Climate change is a very misleading term. When people hear it, it fills them with dread. While climate change is real, it is also normal, natural, and has happened forever. We have little to do with it.
From the research I have done, I have concluded that the climate is changing all the time. Sometimes it gets hot — even hotter then we are experiencing today. Sometimes it gets really cold, like during the many ice ages. So I do not deny that climate change is real and is happening. I just don’t think that we are responsible for it or that there is much we can do about it, except do our best to adapt.
I realize that there are many people who won’t agree with me, and well, that’s OK. However, I would ask them to show me the evidence to the contrary, because that is what science is about, producing evidence, and asking questions. A lot of what is being thrown around as evidence is nothing more than anecdotal stories. While events like Katrina and Superstorm Sandy are horrific, they do not prove anything when it comes to global warming. Climate — Mother Nature if you will — can be cruel and violent. That is just a fact of life.
It’s important for you to understand that I am not denying that the planet has warmed up. I don’t deny that the climate has changed. These things are not disputed by authentic scientists. And yes, there are many authentic, knowledgeable, relevant and qualified scientists who do not believe global warming is the problem it’s being made out to be. A lot more then the 3%, that is for sure. What is disputed is how much of the small warming we have experienced presents a real threat, and how much can be realistically attributed to humans. Oh yes, we can’t forget to guilt humans for causing it. It is the new original sin.
What about extreme weather? Isn’t that evidence that global warming is real? I find it disturbing when I hear people talk like this. I know they have not looked at the evidence, but are just repeating what they have been told. Everywhere you go, you hear about heat, drought, floods, hurricanes, and so forth. It’s made out to sound like the world is drowning in a super storm of fire. But is it really?
In order for extreme weather to occur, there needs to be an extreme difference in the temperature between the poles and the equator. If the planet were to warm up, the warming would not be even. There would be more warming in the poles, and less in the equator. This means that global warming would actually cause a decrease in extreme weather.
Here is an excerpt from a paper called A Warming Arctic Would Not Cause Increased Severe Weather or Temperature Extremes by Chuck Wiese which discusses this concept:
What is particularly disturbing about FV (2012) is not only is it incorrect and flawed, but it passed peer review. Now, after publication, FV (2012) has been lapped up by media, touted and referenced in their severe weather stories that report on hurricanes, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, heat, cold, drought and any other weather calamity as “proof” their paper is correct. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The reader needs to understand that anytime we experience severe weather, it is proof that adequate COLD in the high latitudes and Arctic has been generated by the normal radiational cooling process by the earth that creates the adequate potential energy across the latitude lines to cause amplification of the jet stream waves and speeds that pushes this colder air southward to warmer latitudes that then creates the necessary temperature gradients to liberate that energy, creating storms as well as high pressure systems.
If the occurrence of severe weather is increasing worldwide, it is not a sign of a warming earth. It is the opposite of what climate hysteria claims, and an indication of a cooling, not warming earth.
The continued misuse, abuse and general trashing of important principles founded with atmospheric science remains as deplorable as ever by the groups promoting global warming from human CO2 emissions or by these same groups promoting climate hysteria by re-labeling this term “climate change”.
Some people will say, “Of course, there is an increase in extreme weather. Just look at Katrina and Super Storm Sandy!” But this is not evidence of global warming. For all it’s destruction, Katrina was not the worst hurricane to have hit the states. Back in the 50s there was a hurricane that hit Miami that was much worse. But most people don’t even know about it because, for one thing, they didn’t have the news or satellite coverage they do now. But even more telling, there wasn’t the destruction like with Katrina because Miami was not as populated as it is now. In the following video, Bjorn Lomborg talks about this hurricane, and how it compares to Katrina. (By the way, Lomborg is a believer of problematic global warming, but he has some very useful things to say. If you haven’t already seen it, you should watch his movie Cool It. It is very thought provoking. Here it is on Youtube.)
New Orleans is below sea level. It has levies to hold back the sea, but because the levies were so poorly built, when Katrina hit, they came a tumbling down. The destruction was tragic. Had they adapted to living below sea level like the dutch who live a similar situation, New Orleans would not have suffered like they did. Don’t blame that on global warming, blame it on poor planning.
Superstorm Sandy was caused by three storms colliding. That was unfortunate, but global warming had nothing to do with it. The destruction it caused was horrific, made more so because of all of the people who lived in the area. If people want to live by the ocean, they have to do so on the ocean’s terms. That is the risk they take in doing so.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is probably the most recognized authority on human cause global warming. However, even their report states that there is no increase in floods, heat waves, hurricanes etc. So, if the IPCC says this, why are so many people freaking out about extreme weather?
Environmental scientist Roger Pielke, say “It is misleading and just plain incorrect to claim that disasters associated with hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or droughts have increased on climate timescales either in the United States or globally.”
Below is a video of Dr. Pielke discussing seven points outlined in the IPCC report about extreme weather and global warming. This is especially interesting because Dr. Pielke believes in human caused global warming. Here is a summary of the seven points he makes in the video:
- It is misleading to say extreme weather increased or to associate the cost of disasters to green house gases
- Weather related losses have not increased, in fact have decreased 25%. Insurance losses due to catastrophic have not increased.
- Hurricanes or cyclones have not increased
- Floods have not increased, in fact they have decreased
- Tornadoes have not increased, but decreased
- Droughts have become shorter and less frequent
- The absolute cost of disaster will increase, not because of global warming, but because there are more people living in at risk areas.
I find it interesting that some of the people in this video are continually trying to say that global warming causes extreme weather, even though Dr. Pielke, who is a scientist and is known to share their belief that global warming is a problem, has to continually correct them by saying global warming does not cause extreme hurricanes, droughts, tornadoes, or floods, according to his research and the findings of the IPCC.
So, if global warming does not cause extreme weather as many would have you believe, it makes you wonder how many other things which are attributed to global warming are equally incorrect. So when you hear people say, “Global warming is causing extreme weather!” you know that according to the IPCC, and many other experts, that just ain’t so.
You don’t have to agree with me, but if you do disagree, please respectively show me true evidence. I am always open to learning.