Saturday, January 19, 2013
It's Only Climate When It's Hot !
Australia was visited this week by the scruffy-looking Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (I.P.C.C.), Rajendra Pachauri (photo), to talk with government ministers and no doubt join the Greens in gloating over the very hot weather on the Australian continent. Yes, various parts of our country have been alternatingly ''sweltering'' through a heatwave that has been ongoing since the beginning of the year. It's been the longest run of above 39 degree Celsius days since 1973 (before the was ever a thought of global warming). Hundreds of fires are burning throughout the country right now, but, as a firefighter said on TV the other day, ''it's not caused by the high heat but by the enormous amount of vegetation grown from the last 2 years of frequent rainfall and lightening striking the now dried-out vegetation''.
My daughter and her family just returned from a week in Los Angeles to see Disneyland and said they experienced temperatures that fell to 34 degrees Fahrenheit, breaking the previous record of 36 set on January 14th, 2007. A friend on mine, a week or two ago, was caught outside in Boston in the coldest weather he ever felt when the temperature dropped to 7 degrees, just one degree warmer than its low in 2012. He read that there was bone-chilling cold in nearby Vermont and upstate New York down to -10 to -20 degrees, colder than anything experienced all last winter. I wouldn't be so stupid or dishonest as to claim that weather in one part of the world says anything about climate everywhere, but it's ''food for thought''.
Last month in the state of Victoria, which was the first to feel the heat, they recorded the hottest day in a north-west small town in which temperatures reached 46 degrees Celsius. Alarmists swung into action to exploit this freak of hot weather, saying ''according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) people better get used to it -- they'll become more common as a result of climate change.'' A couple of days later the mercury in Canberra (Australia's capital a 100 kilometers to the east) plummeted to 0.3 degrees overnight -- the coldest December minimum on record. Of course the was no mention of climate change this time. There was a duty forecaster from the Canberra office of BoM that said, ''it's what we call an air-mass change.'' And presently, there is still no mention of the normal hot airmass in the middle of arid Australia that was wind-shifted to the southern and eastern states. It's not EXTREME weather....it's just weather doing what it always does.....VARY A HELL'VA LOT!
Now I found a global lobby group has distributed a ''spin sheet'' encouraging its 300 member organisations to emphasise the link between climate change and ''extreme weather events'', despite uncertainties acknowledged by the I.P.C.C. An ''action pack'' distributed by Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA) said members ''shouldn't be afraid to make the connection'' despite the low level of confidence in the official documents of the IPCC. The action pack which was produced to coincide with the release of the latest full IPCC report, which said it was unable to answer confidently whether climate was becoming more extreme, rekindled claims that overstating the case by warmist alarmists was damaging the credibility of the science. The GCCA has about 300 members worldwide including Marxist, anti-capitalist, neo-fascists like Greenpeace, Oxfam, World Wildlife Fund, Environmental Defence Fund, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Amnesty International and many other of similar ilk. What's important to these extremists is not the evidence but the scare.
The Way I See It....it is grotesque how Labor and the Greens scare-mongering has so terrified so many people. Consider the following facts: it was 3 degrees warmer in the world when the Vikings found Greenland in 950 AD (it was Green!), it was 1850 when the first temperature records were started just as the ''Little Ice Age'' (1550-1850) was finishing so obviously all temperture reading would rise as the earth warmed up again, however the world has stopped warming in the past 16 years. Those fantastic NASA and IPCC computer predictions are defunct and the BoM is even predicting basically ''no further global warming for at least four more years'' giving us a total of 20 years to think how stupid so many were. Those who have left so many people so scared are no friends of humanity. I blame the media which was, and still is, too complicit to hold them to account. Let's rely on man's astonishing technology and ability to adapt to anything Mother Nature wants to test us with in the future and not on the Cult-of-Environmentalism.