Urbin Report

Friday, December 19, 2008

Climate Change

First off, Climate Change is a hard scientific fact. The Earth's climate has change drastically over time and odds are that it still will. Keep in mind that most of that extreme fluctuation has happened before Homo sapiens arrived on the planet and there has been recorded climate change before the Industrial Revolution.

So when "supposedly" smart people like soon to be VP Joe Bieden says that he thinks that climate change is 100% due to the effects of man, you have to wonder about just how long he's been on crack.

With actual real science, if the facts don't fit your theory, you change your theory. With the Cult of Algore "Global Warming" conspiracy types, there is a solid history of changing the facts to fit their so-called "theory".

One of the early and most blatant ones was the "Hockey Stick" graph used in the infamous Al Gore propaganda film. In order to get that "Hockey Stick" graph, which they needed to "prove" their so-called "theory", it was necessary to both edit out relevant data and hack the algorithms to edit out both the Little Ice Age and the Medieval Warm Period.

Continuing that policy of editing the facts to fit their so-called "theory", is Seth Borenstein's propaganda piece disguised as a "science" article. Note his very carefully selection of dates. Yup, there was a brief warm period during the Clinton years, but it has been cooling since then. A fact Borenstein is very careful not to note, except for the rather bizzare statement that a global cooling trend "actually illustrates how fast the world is warming." No facts or cites to back that up, just an unsupported "proof by assertion." The article also has the typical watermelon America bashing, leaving out the fact that the US has slowed it's rate of carbon emissions more than the Western European countries that signed the Kyoto Treaty. He also engages the typical "Bush Bashing" by leaving out the fact that it was President Bill Clinton who killed the Kyoto Treaty by not sending to the Senate for ratification. President Clinton could read the writing on the wall, and the unanimous Senate vote stating that they opposed the treaty. Yup, every single democrat present (98 Senators voted) voted against the Kyoto Accords before they were presented to the Senate.

How have actual Scientists responded to Borenstein's article? Noel Sheppard has compiled a short list:

In his latest screed, he screams: "global warming is accelerating"

How then does he explain the fact that the mean global temperature (as measured by satellite) is the same as it was in 1980?

How can global warming be "accelerating" when the last two years have seen dramatic cooling? Is this guy totally removed from all reality?????

He completely ignores any evidence contrary to his personal beliefs, and twists everything to meet his preconceived notions. -- David Deming, University of Oklahoma
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Global warming is not “accelerating”: global warming has stopped. There has been no statistically significant rise in (mean global temperature: MGT) since 1995 and MGT has fallen since 1998.

The Earth has been warming from the Little Ice Age (LIA) for 300 years so, of course, the warmest years happened recently. But that warming from the LIA peaked in the El Nino year of 1998. MGT has been near but below that peak for the last 10 years.

Arctic ice advances and recedes over decades. 2007 saw a minimum in Arctic ice cover in the short period that it has been monitored using satellites. But 2008 saw the most rapid growth in Arctic ice cover in that same period and Arctic ice cover is now back to the average it has had in the period. Also, 95% of polar ice is in the Antarctic and Antarctic ice is increasing.

Nobody can know if the recent halt to global warming is temporary, permanent or the start of a new warming or cooling phase. But it is certain that anybody who proclaims that “Global warming is accelerating” is a liar, a fool, or both. -- Richard S. Courtney, a UN IPCC expert reviewer and a UK-based climate and atmospheric science consultant.

There is a lot more. Go read it all.

There is more at Hot Air as well.

Cutting back on pollution is a "Good Thing." Promoting Junk Science to line Al Gore's pockets and support Socialists put out of a job by the fall of Communism is a "Bad Thing."

CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers chimes in with some actual rational thought on the subject.