Look as hard as you may for a long as you will and with as jaundiced and biased an eye as you please toward facts that justify Western academia’s belief in AGW (human-caused global warming) and still there is no adequate explanation for decades of relative quiescence in every meaningful metric of, weather. These are halcyon days compared to life in the LIA (Little Ice Age).
The height of the Little Ice Age is generally dated as 1650 to 1850 A.D. The American Revolutionary Army under General George Washington shivered at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777-78, and New York harbor was frozen in the winter of 1780. Historic snowstorms struck Lisbon, Portugal in 1665, 1744 and 1886. (P. Ferrara, To The Horror Of Global Warming Alarmists…, Forbes)
Perhaps a cooling Earth and not a warmer planet is the reality that we all must learn to accept, possibly for decades to come… because, we live in the world and not in mathematical models of the globe that are constructed using statistics. It’s happened before and that’s the real problem with the AGW hypothesis: nothing is happening now that hasn’t happened in the past for reasons we all accept as being, entirely natural.
AGW obviously is a Left versus right issue. Predicting a coming cataclysm is what the Left has found useful to take over the economy. The MSM jumped the shark with it’s proven willingness to abandon the scientific method for ideological and political convenience and because, astrology still sells.
The AGW hypothesis is essentially a scientifically untestable prediction of continued global warming, despite historical and future observations of natural climate cycles. Western academics continue to cry wolf to help raise the government revenue needed to fund a metalizing Socialist-Democrat bureaucracy, to be paid for by the hard work of the productive. Nevertheless, everyday reality is a metric we cannot ignore.
How long must we wait before we stop pushing the climate alarm button? How many years of no global warming does it take to be unafraid? Must we wait for seas to recede to have a nice day? Let’s enjoy global warming while it lasts and have a, Happy 21st Century and a very…
Explaining why, “Greens Lost, and Trump Won,” Joel Kotkin abandons political correctness, stating that, “the green movement has morphed into ‘a religion’ sometimes marginally tethered to reality. Rather than engage in vigorous debate, they insist that the ‘science is settled’ meaning not only what the challenges are but also the only acceptable solutions to them. There’s about as much openness about goals and methods within the green lobby today as there was questioning the existence of God in Medieval Europe. With the Judeo-Christian and Asian belief systems in decline, particularly among the young, environmentalism offers ‘science’ as the basis of a new theology.” (See, Daily Beast, 7.22.17)
How did it come to this– the politicization of science and the hoax and scare tactics of global warming alarmism? A paper, published recently in the journal Environment Pollution and Climate Change (by Ned Nikolov and Karl Zeller) explains when and where reason and common sense went off the rails. All of the hullabaloo began as a wildly inaccurate of vision of nature known as the greenhouse metaphor that was simply stuck into science, where it remains today despite its departure from reason, as follows:
For 190 years the atmosphere has been thought to warm Earth by absorbing a portion of the outgoing LW infrared radiation and reemitting it back toward the surface, thus augmenting the incident solar flux. This conceptualized continuous absorption and downward reemission of thermal radiation enabled by certain trace gases known to be transparent to solar rays while opaque to electromagnetic long-wavelengths has been likened to the trapping of heat by glass greenhouses, hence the term ‘atmospheric greenhouse effect’. Of course, we now know that real greenhouses preserve warmth not by trapping infrared radiation but by physically obstructing the convective heat exchange between a greenhouse interior and the exterior environment. Nevertheless, the term ‘greenhouse effect’ stuck in science.
The hypothesis that a freely convective atmosphere could retain (trap) radiant heat due its opacity has remained undisputed since its introduction in the early 1800s even though it was based on a theoretical conjecture that has never been proven experimentally. It is important to note in this regard that the well-documented enhanced absorption of thermal radiation by certain gases does not imply an ability of such gases to trap heat in an open atmospheric environment. This is because, in gaseous systems, heat is primarily transferred (dissipated) by convection (i.e. through fluid motion) rather than radiative exchange. If gases of high LW absorptivity/emissivity such as CO2, methane and water vapor were indeed capable of trapping radiant heat, they could be used as insulators. However, practical experience has taught us that thermal radiation losses can only be reduced by using materials of very low LW absorptivity/emissivity and correspondingly high thermal reflectivity such as aluminum foil. These materials are known among engineers at NASA and in the construction industry as radiant barriers . It is also known that high-emissivity materials promote radiative cooling. Yet, all climate models proposed since 1800s are built on the premise that the atmosphere warms Earth by limiting radiant heat losses of the surface through the action of infrared absorbing gases aloft.
There is a charade going on in the politics of Western science right now and it’s called global warming alarmism. Reality is not a matter of taking a poll and abandoning scientific-skepticism for reasons of political convenience.
It’s all the logical consequence of ‘Climate Hysteria’ since the late 20th century– the hoax and scare tactic of global warming alarmism to marginalize American Exceptionalism gave birth to the nihilism of 21st century Amero-Eurocommunism. Western academia’s role is less an instance of a stab in the back of Julius Caesar by Cassius and Brutus than the betrayal of Jesus and the defilement of ISIS. Science has been sacrificed on the altar of liberal utopian, Leftist ideology. ~Wagathon