A good friend, I'll call Jim, has put together a couple of e-mails that speak to the issue Global Warming/Climate Change/Whatever new obfuscation the leftists invent. Since Jim only shares these with our "exclusive" e-mail list, I thought I'd share them here. Part 1: This note and the one that follows are public-service attempt to explain why so many Democrats claim to have such a great fear of what they now call, "climate change".
As a preface, we go back some 48 years to 1970, on or about Earth Day. Back then the following apocalyptic predictions were put forth by a variety of cackling catastrophists. These Left-wing hysterics chose to ignore millennia of human advancement, in order to predict that from this time forward, progress would end, and humanity would just become paralyzed, and sit there witnessing its own destruction: • “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” — Harvard biologist George Wald • “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” — Washington University biologist Barry Commoner • “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.” — New York Times editorial • “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich* • “Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born… [By 1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” — Paul Ehrlich • “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” — Denis Hayes, Chief organizer for Earth Day • “Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions…. By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” — North Texas State University professor Peter Gunter
• “In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution… by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.” — Life magazine • “At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt • “Air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” — Paul Ehrlich • “By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate… that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, ‘Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, ‘I am very sorry, there isn’t any.’” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt • “[One] theory assumes that the earth’s cloud cover will continue to thicken as more dust, fumes, and water vapor are belched into the atmosphere by industrial smokestacks and jet planes. Screened from the sun’s heat, the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born.” — Newsweek magazine • “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.” — Kenneth Watt
- More from the above-cited, esteemed Professor Ehrlich. In 1968 he authored the ludicrous book, “The Population Bomb.” In 1970 this pompous fool confidently predicted the following in a "Mademoiselle" magazine article: “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next 10 years.” The same year he notified readers of "The Progressive", that between 1980 and 1989, 4 billion people including 65 million Americans would be vanquished in the, “Great Die-Off.” On a tangential note, common-sense climate observer, Bjorn Lonborg recently noted: "A hundred years ago, climate disasters globally killed about half a million people annually. Today, with many more people, that toll has dropped by more than 95 percent." This as the industrial age has dramatically increased emissions of all so-called, "green-house gases"
-- Then, in 1988 noted NASA climatologist Dr. James Hansen predicted that if atmospheric CO2 doubled within 40 years NYC's West Side Highway would be under water. It hasn't "doubled" but the total amount of CO2 in the atmosphere has increased dramatically since the hyperbolic Hansen prediction. Current CO2 levels are the highest in 15 million years. Anyway for us to see what he imagined,
waters would need to rise by 10 feet. Here some 30 years into Dr. Hansen's 40 year window, waters have actually risen less than 3 inches which is about the historically predictable rate.
What's more, though atmospheric CO2 concentration has continued to grow, global temperatures have barely changed over the last 2 decades.
-- The San Jose Mercury News reported on June 30, 1989 that a “senior environmental official at the United Nations, Noel Brown, says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the earth by rising sea levels if global warming is not reversed by the year 2000.” Brown, who was the Director of the New York office of the U.N. Environment Program, warned that, “coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of ‘eco-refugees,’ threatening political chaos.” Brown added that, “governments have a 10-year window of opportunity to solve the greenhouse effect before it goes beyond human” ability to stop it. So minor, cyclical "global warming" has halted since 2000 even as the concentration of atmospheric CO2 has rapidly increased. Does any of this, make any sense to anyone, who isn't slopping at the "climate change" trough?
The absurd predictions of these pompous charlatans are worthy of scorn. What makes them even worse though, is the abject failure of their audacious doomsday predictions never causes them to fell a shred of shame or even embarrassment, and their tarnished scientific credentials don't disqualify them from good-standing within the deeply corrupted scientific community.
Next: We will include the wondrous wisdom of the Left's, climate savant, Albert Arnold Gore.
Albert Arnold Gore is the climate fabulist extraordinaire. Everything he has said or will say about, "climate change", nee, "global warming", is either a gross exaggeration or demonstrably false. On any other public issue, such serial dishonesty would surely disqualify one from all public discourse. Not this "issue though, and not fatuous Albert whose willful misrepresentations were compounded by the fact that while dispensing his "snake oil", this fraudulent hypocrite has become unspeakably wealthy, and obscenely expanded his own, "carbon footprint".
The Algore follies: -- At the Jan. 2006 Sundance Film Festival premiere of his “An Inconvenient Truth”, fraud-umentary, Gore made this grandly dire declaration: “Unless drastic measures to reduce greenhouse gases are taken within the next 10 years, the world will reach a point of no return.” He claimed that we were in, “a true planetary emergency.” Greenhouse gases have continued to rise, and now over 12 years later, his "true planetary crisis" is still nothing but a cynical Leftist delusion. -- In the mid- to late-2000s, Gore repeatedly predicted that an ice-free Arctic Ocean was coming in 2014. Arctic ice actually grew thicker and covered a greater area than it did when he made his prediction. In three of the years since 2012 Arctic Ice measurements have been in the “normal range” i.e., within two standard deviations, according to NSIDC. Rather than disappearing in 2014, Arctic ice has reached a new stable baseline and has a “pause” of it’s own going on. The University of Illinois "Cryosphere" has demonstrated a nearly flat trend line in the years since 2007. -- The Gore movie predicted that sea levels could rise six meters (20 feet) with the melting of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets. The South Pole is gaining more ice than it’s losing. What's more, a great amount of the ice that is lost is due to underground heat, volcanic disturbances, etc. Greenland's ice melting cycle doesn’t seem to have changed much. In fact, it seems to be quite regular. Sea level has been increasing, but at the same steady pace noted since we started recording them. -- In his "Inconvenient" movie, Gore drew sympathetic attention to polar bears as victims of "climate" policy. Pointing to the allegedly disappearing Arctic ice pack, he droned: “That’s not good for creatures like polar bears who depend on the ice.” As ominous music played in the background, he claimed that a new study had found: “Polar bears that have actually drowned swimming long distances, up to 60 miles, to find the ice.” He offered no source authentication for this so-called "study". Meanwhile, these animals have lived through ice-free periods before. In any case, there are now more polar bears in the region than ever. Biologists report a 42% increase in some polar bear populations. They are doing just fine. -- Citing Hurricane Katrina, the Gore movie claimed that “hurricanes are getting stronger due to global warming”. Severe Katrina damage was largely due to the Democrat Party not "climate change". That is, corrupt politicians in New Orleans had mismanaged the City's levee system. There was no data then to support his "hurricanes" claim, and none exists now. --In 2012 Gore was claiming that “dirty weather”, caused by, “dirty fossil fuel”, had created the “extreme weather” that, “is happening all over the world with increasing frequency.” German insurance giant Munich Re quickly disputed this unfounded claim. They demonstrated that losses from natural disasters were lower in 2015 than in 2014 and the lowest since 2009. Even the UN's IPCC said that there is no link between climate and extreme but natural weather events. The prestigious journal, Nature, joined the skepticism in 2012 by offering that no models had demonstrated the validity of Gore's, "convenient" claim".
Other "climate" flim-flam artists: -- Obama routinely called the carbon-dioxide emitted by the world's fossil fuel-powered, energy producers, “carbon pollution.” When the Big Liar introduced the EPA’s unconstitutional, "Clean Power Plan" which would stifle operations of already highly-regulated power plants that produce 67 percent of the country’s electricity, he used the fraudulent term, “carbon pollution” ten times. The feckless cadaver was obviously trying to portray carbon dioxide emissions as black, dirty, noxious substances that invade the air we breathe and make us sick. In reality, the element carbon isn't pollution at all. It's useful harmless, inert, solid which, unless the law of gravity is repealed, cannot float in the air or enter our atmosphere. Carbon dioxide though is a colorless, odorless gas which is present in minuscule amounts in our atmosphere. It isn't toxic to humans at concentrations below some tens of thousands of parts-per-million (ppm). The current carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere is just over 400 ppm. Even the worst, unmitigated projections, put the CO2 concentration at 800-1000ppm.by the end of the century. So it's only "toxic" in the minds of "climate change" swindlers. What Obama calls, "carbon pollution" [CO2] is really a critical compound, that is essential to the survival of life on this planet.
Obama is a far more sophisticated liar than, "Sweaty Ol' Al". BO is one of those oily miscreants who lie with sublime ease. In his second-term inaugural address, Obama made these "climate" claims: “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and powerful storms.” "Science" made no such, "overwhelming judgment". That's because all three of the natural phenomena he cited were not even remotely due to what he called, the “threat of climate change”,
In June 2008, candidate Obama declared: “I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children … this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” After 8 years in Office, he declined to issue a progress report on the status of the phony crisis, or his divine interventions.
-- The New York Times reported in Nov. 2018 that global warming-induced food shortages had already toppled governments. They quickly retracted this nonsense because the claim is not true. The failing, NY Times motto was once: "All the news that's fit to print." It's now: "Ready, fire, aim."
-- The 2005 United Nations Environment Programme [UNEP] predicted that, by 2010, some 50 million “climate refugees” would be frantically fleeing from certain flooded regions of the globe. Not only did the areas in question fail to produce a single “climate refugee,” but by 2010, population levels for those regions were actually still soaring. More evidence that the central reason for the UN's existence is to condemn Israel.
-- In 2003 the Bush 43 Pentagon issued a report on “climate change” that also offered a similarly alarming vision of the future under “global warming.” This document, entitled “An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario". Its hysterical Implications for U.S. national security” was widely circulated by global-warming alarmists, bureaucrats, and the establishment press as concrete evidence that humanity was facing impending doom. This reprehensible "crap sandwich" also made the claim that alleged man-made “climate change” was actually a “national security concern.” Taxpayers were forced to pay for this study, which proved to be just as corrupt and asinine as the UN “climate refugees” forecast which followed.
By any measure, according to the long-term scare-mongering of 2 generations of "climate" grifters, the world should now be a post-apocalyptic, disaster zone. Of course, it's nothing of the kind. In fact, by 2013 every one of the CAGW [Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming] predictions had failed....every one of them! Rather than an apocalypse, what we have is an almost endless list of scientific outcomes which completely debunk the hysterical forecasts which spurred the "global warming/climate change" scam. With nothing real to cite in support of their claims, they finally resorted to forgery of scientific reports, and fictional linking of any climatic or weather event to their fully discredited CO2 thesis. If it was very cold, blame "climate change". Too warm,,, same thing. Very dry, very wet....all climate change. Birds fly, bees sting, gardens blooming, forests burning... ditto. The sun shining, the world spinning on its axis.... Al Gore can explain it all.
Intelligent people would hesitate to make important decisions based on next week’s weather forecast. Through bribes and political thuggery, "climate" con-artists have created a $400 billion/yr enterprise. They've done this by "convincing" purportedly "intelligent people", that civilization must be reorganized from top to bottom based on empty hyperbole, and relentlessly failed, "climate" models, which predict "climate" [weather] decades or even centuries in advance.
Flawed predictions aside, a great deal of evidence has surfaced which reveals that accuracy or truth was never the intent of the "warmist" community. It couldn't be since they had access to the same historical data which flatly disproved their entire, bogus, CAGW thesis. Their sinister game then was to generate fear in order to seize more money and more power, until resistance was futile. The fascistic nature of the "climate change" movement was illustrated when faced with the collapse of their models, the failures of their projections, and the overall implosion of their central theory, many ham-fisted proponents of this monstrous fraud have called for censorship and even the imprisonment, re-education, or in the extreme, the execution of “climate deniers.” This is how they "do" climate science.
Here's the real pity of it all: Because there is no organized, informed, and courageous opposition to the "climate change fable"; today it continues to be read and preached as, "gospel".