In their effort to create enough climate change hysteria to rally the public in support of scientifically dubious and possibly futile—but expensive!— regulations, some media outlets have resorted to censoring commentary that is hostile to current global warming cant, even though few if any of the editors involved comprehend the data, research, or models. I propose that they would do more to bolster the push to accept man-made climate change if they stopped publishing blatant and misleading hype, and they could begin by not quoting Al Gore.
Stipulated: both sides of the climate change debate are guilty of misrepresentation, lies, exaggeration and nonsense. The difference is that most of the news media adopts and legitimizes the pro-climate change misrepresentation, lies, exaggeration and nonsense, with this year’s model being the claim that climate change is already increasing “extreme weather events.” Even President Obama has engaged in this…well, why did I say “even”? Once I really believed that he was dedicated to telling the truth, at least as he perceived it—admittedly a material qualification—but the past 18 months proved me to be gullible and naive on that issue. The champion, however, is Al Gore. I once respected Gore, too….especially after his honorable and statesmanlike concession speech in 2000. Sadly…ah, must all my heroes disillusion me? —Al has revealed himself as just a venal huckster since then, with global warming hype being his milieu.
For example, here is Al bloviating again last week:
“The most powerful voice is that of Mother Nature, the increasing storms, floods, droughts and other extreme events. We’re paying the cost of carbon every day and we should put a price on carbon in markets and put a price on denial in the political system.”
Right. Here is some data on the sudden proliferation of “storms, floods, droughts and other extreme events”:
Year # of Tornadoes
2013 Fires: 40,306 Acres: 4,152,390
2012 Fires: 67,774 Acres: 9,326,238
2011 Fires: 74,126 Acres: 8,711,367
2010 Fires: 62,471 Acres: 3,233,461
2009 Fires: 78,792 Acres: 5,921,786
2008 Fires: 80,094 Acres: 5,254,109
2007 Fires: 85,822 Acres: 9,321,326
2006 Fires: 96,358 Acres: 9,871,939
2005 Fires: 66,552 Acres: 8,686,753
2004 Fires: 63,608 Acres: 8,097,880
*2013 data through 10/16
Extreme heat. The number of 100 degree days across the country in 2013 is not only down, but could be the lowest in a century of records (Chart Source: NOAA, USHCN reporting stations; through August. It’s small…I apologize, but I think you can see that the last bar, 2013, is the smallest, not one of the largest, as Al would have us believe):
Meanwhile, Al and the gang have been telling us since Katrina that more and bigger hurricanes awaited us, and that this would confirm the necessity of climate change panic. But the dire predictions have been inconveniently and embarrassingly wrong…especially so for a position that relies on the accuracy of predictions. There have been but two hurricanes so far this season in the Atlantic Basin (Humberto and Ingrid), and they were weak category 1 storms….in other words, not “extreme.” The first hurricane this year occurred at the second latest date going back to the mid 1940s. The eastern Pacific Ocean also has had no major hurricanes this hurricane season, meaning there have been no major hurricanes in either the Atlantic or eastern Pacific. This occurred only once before in recorded history – 1968. The inconvenient truth is that the US is in the middle of longest period since the Civil War without a major hurricane–a Category 3-5. The last major hurricane to strike the US was Hurricane Wilma during late October of 2005.
And contrary to popular belief, there has yet to be a confirmed sharknado in the U.S.
Now, the unusual absence of major weather disasters could also be fairly cited as “extreme,’ and might even be proof of climate change—hell, I don’t know—but pointing to fewer storms as proof wouldn’t create public alarm or sufficient hysteria, so the climate change lobbiers feel they have to juts lie, usually pointing to a well-publicized storm like Sandy as evidence, even though it is nothing of the sort.
As long as the pro-climate change scientists, advocates, activists, media and elected officials—and the hucksters, of course; mustn’t neglect Al—keep hyping, hiding the facts when their models and predictions fail, and generally prove themselves deceitful and untrustworthy, everyone should be a skeptic.
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