Real climate denial

Potential Democratic VP nominee misrepresents Cornwall Alliance on Senate floor

By Megan Toombs

strawmanSenator Tim Kaine (D-VA) is a potential running-mate choice for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Yet he recently joined other Democratic Senators on the Senate floor to attack the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation and other Virginia-based organizations, in an attempt to defend climate alarmism against its critics.

As has been the case with other attempts to vilify, intimidate and silence experts who disagree with alarmist views on global warming and climate change, Kaine presented an argument rife with logical fallacies – appeals to emotion, straw men, ridicule, oversimplification and misrepresentation.

The one thing the good Senator forgot to include in his speech was any sound science and ethics!

According to Kaine, the Cornwall Alliance is part of a “web of denial,” a “shadow organization,” “bizzaro,” and “greedy.”

Senator Kaine read just a tiny piece of our Open Letter to Pope Francis on Climate Change, in which we quoted Psalm 19. He then said, “So somebody is really using Scripture to argue that making our energy production cleaner, safer, cheaper, violates the Christian tenet of caring for the poor?”

No, Senator Kaine, if you read the full Open Letter, you would discover that it addresses both science and economics. More important, it dung2explains that pushing wind, solar, biofuel and other technologies that are not currently cheaper or better for the environment also hurts those in poverty. You would also have seen that it was signed by hundreds of scientists, including over 20 climate scientists. But you didn’t mention any of that.

Senators Kaine, Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and others have banded together to attack the alleged “web of denial” that appears to be made up only of conservative organizations that they claim are funded by ExxonMobil and other fossil fuel corporations that they consider immoral – even though the energy they provide has been indispensable to lifting and keeping billions of people out of poverty, and even though ExxonMobil has not given any of these groups a dime for a decade or more.

Moreover, there is another “web of denial,” the one created by climate alarmist organizations that are funded by renewable energy corporations, wealthy liberal foundations and government agencies that stand to gain money, prestige, and power from promoting scares about climate change. As Kathleen Hartnett White brilliantly demonstrates in her booklet Fossil Fuels: The Moral Case, they have been caught exaggerating, fabricating and falsifying data to support their views, suppressing contrary data, intimidating scientists who disagree, and corrupting the scientific peer-review process.

mannishSenator Kaine claims that 70% of Virginians agree with the “scientific consensus” that catastrophic anthropogenic global warming is real and that “it is urgent that we do something about it.”

There is no evidence that 70% of Virginians (or Americans) agree with this. They may agree that global warming and climate change are “real” and that humans today are contributing somewhat to these cycles and fluctuations, which have been ongoing for millennia. But to convert that into saying a huge majority believe humans are causing catastrophic changes is disingenuous. To say they want to spend trillions of dollars to try controlling Earth’s climate has no basis in fact.

And what “scientific consensus” is he talking about? The “97% of scientists” that is the go-to statistic for alarmists has been debunked so thoroughly that it takes serious chutzpah to use it.

Then there is the fact (observable fact, mind you, not computer models) that shows there has been no statistically significant long-term global warming for nearly all of the last 19 years.

Yet they deny this, too.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) has increased quite significantly during this time, as developing countries built coal-fired power plants, created jobs, lifted people out of abject poverty, dramatically improved the living standards for billions, built roads and highways, and put millions of cars and trucks on them. So where is the correlation between increased temperature and rising CO2 levels?

There is none.

No one argues that humans have absolutely no effect on the environment or on potential warming.

What is in question is whether human CO2 emissions will create temperature increases and other planetary changes so dramatic that US-15-trillion-dollar-debtthey will cause catastrophes that justify spending trillions of dollars in vain efforts to stabilize climates and temperatures that have never been stable. What is also in question is whether we can ethically do so by restricting or eliminating the fuels that countries all over the world depend on for 80% of the energy that makes economic growth, jobs, poverty reduction, health and welfare possible.

Those trillions of dollars should instead be spent to lift billions more people out of poverty, and reduce the high rates of disease, malnutrition, and premature death that invariably accompany that poverty.

Right now, the only “proof” alarmists have is computer model projections that are wildly inaccurate, and a “hockey stick” graph that is utterly worthless and has been derided by the scientific community for the ability of that computer model to create suddenly rising global temperatures when it is fed random numbers from a phone book.

That’s some serious denial – of the uselessness of climate models, of what is actually happening in the real world, and of the fundamental human right of people everywhere to use fossil fuels to improve their living standards, health and well-being.

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NOTE:  Megan Toombs is the Director of Communications for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation. You can follow her on Twitter @MeganToombs. 

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5 Comments
  1. Brin Jenkins

    Typical leftie device, the ends will always justify whatever decitful means they employ. When logic runs out, delays are contrived time and time again. Typical Fabian tactics to try and bend reality and the only action is truth and demand explanation.

  2. The reason why the phrases “Anti-science”, “Evidence-deniers”, and ”Global Warming Deniers” are used is that the “Anti-science Deniers” ignore demonstrable evidence, and fabricate stories and “facts” that are not true.
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    The claim
    “Then there is the fact (observable fact, mind you, not computer models) that shows there has been no statistically significant long-term global warming for nearly all of the last 19 years.”
    is absurd and illustrates the mindless parroting of denier falsehoods.
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    Temperature anomalies at all 4 primary temperature databases, the Berkeley Earth Temperature Results, the UAH and RSS satellite interpretations, and Radiosondes (Weather Balloons) are all setting new warmth records.
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    Graph: http://www.durangobill.com/TempPictures/NOAAanomalies.png
    NOAA Graphics: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cag/time-series/global
    Data: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/monitoring-references/faq/anomalies.php
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    Graph: http://www.durangobill.com/TempPictures/GISSanomalies.png
    GISS Graphics: http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/graphs_v3/
    Data: http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/tabledata_v3/GLB.Ts+dSST.txt
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    Graph: http://www.durangobill.com/TempPictures/HadCrut4anomalies.png
    HadCRUT4 Graphics: https://crudata.uea.ac.uk/cru/data/temperature/
    Data: http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/cru/data/temperature/HadCRUT4-gl.dat
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    JMA Graph: http://ds.data.jma.go.jp/tcc/tcc/products/gwp/temp/ann_wld.html
    (Graph shows annual data)
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    Graph: http://www.durangobill.com/TempPictures/UAHanomalies.png
    Data source: http://www.nsstc.uah.edu/data/msu/t2lt/uahncdc_lt_5.6.txt (“Globe” column)
    Alternate Data Source: “UAH: Lower troposphere”
    http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/temp-and-precip/msu/overview
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    Excel Graph: http://www.durangobill.com/TempPictures/RSSanomalies.png
    RSS Graph: http://images.remss.com/msu/msu_time_series.html
    Data source: ftp://ftp.remss.com/msu/graphics/tlt/time_series/rss_ts_channel_tlt_global_land_and_sea_v03_3.txt
    Alternate Data Source: “RSS: Lower troposphere”
    http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/temp-and-precip/msu/overview
    .
    Berkeley Earth Temperature Results
    2015 Unambiguously the Hottest Year on Record
    http://berkeleyearth.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2015-Hottest-Year-BE-Press-Release-v1.0.pdf
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    Lower Tropospheric warming is also confirmed by weather balloon observations.
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    850 mb level: http://www.durangobill.com/GwdLiars/GwdRATPAC850.jpg
    700 mb level: http://www.durangobill.com/GwdLiars/GwdRATPAC700.jpg
    500 mb level: http://www.durangobill.com/GwdLiars/GwdRATPAC500.jpg

    (Radiosonde Atmospheric Temperature Products for Accessing Climate (RATPAC))
    Data source: Globe section at:
    http://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/ratpac/ratpac-a/RATPAC-A-annual-levels.txt

    • Brin Jenkins

      We need to understand the mechanism, how exactly does the C02 molecule enable the buildup of heat when it seems obvious its a result of heating rather than the cause.

      Association is not proof and a series of unexplained graphs could mean anything. The altitude was what, or is this not considered important? the location was where?or is this an average over many data logging runs?

      What impresses me it that the UK has been cooler for all the Summers since the 1990’s, and I’m told that I need to pay carbon taxes that have helped destroy our standard of comfort, whilst we feel colder.

      • tj brooks

        Human population has tripled since the mid-1950’s, more ground gets deforested every year, human’s are MESSY. To me it’s unconscionable to bring a child into this world that you know you can support, making them a burden on society(s). Brin is right about needing to understand the mechanism(s). This is vary far from comprehensive understanding of things.
        If CO2 is so bad why does it make plants grow so well? Human’s expel CO2 when they breath don’t they?

        I think humans can put burdens on any environment they inhabit or Over-inhabit.

  3. Li D

    The hypocrisy of anyone from the faith based Cornwall Alliance discussing scientific proof is outrageous.

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