Global Warming Science in Decline
When science starts turning the tide against proponents of human-caused global warming (AGW) theory, what do the “warmists” do?
Do they dig deeper into the bowels of objective science to pull out irrefutable data proving their cause? No.
Apparently driven by politics, warmists do something quite different… resort to antics and opinion poles.
Stark proof of that came yesterday from an unexpected source, New York Times climate columnist Andrew Revkin in ” ‘Hurricane Marco Rubio’ – A Winning Climate Campaign?“.
Even Revkin, an ardent warmist, recognizes that naming hurricanes after political opponents is a really dumb idea.
That is not the only dumb “warmist” idea this month. They’ve come from all quarters.
Revkin on Proposed Hurricane Renaming Campaign
The group 350.org, founded by radical environmental journalist Bill McKibben, seriously proposed a campaign to change the naming convention for hurricanes. It suggested naming them after Republican political enemies.
It started up a full-fledged campaign, complete with a petition, called “Climate Name Change” to make it happen. As of this writing they claim 63,775 signatures.
According to Revkin, 350.org produced the intro video clip above.
The problem: McKibben picked the wrong “extreme weather” event to pick on.
You see, U.S. hurricanes in both numbers and intensity have been in decline since 1850!
Revkin pointed that out yesterday. He’d also previously reported two years earlier that U.S. landfall hurricanes were declining. Ironically, the original paper Revkin cited two years ago from the Geophysical Research Letters blamed the decline in U.S. hurricane landfalls on global warming.
GASP! Could it be true? Could global warming actually do good? That’s heresy!
In yesterday’s story Revkin also includes a snippet from the recently re-leaked IPCC AR5 report that says there is long-term “low confidence” that there will be increases in intense cyclone (hurricane) activity. That is a change from the current IPCC AR4 assessment that says increases are “likely”.
Revkin then goes on to explain how the whole hurricane name change idea will probably backfire by using a clever Muhammad Ali analogy.
Other Non-scientific Capers
That is not the only dumb idea warmists have come up with this month. President Obama jumped into the act, too.
Through his old campaign website www.barackobama.com, now re-branded “Organizing for Action”, supporters hand-delivered climate denier “unicorn” trophies.
The President’s mouthpiece website proudly announced:
“OFA presents the Climate Denier Awards“.
Political enemies that got hand-delivered trophies were House Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Paul Ryan, Rep. Eric Cantor, Rep. Steve King, Rep. Darrell Issa, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Jim Inhofe, Sen. David Vitter and 126 others.
It’s a veritable Republican enemies hit-list.
Not to be outdone, the IPCC got into the act this month, too. It leaked its own AR5 report.
Did it leak some dramatic new piece of scientific evidence putting another nail into the coffin of IPCC skeptics? No.
It leaked that “it is at least 95 percent likely that human activities – chiefly the burning of fossil fuels – are the main cause of warming”.
That’s it. No science. It made national headlines because it is up from the 90% certainty reported in the IPCC’s last 2007 assessment.
Even according to the IPCC, earth’s temperature hasn’t risen since the late 1990s.
So, where has all the heat gone? Wellll… according to warmists it magically dived into the deep oceans! Yup, that’s right. The heat somehow bypassed the surface which hasn’t heated at all.
If you believe that, AGW skeptics have some “Save the Earth!” bumper stickers they’ll sell you cheap.
Claims of increased “extreme weather” events are being disproved by scientists. Not only are U.S. hurricanes in decline, but so are tornadoes, droughts, and floods.
Warmists hardly have a leg to stand on these days. That is why they resort to shenanigans and non-science to push their cause.