climate-angels2As the non-profit, non-partisan Institute for Public Policy Research once observed, climate change alarmism typically employs a quasi-religious register of death and doom, uses an inflated or extreme lexicon with language of acceleration and irreversibility, and imparts an urgent tone and cinematic codes which might even become secretly thrilling . . . effectively a form of “climate porn.”

Impressionable prime time media viewers are breathlessly exposed to provocative fantasies of rapidly rising oceans and dirty weather images. The ugly behind-the-scenes skinny reveals much less to get hot and bothered about.

Climate change is not an unnatural act

You probably heard President Obama and other administration barrysunshinenotables feverishly lamenting that 2015 was the hottest year “on record” following a previous one set in 2014. Lost in the fanfare were any mentions that the 2014- 2015 temperature spike was attributable to a major ocean El Niño, not to anything smoke stacks and SUVs did. By the way, other than these events bracketed by a previous 1998 El Niño, satellites have recorded no statistically significant warming in nearly two decades.

Although we are very accustomed to daily and seasonal temperature fluctuations of many degrees, those 2015 El Niño year surface station recordings were only 29 hundredths of one degree (0.29º) warmer than global mean temperatures over the past 100 plus years.

Also not featured, 2014 was just seven hundredths of a degree (0.07º) warmer . . . or any mention that far more reliable satellite data reveals that 2015 was only the third warmest year since recordings first began in 1979.

Incidentally, U.S. surface records obtained from the most reliable thermometer stations — those not corrupted by local “heat island” influences such as instrument relocations, evolutionary urban developments, or other man-made changes — show no significant warming over the past 80 years. There have been more all-time U.S. cold records than heat records since the 1940s.

goryAnd yes, climate really does change. In fact U.S. cooling of about 1.3º F between 1945 and 1975 prompted The New York Times and other major news publications to headline “experts” trumpeting the arrival of a new ice age. That alarm vector reversed entirely about a decade later when Sen. Al Gore’s steamy 1988 Senate hearings concluded that the planet is on fire . . . and, of course, we are causing it.

Size of sea level rise is greatly exaggerated

Ten years ago the very same climate doom and gloom Goracle warned that, “unless drastic measures to reduce greenhouse gases are taken within the next ten years, the world will reach a point of no return.” If not, the sea level would rise up to 20 feet “in the near future” as the ice in Greenland and western Antarctica melts. He also repeatedly predicted that the Arctic Ocean would be ice-free by around 2013.

Yet by 2014 that ice was even thicker and covered a larger area than glacierwhen he originated that prophesy. Periodically changing Arctic cycles have been reported by whalers and explorers dating back centuries. Alpine glaciers at Glacier National Park have been receding since the little ice age ended about two hundred years ago. Meanwhile, the Antarctic ice mass has been steadily growing since first recorded by NASA satellites in 1979, and 2013-2014 expanses exceeded all previous measurements.

Sea levels have actually been rising at a constant rate of barely 7 inches per century without any measured acceleration. Even the latest UN’s 2013 IPCC report states, “It is likely that GMSL [Global Mean Sea Level] rose between 1920 and 1950 at a rate comparable to that observed between 1993 and 2010.”

Real dirt behind CO2 pollution claims

sahara-flowersThere’s no end to anti-fossil-energy, agenda-driven reports that conflate essential and harmless plant-fertilizing CO2 “pollution” with the truly dirty and far more readily avoidable sulfur, lead, carbon monoxide, and smog-causing emissions that cause real health problems. True to form, Al Gore’s 2012 “Dirty Weather Report” video campaign linked a global crisis of connections between climate change and extreme weather events with “increasing frequency of fire, flood, drought, crop and livestock devastation, refugees, just to mention a few — impact[ing] everyone, everywhere.”

An inconvenient truth regarding this “extreme weather” is that no Category 3-5 hurricanes have struck the U.S. coast since October 2005, setting a record lull since 1900. Others are that both NOAA and the IPCC have admitted that there have been no increases in the severities or frequencies of droughts, floods, thunderstorms, or tornadoes in decades.

Nor has the number of U.S. wildfires increased.

On the other hand, a global satellite study published last April in the journal Nature reported . . . “a persistent and widespread increase” of greening over 25% to 50% of the “global vegetated area” over the past 35 years . . . lots more fertile bounty for all God’s creatures.

Now that’s a sexy scene truly worth getting excited about.

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  • Larry Bell

    CFACT Advisor Larry Bell heads the graduate program in space architecture at the University of Houston. He founded and directs the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture. He is also the author of "Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax."