The Trump Administration is copping a lot of flak over allowing the release of a federal climate report begun under President Barack Obama which concludes that humans are the primary driver of climate change, causing higher temperatures, sea level rise, agriculture problems and more. You will note that nobody has conclusively proved any of these are taking place to an extent that had suggested imminent danger to humanity. In fact all the doom mongering predictions made so far by climate alarmists have proved to be spectacularly wrong.
Having said that, we have to add that in our opinion there was nothing else The White House could do other than release the report. To have blocked its publication would have violatedfree speech laws and had the administration disowned it, the research team (all scientists on the government payroll from before warmageddonist in chief Obama lft office,) would have used that to attack Trump.
The report - whose executive summary alone is 34 pages - found the Earth is undergoing its warmest period "in the history of modern civilization," fueled primarily by rising levels of carbon dioxide. This is a reiteration of a long discredited lie, repeating the falsehood of Prof. Michael Mann's "Hockey Stick graph, which ignored data from the medieval warn period in order to create the impression that tempertures over a few years in the 1990s were unprecedented in the human era. This latst report was released by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, which is mandated by Congress to report every four years on the state of climate change, and is know to be a supporter of Dr. Mann's scaremongering.
The massive study - which is the first volume of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, was years in the making and involved contributions from more than a dozen federal agencies - is meant to be an authoritative assessment of the current state of climate change science.
However, what has caught pundits by surprise, is that many of the report’s conclusions directly contradict the Trump administration’s publicly held positions on climate change, thus we may assume that its conclusiona are, at least in part, politically motivated.
Case in point: Trump officials like EPA chief Scott Pruitt and Energy Secretary Rick Perry have said they can’t be sure whether human-caused greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide are the primary cause of climate change. And yet the Climate Assessment plainly states that is the case. "This assessment concludes, based on extensive evidence, that it is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century,” it says. “For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence."
"There is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence?"
How about the millions of years of archeological evidence? How about the ice core samples showing more CO2 in the atmosphere with colder temperatures than today? How about the the fact that the oldest ice core sample only dates back 2.7M years. 2.7M years ago there was zero ice on the planet. Therfore it is conclusive that the earth naturally warms and cools. And where is the evidence that determines how much of the current carbon dioxide is from naturally occuring sources such as under sea volcanic vents vs man made combustion of oil and natural gas.
The report's authors have stolen Discredited Dr. Mann's trick of simply ignoring any data that contradicted his initial assumptions. We should explain here that Mann initiated a number of defamation law suits against his critics but has for years been employing legal jiggery pokery to avoid producing his researc data and disprove what his critics said about him. The situation is now that he is trying to stave off demands for payment of his own and his accusers court costs, having failed to prove his case.
There are two issues with the National Climate Assessment - pollution and climate change - and they have little to do with each other. It is a fact however, that Carbon Dioxide (CO2) which the climate change alarmists believe is the only significant pollutant is not in fact a pollutant but trace atmospheric gas essential to the contination of life. No one denies that pollution is driven by human activity and is harmful to both health, property and the environment in general and should be curtailed. We can all agree that polluters are trespassers, but Carbon Dioxide is not a pollutant.
Climate change. comprised of warming and cooling, has been around as long as the earth has had a climate and is driven by solar activity and the molten matter beneath the earth's crust. To attribute climate change to human carbon dioxide generating activity when it is known beyond doubt that far more spectacular chimate shifts took place before the human era is to introduce dangerous speculation based on computer model projectionswhich purport to predict what will happen decades into the future. This reliance on purely speculative data has led to the the ridiculous claims that "the science is settled" calls for global taxation and central planning powers to curb CO2 emissions.
The whole fraudulent exercise is a scheme to shift even more power and control to governments and more wealth to corporate business.
Ernst Georg Beck cataloged REAL-time CO2 measurements going back 200 years and PROVED with those measurements that "global warming" is a LIE. He PROVED that in periods of increased industrial output (and hence more CO2 output), the weather got colder, not warmer. The FACT that CO2 levels are driven by temperature changes and do not CAUSE temperature changes is an accepted scientific fact. The planet warms first, and 800 to 1000 years later, CO2 levels rise.
Scientific studies conducted 100 years ago proved CO2 was ineffectual as a greenhouse gas because its effect is duplicated by Water Vapour which exists at far higher concentrations in the upper atmosphere. The AVERAGE climate for the planet is MUCH warmer and MUCH wetter than it is now. The climate we are experiencing in this era is COLDER and DRIER than Earth's average climate. The AVERAGE CO2 level for about the last 500 MILLION years has been 1600 ppm, FOUR TIMES the present level. NOT by coincidence, 1600 PPM is OPTIMUM for plant life and hence ANIMAL life and OUR life.
We have too long allowed ourselves to be manipulated by fear into allowing the state's self-serving "experts" into frightening us into the never ending wars on drugs and terrorism for the benefit of the industries profiting from these unwinnable wars. The war on climate change - a war on what the earth has been doing for eons - will be a forever war justifying the micro management by a vast, bureaucracy of all human activity. Welcome to the Soviet Union on steroids! If the "science is settled" crowd is wrong and the earth's climate keeps changing, will they voluntarily give up their unlimited taxing and planning powers? Nope. As always central planning failures lead to demands for more money and power. Is this what we want?