Cli­mate change cash grab

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Mod­ern cli­mate alarmism was launched with the 2001 In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change (IPCC) re­port fea­tur­ing the now-in­fa­mous “hockey stick” graph. This showed that global tem­per­a­ture was flat for 1,000 years and then soared sky­ward from about the year 1900 on. Un­for­tu­nately, there is no way to say this po­litely: The graph was based on lies.

First, the Me­dieval Warm Pe­riod was erased from the record. Sec­ond, the IPCC used se­lected tree-ring tem­per­a­ture prox­ies that were known to be mis­lead­ing and not rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Then the group stretched the ver­ti­cal axis to cre­ate a more alarm­ing pic­ture. “The hockey stick” es­tab­lished the idea that it is OK to lie in sup­port of a great cause.

It was fol­lowed by Al Gore’s 2006 film “An In­con­ve­nient Truth,” which claimed that car­bon diox­ide trig­gered and drove global tem­per­a­tures. Yet the ice-core graphs Gore pre­sented showed that tem­per­a­ture changes al­ways pre­ceded the changes in car­bon diox­ide.

A con­stant cli­mate lie holds that sea lev­els are ris­ing fast and will soon drown a city near you, so we need money from rich coun­tries. But land and sea lev­els are al­ways chang­ing, to­tally obliv­i­ous to trace gases in the at­mos­phere. There are marine fos­sils in the Hi­malayas and the An­des, and an­cient cities now lie be­neath the oceans.

Then there is the re­cur­ring lie that ocean “acid­i­fi­ca­tion” will kill the Great Bar­rier Reef. Corals have sur­vived for many mil­lions of years, de­spite many changes in the cli­mate and the at­mos­phere. The vast oceans are not con­trolled by the puny at­mos­phere and if they do warm for what­ever rea­son (in­clud­ing nat­u­ral changes in so­lar in­ten­sity, vol­canic ac­tiv­ity, Enso/El Nino events and ocean cur­rents) they ex­pel car­bon diox­ide or de­posit it in vast beds of car­bon­ates on the sea floor. Ocean chem­istry is con­trolled by river in­flows, melt­ing and growth of ice sheets, oceanic sed­i­men­ta­tion, marine plant growth, sub­ma­rine vol­can­ism and changes in ocean cur­rents, not the at­mos­phere.

The “set­tled science” claim ig­nores the fact that over 31,000 sci­en­tists have signed a pe­ti­tion dis­put­ing cli­mate claims. More­over, the shoddy science, data ma­nip­u­la­tion, con­ceal­ment of work­sheets and dis­tor­tions of truth are ex­posed on a daily ba­sis by com­pe­tent sci­en­tists and dozens of skep­ti­cal blog­gers, many with rel­e­vant qual­i­fi­ca­tions and ex­pe­ri­ence.

The cli­mate in­dus­try flour­ishes on gov­ern­ment funds and is dom­i­nated by vested in­ter­ests and their media trum­pets. Cli­mate science is so in­fected by lies cre­ated and spread by pro­mot­ers and one-world gov­ern­ment ex­trem­ists that hon­est in­quiry and re­search rarely gets public air­ing. VIV FORBES Queens­land, Aus­tralia

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