Press­ing ahead on cli­mate sal­va­tion

The U.N. is de­ter­mined to con­trol lib­er­ties, liveli­hoods and liv­ing stan­dards

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro - By David Roth­bard and Craig Rucker

Csys­tems that en­hance and safe­guard our lives, mod­ern tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced so­ci­eties will be able to re­spond and adapt to any weather events or cli­mate changes that we are likely to en­counter in the com­ing decades. Then what is re­ally go­ing on in War­saw?

Cli­mate cam­paign­ers are us­ing claims of “dan­ger­ous man-made cli­mate change” to jus­tify global gov­ern­ment, treaties in lieu of leg­is­la­tion, anti-hy­dro­car­bon poli­cies, re­new­able en­ergy schemes, wealth re­dis­tri­bu­tion, and more tax­payer money for per­pet­ual U.N. stud­ies and pro­grams.

In 2000, then-French Pres­i­dent Jac­ques Chirac called the Ky­oto treaty “the first com­po­nent of au­then­tic global gov­er­nance.” Just months ago, Pres­i­dent Obama said, if Congress fails to act, he will “re­dou­ble” ef­forts to “reach a new global agree­ment to re­duce carbon pol­lu­tion” — and con­tinue us­ing the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) to close coal mines, elim­i­nate coal-fired power plants and reg­u­late U.S. en­ergy use.

De­spite ac­tual weather and cli­mate ob­ser­va­tions, as doc­u­mented by both the non­govern­men­tal panel and the U.N. panel, alarmists in­sist that we face im­mi­nent cat­a­clysm. Some echo for­mer U.S. Sen. Tim Wirth, Colorado Demo­crat, and Euro­pean Cli­mate Com­mis­sioner Con­nie Hede­gaard, who con­tend that even if we are “wrong on global warm­ing,” op­pos­ing fos­sil fu­els and pro­mot­ing re­new­ables are “the cor­rect poli­cies, even if they lead to higher prices.”

The U.N. panel’s Work­ing Group III co-chair­man Ottmar Eden­hofer has been just as blunt. “One has to free one­self from the il­lu­sion that in­ter­na­tional cli­mate pol­icy is en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­icy,” he said. It li­mate alarmists have gath­ered in War­saw for the Mon­day start of the United Na­tions’ an­nual cli­mate change con­fer­ence, to lay the foun­da­tion for a bind­ing global agree­ment to re­place the now-de­funct Ky­oto Pro­to­col and “save the planet” from “dan­ger­ous global warm­ing.”

How­ever, a new Non­govern­men­tal In­ter­na­tional Panel on Cli­mate Change re­port doc­u­ments that av­er­age global tem­per­a­tures have not risen in 16 years, even as carbon-diox­ide lev­els have in­creased steadily, help­ing plants grow faster and bet­ter. Antarc­tic ice is at a record high, Arc­tic sea ice is back to nor­mal and, at cur­rent rates, Green­land’s glaciers would not melt for 13,000 years.

It has been eight years since a ma­jor hur­ri­cane struck the United States — the long­est such pe­riod since 1865. Tor­nado fre­quency is the low­est in decades. Sea lev­els are ris­ing at barely six inches per cen­tury. Droughts are shorter and less ex­treme than dur­ing the Dust Bowl era and the 1950s.

More­over, says the non­govern­men­tal panel, it is sim­ply im­pos­si­ble to sep­a­rate hu­man influences from the fre­quent, cycli­cal, nat­u­ral tem­per­a­ture, cli­mate and weather vari­abil­ity our planet has al­ways ex­pe­ri­enced.

Even the United Na­tions In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change has muted pre­vi­ous claims. It now says there has been no warm­ing since 1998, and fi­nally ac­knowl­edges that much of the world was as warm dur­ing Me­dieval times as dur­ing the late 20th cen­tury.

The U.N. panel’s 2013 re­port fi­nally rec­og­nizes the role that so­lar vari­abil­ity plays in cli­mate change, and ac­knowl­edges that its com­puter mod­els in­ad­e­quately rep­re­sent cloud cover, pre­cip­i­ta­tion and “cli­mate sen­si­tiv­ity” to carbon diox­ide. The re­port ad­mits the mod­els failed to pre­dict the tem­per­a­ture stand­still and were wrong about po­lar ice caps, droughts, hur­ri­canes and tor­na­does.

In re­al­ity, the cli­mate and weather events, trends and cy­cles of re­cent years are essen­tially the same as hu­mans have been deal­ing with for cen­turies. There is no ev­i­dence that we face im­mi­nent cat­a­strophic man-made cli­mate change.

Un­less we shackle the en­ergy and eco­nomic is about “how we re­dis­tribute the world’s wealth.”

Is­land na­tions and poor coun­tries sup­port cli­mate agree­ments, be­cause they ex­pect “com­pen­sa­tion,” “adap­ta­tion” and “mit­i­ga­tion” money to pay for “dam­ages” from ris­ing seas and more fre­quent, more in­tense storms and droughts, which they blame on in­dus­tri­al­ized na­tions.

Not only does a grow­ing body of ev­i­dence say th­ese “dis­as­ters” are not hap­pen­ing, with the United States and Euro­pean Union mired in debt, un­em­ploy­ment and eco­nomic stag­na­tion, prospects for such wealth trans­fers are in­creas­ingly dim. Still, the de­mands grow louder, and the White House and State Depart­ment have al­ready promised bil­lions.

For Amer­i­cans, an even big­ger Frankenstein looms. The Oba­macare dis­as­ter in­volves gov­ern­ment bu­reau­crats tak­ing over our health care, health insurance and one-sixth of the U.S. econ­omy.

En­ergy is our econ­omy’s lifeblood, and hy­dro­car­bons make up 82 per­cent of our en­ergy re­sources. Poli­cies based on cli­mate-chaos claims mean the EPA, the U.N. and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist pres­sure groups would con­trol 100 per­cent of our econ­omy and vir­tu­ally ev­ery­thing we make, grow, ship, eat, drive and do. Imag­ine the im­pact on our lives, liveli­hoods, lib­er­ties, liv­ing stan­dards and life spans.

As Pres­i­dent Obama promised, this would “fun­da­men­tally trans­form” our na­tion — to “pro­tect” us from cli­mate “cat­a­clysms” that ex­ist only in pres­i­den­tial speeches, Hol­ly­wood movies, U.N. com­puter mod­els and EPA press re­leases.

The Com­mit­tee for a Con­struc­tive Tomorrow has sent a “truth del­e­ga­tion” to War­saw to counter cli­mate alarmism’s myths, pro­pa­ganda and out­right lies. CFACT ac­knowl­edges that global warm­ing and cli­mate change are “real,” but our or­ga­ni­za­tion also un­der­stands that the causes are com­plex and nat­u­ral, and only min­i­mally man­made. We know the only “cli­mate dis­as­ter” on the hori­zon is from anti-en­ergy poli­cies ad­vo­cated by the White House, the EPA and the U.N.

We can­not af­ford to take our na­tion fur­ther down the path to job­less­ness and eco­nomic ruin.

ILLUSTRATION BY GREG GROESCH

A plan view of the ar­chi­tect’s model

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