global warming alarmism

Climate Refugees and Other Global Warming Hysteria


Leftists are fascinating creatures. They claim to be the ones devoted to scientific inquiry, yet in reality they are only interested in the science that confirms their own biases, and they are willing to use government force to silence anyone offering any objections, criticisms, or facts which are contrary to their preferred narrative.

For example, though Leftists claim to be pro-science, they claim that gender is determined by how one “feels”, rather than the tried-and-true method of taking a peek in one’s Fruit of the Looms and seeking if you are an “innie” or an “outie”. This leads to their denial of the absolute and irrefutable biological differences between the sexes, and to attributing differences in men and women not to biology, but to social indoctrination.

Likewise, despite being repeatedly and demonstrably wrong for decades, the left also denies science in the area of global warming (or is it climate change? Or climate chaos? Or carbon pollution? It changes so often it is difficult to keep up). Hence the latest hysteria being peddled as science…climate refugees.

Climate refugees are those who are being displaced from their homes by changes in the Earth’s climate, which the left blames on global warming, which is in turn blamed on man’s drive to industrialization. As they tell the story, the more mankind industrializes, the more CO2 we generate, which in turn creates a force field around the Earth which traps greenhouse gases, which heats up the Earth, which melts the polar ice caps, which causes the sea levels to rise, which will lead to all of us living next door to SpongeBob at the bottom of the ocean by the end of the century.

ThinkProgress urges folks to lie in environmental debate

I just read a post over at ThinkProgress’ Climate Progress section called “Must-Read: A Guide for Engaging and Winning on Climate and Green Energy.” It looks to me, though, that what it really is is a proposal for liberals to just lie, mislead, obfuscate, or otherwise not know what the hell they are going on about.

Here’s point one of three:

Key Finding 1: Extreme Weather

Voters have taken note of the nation’s unusual and severe weather—the tornadoes, heat waves, wildfires, and drought. The public clearly gets that something is going on with the climate because they see it in their own lives and on the news. Some are still uncertain about the causes of climate disruption, but three out of four now recognize it is real

Newsflash: extreme weather is not new. Tornadoes, heat waves, wildfires, droughts, and hurricanes have been with human beings for centuries. (And over that time, deaths attributable to extreme weather have dropped by 98%, so there.) There isn’t even a recent upturn in this weather either. And weather does not directly correlate to climate, which is the bigger thing. Just because there’s a storm outside doesn’t mean the world is dramatically changing; it’s mean there’s a damn storm outside. So ThinkProgress wants people to basically lie and mislead folks about this topic, which I suppose is par for the course.

Jon Stewart on the Solyndra scandal

In case you haven’t heard about this, Solyndra was loaned more $500 million of taxpayers dollars as the White House deemed it to be the focal point of its green jobs initiatives. However, Solyandra, a politically-conntected company, wasn’t as advertised and it went belly up. Now the Obama Administration is dealing with the headache of a scandal.

Jon Stewart took a few minutes last week to poke fun at the Obama Administration’s incomptence over Solyndra:

Global Warming and arctic ice

Climate change doomsayers have been saying for a while now that proof of global warming can be found in the Arctic sea ice levels.  However, a new study indicates that sea ice levels have actually been lower than their current levels within the last 10,000 years. Unless that lower level was 1992 or something, that kind of kills some of the more prevalent arguments on climate change and Arctic sea ice.

Regarding the research results, [Svend] Funder says, “Our studies show that there have been large fluctuations in the amount of summer sea ice during the last 10,000 years. During the so-called Holocene Climate Optimum, from approximately 8000 to 5000 years ago, when the temperatures were somewhat warmer than today, there was significantly less sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, probably less than 50% of the summer 2007 coverage, which was absolutely lowest on record. Our studies also show that when the ice disappears in one area, it may accumulate in another. We have discovered this by comparing our results with observations from northern Canada. While the amount of sea ice decreased in northern Greenland, it increased in Canada. This is probably due to changes in the prevailing wind systems. This factor has not been sufficiently taken into account when forecasting the imminent disappearance of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean.”

Of course, like most scientists today, Funder goes on to lament climate change as the end all boogeyman.  Unlike many of his colleagues though, he does indicate something most of them miss, which is called “hope for the future”:

Global Warming models fall short

For years, we’ve been told that scientific models show an increase in the Earth’s temperature due to greenhouse gases.  The incredible heat we’ve been experiencing in Southwest Georgia makes it kind of hard to argue with folks who can’t help but believe that the heat we’re experiencing is climate change made real.  Unfortunately, science seems to disagree:

Study co-author Dr. Roy Spencer, a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and U.S. Science Team Leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer flying on NASA’s Aqua satellite, reports that real-world data from NASA’s Terra satellite contradict multiple assumptions fed into alarmist computer models.

“The satellite observations suggest there is much more energy lost to space during and after warming than the climate models show,” Spencer said in a July 26 University of Alabama press release. “There is a huge discrepancy between the data and the forecasts that is especially big over the oceans.”

In addition to finding that far less heat is being trapped than alarmist computer models have predicted, the NASA satellite data show the atmosphere begins shedding heat into space long before United Nations computer models predicted.

The new findings are extremely important and should dramatically alter the global warming debate.

Indeed, it should.

Government’s Revolting Attempt at the Free Market

Few things in life confound me more than the propensity of the political left to put unbridled faith in the government’s ability to make wise decisions for us all, while simultaneously treating purveyors of goods and services on the free market as if they were shady characters lurking in some beer bottle strewn, garbage littered back alley, just waiting to take advantage of the unsuspecting traveler lost and wandering into the wrong side of town.

In the free market, those who provide goods and services must do so (theoretically, at least…pretending big business and big government don’t collude to rig the market to the advantage of those willing to pay) by providing those goods or services with a level of quality superior to those of their competitors at a given price point. And because businesses are subject to the profit motive, they must constantly work to become more efficient and innovative than their competitors. If they fail to do so, they lose market share, which means they lose money, which means they go out of business. Many companies that were once king of the hill have fallen by the wayside, victims to more innovative upstarts. Remember Eastern Airlines, Atari video games, American Motor Company, Rich’s, Datsun, Woolworth’s, KB Toys and Enron? All were once major players in their markets, and all are now nowhere to be found.

The process of “creative destruction”, by which the existing economic order is constantly churned by the very nature of free market dynamics, is what drives the rapid advances in technology and efficiency. Oddly enough, the concept of creative destruction finds its roots in Marxist economic theory, tracing back to Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto and later Das Kapital. Of course, Marx saw the concept as negative, preferring the economy to be managed by a powerful central government directing the lives of its citizens by force.

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