Today the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) on Climate Change. The subtitle of this year’s report was “The Physical Science Basis.” Huh? It seems all the LSD the has-been hippie crowd dropped back in the ’60s has finally come back to haunt them.
According to the IPCC, the AR5 “considers new evidence of climate change based on many independent scientific analyses from observations of the climate system, paleoclimate archives, theoretical studies of climate processes and simulations using climate models”.
Predictably, the AR5 says it is getting warmer and that human beings are causing it. But for the last 15 years the climate has NOT gotten warmer; at least not here on the ground where we are all living.
Am I missing something? If so, it seems the vast majority of Americans are too, if recent polling data are to be believed. The majority of Americans, rightly or wrongly, associate climate with weather, and it is just not getting warmer. Just ask all the folks in New England and the American Midwest who experienced record cold winters in recent years. Furthermore, there is just no sign that all the Chicken Little predictions are happening. There have been no massive floods. There have been no massive earthquakes (i.e. western California falling off the map; which might not be such a bad thing. But I digress.). It's not swelteringly hot; in fact, this was an unusually cool summer here in the U.S. And finally, Chicken Little, the sky is NOT falling.
With all this hard evidence (as opposed to the highly theoretical data used by the IPCC) it’s not hard to see why most ordinary people look at all the hyperbolic claims of climate change and oppressive heat and flooding and just don't see any evidence. In fact, it’s very telling that the IPCC and their buddies have changed their terminology from "global warming" to "climate change." For these reasons the AR5 looks strangely like a last-gasp effort to establish the credibility of the controversial theory of climate change.
So why is this cult of climate change still clinging on to life support? There are two answers: Money and politics. The climate change crowd has established relationships with (and this is an oxymoron if there ever was one) lefty capitalists and they are making money. Lots of money. At the same time they’re advancing their tired old liberal agenda. But they are much less successful in creating a groundswell of public opinion and support for their cause. This is why documents like the AR5 are necessary.
In spite of all the yelling, however, climate changers in the end acknowledge that the climate has not gotten warmer in 15 years. Now this is where it gets interesting. Let’s say you’d been fighting to stop global warming (to use the antiquated term) since the 1970s and 1980s and after 15 years the climate had not gotten warmer wouldn’t you be happy? Wouldn’t you feel like you’d accomplished what you’d been fighting for? Wouldn’t you want to claim credit for your success? After all, you’d gotten people to change the types of cars they drive. You’d gotten people to think twice about using coal. You’d convinced thousands of companies to “go green” and change the way they do business. In short, you’d convinced millions of people to change their lifestyles all in pursuit of saving the planet. So now, after 15 years, your dire predictions that the climate is getting warmer have not come to fruition. Wouldn’t you want to claim that all these changes you’d convinced people to make contributed to this not happening?
Nope. This is not the case. Instead, the climate changers are angry. Shocked and angry. They cry “This 15 year hiatus is just a temporary interruption” and they desperately scurry to find ways to explain why the climate didn’t get warmer. They gasp, “We didn’t plan on that volcano, or that Sahara dust, or El Niño, or La Niña. Maybe our model was wrong…” Well that last one is about the lamest excuse ever. Just ask any hurricane veteran from Florida about weather models.
At this point any sane person is scratching his head and saying, “huh?” Then the other shoe drops. Right after all the excuses the climate changers get to the crux of the matter. Money. Yes siree, Bob. These last 15 years are an anomaly and if you don’t send us boat loads of cash, NOW, the arctic ice caps are going to melt! Miami Beach will be under water! So will Malibu (which, again, wouldn’t be such a bad thing…)! You’d better send us money now or else the sky’s gonna fall!
So what’s the point of my rant? My point is that global warming, climate change, or whatever you want to call it is a political movement. A leftist, radical, political movement. It’s a movement that started out with the noblest of objectives: preserving the planet. Just like the litany of environmental NGOs like Greenpeace, WWF, Rainforest Action Network, etc started out as noble causes. Now, years later when all their hippy founders are collecting Social Security, they are nothing more than money making machines with political - let me say that again, political – agendas. Long gone are the days when these people gave a gnat’s ninny about the environment. Now it’s all about the Benjamins. It’s the same with the climate change crowd.
As we saw last week with the Russian arrest of the Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise crew, as well as with the waves of anti-NGO legislation and court judgments emerging in countries as diverse as the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Russia, and the U.K., governments worldwide are waking up to this nonsense. And, in the U.S. at least, your average Joe sees the climate change agenda for what it is. Just Chicken Little doing his thing.