It is just plain difficult to connect the solemnity of a United Nations meeting more than a decade ago with the current circus called climate change.
Then, the President of France, Jacques Chirac, told the thousands in attendance that the science of Global Warming was settled, that Global Warming was the essential third leg of Global Government, and that carbon cops simply needed to be issued their marching orders in every developed country as the Agenda for the Twenty-First Century got implemented.
Now, the Former French President is written about as having been the butt of jokes and a suspected crook, the science of global warming is far from settled, wannabe global government has no legs, and carbon cops have been turning in Keystone Cops performances.
The lost temperature data
The British have enacted a comedy straight out of the pages of my-dog-ate-my-homework. The Carbon Cops in charge of global temperature records now admit they have lost or destroyed all the original data that would allow any third party to construct a global temperature record. The Climate Research Unit in East Anglia, England, generates the most cited surface temperature record set used by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, whose reports present alarming scenarios generated upon that data. Thus, data which cannot be seen or questioned is part of the settled science. You’ve got to love the sheer chutzpah of this move.
The biased temperature data
Cat On a Hot Tin Roof was not a comedy, but to be surprised that tin roofs do get hot makes me laugh. Nearly 90% of US official temperature stations show extreme heat bias, says a new study by meteorologist Anthony Watts. Nine out of every ten stations are reporting higher or rising temperatures just because they are placed near sidewalks and buildings that absorb and radiate heat, are located next to the exhaust fans of air conditioning units, are surrounded by asphalt parking lots and roads, or are on blistering-hot rooftops. Nobody drives to a city to experience its cooling effect. Of course instruments in urban centers will display higher temperatures. Besides bad siting, changes in the technology of these temperature stations have also caused the sites to report false warming trends. Additionally, NOAA and NASA Carbon Cops have made arbitrary adjustments to the data that have caused recent temperatures to look higher. Such biased data can hardly yield reliable temperature records
The misleading ice-claim data
It is difficult to maintain credibility when one of the captains of the Carbon Cops — Greenpeace — exaggerates. Greenpeace’s retiring leader, Gerd Leipold, released misleading information. He had in July urged action, claiming the Arctic would be ice-free by 2030 because of global warming. But, by mid-August Leipold admitted that that claim was "a mistake." The outgoing leader’s admission that Greenpeace did issue misleading information has become an embarrassment to the organization.
The EPA suppressed data
The US EPA is poised to become Chief Carbon Cop, but their antics this year is the stuff of comedic tragedies. A substantive 100-page report submitted by the senior EPA research analyst, Dr. Alan Carlin, showed that the EPA was not using best available science in its role of considering whether CO2 and other greenhouse gases were endangering human health. For his efforts, the EPA suppressed his internal report and its critical claims. Then, the EPA ordered Carlin to stop working on global warming issues, because criticism of the EPA could cause trouble. Now, the EPA considers closing down Dr. Carlin’s agency unit. Carlin himself feels that his job is in jeopardy. So much for the good American tradition of whistleblowing.
Isn’t it enough of a joke that as CO2 emissions rise, temperatures continue to fall? I mean, the alarmist hypothesis swears that CO2 emissions cause global warming. That’s why the world must stop breathing out to save the planet. So, why did warming stop and cooling take over in 2001? This wasn’t in any of the computer models.
Not only is the climate not cooperating, politicians have been contrary, too.
Senate Democrats keep delaying legislation. They may be so contrary that they leave Obama empty-handed for three big upcoming climate change attractions: the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh on September 24, UN continuing negotiations in Bangkok beginning September 28, and the UN conference in Copenhagen in December.
This circus production could be dismissed as bad comedy, but there is blowback coming our western way and it will not be funny. The world is now convinced that any climate anyone doesn’t like is the fault of us westerners who emitted CO2. We have screamed too much. We have lost the data that had to be secured. We have biased the temperature data that deserved honest sites. We have issued misleading data. We have suppressed data while persecuting the whistleblower. We have alarmed too many.
Africa, China and India don’t even need to believe in the AGW (anthropogenic global warming) hypothesis for them to see the path they will take. We have handed them the arguments to claim whatever we produce. After all, we caused the destruction of their planet. Our CO2 emissions made it too wet or too dry, too hot or too cold, too stormy or too calm, too static or too changing. If we insist on limiting carbon dioxide emissions, we will limit their development. It doesn’t matter that we will hamstring our own. The lesser-developed nations have learned that they are our victims. Financial and technological reparations will be demanded, despite the stark and bleak fact that the western economic cupboard is empty, also. They will have to blame someone.
All Al Gore and the earnest environmentalists wanted to do was to facilitate a "wrenching transformation" of our society. They will have it. Our head will be delivered up to us on a platter; and it will be the head of a clown.
Floy Lilley [send her mail] is an adjunct faculty member at the Mises Institute. She was formerly with the University of Texas at Austin’s Chair of Free Enterprise, and an attorney-at-law in Texas and Florida.