry said we must safeguard “the most sacred trust” we owe to our children and grandchildren: “an environment not ravaged by rising seas, deadly superstorms, devastating droughts, and the other hallmarks of a dramatically changing climate.”
    If the Secretary of State of the US shows such stupidity -in accordance with the same kind of stupidity his boss Barry Soebarkah utters- what positive action can we ever expect of those imbeciles?

  • EricAdler

    The evidence that the current age is seeing uniquely rapid global warming continues to accumulate, despite the protests of AGW deniers.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130307145303.htm

    “…What that history shows, the researchers say, is that over the past 5,000 years, Earth on average cooled about 1.3 degrees (Fahrenheit) — until the past 100 years, when it warmed ̴ 1.3 degrees (F). The largest changes were in the northern hemisphere, where there are more land masses and greater human populations…”

    • Nice try ding dong, completely false information!

      • So what’s the true information?

        • The true information is, that mother earth seems to be perfectly capable of taking care of herself, within reason. And, there are periods of time, where the arctic core samples (ice) shows there was a temperature rise caused by grennhouse gases before man even was around. The earth has changed, and is going to change over generations and eons. It will see another ice age, and another period of warming…maybe several! Fact is, we would have to be pretty arrogant to think we had that much power over controlling the earth’s climate…barring of course, some type of weaponry, atomic, mass destruction type thing. As I said, there was such a fuss about the hole in the ozone, and how big it was. NASA monitored it, and reported some time back that it has closed… In other words, maybe, the earth let out the gases it didn’t need and once in balance repaired the hole. Who knows, but if you are going to tell me a buffoon like Gore has all the answers, when he is doing more damage with ONE house than 15 families combined, and jet setting around on a private jet… C’mon. If he bought into his own spiel he wouldn’t be doing what he does. The truth is, this is about gaining control of America’s lands and resources. Do you see even ONE person banging on China’s or India’s or Pakistans’s door saying “YOU need to stop polluting”, or “those emissions are way past what is allowed in other countries–slow ’em down”. NO, you aren’t seeing that. This is an attempt to bring America down to the same standard of living as the rest of the world and put us where we can be controlled. Research it. There is climate change…always has been, and drastic, at times…ice age, volcanic eruptions caused atomic winters, even warming beyond tolerance for most living things of the time. But, we know it has all happened before man, or technology before! Our 1% of gases we contribute to the atmosphere, yes 1%, isn’t going to cause the planet any undue grief. Now, get some of those other countries just to reduce emissions, though, and we would all be better off. And, that is the truth. They quit calling it global warming, because they found it really wasn’t warming. And, they began calling it climate change–well…Duh!

          • EricAdler

            Your reply is a mixture of a political conspiracy theory and illogical arguments.

            The connection between CO2 in the atmosphere and climate change has been understood since 1859, when John Tyndall measure the transmission of IR radiation in certain gases in the atmosphere, including H2O, CO2 etc, and Svante Arrhenius did the first calculation of the effects of fossil fuel driven emissions of CO2 on global temperatures. in 1896. It is good that you accept that CO2 causes temperature change, because it is indisputable science. It is also beyond dispute that the current change in CO2 concentration is due to a combination of deforestation and consumption of fossil fuels by humans. The natural environment by itself would be absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere.

            Given this information, there is no way you can deny that the human race is causing climate change, and the rapid increase in CO2 is unprecendented. In addition, the human population is so large, and the stress on its environment to maintain its standard of living is unprecendented. So claiming that we have seen such changes before and we shouldn’t worry is utter nonsense. It is a classic example of the failure to deal with cognitive dissonance.

            The idea that the effort to reduce CO2 emissions is purposely designed to bring America’s standard of living down that of “the rest of the world”, and “put us where we can can be controlled” is a classic example of a paranoid conspiracy theory. It is not possible to reason with someone who puts forward such arguments.

      • EricAdler

        What is false is this quote from the above article:

        “Little evidence suggests that sea level rise, storms, droughts,polar ice or other weather and climate events and trends display any statistically significant difference from what Earth and mankind have experienced over the last 100-plus years.”

        Graph of Arctic Sea Ice for the past 1450 years:

        http://icons.wxug.com/hurricane/2012/kinnard_seaice1450years.jpg

        The Temperature graph also shows a trend:

        http://berkeleyearth.org/analysis/

    • The evidence you speak of became a HUGE INTERNATIONAL embarrassment for all involved in the conspiracy to fudge the numbers trying to support “global warming”. They were publicly, blown out of the water. The facts are that there is no global warming. Climate change? Yeah…they changed their by-line to “climate change” when it was proven there IS NO Global Warming. Climate change…let’s see…. That’s been going on since this rock started spinning, and pretty much covers EVERY possible weather outcome or fluctuation. Hey, now climate change is real, but it is nothing any different than what has gone on over the life of this planet. And, those temps you are spouting no longer exist. They were the ones blown out of the water, and part of the agenda to get it where, under one world government, and treaties until that time, they can come in and move populations off of rich resources, take farms/land, water and other resources away from people that “own too much”, and then bring us all to the same standard of living. But, when private owners don’t own the land and such, it will belong to the elite…the Obamas that live like Royalty more than the Royalty of England. Soros, who needs to go ahead and die for the soul-less individual he is, and the Gore(s) of the world lying and leaving a bigger “carbon footprint” than entire neighborhoods and cities. It has all been a plot toward one government, and being able to control the resources. and then ultimately, to control population NUMBERS after they redistribute us.

  • EricAdler

    If CFACT would disclose its funding, we could also judge whether influence peddling plays a role in the views expressed on this web site. Based on what we know, it used to get money from the energy and automobile industry years ago, when it was possible to trace its source of funds.

    • They get donations from concerned people like me, you brainwashed knucklehead!

      • LilSquirel

        You don’t seem concerned about anything but yourself
        Is donations another word for bribe
        Who did you bribe, I’m listening

    • Doesn’t matter where they get their funds from. There was a big blow up, over a year ago about the corrupt government officials, and the scientists twisting the numbers to fit the Governments’ agendas. These were the foremost meteorological (supposedly) scientists in the world, and they fudged the numbers, deliberately. Even the lamestream media couldn’t turn a blind eye to it long–they tried. EVERY single piece of garbage hypocrites like Gore, and Kerry put out there was GONE. So, they quit calling it global warming, and now call it climate change. Well, climate change is real, and has gone on since the earth began. Being caused by man made input…No. We are less than 1% of those “vicious” green house gases. And, NASA monitored while the hole in the Ozone fixed itself. It is no longer there. Maybe, we should concentrate on getting countries like Pakistan, India, and China to cut their emissions, instead of letting the rest of the world and a handful of lunatics try to destroy US and our economy with GREEN BS, when we have the strictest pollution controls on the planet in place.

      • LilSquirel

        *There was a big blow up*

        NONE

        99% of scientist agree on the situation
        And government don’t pay them
        Where would they get the money to pay them …

        Plus, it is idiotic to even ask that question
        (is it manmade or a Volcano)

        Are yo going to sit on your ass if it is a Volcano …
        Or solve the damn problem..

        Your survival instincts are sorely lacking

        It doesn’t stop there
        This climate crisis can be seen as an opportunity
        to move our collective asses and do things better

        And in the far fetched target range,
        if we solve the crisis on earth,
        eventualy we could turn Venus into something usable

  • Mickey Askins

    I don’t C FACT, I do C PROPAGANDA
    Maybe you should call your organization BLIND

  • mememine

    Religion is about belief in who is saying what not what is being said, just like the Reefer Madness of climate blame belief. Faith is belief and reason is knowledge.

  • Eckenhuijsen Smit

    Earth’s CLIMATE is for ±95% decided by our sun’s activity and cosmic rays and consequently is not influenced by whatever quantity of CO2 there might be in our
    atmosphere.
    CO2 ‒natural and manmade (only 0,001152%)‒ is an inert, colourless, tasteless, innocuous, very beneficial and indispensable “GREEN” gas, necessary for all life on earth to keep nature functioning as it did during eons, so there can never be “too much”
    CO2 in the atmosphere!
    Exhausts and chimneys should even spew more CO2 unhampered!
    Politicians with some knowledge and/or insight might even understand this!
    Immediately stop wasting trillions $/€ on the worldwide construction of all those totally inefficient windmills!
    Build as many as possible ‒graphite covered uranium‒ pebbles-fed nuclear reactors to safely deliver the electric energy needed to develop all human communities on our globe!

    • LilSquirel

      *Earth’s CLIMATE is for ±95% decided by our sun’s activity and cosmic rays*

      Dude one of my friends is an astrophysicist teaching in the USA
      at some very famous Univesity

      He was sceptical 20 years ago, like everyone.
      Since then he changed his mind
      The data proving how mankind screwed up the climate system
      is staggering

      And ya know, Mr sceptical, your point of view is absurd
      Even if mankind would not have the power to impact things today …
      computer power, and knowledge accumulation, grow exponentialy.
      Computer power already broke the Moore’s law of doubling every 2.5 years. It’s faster than that now.

      Japanese created nanoparticles that instantly wash windows when it rains. and there is abother particle that can generate particles if I put it in your ass when you fart, I’m not kidding, it generate electricity when gas pass arround it. farting would do the trick

      So with that level of technological progress, we need to be more responsible and be careful about what we do and how we do it.

      You do realize that fusion ignition is accross the corner. That got the potential to burn the atmosphere. Handle with extreme care.

      We also have a theory to neutralize nuclear weapons using neutrino beams (search for it, it’s real and it open amazing possibilities, like making the whole nuclear arsenal obsolete)

      The world of tommorrow will be nothing like today Hopefully it will be better. But that’s up to us

    • LilSquirel

      *Build as many as possible ‒graphite covered uranium‒ pebbles-fed nuclear reactors to safely deliver the electric energy needed to develop all human communities on our globe!*

      What a clown you are. uranium is long obsolete as nuclear fuel. At least do some homework, kid

      What do they pay you … 10 cents per post.