Most of the world lives in a manner reflecting the fact that for them energy is a scarce commodity. In the West many people on the Left don’t appreciate the fact that the culture they rail against for consuming too much energy is what allows them to take energy for granted. “Considering that satellite measurements show that global mean temperatures have been flat over at least the past 18 years,” says Larry Bell (Newsmax), “perhaps leaders of energy-starved African and other Third World populations might… address more urgent pollution and energy issues… 2.8 billion people worldwide must heat and cook with smoky open fires fueled by animal dung, wood, charcoal or coal.”
We cannot get beyond the obvious fact that global warming is a Left versus right issue; and, that means AGW – the theory that modern man and most especially America and free enterprise capitalism caused global warming – is political and not a scientific issue. Skeptics are not comfortable knowing that a belief in AGW theory represents a celebration of abandoning the scientific method (because, there is no evidence) as if that simple fact has no societal implications at all beyond the global warming debate.
All too often the most simple things are unfathomable. If we cannot believe that we will believe anything; and, we’d all be as irrelevant as the IPCC that sees the hand of man behind every change in the climate. Now we’re in a hiatus of reason because academia predicted global warming due to humanity’s release of CO2 into the atmosphere but the heat has been missing for 16, 19 or 26 years, depending on how the pause in global warming is measured. And, we have a lot of empirical evidence suggesting climate change has always happened without humanity’s help. These facts just add more questions to the many we already have for which no one has the answer –e.g.,
• What if the missing heat is just not there?
• What about temperature predictions of climatologists?
• If the lost heat simply does not exist is the AGW hypothesis false?
• And, if AGW theory is all wrong what about climate change?
• Instead of global warming could the lack of warming continue?
• Will there be a cooling trend… for decades?
• Is the Earth heading for a redux of an overdue ice age?
• What about the observational evidence about the Sun?
• Has it not been anomalously quiet?
• Was in not previously the most active in 3000 years?
• Does humanity have a rendezvous with a date made in heaven?
• Is Nature bringing more warming or cooling?
• Will Nature flirt with the likes of a snowball Earth?
• Will the next ice age be the last, for 90,000 years?
• Are we born only to pursue knowledge?
• Are we destined to act in ignorance?
• Is that Nature knocking on the door?
• What if we’ll never know?
Where are we when it comes to understanding the nature of climate change –e.g., if it ever happened before it’ll probably happen again. If David Evans says climate will change no matter what we do, then he must understand the dynamics of climate because that is what it does: it changes. “Is California,” asks Bob Tisdale, “prepared for a drought that lasts multiple decades or even centuries?” It has happened before, Pacific coast ENSO-inspired (El Nino and La Nina) periods of drought.
The only logical and the principled thing is to take note of it and plan for it. Engage in preparedness. But instead, The Left’s monomaniacal obsession with CO2 of human origin is blinding us to real dangers that we can and should do something about. Using the logic of global warming alarmists we all must hold our breath because each breath we take brings us closer to our last. The Left is turning the precautionary principle on its head.
Now I hate to make you think about bad news. But if it’s happened in the past… Why weren’t west-coast [California] residents warned 10 or 15 years ago that a severe drought is just a weather anomaly away? Why aren’t there enough desalinization plants in place to supplement rainfall deficits? Why are the people of the west coast protesting for, and why are state governments funding, more wind farms and solar arrays when they need something more basic to maintain life there, water? ~Bob Tisdale
The real cost to society of global warming alarmism is finally beginning to hit home, hard. Fear of global warming makes people do stupid things and not do the smart thing. “Poor planning on the parts of a few – based on politically motivated, unsound science – may make for emergencies for millions.” ~Bob Tisdale