We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I think the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) claim that human CO2 is causing warming is wrong. They created the result they wanted, which wasn’t designed to deal with warming but to stop economic development and reduce the population. They selected the data and mechanisms necessary to prove their hypothesis and manipulated the data where necessary, including rewriting climate history. The wider evidence, which is only examined when you move outside their limited definition of climate change, is that the world is cooling.
The major rewrite of history involved elimination of the Medieval Warm Period (MWP). One of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) gang told David Deming in an email that it was necessary to get rid of the MWP. The reason, although not expressed in the email, was because they were telling people that the latter part of the 20th century was the warmest ever. It wasn’t by any measure, from the warm of the MWP to the prolonged warmer period of the Holocene Optimum. The MWP was the most immediate threat to their narrative because it was within a time period people could grasp. They could relate to the idea that Vikings sailed in Arctic waters that are permanent pack-ice today. There was also the graph (Figure 7c) in the first IPCC Report in 1990 that contradicted their claim – it had to go...
I suspect that Dr. Ball is correct, but really who cares about this topic anymore? Other than bureaucrats, moonbats, and government-funded researchers?
Who cares? Do you have any idea of the spending programs and bureaucratic monstrosities that already exist to address this fabricated problem? It's taught in schools as fact and our president thinks this should be a primary concern for our military. It's out of control.
Global Warming reminds me of the theory of Epicycles to demonstrate the fact that the Earth is the center of universe. Geocentric Deniers would point out that the retrograde motions of planets were not in accordance with the theory of Epicycles. The response would be to say that more and more epicycles must be added into the models to support geocentricity.
The same is true of Global Warming. None of the data fits the models, but no one questions the fundamental premise. It is simply a question of manipulating the data to make it fit the models.
I consider it a point of honor to be skeptical of the skeptics as well. There is slight warming, and the CO2 theory is at least plausible. If actual real-world events start to confirm the theory I am prepared to change my mind. I just haven't seen it yet. The belief that modern industrial society, particularly autos, conspicuous consumption by all the wrong people, and icky oily stuff, is ruining everything preceded the idea of global warming by at least two decades. That put me on my guard from the start. OTOH, prediction very hard, especially about the future.
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My Who Cares is that I don't care much about the weather. Whatever it is, it's a beautiful day.
When you are going to run the big con and there are trillions of dollars at stake you have to have game. The AGW is and always was the big sting. Suck them in, overwhelm them with a good game and take their money. Who would ever willingly give this up. The game they are playing is the long game. YOU may know it's a scam but if you asked 100 21 year olds selected at random 98 of them would tell you global warming is the most serious problem of our age. They have totally brainwashed the youth and many of those youth are no voters. They intend to squeeze this until your last dollar is taken from you, by force if necessary.
Just as every Democrat will vote for Hillary even if she is indicted every 20 something will vote to tax you into poverty to fix AGW. Facts don't mean a thing when you have their hearts and minds.
Dr. Bell is spot on. Ignore the facts or make up your own is the credo of the Global Warming...now Climate Change...crowd. As usual it is about power and money and there was never a cleared example of "Follow The Money" than this AGW nonsense. They decided to make CO2 the bad guy and identified the fossil fuel industry as the evil empire. The resut--that access to cheap energy was denied to many, both in the developed world but most unfortunately to those in the developing world. Access to cheap energy is the ticket out of poverty and that falls on deaf ears to those in the thrall of the AGW mantra, The costs, as always, fall on those least able to afford those costs--ratepayers and taxpayers, the poor and the list goes on. And don't get me started on the false war on coal lest I be labeled a denier.