It’s not apostasy (abandonment of one’s religion) or treachery (betrayal of one’s country or cause); it’s probably just a change in strategy and tactics.
But I distrust crusaders and activists who blithely change the names and banners of the cause they champion when the facts won’t suit them and they cannot win the argument. I dumped population management when its advocates started to change the terms — from population control, to family planning, to planned parenthood to reproductive health.
I parted ways with Al Gore and other devotees in the church of global warming when they changed global warming to climate change, because it turned out that the earth was not warming but cooling.
Now, the Obama White House is market-testing the term “climate disruption” because climate change is not sexy enough.
No warming for 18 years
Earlier this month planet Earth quietly marked the 18th anniversary of the period when its temperature last rose.
This sentence is perfectly pedestrian, but it is pregnant with implications.
For example: if there has been no increase in temperature since 1996, then there is no global warming or climate change.
And if there’s no climate change, there are some inconvenient questions (to use Al gore’s vocabulary) for some Filipino compatriots to deal with, namely:
1. What was the point of the UN climate change Summit in New York City last month, and why did President Aquino rush to attend it and spend millions of people’s money just to get ignored there?
2. Why is climate change mitigation now a core component of national policy? Have our scientists made a discovery that scientists in western countries have not?
3. Why do we expend so much treasure in sending Filipinos to international climate change conferences, only to be embarrassed by our delegates who make a spectacle of themselves by fasting and weeping for publicity?
4. Why do we waste time and money on a Senate committee on
climate change, whose chief task is to monitor a lie?
5. Where does this development put the aggressive and foreign-funded lobby of environmentalists, who live off grants and other inducements and are gumming up the works in policymaking and project implementation?
I’m no climate scientist, but I do know how to put 2 and 2 together.
John Coleman, who is a climate scientist and one of the world’s leading meteorologists, has reached the conclusion that global warming or climate change is a lie, and he has expressed himself emphatically and forcefully to his fellow scientists and the media.
In a front-page report in London’s Daily Express this week (October 22), Jason Taylor narrated Coleman’s key ideas and findings on the issue.
He reported as follows:
“John Coleman, who co-founded the Weather Channel, has shocked academics by insisting that the theory of man-made climate change is no longer scientifically credible.
“In an open letter attacking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Coleman wrote: “The ocean is not rising significantly.
“The polar ice is increasing, not melting away. Polar Bears are increasing in number.
“Heat waves have actually diminished, not increased.
“There is not an uptick in the number or strength of storms (in fact storms are diminishing).
“I have studied climate change seriously for years. It has become a political and environment agenda item, but the science is not valid.
“There is no significant man-made global warming at this time, there has been none in the past and there is no reason to fear any in the future.
“Efforts to prove the theory that carbon dioxide is a significant greenhouse gas and pollutant causing significant warming or weather effects have failed.
“There has been no warming in over 18 years.”
Other climate experts have come out to support Coleman’s claims.
Climate expert William Happer, from Princeton University, issued a statement in support, which said:
“The incredible list of supposed horrors that increasing carbon dioxide will bring the world is pure belief disguised as science.
“In 2010 a high-level inquiry by the InterAcademy Council found there was /little evidence. to support the IPCC’s claims about global warming.”
Where is the warming?
Equally compelling is the stand taken by Dr Benny Peiser of the Global Warming Policy Forum.
Peiser contends that we are now in the midst of a “crisis of credibility” because global warming — and its ‘Doomsday’ effects — has not happened.
Scientists from the IPCC once predicted a temperature rise of 0.2 degrees per decade – but are now baffled by the fact that Earth’s temperature has not increased for almost two decades.
Because of the “global warming hiatus,” Dr Peiser says climate change is not as pressing an issue as it once was.
“Climate change used to be a top priority but it has dropped quite significantly – other issues are more important for international meetings,” he said.
A number of world leaders gathered last month in New York for the UN Climate Change Summit.
At the summit, US President Barack Obama declared hyperbolically that climate change was an issue “that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other” — but more significant were the faces missing at the meeting.
A number of countries — including China, India and Canada — did not attend the summit.
Dr. Peiser says that the summit showed that there is no international agreement about what to do about climate change.
Worst scientific scandal in history
How about Al Gore, who won a Nobel prize for his alarmist talk about global warming?
Poor Gore has to deal with the inconvenient truth that temperatures aren’t rising, but falling. In fact, since the early 1990s we’ve had global cooling. It was because of this that Gore and his junk scientists started calling it “climate change.”
Gore is exhausted dealing with the skeptics, whom he calls “denialists,” as in denying the Holocaust. What frustrates Gore and the climate-change industry is that the skeptics can no longer be shut out of the conversation.
“We can expect the climate crisis industry to grow increasingly shrill, and increasingly hostile toward anyone who questions their authority,” says Kenneth P. Green, a former member of the UN panel.
Another former panelist, Dr. Kimimori Itoh, a Japanese physical chemist, calls the phenomenon “the worst scientific scandal in history. When people come to know what the truth is, they will feel deceived by science and scientists.”
Yolanda/Haiyan and the lie
I don’t want to jinx my home region of Eastern Visayas and province of Leyte with this column and invite another catastrophe.
But it’s no sacrilege against Mother Nature to say that Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan was not a demonstration of the reality of climate change. The findings of climate scientists are incontrovertible:
“The oceans are not rising. The frequency and strength of storms is not increasing but diminishing. But indubitably, Yolanda/Haiyan set a bar of deadliness and devastation.”
Our 11/8 is as historic as America’s 9/11. So there.