Friday, July 06, 2012
AGW Technical Bulletin
Time to let the professionals have their say, don't you think?
FASTER THAN THE MAN WITH NO NAME. I asked Lake for an explanation, which he sent me approximately 15 seconds after I asked for it. The rest of this is him.
It's summer here in the US, and the only thing hotter than the day outside is the air emanating from rabid environmentalists. That's right, who do we have to blame for these soaring temperatures? Ourselves, of course.
The whole Anthropogenic Global Warming cause has been on the ropes over the past two years, so much so that they needed to rename it Climate Change. Why? Because while the rate of production of that evil trace gas, CO2 -- at about 0.04% of the atmosphere's composition -- has continued to rise unabated (thank the Chinese), the so-called global temperature has leveled off. On top of that, the second round of Climategate emails showing the truly appalling scientific practices of certain dendrochronologists and IPCC authors have made the public rightly distrustful of these activist scientists.
But when a hot summer rolls around, the global warming meme surges forth once again. Recently, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln issued a press release about this being the worst drought on record...in its 12 year data set. With a bit of historical perspective from the NOAA itself, one can see just how much worse it was in 1934, long before we supposedly wrought such global destruction.
[Images: Come back to these. Editor's office still too hot for the html needed to show them AS images. Can't guarantee your safe return to the post from the links. But they ARE the goods.]
The most careful of the green bloggers and journalists are treating this one a bit more subtly. Of the large volume of articles I've skimmed, I've noticed many of them doing something sneaky. They're saying things like, "This is what global warming looks like." They're not coming right out and saying that this heat IS global warming, just that this is what the catastrophic effects of AGW would look like. Why be subtle? Because they can be turned aside by a single phrase, one that we should all incorporate into any debate about global warming:
Weather is not climate.
It's as easy as that. They've been screwed before by equating bad weather to climate change when blizzard conditions follow (strikethrough: Al Gore's) ManBearPig's climate summits and various IPCC conferences. They know how bad the press can be when the wholly unpredictable weather doesn't match their chosen narrative. So now they're trying to use bad conditions (hot or cold, stormy or fiery) to simulate their dire predictions about the end of life as we know it.
The large scale variations in climate over decades and millennia simply have nothing to do with the day to day highs and lows. Weather is chaotic, truly unpredictable, and sensitive to the smallest of initial conditions. Climate is stable, oscillating, and affected by things like volcanic eruptions, the precession of the poles, the activity cycle of the sun, and (believe it or not) distant supernovae. In the long term, yes, the climate is warming -- that's what planets do after an ice age.
Frankly, I've been happy to hear 'global warming' come up recently when referencing the weather. Why? More and more frequently, the person mentioning it is joking: "How about this global warming, eh?" in the summer and "So much for global warming" in the winter. Writing this on my back porch under absolutely perfect summer conditions makes me take a deep breath and smile. The crazy green movement is spinning its wheels, the hard science is falsifying their predictions every season,and the seasons keep marching on.ED. ADDENDUM: The missus came home, full of reminders that heat and volatile summer weather and sex are nothing new but in fact eternal. Some examples:
[ED NOTE: I thought Lake was too young to remember when summer was hot and it made everything sexier. Video was his choice, not mine.]
Well, it goes on and on. And on. But the new Occupy the Millennium dream is different, isn't it? Lots of copulating and no babies and no passion -- er, no heat. Let's all be as cool as the surgical instruments used to extract the unfortunate by-products of what prior generations might have called romance and you call "hooking up." Good luck to you with that.
Global Warming? I hardly think so. Global Freezer Burn is more like it.
The earth you kids will inherit isn't worth inheriting. Whatever Fahrenheit you choose to measure.