Manmade “climate disruption” – the hype and reality

Distractions, agendas, false realities, and policies that bring much harm but few benefits

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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 Obama’s 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.”

scaryIt’s 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 U.S. economy.

Third, scary hyperventilating serves to obscure important realities about Earth’s weather and climate, and even in the NCA report itself. Although atmospheric CO2 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, U.S. 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. Topping it off, a warmer planet and 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 dangerously 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 [see photo, taken in 1889], Dust Bowls, extreme weather events, and forest fires have been part of Earth and human 1889history 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 are 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. Follow the money.

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 “can’t wait for an increasingly dysfunctional Congress to do its job. Where they won’t act, I will.” His Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, Department of Energy, and other officials have steadfastly implemented his anti-hydrocarbon policies.

holdrenChief Obama science advisor John Holdren famously said: “A massive campaign must be launched to … de-develop the United States … 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 [re]distribution of wealth.”

(The President also wants to ensure that neither a Keystone pipeline approval nor a toned-down climate agenda scuttles billionaire Tom Steyer’s $100-million contribution to Democrat congressional candidates.)

This agenda translates into greater government control over energy production and use, job creation and economic growth, and people’s 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 deliberately 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.

America’s minority and blue collar families will suffer – while Washington, D.C., power brokers and lobbyists will continue to enjoy standards of living, housing booms and luxury cars unknown in the nation’s 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 Earth’s 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 – are all 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 Administration’s determination to unilaterally impose costly policies to combat “dangerous manmade climate disruption” – and that the courts will do nothing to curb their executive orders, regulatory fiats and economic disruption.

If they are right, we are in for some very rough times – and it becomes even more critical that citizens learn the facts and restore some semblance of checks and balances.

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About the Author: Paul Driessen

Paul Driessen

Paul Driessen is senior policy adviser for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), which is sponsoring the All Pain No Gain petition against global-warming hype. He also is a senior policy adviser to the Congress of Racial Equality and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green Power - Black Death.

  • Lionell Griffith

    regulatory
    compliance costs that have reached $1.9 trillion per year – nearly
    one-eighth of the entire U.S. economy. – See more at:
    http://www.cfact.org/2014/05/12/manmade-climate-disruption-the-hype-and-reality/#sthash.5d48S3V6.dpuf
    regulatory
    compliance costs that have reached $1.9 trillion per year – nearly
    one-eighth of the entire U.S. economy. – See more at:
    http://www.cfact.org/2014/05/12/manmade-climate-disruption-the-hype-and-reality/#sthash.5d48S3V6.dpuf

  • Sharon

    Climate disruption is “correct”. The climate here in Colorado was disrupted on Mother’s Day by a snowstorm, and the family picnic that was planned was definitely disrupted.

    • Allen Barclay Allen

      We the people had nothing to do with it !!! Its all a Lie by people that have no business pronouncing the word SCIENCE. 26″ snow late in the year in Colorado it may be worse next year just like it was after 1918. Volcanoes produce huge amounts of CO2 but because of the Sulfur dioxide that blocks out the sun by no means will it cause warming. Our last greatest Ice Age had 1200 PPM CO2 before and during the Ice age. Its just under 400 PPM CO2 now. We with the Industrial had absolutely nothing to do with these lies by the Chicken Little crowd.

      We the people had nothing to do with phony global warming/climate change. The cooling was caused by two volcanoes in Greenland just like it was in 1918′ record cold spell. And it will happen again in another 86 years. We had nothing to do with it . We The People of the United States have always cleaned up our own messes. We, with Nikola Tesla’s invention of the ignition system with a spark plug and Henry FORD’s invention of the automobile cleaned up John D. Rockefeller’s environmental disaster of pouring Gasoline on the ground at all his refineries as we burned it in that automobile to keep it out of our groundwater. Since that time 1903 our climate has been getting colder. At that time Mrs. Deland and her Son’s fruit industry was all over South louisiana, Alabama, and Georgia and it stretched all the way to the southern tip of Florida. This industry has moved farther south every year since 1903 because of the climate getting colder. It is no longer frost proof in Frostproof South Florida. It is impossible for God’s creation the fruit tree to lie.

      Stop stalling on Keystone pipeline! Mr. President Mr. Secretary of state John Kerry

      • Mollie Norris

        Mr. President is a co-founder of the Chicago Carbon Exchange, along with Mr. Global Warming Has Fried Mine Brain Gore. They’re two of the people who have an interest in CAGW that has no correlation with climate, although it’s a causative factor in CAGW-alarmist disinformation.

        • Allen Barclay Allen

          I know !! Isn’t that nice !! Al Gore and the Press Obama Speaking to us seeking our worship for their fraudulent Nobel prise winning way. Saying Like children in the marketplace, ” But we have piped and you people have not danced” WHAT A BUNCH OF MARRONES !!!!!!

  • Timm Lyons

    The problem is those who have been converted to the religion of human-induced climate change – there is no room for facts (or even discussion) because they have ultimate faith in their prophets. And, this is what they WANT to believe, because in their minds, the earth was not created for man, but man is a “cancer” to be eradicated. How do we fight that? (that’s not a rhetorical question – please reply!)

    • Beau Jeste

      There is no such thing as “consensus” in science. If a consensus is reached, you’ve moved out of the realm of science and into the realm of faith. There was, at one time, a “scientific consensus” that insisted the sun orbited the Earth. They MUST have been right, because the debate was long over when Copernicus came along, right?

      One Hundred Authors Against Einstein was published in 1931. When asked to comment on this denunciation of relativity by so many scientists, Einstein replied that to defeat relativity one did not need the word of 100 scientists, just one fact.

  • brs02

    Design an economy….. great stuff

  • centefire

    Amazing. Apparently the 16th May, 2114 (100 years from now) for London is: Breezy at first becoming calm later, good sunny spells into the afternoon becoming overcast with rain moving from the south, becoming cooler. average temperature 13.56 c (up .oo1 on 2014 due to global warming.).

  • Arationofreason

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/meteorologist-lennart-bengtsson-joins-climate-skeptic-think-tank-a-968856.html
    UNIPCC continues to intimidate Scientists to push the global warming scam.
    Read the report backed by thousands of published scientific studies showing the dozens of ways that the IPCC global climate models have shown themselves to be totally incompetent to predict any important aspect of climate:
    http://heartland.org/media-library/pdfs/CCR-II/CCR-II-Full.pdf

  • James Rust

    The report notes that average temperature in the US has increased by about 1.5F (0.8C) since 1895, with more than 80% of that rise since 1980. The last decade was the hottest on record in the US. Temperatures are projected to rise another 2F over the next few decades, the report says. In northern latitudes such as Alaska, temperatures are rising even faster.”
    The graph that follows is the monthly average of all daily high and low temperatures at all NOAA U. S. Historical Climate Network stations.

    It is hard to visualize a continuous rise in U. S. temperatures from 1895 to 2013 in this data. The planet is in a global warming cycle called the Current Warming Period since about 1850. So it would be expected to see some warming over this 160-year period. This warming can’t be attributed to increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels. Does the NCA report the pause in global warming since 1998?

    • Allen Barclay Allen

      Do you read anything at all here on CFACT? All those charts grafts have been manipulated for>>NOAA U. S. Historical Climate Network stations.>> have just been debunked by the very people that wrote those phoney reports. I would rather see with my own eyes evidence Mr and Mrs Deland’s Orange groves were in south Georgia all the way across the southern states to Mexico in 1903 their all gone its too cold to grow them and make a living at it any more in those regions of this USA. Now you Suto Scientist can lie all you want with your STUPID charts, Grafts, and phoney reports, but a fruit tree cannot lie. Only the serpent that climb up there can lie like that. Geological Science disagrees with your Pseudoscience every time.

  • Allen Barclay Allen

    Devolution= Global warming to Climate change to now Climate Disruption to next Chicken little the Preprimer book,” The sky is falling” This is all a baker actable mental disorder.