I like to suggest to anyone who thinks Climate Change is upon us and presents a real and present danger to do an experiment: As a passenger (not driver) in your car, the next time out, stick your head out the window. Feel the air, the temperature, notice the surroundings. Everything is OK.
That is tongue-in-cheek, of course. A more thorough method might be to look at data on sea levels (if you, like Barry Obama, live on a seashore) and land and ocean temperatures. Observe how little change is going on, and how easily we adapt. My own state of Colorado has experienced, over the past 100 years, an increase in daytime high temperatures of .47 degree Fahrenheit per decade. That is manageable, even welcome. There is a similar number for every state in the lower 48, for instance, Maine: .087, Nebraska: .323, Rhode Island: .334, Texas: .168. None of this is remotely alarming.
In fact, if we stick to our surroundings, we find that no place is threatened by climate change. No shoreline city and no island is going underwater, no place is burning up more than usual, that is, forest fires in number as seen below, are in decline. All of Climate Alarmism is based on false projections and predictions that never come true. All current catastrophes are in far away places that we can never visit.
The red line is number of fires,the blue line atmospheric CO2 level. If you see a correlation there, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Further, and not to burden this post with graphics, the global acreage given up to forest fires is in decline even as temperatures are gradually rising. California is an anomaly, having tremendous undergrowth due to envirnmental regulations, along with arsonists running about and news coverage giving us the sense of apocalypse. It’s a wonderfully dry and warm climate there, and a place I would love to live if only it was not already full.
We are still in an ice age, called the Pleistocene, easily seen since both polar caps are covered with ice. As everything coming from the Climate Alarmist crowd is a lie, well, they lie about that too. They say that the Pleistocene ended 11,700 years ago, with the advent of our current interglacial period. In fact, our current period will expire some day and glaciation will return, and the Pleistocene will go on. For how long? Who can know. Climate is highly unpredictable, but there’s another story to tell.
Milutin Milankovitch, back in the 1920s, found that the positioning of very large planets, Jupiter and Saturn in particular, causes regular cycles of movements of the earth (I am using page 65 of Patrick Moore’s Fake Invisible Catastrophe and Threats of Doom as reference). Every 100,000 years or so the earth’s orbit around the sun changes from more elliptical to less, so the distance to the sun varies. The tilt of the earth in relation to the sun is on a 41,000 year cycle, offering more or less sunlight to the poles. There is a “precession” where the Earth’s tilt revolves around its axis in a 26,000 year cycle. With these factors in mind, the climate cycles within the Pleistocene can be better understood.
We have enjoyed warm periods in our current interglacial times, the last 11,700 years or so. See the graph below.
The latter warm periods are named. This is blurry as I try to import the graph, but the vertical green bars left to right are named the Minoan, Roman, Medieval and Modern Warm periods. (One of Michael Mann’s assigned tasks with his infamous hockey stick was to get rid of the Medieval Warm Period.) Note that each of the three preceding warm periods was warmer than the present (ignore the red appendage to the present, as it is Climate Alarmist fiction). Note that the general trend is cooler, indicating that we may indeed be enjoying the closing decades of the Modern Warm Period. Also note by the names of the warm periods that they denote those times when civilization advanced. That is no accident. Civilization and warm climate go hand-in-hand.
The Medieval Warm Period was the time when Vikings farmed in Greenland. Note the blue words between Medieval and Modern – the Little Ice Age. During this time period Greenland re-froze and Vikings had to skedaddle. Iceland lost a third of its inhabitants. London held winter fairs on the frozen Thames. Sometime around 1680 or so, the LIA bottomed, and warming began anew. It has been going on ever since, gradual and welcome relief for the Northern Hemisphere, allowing civilization to again advance.
(The above data is taken from “GISP-2,” or the second Greenland Ice Sheet Project, wherein ice cores many thousands feet deep are studied. Keep an eye out for changes to this graph, as Climate Alarmists, already busy changing National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA)*** data, might well interfere and change it. Their deceit and dishonesty have no ethical limits.)
Speaking of which, the reason I sat down to write this morning. (The real reason is that I have a pile of wood down below that I need to cart up the hill, split and stack. This is much more fun.) Part of the fiction put forth by the Chicken Little crowd is that polar bears are in danger, and that their numbers are shrinking. Quite the opposite is true. Since the 1973 Conservation Agreement on Polar Bears, their numbers are in recovery. It was hunting, not climate that drove them to the verge of extinction. Hunting is now allowed, but under control. In 1960 it was estimated that 6-12,000 bears existed. Today the official estimate is 22,000-31.,000. That’s a healthy recovery.
National Geographic ran the photo (or one similar) to the left with the caption “This is what climate change looks like.” That’s an egregious lie coming from a once reputable source, indicating that when it comes to Climate Change, we should trust no one.
Dr. Susan Crockford of Victoria, British Columbia, has studied polar bear populations, finding their numbers to be robust and growing. If you are an Inuit living in the polar region, this may not be good news. This earned her the label “climate denier” from the Climate Alarmist “Polar Bear Specialists Group”, assigned to spread the alarm that the bears are in trouble. Crockford was attacked by that group and by Michael Mann (officially a “Dr. but not really, in my view, not if you judge by output).
That’s just how propaganda works. There has to be “consensus” no matter that underlying material being false. More importantly, there has to be rigorous enforcement of the consensus. Dr. Crockford used to do speaking engagements sponsored by the University of Victoria, but was excluded from that group of official speakers. Then came the axe. She had been, for 15 years, and adjunct professor at that institution. In 2019 she was terminated. Because-of that she could no longer apply for research grants. She described the move as “an academic hanging without a trial, conducted behind closed doors.” All too typical, I am afraid. These are monsters.
So much for academic freedom, but did we not know that already? It’s an illusion, as is any freedom in general. Dr. Crockford met the enforcement mechanism, effectively silencing not only her, but every other honest researcher currently employed. It’s a clear message, go along, or get out. You might call it a polar freeze on free expression. These people are ruthless, and their movement so coordinated that the truth barely leaks out anywhere.
They have the power to end ice ages, you see.
*** The 1930s, easily seen to be our warmest decade on record, is no longer so, as NOAA has leveled temperatures from that era, leaving the 1970s forward as the warmest times. Historical data in the hands of professional liars cannot be trusted.