I was listening to National Public Radio this afternoon on my way home from work. I’m not kidding when I tell you what I heard an earnest little reporterette — convinced that she was unburdening herself of incandescent wisdom — say. It was this:
Climate scientists are nearly unanimous that climate change is real, and that warmer oceans make more powerful storms.
Yep. It was a reporterette — a woman who’s supposed to be educated — who allowed herself to say one of the stupidest, most meaningless piles of steaming codswallop I’ve ever heard.
Let’s dissect it a bit. If, as the reporterette says, “climate scientists are nearly unanimous” in believing that “climate change” is real… well then climate scientists are absolute nitwits.
As we’ve pointed out numerous times here, the climate does nothing but change. If there are really climate scientists who don’t believe that — remember, the reporterette said that scientists were nearly unanimous — then there are a bunch of really stupid climate scientists out there.
Furthermore, it’s pretty well known — Climate 101, if you will — that warmer seas make for more powerful storms. If there are really climate scientists who think that warmer seas don’t contribute to more powerful storms, then we should know where they’re working, or teaching, so we can avoid those institutions. Or maybe we should go there and ridicule the idiot climate scientists who’re unaware of really basic climate science.
And these are the people the political Left — of which NPR is the one of the most obvious spokes-entities — considers experts. This kind of half-wittery is the kind of slop that NPR trumpets smugly as in-depth “news and analysis.” You know, the crême de la crême of news.
Here’s another thing that’s well known: the rate of powerful storms, and their relative power level, has not changed meaningfully in more than a century, since we’ve had the ability to tabulate and measure such things.
Here’s what we absolutely know about the climate:
- The climate does nothing but change. And everything — but everything — that happens… from that earthworm wriggling itself awake 10 feet underground, to your twitching your little finger, to North Korea’s H-bomb tests, to volcanoes, to the sun, the moon and the movement of everything on every other planet and every star in every galaxy in the known universe… changes the Earth’s climate.(1)
That’s it. That’s the only thing anyone knows about the climate. Now, here’s what we don’t know about the climate:
- We don’t know whether, globally, the climate’s warming or cooling. This is partly because of something else we know:
- The “Global Warming” hoax was just that: a hoax. The “measurements” the Global Warming movement used were fabricated or fraudulent, and their tactics in defense of their fraud were deeply unscientific, and more than a little bit fascistic.
- We don’t know what effect a warming climate would have on real living conditions in the near or mid term. For example, it’s likely that longer growing seasons would contribute to vastly less hunger.
- We don’t know what effect a cooling climate would have on real living conditions in the near or mid term.
- We have no idea whatsoever of the extent to which human activities contribute to climate change.
- Importantly, we don’t know whether human activity contributes to warming, or to… cooling. Expressed a different way: (1) we know that some human activity contributes to warming, and (2) we know that some human activity contributes to cooling, but… (3) we have no idea to which of these two things human activity contributes more.
I might add that we know something else:
- Sea levels are not rising meaningfully;(2) one of the central scare points the environmentalist movement makes all the time.
How do we know this? Easy. If seas are rising, they’re rising everywhere. If the Arctic ice were to melt entirely tomorrow, the sea wouldn’t rise at all, because it’s all floating ice. It’s a big ol’ ice cube. However, if vast quantities of Antarctic ice were to melt, then the seas would rise dramatically. And those pieces of land that are low in the ocean would be disappearing… including, for example, all the little islands in the Chesapeake Bay.
A homeowner on an island in Chesapeake Bay recently remarked, to some fanfare, that the water around his island had not risen at all since he’d been living there for some decades. There are islands that disappear all the time, and some have disappeared from Chesapeake Bay, but the water level has not gone up at all.
Islands disappear all the time because of erosion. All land erodes. Every coastal rain storm that ever happens washes thousands of tons of sand, stones and other debris out to sea and under water.
In fairness, the political right wing also speaks stupidly about “the climate.” Afraid of being called bad names by the New York Times and other idiots, they concede that there’s a problem — even though it’s absolutely not known whether there’s even a problem at all. However, it’s only from the right that you’ll hear actual climate sanity like, “The climate is always changing, and man’s effect on it is in dispute.” — Governor Greg Abbott (Republican) of Texas.
Finally! At long last! As bland as that simple, obvious commonsense statement is, at least it’s… sane. May millions of us Conservative Americans take up the very same banner of sanity!
(1) Yes, everything that happens on all other planets in the universe actually affects the climate here on Earth. It’s due to the minute perturbations in the Earth’s gravitation as it responds, if only ever so slightly, to the movements of all other celestial bodies. You can look it up. It’s actually basic astrophysics.
(2) Yes, like the climate, the level of the oceans is changing all the time. However, it’s unknown whether the water level is rising or sinking.