by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Editors at Issues and Insights offer sober analysis of the impact of climate change.
Earth’s climate is always changing. But despite the warming hysterics’ wild claims, it’s not changing at an alarming rate. Remember, when they cite United Nations reports warning of soaring temperatures and rising sea levels, the projections cover many decades, not just a few years. Of course there was a moment when the climate did change rapidly. It was so long ago, though, none of us can remember it.
Yet it happened. Many centuries before the first oil well was drilled. Almost 1,500 years ago.
The foundation of the global warming obsession on the left is largely based on U.N. predictions that assign significant but unrealistic increases in global temperatures and sea level due to increasing levels of CO2 in our atmosphere.
For instance, the U.N. has said the global temperature could increase over a range from 4.5 degrees Celsius to 6 degrees Celsius some time between 2081 to 2100. It has also said sea levels could rise 2 meters by 2100. Neither is possible, says H. Sterling Burnett, director of the Heartland Institute’s climate and environment center. Both would require us “to burn every molecule of fossil fuel and more” than can be found on Earth.
Not only are these worst-case-scenario estimates that will never unfold, the disasters predicted are far into the future, meaning the numbers so easily tossed around are useful for only one thing: scaring the public and ramming through expensive and worthless green legislation.
Despite the assurances from the fanatics that we’re heading into, or are already in, a crisis in which the climate abruptly shifts, even their ugliest fever dreams can’t compare to what happened in 536 AD. …
… Don’t expect the facts don’t stop, or even slow, the march of the warming zealots. They will continue to say we are in or close to unprecedented change that will result in catastrophe, and will accept no other explanations for a global temperature increase … other than anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.