While President Biden is frantically working to destroy the entire US fuel industry and countless jobs in the name of fighting the “climate crisis,” one brave University of Colorado professor of environmental studies is trying to tell the world that those catastrophic predictions are based on obsolete data.
Prof. Roger Pielke Jr. is no “climate denier” (a stupid term; nobody denies that there’s a climate, or that it changes.) He believes that human activity has an effect on the climate. But he says the doomsday scenarios about climate as an imminent threat to humanity are a result of “the unstoppable momentum of outdated science.” He writes that “responding to climate change is critically important,” but “so too is upholding the integrity of the science which helps to inform those responses.” That’s where politicians and the media are letting hyperbolic claims and panic override the “science” they claim to be following.
Pielke points out that not only are these apocalyptic predictions taken from the most extreme hypothetical scenarios, they’re also based on data about CO2 emissions and other factors that’s so far out of date that we can look at charts and see how much reality has already diverged from the predictions. He says there are now almost 17,000 peer-reviewed articles on climate change that are based on this outdated data.
In fact, rather than CO2 exponentially increasing and no action being taken to curb it (a common assumption in these studies), carbon emissions, particularly in the US, have been drastically reduced over the past 25 years. They dropped another 7% last year due to the pandemic lockdowns. He says it’s possible the world has already passed peak CO2 emissions.
Yet we keep getting these apocalyptic scare stories that he says are "untethered from the real world." He calls them “climate porn.” He also describes the current politics around climate change as “Manichean paranoia,” or a worldview “in which your opponent is considered to be malign and willfully ignorant, whereas your own side is noble and uniquely enlightened.”
Wow, does that sound familiar!
I doubt that anyone will heed his warnings because the scare stories about climate change aren't about reporting on science, they're about increasing government power and control. For all the talk about "following the science," I notice that science is only followed as long as it's useful in advancing the left's agenda. When scientific facts undermine the agenda (whether they relate to climate, gender or abortion), science goes right out the window.
Read the whole article. If you were a Keystone Pipeline worker, I’m sure you have plenty of time now.
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02/13/2021 06:14 AM
As a European, Austrian living in The Netherlands, I have witnessed climate change personally and world wide: Seriously retreating glaciers, drought and deluge, forest fires as never seen before, rising sea levels, slowing down of the Gulf Stream, Jet Stream changing, and numerous more.
Summers much hotter than 30 years ago, soft winters wit a very short but very intensive frost and snow period as this year in The NL.
CO2 and various other gases have long been seen as “greenhouse gases”, covering the earth like a woollen blanket, keeping us to warm.
Contributing tot his is our live style, our consumption and with this the need for energy, often very inefficient produced from fossil fuel.
I am not one who say we need to live like stone age people, or stop using fossil fuels immediately. That cannot work. I do look for efficiency, necessity and effect of use of fossil fuel. Alternatives as Water-, wind-, and Solar-power are at the moment not enough to keep us going the way we are used to.
I am looking to: drive smaller, lighter and therefore more fuel efficient cars. Electric for short distances. Human powered vehicles for short trips (bicycles).
Insulating our homes; in Germany, Austria, Switzerland etc they are designing and building, since many years, “passive houses” – meaning NO heating system required. Seeing that every watt of heating generated in a house will find its way into the environment.
I could go on.
I am not so worried about the jobs lost in the oil industry. New jobs will come in alternative energy. Many will have to re-train, we all will have to get used to a different way of thinking and living. Big and heavy cars will have to make place for small and efficient vehicles, using our bicycle more often can only contribute th better health, fitness and less obesity. Etc – etc – etc.
Linda L. Vining
02/06/2021 05:44 AM
Both climate concerns ("going green") and the fuel issues appear to me to be part of either satisfying campaign promises made or personal gain. Some Islamic groups (I understand Mr. Biden received campaign funds from at least one such group) are concerned with "going green." If I remember correctly, Ms. Ilhan Omar is associated with one such group. And Mr. Biden's investment in energy companies in Ukraine and China will most likely prosper if the United States' is no longer fuel independent.
02/05/2021 09:00 PM
The Left's claim to be the party of Science is absurd. Read any popular science magazine today and you'll find the authors explaining how they are trying to find ways to define gender besides the traditional biological method. That's not objective observation! Its called motivated reasoning.
02/05/2021 11:28 AM
Thanks for the good advice and info. Keep up the good work! - Pastor Jim
02/05/2021 10:02 AM
I hope the professor is correct
02/05/2021 03:23 AM
Look up the Little Optimum for an interesting perspective on how climate can change, and then change again. For a period of about 400 years, the climate was so warm, the ice caps melted in Greenland, and the farmed extensively! Then in 10 short years, the climate turned a sharp corner, and there was a mini Ice Age. Wow! This was around 900 to 1200 AD. My oh my, it’s amazing to me, how man thinks he is more powerful than God. Yes man can be stupid, and cause some environmental things to change...just look at the smog in Los Angeles, but man only has so much control. God has the ultimate control!
02/04/2021 11:20 PM
Love your work Mike.....!!!
02/04/2021 08:03 PM
This article describes assessment of information that reminds me of the early days of the pandemic. They were using models that did not take into account interventions, so the infection and mortality numbers were astronomical. We were so surprised when reality didn't live up to the predictions.
02/04/2021 07:29 PM
Seems like making up science, making up history, re-defining words is the way of leftists. I think there are politicians who do get kick-backs from other countries (some of the good ol' boy, I'll scratch your back, etc) and President Trump removing the US from some of the one world order things put a crimp in activities. Other countries got way too comfortable having the US pick up more than our tab. And, if I understand it correctly, other countries not only have much greater CO2 emissions (china) but they hadn't decreased them even with our money.
I get a kick out of the lists of things we use every day in our lives (above and beyond fueling our cars, using our gas heaters/stoves) that use those pesky fossil fuels. We already know the congressmen aren't going to give up their jet travel, because THEIR work is IMPORTANT (like no one else's is?) and they have to fly all over the world to conduct "our business." Not that I understand the net-zero emissions too well, but it seems jet travel (well, for those special people who just HAVE to fly) would be largely curtailed? Or would jet travel for ordinary people be considered non-essential? Either way, costs will go up, and we will be footing the fuel bill for the "special" people.