Global warm­ing alarmists con­fus­ing stu­dents

| Mis­in­formed poli­cies would be tough on vul­ner­a­ble Third World coun­tries

Chicago Sun-Times - - Easy - BY BETSY HART

“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.

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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.

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