January 06, 2014

It's true -- weather is not climate, but ...

Charles C.W. Cooke has a must-read today about climate hysteria. The sub-headline, in my view, says it best: "Antarctic ice doesn’t discredit the warmists, but they should dial down the death-cult drama."

You may have heard about the researchers on the 7th continent who are stuck in ice, some of whom are global warming scientists. Yeah, it's worth chuckling about, mostly because of what Cooke notes: It makes the perpetual hysteria we hear about regarding warming much more of a joke than it already is. And these two combined make those who are already skeptical about GW even more skeptical, which is a shame, really.

Let's take a gander at some of the reasons why skeptics are having a field day with this Antarctica story:

  • In 2006, Al Gore "argued that the breakup of the Antarctic ice shelves was imminent." (By 2013, "sea ice in the region had grown to a record level for the second consecutive year.")
  • Scientist Wieslaw Maslowski "anticipated in 2006 that that the Arctic’s summer ice would 'completely disappear' by 2013."
  • Al Gore predicted in 2007 that "the entire North Polar ice cap will be gone in five years."
  • Kenneth Watt in 1970 said “if present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000 . . . twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”
  • James Hansen in 1988 said "New York City’s West Side Highway would be underwater by the year 2000."
  • The 1990 IPCC Report predicted sea levels would increase by around 120 millimeters by 2014. This was off by a factor of five.

"Progressives" who are vehement about global warming (now altered to "climate change") fail to realize that there are many folks (like me) who do believe the climate is changing ... just that there are way too many variables involved to somehow justify drastically altering my lifestyle in the name of "saving the Earth from imminent doom."

Posted by Hube at January 6, 2014 11:13 AM | TrackBack

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Russ Roberts (Econtalk) had Dr. Judith Curry on his show last week(http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2013/12/judith_curry_on.html) and she touched on the many variables in climate science.

She talks about how she has been labeled a "denier" if she questions anything and doesn't toe the line of the IPCC.

Since listening to her I've book marked her web site.

http://judithcurry.com/

Posted by: John Galt at January 6, 2014 05:20 PM

Thanks for the tip, John!

Posted by: Hube at January 6, 2014 05:52 PM

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