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Global warming is a religion, sustained by pure faith in the IPCC, the Sierra Club, Greenpeace and dozens of other well-heeled radical Green organizations, who are supported in turn by all sorts of city people who love polar bears and want to save them, though they are inconveniently flourishing. It’s a very leftist religion, for when Communism failed, many true believers moved to environmentalism as “our best chance for social justice.” That’s why some refer to them as “watermelons”— green on the outside and red on the inside.
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) was founded as a political organization. The organization does not do science. They assemble the results from a number of computer climate programs, and publish an assessment every four years, which most governments consider as holy writ on climate change. Government bureaucrats are not scientists, nor do they have much ability to correctly assess the pronouncements of the IPCC or Al Gore.
The computer models (called Global Climate Models) represent speculative thought experiments by modellers who often lack a detailed understanding of underlying processes. The results of GCMs are only as reliable as the data and theories fed into them, which scientists widely recognize as being seriously deficient. “Unexpectedly,” the global climate has stopped warming — for 16 years, and possibly even longer. The upcoming IPCC assessment to be published on September 27, is forced to admit that all four previous reports had seriously over-estimated the rate of decadal warming since 1951. Ooops. They have, according to a leaked copy, had to admit that computer modeled forecasts failed to factor in the “natural variability” of the climate. The main criticism made by climate skeptics for the past two decades.
So how come not a single model predicted a “pause” in warming. And when does a “pause” become a trend? In 1989, researchers concluded that anthropogenic global warming would raise the global temperature by a full 2 degrees. The Greens and their sycophants are not about to give in gracefully, but facts will prove uncomfortable for the certainties of the Obama administration. All that stopping the seas from rising, saving the world, saving mankind from the “pollution” of carbon dioxide — that polluting gas that we exhale each time we breathe.
Connie Hedegaard, Europe’s climate policy chief, has dumped any pretense of intellectual coherence in announcing that even if the science was, and is, wrong on global warming, the EU’s energy policies — driven almost entirely by anti-CO² panic about — man-made warming — are still right, even if they lead to higher prices and energy poverty. Governments, unable to distinguish between “capacity” which the alternative energy promoters talk about, and actual output, have gone for solar energy and wind energy in a big way, and they are s-l-o-w-l-y learning that solar energy is too diffuse and wind energy is too intermittent, it costs too much, and is unreliable and must be backed up 24-7 by a standard coal or gas-fired power plant.
The Obama administration has not even noticed that the science was wrong on global warming.
EPA Chief Gina McCarthy (a bureaucrat, not a scientist) linking global warming to public health, disease (they make up those statistics) and extreme weather (weather is not climate) is pressing ahead with requirements to limit “carbon pollution” from new power plants despite protests from industry, scientists and Republicans.
The proposal, which would set the first national limits on “heat -trapping pollution” from future power plants, is intended to make America dependent on wind turbines and solar arrays for life-saving power. Where the backup for inefficient wind and solar is supposed to come from is unknown. Since almost half our national electricity is supplied by cheap, efficient coal-fired plants, the price we pay for power will skyrocket, and we can expect brownouts and blackouts. The wind does not blow all the time, particularly in winter, there can be no wind at all for days.
The federal government’s own analysis of the new power plant proposal concludes that it would have a “negligible ” impact on carbon dioxide emissions, pose little to no costs for the industry and provide no additional benefits to the public by 2022.
“The EPA…does not anticipate this rule will have any impacts on the price of electricity, employment or labor markets or the U.S. economy,” the EPA wrote in it analysis. Odd, the EPA has stated previously that they have no responsibility for considering the impact on employment— which considering the number of plants being closed and those that will not be built is preposterous. But then the EPA estimates just how many children will be saved from dying from asthma from carbon pollution — a disease for which medical science has been unable to determine the cause.
Atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO²) is a mild greenhouse gas that exerts a diminishing warming effect as its concentration increases. Doubling the concentration of atmospheric CO² from its pre-industrial level, in the absence of other forcings and feedbacks, would likely cause a warming of ~0.3º to 1.1ºC, almost 50% of which must have already occurred. CO² is a vital nutrient used by plants in photosynthesis. Increasing CO² in the atmosphere “greens” the planet and helps feed the growing human population.
The revised standards, said Southern Co., essentially eliminate coal as a future generation option.
Brilliant, and for no legitimate reason at all, except political pressure from Big Green. Obama promised “change,” we just didn’t realize national poverty was what he had in mind.