Now then: Here’s a good bit from Law & Liberty on climate change. Excerpt:
The Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) continues a long history of alarmist predictions with the deeply dubious statement that human-caused climate change has now become “irreversible.” President Biden and many others have called climate change an “existential threat” to humanity; and Biden claimed in his inaugural address to have heard from the Earth itself “a cry for survival.”
Hurricane Ida also has brought new claims about the dangers of climate change, but those assertions are inconsistent with the satellite record on tropical cyclones, which shows no trend since the early 1970s.
Yet the headline on the front page of the New York Times of August 12, 2021 was: “Greek Island Burns in a Sign of Crises to Come.” The accompanying article, continuing the multi-year effort of that newspaper to spread fears about climate change unsupported by evidence, argued that this was “another inevitable episode of Europe’s extreme weather [caused] by the man-made climate change that scientists have now concluded is irreversible.”
Almost every word in that sentence is either false or seriously misleading, continuing a multi-decade campaign of apocalyptic warnings about the effects of greenhouse gas emissions. Data on centuries and millennia of climate phenomena, constructed by scientists over many years around the world, show that the severe weather that the Times attributes to “man-made climate change” is consistent with the normal weather patterns and variability displayed in both the formal records and such proxy data as ice cores. In fact, there is little evidence that “extreme weather” events have become more frequent since 1850, the approximate end of the little ice age.
President Reagan once said of the Left that they “…know so many things that just aren’t so”, and climate change is one of those. Sure, climates do change, and have, constantly, throughout the Earth’s 4.55 billion year history. In fact over the great majority of that long, long history the planet was a lot warmer than it is now. As recently as 15 million years ago, in the Sangamonian Interglacial, North America was a warmer place, and probably a pretty pleasant one. If you had a time machine and were looking for a place in the past to settle, the Sangamonian would be a good one, weather-wise – with some mastadon hunting thrown in.
But with sketchy information on enormously complex, chaotic and poorly understood systems, the Left is pushing policies that would be ruinous for the global economy.
The article concludes:
The fact is that we don’t understand all the elements in the complex climate system—the effects of clouds alone are understood poorly—and it is beyond irresponsible to adopt policies on the basis of flawed model projections that would slow economic growth in the US and elsewhere. That is a senseless and dangerous policy, which will only hurt people around the world who are striving to create better lives for themselves and their families.
Sooner or later the Left’s chickens are going to come home to roost. Let’s hope it’s sooner rather than later.