by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The headlines were stark and specific. Reuters claimed, “World registers hottest day ever recorded on July 3.”
Well, “ever recorded” is misleading since the records have only been “recorded” since 1979. But what kind of a headline would that have been?
At least the BBC was honest about their scare headline: “World’s hottest day since records began.”
The bottom line: We’re all going to burn up and we’re all going to die unless we throw an hysterical climate change tantrum and demand that our government take panicky steps to save us from the climate change demons.
There’s no doubt that this Independence Day was hot. It was very hot. It was uncomfortably hot if you were dumb enough to spend time outdoors. That’s why God created air conditioning and double-scoop chocolate ice cream cones.
But should we be worried that it’s very hot in the Western Hemisphere during the summer? The people and groups who want you worried want you to forget that prosaic fact. …
… Obviously, the only hominids around 125,000 years ago — Neanderthals who didn’t give a fig about climate change — refused to share data from their earth-orbiting satellites, so that information isn’t currently available. The Neanderthals may eventually have been done in, at least partly, by climate change, so maybe they should have paid more attention to the data.
Thankfully, the hysterics don’t have the last word on the meaning of those very, very hot July 3-4, double-scoop chocolate ice cream days.
“A more likely alternative to the 62.6-degree estimate is something around 57.5 degrees. The latter is an average of actual surface temperature measurements taken around the world and processed on a minute-by-minute basis by a website called temperature.global. The numbers have been steady this year, with no spike in July.”