Even as evidence builds that climate change is a scam, hyper-educated Marin spends money to prevent it and starts a major shakedown against oil companies.
Scott Adams keeps saying America has two different movies playing, one that progressives watch and the other that conservatives watch. In the progressive movie, proliferating CO2 in the atmosphere is turning the earth into a giant sweat box from which no one will escape alive. Seas will rise and deserts proliferate. Ninety-seven percent of all scientists agree that, unless we turn our economy over to the United Nations, we’re doomed. Doomed, do you hear?!
In this particular movie, the fact that one prediction after another has consistently failed for the past twenty years is irrelevant. Too many hurricanes? Too few hurricanes? Doesn’t matter. Now that we’ve withdrawn from the Paris Climate Accords, the end is near no matter what.
Conservatives have a somewhat different notion of things. While the progressives watch a climate horror movie, conservatives focus on documentaries with real news, not fake. To that end, they keep harking back to stupid little things like actual data and (sadly) equally actual scientific fraud. For example, conservatives like to point out that — per a peer-reviewed study conducted by exceptionally qualified scientists — government temperature adjustments have been, in a word, fraudulent (my word, not theirs, probably because they don’t want Michael Mann to sue them):
“Thus, it is impossible to conclude from the three published [global average surface temperature (GAST)] data sets that recent years have been the warmest ever – despite current claims of record setting warming,” according to a study published June 27 by two scientists and a veteran statistician.
In fact, almost all the surface temperature warming adjustments cool past temperatures and warm more current records, increasing the warming trend, according to the study’s authors.
“Nearly all of the warming they are now showing are in the adjustments,” Meteorologist Joe D’Aleo, a study co-author, told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview. “Each dataset pushed down the 1940s warming and pushed up the current warming.”
Conservatives also make much of the fact that the claim that 97% of all scientists support global warming is also totally bogus:
In 2013, Australian blogger John Cook reviewed abstracts of peer-reviewed papers published from 1991 to 2011, concluding that 97 percent of the authors who stated their position on the subject believed that human activity was responsible for some warming.
- However, when University of Delaware geography professor David Legates reviewed Cook’s papers, he found that only 41 of them (0.3 percent of all of the abstracts, and just 1 percent of those that expressed an opinion) believed human activity was causing most current warming.
On the other hand, write Bast and Spencer, the Petition Project — a group of physicists and physical chemists in California — has collected more than 31,000 signatures from scientists agreeing that there is “no convincing scientific evidence that human release of…carbon dioxide…or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.”
Another “inconvenient truth” conservatives keep harking back to is that, as even the most fraudulen… er, most fierce climate change advocates have had to admit, there has been no warming for the entirety of the 21st century (to date, of course):
The ‘Pause’ in global warming is real and the computer models predicting dramatically increased temperatures have failed.
This is the shocking admission of a paper published this week in Nature Geoscience. It’s shocking because the paper’s lead author is none other than Ben Santer – one of the more vociferous and energetic alarmists exposed in the Climategate emails.
According to the paper’s abstract:
In the early twenty-first century, satellite-derived tropospheric warming trends were generally smaller than trends estimated from a large multi-model ensemble.
We conclude that model overestimation of tropospheric warming in the early twenty-first century is partly due to systematic deficiencies in some of the post-2000 external forcings used in the model simulations.
Translation: the real-world temperature increases were much smaller than our spiffy, expensive computer models predicted.
Ice is not vanishing, polar bears are not vanishing, Himalayan glaciers are not vanishing, and our withdrawal from the Paris Accords will change nothing. As to that last point, the reality is that the proper name for the Accords really ought to have been the “Destroy the American Economy Accords” because that was the unspoken goal behind Obama’s unconstitutional treaty. While other CO2-producing nations were essentially unhindered when it came to producing greenhouse gases, Obama bound American industry hand and foot and, at the same time, handed over vast chunks of American wealth to fund other countries’ expanding greenhouse-producing efforts. [Read more…]