Base Climate Policies on Reality, Not Deceit

Dr. Bob Carter understood that climate frequently changes, and we must prepare to adapt.
By Paul Driessen

Eagles and Other Birds Slaughtered By Wind Turbines
Eagles and Other Birds Slaughtered By Wind Turbines
Paul Driessen
Paul Driessen

United States -(AmmoLand.com)- Dangerous man-made global cooling, global warming, climate change and extreme weather claims continue to justify what has become a $1.5-trillion-per-year industry: tens of billions spent annually on one-sided research and hundreds of billions sent to crony corporatists to subsidize replacing dependable, affordable carbon-based fuels with unreliable, expensive “renewable” energy.

Some 50 million acres of US crop and habitat land (equal to Wyoming) have been turned into corn-for-ethanol farms, biofuel plantations, and wind and solar installations. American forests are being converted to fuel for British power plants. Towering turbines butcher birds and bats, while Big Wind is exempted from endangered species rules that would cost fossil fuel companies billions in fines and send their execs to jail for such carnage. (But if you’re saving the planet, what’s a few million birds and bats a year?)

Climate chaos is likewise the foundation for endless, punitive government policies and regulations intended to keep oil, gas and coal “in the ground.” Crony politicians pass laws and unelected bureaucrats impose rules that transfer taxpayer and consumer wealth, decide which companies, industries and workers win or lose, and control people’s lives, livelihoods, liberties and living standards.

Research and ruling classes benefit, while poor, minority and blue-collar families suffer – and Africans are told they must be content with wind and solar energy because, as President Obama put it;

“if everybody has got a car” and air conditioning and a big house, “the planet will boil over.”

Climate Crisis, Inc. jealously guards this power and money train. The IPCC, EPA and NOAA spend billions in tax dollars to publish horror stories about runaway temperatures and looming disasters. Mike Mann sues anyone who disparages him or his work. Sheldon Whitehouse and Jagedish Shukla demand that anyone who disputes man-made disaster claims be prosecuted for “climate denial.”

Now a new Paris climate treaty says the “ultimate goal” is to stabilize atmospheric CO2 and other greenhouse gas concentrations at levels that will “prevent dangerous [human] interference with the climate system” – under the assumption that CO2 now drives climate change and weather events.

The Paris accord stipulates that developed nations must reduce their emissions, regardless of impacts on economies, employment or families. This means they must de-carbonize, de-industrialize and de-develop – while they give trillions of dollars in cash and free technology to developing countries like Brazil, China, India and Indonesia, for climate “reparation” and “mitigation.”

Developing countries need try to reach their voluntary goals only if now-wealthy nations make those wealth transfers – and if reducing their emissions will not interfere with their “first and overriding priorities” of eradicating poverty, malnutrition and disease, and improving living standards and life spans.

This means fossil fuel use and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels will continue to climb – and US, EU, Canadian and Australian sacrifices will have no effect on stabilizing atmospheric CO2 levels, much less controlling Earth’s ever-changing climate or weather, again assuming CO2 does determine climate.

But what if this dynasty is built on a foundation of errors, miscalculations and exaggerations – or worse: on manipulation, fabrication and fraud? The house of cards would tumble down, the catechism of climate cataclysm would go the way of other vanished religions, and the power and money train would derail.

Before his untimely death January 19 2016, , former director of James Cook University’s Marine Geophysical Laboratory and expert on historic and prehistoric climate change, offered succinct analyses of climate forces, fears and realities, underscoring how fragile the climate chaos claims are.

Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, he always emphasized. It is a plant-fertilizing trace gas (400 ppm or 0.04% of the atmosphere), essential for photosynthesis and life on Earth. Rising CO2 levels are increasing crop, forest and grassland growth, improving ecosystems and wildlife, and feeding more people. In fact, the 50 ppm increase in atmospheric CO2 between 1981 and 2010 fertilized an 11% boost in plant cover worldwide. Moreover, current carbon dioxide levels are quite low relative to their levels across geological time, meaning terrestrial, fresh water and oceanic plant life is currently starved for CO2 by comparison.

Climate: the Counter Consensus : http://tiny.cc/6xbk8x
Climate: the Counter Consensus : http://tiny.cc/6xbk8x

The real scientific debate, Professor Carter noted in his book Climate: the Counter Consensus and other works, is about the direction and magnitude of global human effects, and their likely significance in the context of natural climate change – which has been occurring ever since Earth developed its oceans, atmosphere and climate. Indeed, modern temperatures are not unusually warm, compared to many previous periods in the historic and geologic record. My friend’s other insights are equally important.

* The primary temperature records relied on by the IPCC and EPA are far too short to be a useful tool for policy making and are inadequately corrected for the urban heat island effect and other errors. One analysis of these records found errors of 1-5 degrees C (1.8-9.0 F) for 1969 data in certain regions, when the claimed warming for the entire twentieth century was only 0.7 deg C (1.3 F); errors for records in the early century are likely even greater. Reliance on these records is thus misplaced

* Recent warming trends in Greenland and the Arctic are not alarming in rate or magnitude compared to other similar and totally natural warming periods over the past 250 to 10,000 years, as recorded in explorers’ log books and geological evidence.

* When we consider those climate records, the positive feedback effects of rising carbon dioxide levels (such as enhanced water vapor in the atmosphere), negative feedback effects (more low level heat-reflecting clouds, for instance), significant natural sources of more atmospheric CO2, and the declining “greenhouse” effect of each additional CO2 molecule, it is unlikely that conceivable human carbon dioxide emissions will cause “dangerous” warming or other climate changes in the future.

* The rate and magnitude of the reported 1979-2000 warming are not outside normal natural variability, nor are they unusual compared to earlier periods in Earth and human history. There is likewise no unambiguous evidence that humans have caused adverse changes such as melting ice, rising sea levels, rainfall or droughts, or “extreme weather” over the past 50 years.

* Moderate warming will reduce human mortality, whereas colder weather will increase suffering and deaths, especially if energy and climate policies make heating homes less affordable.

* IPCC computer climate models have thus far not been able to predict warming or other climate changes accurately for even short 10-year periods. It is therefore highly unlikely that they can do so for 100 years in the future. Therefore, they should not be used as the basis for energy and economic policies.

* The IPCC does not even study climate change in its entirety, or all the complex, interrelated forces that cause periodic warming, cooling and other changes. It analyzes only variations allegedly caused by humans, and assumes that all recent and future changes are human-caused and dangerous. Its analyses, conclusions and recommendations therefore do not form a credible basis for public policies.

Carter’s ultimate policy recommendation was that climate hazards are overwhelmingly natural problems, and should be dealt with by preparing for them in advance, and adapting to them when they occur.

Whether the threats are short-term (hurricanes, floods and blizzards), intermediate (droughts) or long-term (warm or cool eras), preparation must be specific and regional in scale, for the perils vary widely by geographic location and a nation’s state of technological advancement. If governments prepare properly for natural hazards, their countries and communities will also be ready for human-caused climate disruptions, should they ever occur.

Professor Carter’s jovial Aussie persona will be sorely missed, but his insights and legacy will live on.

About the Author:

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power – Black death. © January 2016

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Hamilton
Hamilton
5 years ago

Human caused global warming is their biggest concern, yet they never mention reducing the human population as a solution to control human caused global warming. It they were truly concerned about the earth, then they would remove themselves from it, and leave the rest of us alone to enjoy nature’s living cycles.

mr. parker
mr. parker
5 years ago

LOL, not this “stuff” again. Climate change is real- and so what? Climate change has occurred since time began. Anthropomorphic global warming, BS. Want to cut down CO2 levels? Plant young trees, the most efficient oxygenators on earth. Remember photosynthesis? Gasoline with ethanol is the most stupid idea the crazy EPA has ever come up with. Wind and solar are painfully inefficient, I know, I have solar on my ranch. It’s not free, batteries wear out, solar panels become damaged, weathered and need to be replaced. I’m too remote to have “real” electric. Read about Freeman Dyson, the physicist, and… Read more »

Doc-cpu
Doc-cpu
5 years ago

White sky, white tower, white clouds, white turbine blades hows a bird supposed to see the 100 mph blade coming? If they promoted environmental awareness and had kids design paint schemes like witches, pink elephants, big birds , witches, rockets, peppermint stick stripes or other neat and crazy ways to paint the blades maybe the birds would see the blades and avoid the turbines and quit getting hit. Note Alchohol mixed with fuels is RUINING car and small engines. It eats fuel lines and injector systems, causes rust and corrosion, breaks down seals and actually gives less power and more… Read more »

jamie
jamie
5 years ago

Even taking into account past warming periods and changes and solar changes none of that can account for the rate at which our planet is warming up. Never in the past has the climate been altered so fast on such a scale. Global climate change is real and is most definitely man made.

jamie
jamie
5 years ago

Your article is lacking on facts, but it has plenty of drama. The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas. A wind farm in Weatherford, Okla. In a study, the cost of wind power came in as low as 1.4 cents a kilowatt-hour. The cost of coal both financially and to the health and environment keep getting higher while renewable prices keep dropping. Once the initial price is paid you don’t have to… Read more »

Huapakechi
Huapakechi
5 years ago

smedley, you suffer from the same myopia common to the acolytes of the global warming cult. I could bring up the link to the mathematical chicanery that espouses “97% of climate scientists are believers in anthropogenic global warming”, but what’s the point? You’ll ignore it anyway.

For those who want some idea of the drivers of Earth’s climate, do some research on solar output cycles (8.14 million results), volcanic climate influence (27 million results), and the Milankovitch cycles (232,000 results)

David O.
David O.
5 years ago

99%!!! What is the problem they find? I know of 30,000+ degreed scientists that have a problem with the contention that co2 is driving the earth to climate destruction. How about the 100% that get government funding and claim man-made climate change is killing the planet unless we give the government more power to control our lives. CO2 control is the mother-lode of political power. Do you trust bureaucrats to have your best interests at heart?

Gerald Brookman
Gerald Brookman
5 years ago

I agree with Smedley54. If you look into the backgrounds of the Scientists who are human-caused climate change skeptics, many if not the great majority of the increasingly small number of them will be found to be receiving funds from the fossil fuel industry. I do agree that ethanol is not a solution, there is very little if any net gain in energy from ethanol, and it uses a lot of farmland that could better be used for food production.

Smedley54
Smedley54
5 years ago

When 99% of the people studying something say there’s a problem, there might be a problem. Quit tilting with windmills (pun intended) and get to work on better solutions.