01 January 2008

Climate Catastrophe: You Know You Want It, Baby!

Newspapers are losing readership and ad revenue. Broadcast media is losing viewers--and ad revenue. Where does the mainstream media go to draw more eyes and ears--and more ad revenue? TO CATASTROPHES, of course. Why? Because you want it, you know you do. You want to see it with your eyes, hear it with your ears, read it for yourself. The media in its death throes knows you better than you know yourself. It has to to survive.
You’re in for very bad weather. In 2008, your television will bring you image after frightening image of natural havoc linked to global warming. You will be told that such bizarre weather must be a sign of dangerous climate change — and that these images are a mere preview of what’s in store unless we act quickly to cool the planet....Unfortunately, I can’t be more specific. I don’t know if disaster will come by flood or drought, hurricane or blizzard, fire or ice. Nor do I have any idea how much the planet will warm this year or what that means for your local forecast. Long-term climate models cannot explain short-term weather.

...A year ago, British meteorologists made headlines predicting that the buildup of greenhouse gases would help make 2007 the hottest year on record. At year’s end, even though the British scientists reported the global temperature average was not a new record — it was actually lower than any year since 2001 — the BBC confidently proclaimed, “2007 Data Confirms Warming Trend.”

You see, even if the weathers cools or stays the same, it is still "global warming." And in some ways, the planet is cooling.
South America this year experienced one of its coldest winters in decades. In Buenos Aires, snow fell for the first time since the year 1918. Dozens of homeless people died from exposure. In Peru, 200 people died from the cold and thousands more became infected with respiratory diseases. Crops failed, livestock perished, and the Peruvian government declared a state of emergency.

Unexpected bitter cold swept the entire Southern Hemisphere in 2007. Johannesburg, South Africa, had the first significant snowfall in 26 years. Australia experienced the coldest June ever. In northeastern Australia, the city of Townsville underwent the longest period of continuously cold weather since 1941. In New Zealand, the weather turned so cold that vineyards were endangered.
Year of Global Cooling

Armageddon Online, a website that focuses on disasters of all kinds, hedges its bets and reports on both warming and cooling. Very smart.

How can you tell if you are being led down the garden path by an avaricious news media, government bureaucrats (James Hansen, IPCC etc), and opportunist-minded academics with a taste for the good life? Pay attention to what can be tested. Science is about what is testable, what is falsifiable. If a GCM's predictions fall too far into the future to be tested, it is not falsifiable--it is not science. Models with long term predictions can be aids for science if they provide falsifiable hypotheses. Otherwise they are mere entertainment. And much of the very basis for catastrophic greenhouse warming is failing to materialise.

Pay attention to what can be measured. Satellite readings of atmosphere and ocean, for example. And make sure that your surface temperature/climate stations meet the standards for precise and accurate measurements.

You must pay attention to these things, because atmospheric and ocean temperatures are indeed leveling off--just at the time when a new, potentially weaker solar cycle seems to be trying to start. These may be short term trends, or they may suggest a new climate regime. Either way, they tell us that we should return to science and reject the current oppressive atmosphere of climate catastrophe being enforced by the media and political groups.

Image from MasterNewMedia.org

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