Anthropogenic Global Warming, or the theory that human activity is increasing the temperature of the planet, has been coming under fire for a while, especially with the recent Climategate scandal and the more recent comments by Phil Jones confirming that much of the data used to support climate change were falsified. This has done little to stop the Left in its mindless support of AGW as a means to implement draconian economic restriction on the world. AGW has long taken on the characteristic of a religious position rather than a scientific one, and the fact that climate change is being treated as unfalsifiable strengthens that analogy. The Left holds that any weather pattern — be it normal, abnormal, expected, unexpected, or not even related to weather — is proof of AGW, and nothing, even the fact that the average global temperature has been dropping for almost a decade, disproves it. That sounds like religious convicion to me.
Two editorials from the Business & Media Institute help illustrate this point. Julia A. Seymour writes about the rabid resposnse from the Left at the shock that many felt when the recent major blizzard on the east Coast was held up as further proof of global warming.
Some of the critics lied about what most conservatives were arguing, accusing the right of saying the historic snowfall disproved global warming. That wasn’t the case, conservatives were merely turning the tables on the left: using mockery to show the absurdity of assigning a cause and effect relationship from weather events to climate change.
The fact is that the weather is not climate. Before the “snomageddon” (as many in D.C. called it), AGW believers constantly connected every weather event from heat waves killing thousands in Europe to Hurricane Katrina with global warming. It wasn’t until the weather started acting against them and conservatives suggested it might undermine their theories that they got touchy on the subject.
Of course weather isn’t climate, but the global warming alarmists like Blakemore want it both ways. They want weather and natural disasters to be proof of warming, but never proof contradicting it.
But it’s not just weather. The media and the left have even more ridiculous assertions about climate change. Like the Kevin Bacon game they seem willing to connect everything to AGW.
Actor Danny Glover blamed global warming for the Haitian earthquake in January 2010. Leaving no tragedy unturned, Joseph Romm, a former Clinton official, actually wondered if the Minnesota bridge collapse in 2007 was a result of global warming.
In a blog post, Romm wrote: “Some may object to even asking the question, ‘Did climate change contribute to the Minneapolis bridge collapse?’ My guess is those are the same people who deny that global warming is caused by humans or that it is a serious problem – the same people who inevitably say ‘we can adapt to whatever climate change there is.’”
A media outlet called GMANews.TV based in the Philippines was concerned that global warming was forcing poor women into prostitution. The Nov. 19, 2009 story said “The effects of climate change have driven women in communities in coastal areas in poor countries like the Phillippines into dangerous work, and sometimes even the flesh trade.”
“It’s also important to note that the emerging consensus among the climate scientists is that even though any individual storm can’t be linked singularly to global warming – we’ve always had hurricanes,” Gore said. “Nevertheless, the trend toward more Category 5 storms – the larger ones and the trend toward stronger and more destructive storms appears to be linked to global warming and specifically to the impact of global warming on higher ocean temperatures in the top couple of hundred feet of the ocean, which drives convection energy and moisture into these storms and makes them more powerful.”
Scientists, including cable meteorologists, have disputed this claim by Gore. CNN’s Rob Marciano and Chad Myers have both denied it. Marciano said “global warming does not conclusively cause stronger hurricanes like we’ve seen” on Oct. 4, 2007 “American Morning.” Myers has disputed the link between warming and tornadoes.
Marciano was pleased that a U.K. judge might ban Al Gore’s movie from schools because, as he put it “There are definitely some inaccuracies.”
Did you get all that? A massive blizzard is not proof against AGW, but snow, lack of snow, high temperatures, low temperatures, hurricanes, lack of hurricanes, stronger hurricanes, weaker hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and tsunamis, bridge collapses, and even prostitution and the spread of HIV are all caused by, and hence proof of, AGW. Despite whether science says any of these can be affected by AGW or not. If that sounds particularly crazy, it’s because it is.
For years, Americans have been told global warming causes pretty much everything. Al Gore, the patron saint of all things toasty, blamed Hurricane Katrina on global warming. Lefty actor Danny Glover blamed it for the Haitian earthquake in January. After lamenting the failure of the Copenhagen climate conference, Glover talked about the earthquake and said “this is what happens.” Climate: the ultimate “Lethal Weapon.”
He’s not even an outlier. Joseph Romm, a former Clinton official, raised the issue of global warming after the Minnesota bridge collapse of 2007. Go to Dr. John Brignell’s site Numberwatch.co.uk and you’ll find at least 600 random things from sharks moving north to a rise in allergies to a rise in HIV – all blamed on global warming.
So the proof of AGW is proof of AGW, but so is the proof against AGW, or any other random events that global warming alarmists want to toss into the mix in an effort to scare you. And this is supposed to be science. And just in case you forgot, if you don’t buy global warming, you’re against science, and according to Bill Nye, you’re even unpatriotic.
I can’t imagine how anyone can believe that this is still a scientific theory and not a political movement.
And for your viewing pleasure, a video on the topic from Eyeblast TV.