Above is a nice reconstruction of historical temperatures, and in it I see two things: One, obvious to all, is that it is good to be alive during a warm period. Two, if you look closely, there is a downward trend with the peaks. I’ve sent away for a book on this and will address it later when I understand it better, but as explained to me in a way I did not quite comprehend, our planet enters and leaves the spirals of the galaxy at regular intervals of 350 years or so, and when that happens, we cool off. You can see by the bottom of the Little Ice Age that we might soon be entering a cool period, the prediction given as 2030. How severe – no one can say. We have a great tool, however, if it happens: Hundreds of years of fossil fuels available to us.
This, of course, is the famous Michael Mann Hockey Stick. It is trash, propaganda, and the people behind it know it is those things. What they are selling is something completely apart from anything having to do with science or climate. That is why they are so boldfaced in their lying and hand wringing – facts do not matter. They are shown to be wrong about everything at every turn. (Heartland Institute in July did their 13th Annual Climate Conference – this link will provide several hours of very interesting video.)
It doesn’t matter. None of it matters. Of course the scientists who spoke at the Heartland Climate Conference are right. Of course the people pushing the climate alarm agenda are wrong and even lying.
This includes Bill Nye, Science Guy, who recommends jail sentences for skeptics. He’s not serious, of course, but underlying such rhetoric is a free-for-all button. He is allowed to say anything that crosses his mind without repercussions. There are no holds barred in this propaganda campaign. Thus do we have predictions of the end of snow, the flooding of the Florida Keys, New York City underwater, oceans turning acid, massive droughts and fires, polar bear extinction. None of it happens. Alarmists merely go on to new predictions.
Here are some quotes I have run across in my reading on this subject:
“Global warming, as a political vehicle, keeps Europeans in the driver’s seat and developing nations walking barefoot.” (Takeda Kunihiko, vice Chancellor of the Institute of Science and Technology research at Chubu University in Japan)
“Al Gore and the UN climate boss Yvo de Boer tell us the world needs to go on an energy diet. Well I have news for them. Africans are already on an energy diet. Were starving! Al Gore uses more electricity in a week than 28 million Ugandans used together in a year. And those anti-electricity policies are keeping us impoverished. Telling Africans they can’t have electricity and economic development – except what can be produced with some wind turbines or little solar panels – is immoral. It is a crime against humanity. Hypothetical global warming a hundred years from now is worse than this?” (Fiona Kobusingye)
“Germany spends 110 billion to delay global warming by 37 hours. The Germans are spending about 110 billion on subsidies for these solar panels. The net effect of all those investments will be to postpone global warming by 37 hours by the end of the century. For every dollar spent, the EU stands to avoid about $.10 of damage.… Over the course of the century, the ideal EU policy would cost more than 7 trillion, yet it would reduce the temperature rise by just .05°C and lower sea levels by a trivial 9 mm.” (Bjorn Lomborg)
“I believe climate change denial is a form of mental illness.” (Alec Baldwin)
This one, however, from Obama in 2013 to a South African audience, is the most revealing: “If everybody is raising living standards to the point where everybody has got a car and everybody has got air conditioning, and everybody is got a big house, well, the planet will boil over – unless we find new ways of producing energy.”
“Unless we find new ways of producing energy” states the agenda clearly. Even as CO2 does no harm to us and only barely causes any perceptible warming, Obama says the poor, they gotta stay poor. That is climate change in a nutshell.
This last one is just for shits and giggles. If Al Gore seems to you, as he does me, a big doofus, well, think about this, from Warren Buffett’s Vice Chairman Charlie Munger, speaking to a group of investment managers, paraphrased by Marc Marano outside of actual quote marks:
Gore is “not very smart” and “an idiot” but was still able to amass a personal fortune in the investment world. “Al Gore has hundreds of millions [of] dollars in your profession. And he’s an idiot. It’s an interesting story. He’s not very smart. He smoked a lot of pot as he [coasted] through Harvard with a gentleman’s C.”
PS: You know what? I forgot why I sat down to write this piece in the first place. My wife and I were discussing the first graph that shows warm periods, which is based on Greenland ice cores. I mentioned to her that it is a shame such information is not spread more widely, but that most Americans don’t know how to read graphs. Further, Facebook, where most people go for news these days, does not offer enough column width to make a proper display, and because it is a rat-a-tat medium anyway, most people do not stop to read anything longer than one or two lines. They skim down, rarely reading text. Consequently, Americans are unreachable. That was to be my point.