Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A matter of faith

From IBD, a little clarity as you try to scrape your windshield.
The weather turns cold and wet? It's global warming, they say. Weather turns hot? Global warming. No change? Global warming. More hurricanes? Global warming. No hurricanes? You guessed it.

Nothing can disprove their thesis. Not even the extraordinarily frigid weather now creating havoc across most of the Northern Hemisphere. The Los Angeles Times, in a piece on the region's strangely wet and cold weather, paraphrases Jet Propulsion Laboratory climatologist Bill Patzert as saying, "In general, as the globe warms, weather conditions tend to be more extreme and volatile."

Got that? No matter what the weather, it's all due to warming. This isn't science; it's a kind of faith. Scientists go along and even stifle dissent because, frankly, hundreds of millions of dollars in research grants are at stake. But for the believers, global warming is the god that failed.

Why do we continue to listen to warmists when they're so wrong? Maybe it's because their real agenda has nothing to do with climate change at all. Earlier this month, attendees of a global warming summit in Cancun, Mexico, concluded, with virtually no economic or real scientific support, that by 2020 rich nations need to transfer $100 billion a year to poor nations to help them "mitigate" the adverse impacts of warming.

This is what global warming is really about — wealth redistribution by people whose beliefs are basically socialist. It has little or nothing to do with climate. If it did, we might pay more attention to Piers Corbyn, a little-known British meteorologist and astrophysicist who has a knack for correctly predicting weather changes. Indeed, as London's Mayor Boris Johnson recently noted, "He seems to get it right about 85% of the time."

How does he do it? Unlike the U.N. and government forecasters, Corbyn pays close attention to solar cycles that, as it turns out, correlate very closely to changes in climate. Not only are we not headed for global warming, Corbyn says, we may be entering a "mini ice age" similar to the one that took place from 1450 A.D. to 1850 A.D.

We don't know if Corbyn's right or not. But given his record, he deserves as much attention as the warm-mongers whose goal is not to arrive at the truth but to reorganize society in a radical way.

31 comments:

Grandpa Bluewater said...

The Dude has the mad scientist haircut to the nth degree. Central casting take notes!

Vigilis said...

Thomas Friedman ("What They Really Believe" OP-ED, NYT, November 17, 2009) fears ordinary Americans are living too well, and as hordes in developing nations aspire to our middle class lifestyles, cumulative demand will deplete energy and water resources. Lifestyles of even America's elites (people with beach houses?) would then be endangered. Solution? Saddle middle class Americans with passed-along carbon taxes to lower their current lifestyles

Eric Palmer said...

The Great Global Warming Swindle

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5576670191369613647#

The Usual Suspect said...

As always, follow the money.

Byron said...

I'm dying for a GW apologist to explain snow in Australia...in the summer.

ewok40k said...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1342515/UK-snow-big-freeze-weather-means-winter-set-coldest-300-YEARS.html

As I write this -10 Celsius outside mid-day, almost half meter of snow around the neighborhood, and it is relatively mild-affected section of the country on the coast...

cdrsalamander said...

.... in the distance you can see the ghosts of Napoleon's army being harassed by Cossacks as they trudge through the drifts....  

Grumpy Old Ham said...

The name "Global Warming" has now been deprecated, dontcha know...having been replaced with "Climate Change".  Gotta keep changing the name to match the current politically correct view, and cut you "deniers" off at the pass.

Interesting how us poor humans seem to be able to create changes in a massive worldwide (literally) system, yet that big ol' fusion reactor parked 93 million miles away is apparently of little consequence.  Hmmm....

As The Usual Suspect says, always follow the money.

ewok40k said...

anyone living near Valley Forge to report weather status?

UltimaRatioRegis said...

Lookin' for places to reduce budget?  RADM Titley's Task Force Climate Change seems a very good candidate.  Except change the name to "Task Force Normal Cyclical Climate Variations" first.  And then do an end-of-project accounting of the entire life-cycle cost of the Task Force, and have that total refunded to the Navy budget from the EPA.  Then eliminate the EPA. 

After all, those hard-line communists needed a place to hang out between the fall of the Soviet Union and the election of a socialist-communist President. 

Green.  It's the new Red.

Grumpy Old Ham said...

<span>"apparently of little consequence"</span>

forgot to add "except to Mr. Corbyn."  Serves me right for posting prior to consuming that second pot of coffee.  :-[

DeltaBravo said...

Somewhere deep in a European cave must be scrawlings of a Neanderthal kvetching about global warming brought about by the ability of man to make fire.  I'm sure they were in a panic that the Ice Age would end and global warming (err... climate change) would take over...

Southern Air Pirate said...

The problem I see it as well is that those of us who are skeptics in general, when we view this topic are questioned about our own qualifications. I read both "Skeptic" and the "Skeptical Inquirer" from time to time. They both just recently did a whole issue dedicated to AGW. Those that were of the minority that don't believe in AGW or don't believe it is as severe as the computer models predict are told to wear dunce caps and sit in the corner. It has become a modern version of the Spanish Inqustion, basically denying rights to sciencetist who would rather want to debate if there is more then just industrialization and SUV's are the reason the earth is warming.

What makes this all even harder is how the enviromential movement is counter productive against each other. Build solar power farm, just not where the rare dalmation spotted field mouse lives. Build wind farms, just not where the the dying european spruce lives. Blow up dams and eliminate cheap water and cheap electrical power cause of the need to return fish runs back to the way nature intended. We need food to feed the starving of the world, just don't use agro-chemicals to help since that poisions the world. I could go on, but i really think it is all a racket along the vein of the Victorian Era rich vs the Victorian Era poor.

Skeptic said...

Weather is different from climate.
Global warming is falsifiable.
The author of the article is an idiot.

Guest said...

Keep watching Fox - you'll be in good company with the rest of the idiots of the world.

Guest said...

CDR - you should focus your articles more towards the military realm where your readers/commenters have a little more knowledge and credibility.

CDR Salamander said...

OK .. educate us with some fact then.  Please - facts; they are welcome.

CDR Salamander said...

Ummm ... the link is from Investors Business Daily.

sid said...

sssnorrrt!

(that hurt)

Hey guest...

When this Rube starts showing some more credibility on the subject, and trims his carbon footprint.

Then I'll see what I can do.

sid said...

same thing...

them eevyl capitalists!

Eric Palmer said...

Weather is only different from climate when it is convenient for the global warming pukes. For example; a few hot days somewhere. We can expect to see a big article from the GW swindle crowd.

Eric Palmer said...

Need to get the Carbon credit scam put under the force of a RICO statute. It fits.

sid said...

Just stroke this li'l sex poodle with some cash...and all will be well.

Dear Al,

Please pay me $100,000 a month, and I PROMISE I will not fly in a G5 or live in a 10,000 sq ft house (and help keep it from being submerged-just for You)...

So you can.

signed/
sid


(but i might just cheat like the rest of the third world though)

UltimaRatioRegis said...

Hey Guest,

Perhaps you would like to shovel the two feet of credible global warming out of my driveway next storm.  Or maybe you and Al Gore can split my heating bill for December. 

I'm old enough to remember the "global cooling" scare of the mid 1970s.  Taught it in schools, just like today, by an increasingly far-left education system.  The next Ice age was coming because of industrial pollution.  What was the solution?  Rob the developed nations of hundreds of billions of dollars, suppress economic prosperity, and redistribute the wealth to the Third World. 

Credibility.  Yeah.  Interesting word.

Skippy-san said...

Same thing-just in print.

UltimaRatioRegis said...

Well then, Skippy. 

Grab a show shovel, and you can help "guest" clean out my driveway.  The deal is you can only wear sufficient clothing to keep you warm in what temperatures the Global Warming Cult predicted we would have by now.  So when it is -14 the day after the big snow storm, work fast.

DeltaBravo said...

Plato and Aristotle wrote about global warming.  I guess there were no good gummint programs lying around that could make it profitable for some to use the fact to control the economy and other people's activities though.  So they weren't that smart after all.  I mean.. isn't the height of brains figuring out how to line your pockets by taking advantage of stuff that's happening anyway? 

sid said...

Guest...

Here is some credibility for yah.

More here.

sid said...

Wow!

This was not supposed to happen!!!!!!

Skippy-san said...

Ah but if  I shoveled your walk I would be contributing to your socialist decline by providing you something you had not earned. I would rather you have the liberty to pull yourself up by your own snow shovel.............

<span>
<p>Since the mid 1970s, global temperatures have been warming at around 0.2°C per decade. However, weather imposes it's own dramatic ups and downs over the long term trend. So we expect to see record cold temperatures even during global warming. Nevertheless, who hasn't heard someone on a cold day mutter "what happened to global warming?!" It's human nature to remember unusual events: record heat waves and freezing cold spells. Mentally calculating long term statistical trends doesn't come quite as easy as recalling that cold morning a few winters ago or that sweltering heat wave last summer. However, we can learn something about climate trends from those record hot and cold days.
</p><p>Consider a record daily high to mean that temperatures were warmer on that day than on the same date throughout a weather station's history. As time passes, the number of record high and low temperatures will diminish. This is because as the years roll on and records accumulate, it becomes increasingly difficult to break a record. A new paper (Meehle 2009, see press release) examines the record highs and lows since 1950. Figure 1 shows the number of record high temperatures (red dots) and record low temperatures (blue dots). If temperatures weren't warming, we would expect the number of record highs and lows to be roughly equal. Instead, the highs and lows diverge over time with gradually more record highs than lows.
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UltimaRatioRegis said...

But having my walkway shoveled is a Basic Human Right!  So let's get a government program to take care of it for me.