Oh, this guy’s *good*

May 20, 2009

Global-warming myths and the refusal to face facts

May 20, 2009

Not one to spoil a good delusion (Since when, ese? -Tito Smart-aleck.), it’s probably rude of me to point out an article listing the ten myths of global warming, but I can’t resist. One example:



Wrong. For almost three years, the seas have stopped rising, according to the Jason-1 satellite mission monitored by the University of Colorado.

That said, the seas have risen steadily and slowly for the past 10,000 years through natural warming, and will almost certainly resume soon.

But there is little sign of any accelerated rises, even off Tuvalu or the Maldives, islands often said to be most threatened with drowning.

Professor Nils-Axel Moerner, one of the world’s most famous experts on sea levels, has studied the Maldives in particular and concluded there has been no net rise there for 1250 years.

Venice is still above water.

And that was before Obama foretold that his election would slow the oceans’ rise.

One the author doesn’t mention is the Mysterious Case of the Missing Hot Spot:

1. The greenhouse signature is missing. We have been looking and measuring for years, and cannot find it.

Each possible cause of global warming has a different pattern of where in the planet the warming occurs first and the most. The signature of an increased greenhouse effect is a hot spot about 10km up in the atmosphere over the tropics. We have been measuring the atmosphere for decades using radiosondes: weather balloons with thermometers that radio back the temperature as the balloon ascends through the atmosphere. They show no hot spot. Whatsoever.

If there is no hot spot then an increased greenhouse effect is not the cause of global warming. So we know for sure that carbon emissions are not a significant cause of the global warming. If we had found the greenhouse signature then I would be an alarmist again.

When the signature was found to be missing in 2007 (after the latest IPCC report), alarmists objected that maybe the readings of the radiosonde thermometers might not be accurate and maybe the hot spot was there but had gone undetected. Yet hundreds of radiosondes have given the same answer, so statistically it is not possible that they missed the hot spot.

Recently the alarmists have suggested we ignore the radiosonde thermometers, but instead take the radiosonde wind measurements, apply a theory about wind shear, and run the results through their computers to estimate the temperatures. They then say that the results show that we cannot rule out the presence of a hot spot. If you believe that you’d believe anything.

Read the whole article for three other reasons why the evidence does not support anthropogenic global warming. Indeed, it shows it to be a fraud.

And yet, lacking any empirical evidence to support their cries of alarm: Al Gore screams that the science is settled; the Secretary of State (Huh? I dont know) promises to take the lead in the fight against global warming; the EPA may declare carbon dioxide a pollutant subject to regulation and thereby massively increase the cost of living for everyone; the President’s science advisor devises an outlandish scheme to cool the Earth; and a California congressman proposes to cripple the US economy to head off something that may (or may not) happen — for no discernible benefit, but just in case.

It’s tempting to say we’re lead by fools who refuse to face facts -and in the case of eco-radicals and Gaia-worshippers, that may be true- but far too many of these so-called "greens" in the scientific and political communities are totalitarians at heart who want to establish control over everything: industry, commerce, private lives, in line with the Progressive belief that society is at its best when ordered by experts — national governments and transnational bodies. To this end, they adopt a seemingly benign but desperate concern for the Earth (but not really the poor, who would be hurt by their policies) to convince to go along with the new, controlled Brave New World for the betterment of all.

Or maybe, like Al Gore, they’ve just seen a way to get rich.

Myths make wonderful tales, but let’s not rest our future on them.