Facts cloud CA global warming alarmism

Facts cloud CA global warming alarmism

Global temperatures historyApril 10, 2013

By Warren Duffy

If you are looking for employment where you can be mistaken time and time again and  still maintain your job,  try weather forecasting.  Predicting the weather day to day, seven to 10 days in advance is challenging.

Yet there are those in that vocation still predicting “climate change” in seven, 10, 20 and even 50 years with determined veracity. It is such predictions that brought us California’s AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, and similar legislation.

The debate on global warming is rapidly escalating as the assumption, touted by so many climate scientists, that carbon dioxide (CO2) is extremely harmful to the atmosphere, is now being questioned.  According to a new NASA study, could this pesky gas actually be cooling the planet?

And article in the Washington Post by Ed Rogers is headlined, “The Insiders:  Voters are cool and the planet is too.” He cites a recent Pew Research poll showing fewer and fewer Americans say global warming is a serious problem.

Add to that more research showing the globe has not warmed in the last 15 years, and one begins to wonder if AB 32 is out of step with 2013 climate reality seven years after it was signed into law by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Pause for concern

In England, one of the leading proponents of the alarming global warming scenario, London Telegraph writer Geoffrey Lean, just wrote an article titled, “Global Warming: time to rein back on doom and gloom?” He believes the lull in global warming for 16 of the last 18 years has given him pause for concern, and now is reconsidering his view on the subject.

Of course, the U.S. Department of Energy has tried its hand at forecasting. Time and time again the USDE has thrown all its marbles at green technology in an effort to wean the country from using those harmful fossil fuels. Their “forecasts” have been no more accurate than the global warming predictions of 20 years ago.

Whether the new generation of climate change projects will turn out to be as counter productive as Fisker electric autos or Solyndra’s circular solar panels is to anyone’s guess.

Years ago, when the earth’s climate stats began to level off and didn’t reflect the abrupt “hockey stick” peak climate scientists had forecast, some clever person replaced “global warming” with “climate change,” which can mean literally anything anyone wants it to mean.

If there is a drought, the climate alarmist claims it is an obvious result of climate change.  If there are storms and floods — climate change. A hurricane decimates the East Coast of our country — climate change. The term covers anything and everything.

Even Wall Street is in the business of “global warming” theatrics.  An article written in Bloomberg Businessweek reported hedge fund experts on Wall Street are putting their risk capital investments into climate change business ventures where the world warms and the oceans rise.  One example: the private equity firm KKR snagged a 25 percent stake in Nephila Capital, which trades in derivatives that hedge against natural catastrophes and extreme weather events, such as last year’s Hurricane Sandy.

The California Air Resources Board has moved its Website homepage away from “global warming” to “climate change projects.” But they can’t do anything but still devote a page titled, “AB 32: The Global Warming Solutions Act.” It would take an act of the Legislature to update the bill’s name. Which would be embarrassing, and remind everyone of the lack of global warming.

AB 32 and similar laws, such as SB 375, were based on the “global warming” alarmism of the the mid-2000s. That was the period of Al Gore’s 2006 documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.” Its untruths garnered him an Academy Award and a Nobel Peace Prize.

CARB’s quarterly cap-and-trade auctions that began in November 2012 now are justified not by “global warming,” but “climate change.

New forecasts

In light of the apparently erroneous predictions of global warming for the last quarter century, what if the forecasts for the next 75 years are equally wrong?  What if global warming never happens?  Then, why does California need a “Global Warming Solutions Act” complete with cap and trade?

Similarly, what if the earth’s temperature increases at precisely the rate the computer programs predict, between one and two degrees Celsius by 2099?   Would it be less expensive and make even more sense to adjust accordingly as the environment changes, rather than taking drastic steps to avoid a predicted climate cataclysm that might never happen?

Lord Christopher Monckton was the energy advisor to the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. As he said in his 2012 presentation to the California Legislature, making a comparison to global warming, “If the cost of replacing an automobile is less than the cost of insuring the vehicle from an unforeseen catastrophe, why buy expensive auto insurance?”

What are the Sacramento politicians missing?

Warren Duffy is an award-winning talk show host, columnist and author, with an Honorary Doctorate in Theology from the California Pacific School of Theology. Check out his new book, “The Green Tsunami: The Tidal Wave of Eco-Babble Drowning Us All.” 

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  1. us citizen
    us citizen 10 April, 2013, 11:49

    Brains……..that’s what they are missing.

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  2. Paul Preston
    Paul Preston 10 April, 2013, 11:50

    Great Article

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  3. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 10 April, 2013, 11:51

    “What if global warming never happens? Then, why does California need a “Global Warming Solutions Act” complete with cap and trade?”

    Even if global warming alarmists are correct, AB-32 does little or nothing to change the global climate. It isn’t about climate, it’s about control. The statist elites want complete control of the masses, environmental policy is just a convenient vehicle to achieve that.

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  4. Ted Steele, Navigator
    Ted Steele, Navigator 10 April, 2013, 13:14

    The majority of this planet’s atmospheric scientists are “alarmist”…….Oh Dysphoric— you’re smarter than that. Or are you?

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  5. us citizen
    us citizen 10 April, 2013, 14:03

    Dyspeptic is right

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  6. Ted Steele, Navigator
    Ted Steele, Navigator 10 April, 2013, 16:46

    quick little buddies—- Google the “precautionary principle”— be prepared to discuss.

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  7. Sean Morham
    Sean Morham 10 April, 2013, 17:00

    If the climate does not change due to global warming, it is without doubt the fault of Republicans, paricularly George Bush.

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  8. BobA
    BobA 10 April, 2013, 18:04

    Dyspeptic:

    It’s all about money. Period. We will all get a lot poorer while a hand full of people will get a lot richer.

    And it goes without saying science is not consensus; science is fact. At the turn of the last century, scientific consensus said it was impossible for man to fly. In recent times, scientific consensus said that nothing was faster than the speed of light. All have been proven wrong.

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  9. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 10 April, 2013, 18:24

    “quick little buddies—- Google the “precautionary principle”— be prepared to discuss.”

    Hey little Theodore, I don’t have to Google it, been there and done that. It’s old and stale environmental dogma. Basically what it says is that we have to act on any hypothesis that anyone can concoct if it is sufficiently alarming, without regard for cost versus benefits. NOTHING COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG WITH THAT PRINCIPLE I’M SURE.

    Besides, the intellectually vacuous Precautionary Principle doesn’t even apply to AB 32 since there is no way AB 32 can possibly solve the “problem” of global warming, even if it’s real.

    It must be so terribly frustrating for you climate hysterics when poll after poll shows that the American people don’t give a rip about your precious scare mongering. Maybe you can concoct some clever new catastrophe like an asteroid strike, AIDS epidemic, West Nile virus, Avian Flu, Killer Bee’s, a North Korean invasion or nuclear winter from burning oil wells in the Gulf or something. Oh wait, you already tried those and they didn’t work either. Oh well, you fear mongers will think of something I’m sure.

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  10. The Africanized Swarm of Ted Steele System
    The Africanized Swarm of Ted Steele System 10 April, 2013, 20:56

    LOL Dysphoric—SUUUUUUUURE you knew what it was!!! I knew I’d force ya to the google engine! LOL— you’re brilliant!

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  11. BobA
    BobA 11 April, 2013, 07:38

    Dyspeptic:

    I know it’s rather tempting at times but why bother with a lowbrow intellect like Ted? Anything you say to him is tantamount to abusing the mentally challenged. Resist the temptation and let him bark himself silly and silent.

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  12. Ted Steele, Navigator
    Ted Steele, Navigator 11 April, 2013, 08:45

    Bob0– Don’t be that way man. Have a board ethos– stand up and represent your pov’s with persuasion instead of the silly name calling little buddy.

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  13. Dyspetic
    Dyspetic 11 April, 2013, 11:36

    I hear what your saying BobA and there is some merit to it but I never could resist a good workout on the punching bag. There is something ineffably satisfying about whacking helpless little Teddy around. It’s both cathartic and fun, kind of like playing Whack-A-Mole at the county fair.

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  14. Christopher Green
    Christopher Green 11 April, 2013, 12:56

    Facts are not important in climatology. It is the model that counts and it cannot be challenged.

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  15. Donkey
    Donkey 11 April, 2013, 19:31

    Weather worshipers are a cult of kooks, looking to run your life, and take your freedom!! 🙂

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  16. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 11 April, 2013, 23:01

    Let the Sage alone! He makes CWD bearable and you climate change deniers know it. Teddy is brilliant…a true gift to CWD.

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  17. C.J.
    C.J. 12 April, 2013, 00:34

    The real data shows the earth has been cooling for teh last twenty years.
    That despite the uber-ecnomy of the late 1990s.

    Al Gore is a liar and he KNEW he was lying. He’s been a busy little beaver since 2000, rubbing elbows with the Silicon Valley uber-liberals who bounce from the valley to The City.

    Wonder if our “free” press will ever investigate WHY the global warming hoax was allowed to fester? Someone had to have benefitted from these lost years casting taxpayer pearls unto utter swine. Follow the money, I guess.

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  18. The Africanized Swarm of Ted Steele System
    The Africanized Swarm of Ted Steele System 12 April, 2013, 06:50

    Thanks UU– But of course—- YOU are me……..or so they thimk.

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