The climate con goes on

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KyotoNearly 200 countries may sign a modest Kyoto II climate treaty, say December 2014 media reports from Lima, Peru. But will they agree to stop using coal to generate electricity? No. Curtail their economic growth? No. Cease emitting carbon dioxide? Maybe, but only a little, sometime in the future, when it is more convenient to do so, without any binding commitments. Then why would they sign a treaty?

Primarily because they expect to get free energy technology transfers, and billions of dollars a year in climate “mitigation, adaptation, and reparation” money from Western nations that they blame (and which blame themselves) for the “dangerous climate change,” rising seas, and “extreme weather” that they claim are “unprecedented” and due to CO2 emissions during the 150 years since the Industrial Revolution began. These FRCs (Formerly Rich Countries) have implemented low-carbon energy policies and penalties that have strangled their economies, dramatically increased energy prices, and killed millions of jobs. But now poor developing countries demand that they also transfer $100 billion per year, for decades (with most of that probably going to their governing elites’ Swiss banks accounts).

Where is this likely to take us? President Obama has long promised to “fundamentally transform” the U.S. economy and ensure that electricity prices “necessarily BlackoutNYC2skyrocket.” His edicts are doing precisely that. And now Christiana Figueres, the UN’s chief climate change official, has declared that her unelected bureaucrats are undertaking “probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the [global] economic development model.” Her incredible admission underscores what another high-ranking IPCC official said several years ago: “Climate policy has almost nothing to do anymore with environmental protection. The next world climate summit is actually an economy summit, during which the distribution of the world’s resources will be negotiated.”

Why would any sane families or nations consign their fates to such insane, perverse arrangements? The arrangements are being imposed on them, through force, fabrication, and fraud.

Poor, middle, and working class families will get little but more layoffs, further reductions in living standards, and longer postponement of dreams. But meanwhile Climate Chaos, Inc. (Big Green, Big Government, alarmist scientists, crony corporatist “Green” energy companies, and allied universities and scientific groups) will become richer, gain more control over our lives and livelihoods, and rarely be held accountable for the damage they cause. Retracting their “dangerous manmade climate change” tautologies would endanger their money, power, and reputations.

guillotineexecutionThat’s why their hypotheses, assertions, intentions, and computer models always trump reality. It’s why they are increasingly vicious and relentless in vilifying realist scientists who challenge their “97% consensus” and “manmade climate catastrophe” mantras – and in demanding that the news media ignore experts and analyses that do not toe the Climate Chaos line. They denigrate realists as “climate deniers” (deliberately suggesting Holocaust denial) and “oil industry shills” (while hiding their own suspect ethics, data “adjustments,” and Big Green billion-dollar Russian and other funding sources).

Realists get precious little (or no) oil money and constantly underscore the role of climate change throughout Earth and human history. What we contest is the notion that climate and weather fluctuations today are manmade, unprecedented, and dangerous. Alarmists deny that Earth’s climate is often in flux, solar and other natural forces drive weather and climate, and atmospheric CO2 plays only a minimal role. Real-world evidence demolishes virtually every alarmist claim.

The climate reality record is presented in a readable, thought-provoking new book, About FaceWhy the world needs more CO2; The failed science of global warming, ABOUTFACEby U.S. economist Arthur Hughes, Australian geologist Cliff Ollier, and Canadian meteorologist Madhav Khandekar. Sea level is rising at only 1.5 mm per year now (6 inches per century), they note, and there is zero evidence that the rate is escalating or that coastal communities are at risk. Nor is “ocean acidification” a legitimate problem.

Alarmists use it to replace other disproven scares with a new panic. Earth’s oceans have never been acidic. They are mildly alkaline. Their enormous volumes of water cannot become acidic – that is, plummet from an 8.2 pH level 150 years ago and their current 8.1 pH into the acidic realm of 7.0 or lower, due to the tiny amount of atmospheric CO2 attributable to fossil fuel use, in less than five centuries.

The tiny effect of rising CO2 levels on climate contrasts sharply with their enormous benefits to plant growth and agriculture. Not only is more CO2 “greening” deserts, forests, and grasslands; it is increasing grain and food yields worldwide, and helping people in developing nations live longer, healthier lives.

Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are not in danger of collapsing, the About Face authors demonstrate; in fact, they are growing. Similarly, contrary to another scare, extreme weather events are not increasing.

No Category 3-5 hurricane has struck the United States for a record 9 years, and Earth’s temperature has not budged for 18 years. Claims that 2014 was “the hottest year on record” are based on airport and urban measurements that are higher than rural locations and are always “adjusted” upward, with year-to-year differences measured in hundredths of a degree. Outside those areas, for most of the world – the 70% of Earth’s surface that is oceans and 85% of land area that is mountains, deserts, grasslands, tundra, and boreal or tropical rain forests – practically no data exist. So NASA and other alarmists falsely extrapolate from their manipulated urban data to fill in massive gaps for the other 95% of the Earth.

BOSTONSNOWMeanwhile, the U.S. Northeast is suffering through record snows and its lowest winter temperatures in 20 years, and America’s East Coast air has been 25-30 degrees F below normal. England’s winter death rate this year is almost one-third higher than normal: nearly 29,000 deaths in a two-week period in January, largely because people can no longer afford to heat their homes properly, due to UK climate policies.

What’s really going on? Our sun “has gone quiet again, during what is likely to be the weakest sunspot cycle in more than a century,” dating back to 1906, says Vencore weather analyst Paul Dorian.

Alarmists don’t want to talk about that – or about what is happening in Asia. BP’s Energy Outlook 2035 report forecasts that China’s oil, natural gas, and coal use will increase by some 50% and its CO2 emissions by 37% over the next 20 years. India’s energy production will soar 117% – with fossil fuels accounting for 87% of all demand in 2035, and its CO2 emissions also skyrocketing. So even if the U.S. and the EU eliminated fossil fuels, atmospheric CO2 would continue to climb.

Climate alarmists want the newspaper and television media to ignore this information and the “skeptics” who might present it. Bill Nye “the science guy” recently asked newmediatweedleMSNBC to link all weather events to climate change. “Just say the words climate change” when you talk about this winter’s cold and snow,” he begged Joy Reid. A new study shows how widespread these repulsive practices have become.

A George Mason University analysis found that U.S. media outlets “pretty much” agree that climate change “is real, it’s happening, and we’re responsible. That debate is over,” quoting one journalist. As a result, “critics are no longer being interviewed,” the study said. In the view of “mainstream” media outlets, getting or presenting both sides on the climate issue is a “false balance.” At least one news organization now has an explicit editorial policy “discouraging reporters from quoting climate change deniers in environment or science coverage,” the Washington Examiner noted.

Media reputations are at stake. They’ve been in bed so long with the Climate Chaos complex that acknowledging the critical role of natural forces, the expertise of climate realists, the debate that still rages, or the Grand Canyon between climate crisis claims and real-world evidence would destroy what little credibility the media still has. It would also start the collapse of the Climate Chaos house of cards.

But the real stakes are much higher. They are the businesses, jobs, families, living standards, and liberties that are increasingly threatened if President Obama, the EPA, Big Green, and the United Nations remain free to impose their climate and energy agenda. Responsible governors, state legislators, and members of Congress must get involved, block these actions, and roll back the destructive policies.

 

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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.

  • Frederick Colbourne

    With a little bit of luck Congress may now do the job that the Founders intended when they framed the US Constitution.

  • MichaelSmith

    Thank you, Paul, for stating the truth. Today’s “greens” are yesterday’s “reds” — i.e. leftists — who claimed that communism and socialism would outproduce and bury capitalism. When the 20th century proved them wrong, when communism starved millions to death and socialism doomed millions to stinking poverty, they abandoned their claims and desperately began a search for a new rationalization to cover their hatred for man’s mind and everything it makes possible, such as capitalism, technology and human prosperity. They latched on to environmentalism in all its forms and now attack technology based on wild claims of global doom and gloom.

    As the brilliant Ayn Rand pointed out, once upon a time, the left claimed that a single shoe factory could produce all the shoes the world needs, and only capitalism stood in the way. When the facts of reality asserted themselves, the left simply declared that going barefoot is morally superior to wearing shoes.

    These environmentalists are haters of the good for being the good — and one can only wonder when the civilized people of planet earth will recognize this fact.

  • GlennTamblyn

    WOW!

    Sure it’s a given that paid political spin organisations like CFACT will lie. But when the lies are as BLATANT as this. I mean WOW!
    “outside
    those areas, for most of the world – the 70% of Earth’s surface that is
    oceans and 85% of land area that is mountains, deserts, grasslands,
    tundra, and boreal or tropical rain forests – practically no data exist.”

    Apart from over 60,000 weather stations on all continents, not just in cities, and satellites that are measuring sea surface temperatures all the time!!!!!

    “Nor is “ocean acidification” a legitimate problem. … Earth’s oceans have never been acidic. They are mildly alkaline. Their enormous volumes of water cannot become acidic – that is, plummet from an 8.2 pH level 150 years ago and their current 8.1 pH into the acidic realm of 7.0 or lower, due to the tiny amount of atmospheric CO2 attributable to fossil fuel use, in less than five centuries.”

    Outside
    those areas, for most of the world – the 70% of Earth’s surface that is
    oceans and 85% of land area that is mountains, deserts, grasslands,
    tundra, and boreal or tropical rain forests – practically no data exist.
    So NASA and other alarmists falsely extrapolate from their manipulated
    urban data to fill in massive gaps for the other 95% of the Earth. – See
    more at:
    http://www.cfact.org/2015/02/22/the-climate-con-goes-on/#sthash.oinj30lB

    Of course the ocean won’t become acidic. Nobody but denier blog BS merchants suggest that; classic strawman argument. And the author totally fails to mention what the issue associated with the label ‘ocean acidification’ really is. Declining concentrations of carbonate ions in the ocean as a result of the changes in ocean chemistry that go along with adding CO2 to water. And thus the increasing stress on shell forming marine life that use calcium carbonate formed from those carbonate ions to make there shells.

    And ‘tiny amount’ of atmospheric CO2 attributable to fossil fuels? How is adding a tonnage of CO2 sufficient to double CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere tiny? If it weren’t for the fact that the oceans and plants have absorbed about half the CO2 we emit we would have doubled the level of CO2 in the atmosphere by now.

    I know this is how the Big Lie works – just say total bullshit loudly and often as CFACT does. But this is a Big Lie that you can’t hide. The Laws of Physics won’t let you hide it.

    This front organisation is called the ‘Committee For A COMPETITIVE Tomorrow’. Something you might like to learn about competition from the people who run businesses and know a little bit about the subject. Competition requires brutal realism. If you operate in a fantasy world you are guaranteed to be totally uncompetitive. And ‘AGW is a hoax/alarmist/insert preferred insult here’ is the ultimate fantasy.

    Really you should rename your organisation to CFAUT – ‘Committee For An UNCOMPETITIVE Tomorrow’ Because that is what you are. You are promoting the inability to compete through living in a fantasy world. Countries like China, India, the EU, are going to wipe the floor with America if the American Right doesn’t stop believing in fantasies.