Until world leaders can explain their way past two specific graphs, their gathering in Paris this week to combat so-called global warming might as well launch a War on Leprechauns.
It would be bad enough if President Obama and some 150 other heads of state were pursuing destructive solutions to a legitimate problem. Far worse, they are poised to adopt policies that will slow economic growth, spread poverty, and stymie human progress, all in slavish service to an utterly bogus “problem” of their own imagination. They are like madmen frantically swatting brooms at “bats” that flap their brittle wings solely inside these politicians’ febrile skulls.
Those who push this agenda once hollered about pending doom, thanks to “global warming.” A few years ago, they quietly retired that rhetoric and, instead, began shouting about “climate change.”
Why the jumped-up new slogan? “Global warming” stopped happening, and complaining about it increasingly made them look deranged.
As this graph clearly indicates, scientific observations from weather satellites have reported zero warming in global mean temperatures since February 1997, when readings from recent decades peaked. Simply put, despite the warmists’ high-decibel bluster, there has been no global warming for 18 years and nine months.
This graph, and the one below, are courtesy of Great Britain’s Lord Monckton of Brenchley and posted by Climate Depot, a website of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow. CFACT and Young America’s Foundation co-sponsored my November 19 speech to the New York University College Republicans on this very topic.
Lord Monckton’s data come from satellites that orbit Earth, far above the automobile tailpipes, air-conditioning exhaust ducts, and even barbecue pits that distort readings from ground-based thermometers adjacent to these heat sources.
Despite this incontrovertible proof that their cause is more bankrupt than a telegraph factory, Obama and his ilk obsessively cling to their fantasies of Civilization oscillating between sun-drenched evaporation and drowning amid rapidly rising tides from molten polar ice caps.
Scary picture, but it isn’t happening.
In a maddening act of communications malpractice, many conservatives inexplicably adopted the self-confirming phrase “climate change.” (When it’s roasting, it’s climate change. When it’s freezing, it’s climate change.) This has stranded the Right on the Left’s playing field. Very, very dumb. The Right immediately should drop the phrase “climate change.” Instead, conservatives should reinvigorate the words “global warming” and force the Left to defend that verbiage, even as it devolves daily into a punchline.
“But what about the models?” the warmists insist.
As Jim Guirard of the TrueSpeak Institute observes, the global warmists are the true deniers of science. They ignore actual data from satellites and embrace the alchemy of computer models supervised by the United Nations’s International Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC’s PCs spew predictions of a planet asphyxiated beneath a duvet of “carbon pollution” – Obama’s mendacious new epithet for carbon dioxide, a naturally occurring gas that humans exhale and plants inhale, before the latter produces life-sustaining oxygen.
If these vaunted models truly can foreshadow the supposedly apocalyptic conditions on Earth in, say, 2050 or 2100, surely they have traced correctly this planet’s temperatures from their inception until today.
Not even close.
Letting go of a steering wheel while driving on a flat road is no big deal – at first. But a slight drift to the left eventually results in a head-on collision into oncoming traffic.
The IPCC’s blessed models similarly have slammed into reality.
As this graph confirms, between January 1990 and September 2015, these models have predicted 0.45° Celsius (0.81° degrees Fahrenheit) more warming than satellites actually have detected. If these sacred computer models blew it this badly over the last 25 years, why should anyone believe any of their prophecies about the next 35 to 85 years?
These facts refute the utter mythology that fuels this week’s festivities in Paris. Citizens worldwide should demand that their leaders stop chasing unicorns around the Eiffel Tower, fly home, and address the genuine problems facing their nations.
A version of this piece previously appeared on National Review Online.