Global warming alarmists confusing students
| Misinformed policies would be tough on vulnerable Third World countries
“When the last tree is cut, the last river poisoned, and the last fish dead, we will discover that we cannot eat money.”
Cree Indian Proverb creasingly precarious, political view.
The good news is the precarious part. The “global warming” scare, now tellingly referred to as “climate change” instead, is being ever more exposed for what it is — hysteria. It’s not just because of the recent “hacked” e-mails out of a top climate-change research center in Britain that showed that politics often directed the science of top global warming advocates.
This isn’t about the even more recent and oh-so-embarrassing retraction by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of its definitive forecast of the demise of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035. Um, nothing remotely like that is happening, Indian scientists showed after careful studies.
The North Pole ice receding? According to the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado, Arctic summer sea ice actually has increased by 409,000 square miles, or 26 percent, just since 2007. That could be because recent years have shown a decided cooling trend.
In fact the UK’s MailOnline recently reported that, “The bitter winter afflicting much of the North- ern Hemisphere is only the start of a global trend toward cooler weather that is likely to last for 20 or 30 years, say some of the world’s most eminent climate scientists.”
And so we shouldn’t be surprised that the polar bears are doing fine, thank you. It turns out that most of their populations are stable, or even growing.
There’s little doubt that we did see some minor global warming at the end of the 20th century. But unprecedented as top climate change advocates argue? Hardly. There have been periods of dramatic global warming and freezing since the Earth’s creation, due to natural changes in the Earth and even the sun.
During just one of the more minor warming periods, about a thousand years ago, much of the Earth was 2-4 degrees warmer than it is now, and it was called “The Little Optimum” for a reason. People were healthier and better nourished than they would be a few cen- turies later when the Earth became cooler.
Does anyone know the “correct” temperature of the Earth, anyway?
The Earth’s long and resilient history of dramatic climate change is just one piece of evidence that man is not behind much, if any, of it.
Now here’s the unfortunate part: First World countries want to tax the price of fossil fuels through the roof so that we use less of them in the vain hope that this would halt “global climate change.” This might be OK for the wealthy in First World countries who feel guilty about driving to Starbucks. But it’s desperately destructive to the Third World and those who already are hanging on for survival. Do we really want to tell the folks in Haiti that fuel — and everything it provides, which is pretty much everything — will be far more expensive if the global warming alarmists have their way?
That’s uber-arrogance and it is something I’ve talked about a lot with my children. That the global warming alarmists often are examples of, at best, folks who can’t be confused with facts. At worst — to offer a different but I think more apt proverb than those on the science teacher’s Web site — they are too often part of a movement that loves humanity, but hates people.
A polar bear takes a stroll in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Arctic summer ice actually has increased by 409,000 square miles, according to the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center.