Mr. Obama gave a speech at the UN yesterday. I didn’t see the speech, but I did read the Washington Post article covering it. We heard that climate was
- changing faster than our ability to address it
- The alarm bells are ringing, we cannot pretend we do not hear them
- the once distant threat of climate change has now moved firmly into the present.
The article went on to say that Mr Obama:
ticked of a list of recent U.S. weather disasters – from Hurricane Sandy to the drought in the West – as evidence that the once-distant threat of climate change has “now moved firmly into the present.”
I felt like I was in a 2006 time warp, watching An Inconvenient Truth, and listening to Al Gore talk. The approach and the key talking points were virtually indistinguishable. So many mistakes. Mistakes Al Gore made in 2006, and Mr. Obama repeated some 8 years later.
- The change in climate is not accelerating. The opposite is happening. The world warmed rapidly in the 1990’s and peaked in 1998. Since then the world has had virtually no change in world temperatures. Carbon levels are higher, but climate has not changed. The 2014 UN Climate Assessment blames the dampening of the Ocean’s and insists that the warmth will come some day. Right now the world is not warming.
- Hurricane Sandy was a relatively routine storm as far as Hurricanes go. Atlantic hurricanes have become less frequent in recent years. Florida has not had a hurricane hit its shores in 9 years, a record. 2013 set records for low activity and 2014 has continued the trend. This does not mean they won’t accelerate in the future, but it does mean that, so far at least, Atlantic hurricanes have not increased in intensity or frequency because of climate change.
- Multiple recent studies show that the drought in the West is consistent with the historical weather pattern of the region. Last month I visited Mesa Verde National Park. The Indians that lived in Southwest Colorado for close to 1000 years, moved away some 800 years ago after 24 years of drought.
The world is a big place. Anecdotal evidence can be found to support any climate argument you want to make. Ice in the Arctic is melting more rapidly than in the recent past, but at the same time Antarctic Ice is growing at record rates. Both are short term localized events that prove absolutely nothing.
Sure it’s warmer than it was and man is probably partially responsible. But the climate changes wildly all by itself. It’s really difficult to distinguish between natural climate variation and man caused events and so far at least, UN computer models have been inconsistent in their predictions.
1709 was a really cold year in Europe. Really cold. And the world was warmer than it is today some 10,000 years ago. Both were part of the world climate changing without the assistance of man. Anecdotal evidence doesn’t really prove anything. Let’s stop pretending it does.
Yes carbon is accelerating and it would be better, probably, if it weren’t. And we should try to do more to impact our planet less. But are we really sure that Mr. Obama was correct when he said:
There’s one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other; and that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate.
Maybe, maybe not? My favorites are destruction of the Oceans and over population. If we could get people in the poor countries of Asia and Africa to procreate less, I’d like our chances better. Let’s meet in 86 years and see who’s right.