(CLIMATE CHANGE DISPATCH) – In 2008 Al Gore prophesied that the North Pole would be ice free within 5 years because of man-made global warming. Interestingly, now 6 years later, the latest satellite data show that not only is there plenty of ice, but that the ice cover has actually expanded by 50%, compared to 2012 levels.
By Jim Ryan Jr., Democrat & Chronicle
At the same time, sea ice levels in Antarctica have expanded to record levels and the southern hemisphere now has 19.5 million square kilometers of ice cover, more than at any point since records were first kept in 1978. And back home 86% of the country experienced colder than normal temperatures this winter so it won’t surprise most to learn that the earth’s temperature has not risen in 17 years amidst the huge global warming hype.
As the evidence mounts that global warming is not advancing as predicted, many global warming propagators have changed course to say that instead of warming, carbon emissions will lead to more “climate change” and that this change will result in increased hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding.That may sound plausible, except that it too is not backed by the data. Even the liberally minded United Nations noted that current data shows
“no robust trends in annual numbers of tropical storms, hurricanes and major hurricane counts have been identified over the past 100 years in the North Atlantic basin.”
So what are the real facts? Most reasonable scientists seem to agree that there has been global warming since 1800 although the warming rates have been sporadic and overall quite minimal, totaling 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit since the start of the industrial revolution, according to noted MIT and Harvard climatologist Richard Lindzen. Lindzen agrees with the concept of the greenhouse effect but disagrees with the alarmist predictions like those of Al Gore. Lindzen says that the 150 year history of burning fossil fuels in large quantities has had a relatively minimal effect on the climate and that the small degree warming is nothing to be alarmed about.
But even if we did have something to worry about, what could we possibly do to curtail the use of hydrocarbons? Does anyone think that we could convince the world’s growth countries like China or India to curtail the use of energy to deny their citizens the comforts that industrialization brings, the comforts that we in the U.S. have enjoyed for decades? I cannot envision Russia’s Putin or China’s Xi, for instance agreeing to stifle their respective economies for what the U.S. or the U.N. determines to be the “collective good”. And it would be fruitless for a single country like the U.S. to suffer through any kind of punitive “cap and trade” policy without the rest of the world on board as our unilateral action would not even make a dent in the world’s emissions rate. As it is, thanks to the rise in natural gas production, the U.S. greenhouse emissions are already at a 20-year low and falling.
It is hard to fathom how an issue such as global warming has become so burdened with bias and emotion without regard for factual data. The pot at the end of the rainbow for global warming advocates is significant, whether funded by the U.N. or by the nation’s universities via government grants. Between 2010 and 2012 along, American taxpayers spent 7.45 billion to help developing countries cope with climate change and that is just a drop in the bucket relative to total outlays. Global warming alarmism has become “big business” and it is amazing what some will do and say to capitalize on the money at stake. Just listen to Al Gore.
The sensible way to proceed is to let the scientists do their work and then thoroughly vet the facts before creating any kind of new policy. Although doom and gloom sells, the media outlets must tell the whole story, not just one side as has so often been the case. And just as we have done in this country for the past 250 years – we must continue to promote and reward entrepreneurship to find new energy saving alternatives that will provide more efficient and less costly energy alternatives for future generations of Americans as well as the rest of the world. It is time for fact and logic to prevail.