“Hurricane Florence” is the latest super-duper type storm (tech language alert), which is being touted as evidence of a man-made climate change formerly global warming apocalyptic event. This is not really a surprising development.
‘Climate change’ is one of the Left’s most prominent weapons in their continuing war on science. This is part one of a series of five articles demonstrating that positions of the Left in the scientific arena have little to do with science and a lot to do with politics and money.
The ‘Climate Change’ Political Fever
The impending threat of a massive hurricane this past week became a feverish sprint among leftists politicians and media outlets to pounce in lock-step against the perils of ‘climate change.’
Moreover, the pundits pushed beyond the standard narrative to specifically bash President Trump about his policies concerning ‘climate change.’ Here is one recent example from that fountain of leftist wisdom, CNN, as noted on the September 13th podcast of “The Buck Sexton Show,”
While President Trump has been talking up on preparedness, his policies have been tearing down our defenses to climate change, which is often to blame for extreme weather. …on the very same day Trump was discussing “Florence” in the Oval Office, his EPA proposed rolling back restrictions of emissions of methane, which 25 times worse than Carbon Dioxide when it comes to climate change.
This statement is one of the most unscientific claims any person could make. It is riddled with errors both intentional and unintentional.
Phrases such as, “tearing down our defenses to climate change,” and that it is “to blame for extreme weather,” are prominent examples of these mistakes and deceptive claims. However, the largest error lies in the unstated assumption of this so-called report.
It assumes that man-caused, or anthropogenic warming, what is now called ‘climate change,’ is a real phenomenon causing real and imminent harm. That is a demonstrably false claim.
Refuting the ‘Climate Change’ Narrative
The global warming/climate change narrative is easily refuted if the facts of the matter are examined. There are two key parts of the leftist unscientific assertion.
The first part is the notion that humanity can and does critically change worldwide weather patterns on a global scale in a negative manner. Moreover, these human-caused changes have only come about since the widespread use of fossil fuels.
The second part is the claim that the changes are so harmful, immediate action is required to halt the use of such horrible fuels as oil and gasoline. They also bolster that claim with the declaration that 97% of scientists agree with that narrative.
Of course, when the Left drives the narrative, facts, and reason are rarely tolerated, much less employed. This has been evident ever since the beginnings of what is now the ‘climate change’ hysteria of the Left.
The Failed Prophecies of ‘Climate Change’
The history of leftist hysteria which has culminated with the ‘climate change’ frenzy of today began 50 years ago triggered by one man, author Paul Erlich. His book “The Population Bomb” began the road to extreme environmentalism on the Left.
The problem with the book was that Erlich made some prophecies of doom that have since proved false.
His book claimed:
“The battle to feed humanity is over. In the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate.”
Remember all those hundreds of millions of people who starved to death between the release of Led Zep III and Tom Petty’s Full Moon Fever? Nope, me neither. That’ll be because like most of the things predicted by the future Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford University, it didn’t actually transpire.
Nor – another of Ehrlich’s predictions – did the average age of death in the U.S. by 1980 fall to 42 years old.
Nor – yet – have ocean levels risen by 250 feet, despite Ehrlich’s warning that this was a distinct possibility if the polar icecaps started to melt.
This trend of claiming scientific omniscience in environmental matters by the Left has continued to the present. However, as the failed prophets continue to fail at climate prophecy, their creditability has waned.
The most noted modern false prophet of climate doom is former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. His predictions were famously enshrined in the award-winning .. umm… documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.”
Gore’s wailings of climate catastrophe within a decade have been shown to be false. Yet, it hasn’t stopped Gore from making a sequel 10 years afterward. In that sequel, we are again told global doom will come very soon we don’t act to stop it now!
Fudging the Climate Data and ‘Climategate’
The Left realized early on that real science was and would keep revealing how wrong they were on this issue. That is if the real science actually became public.
However, those devoted to the climate change agenda have also been determined to maintain their influence. So determined that scientific data has been ignored and even tampered with.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the people who formulated the structure that directed their research, constantly manipulated the data and the methods to predetermine the results.
The predetermined result the IPCC desired was to make it appear that a rise in earth’s temperatures was happening. Moreover, it was also meant to push the notion that this rise in temperatures was threatening all life on earth.
However, some in the scientific community began to question the veracity of ‘climate change’ enthusiasts and their dubious data. Eventually, this would lead to what is known as “Climategate,” as discussed about halfway through the following video.
As is shown above, real scientists with real doubts had their raw data and findings suppressed intentionally to produce a fictional result. However, “Climategate” has waned from public attention in recent years, thanks in part to willing Leftmedia allies.
What Is the Motivation for ‘Climate Change’ Deception?
The motivating factors are as old as the human race. They are the acquisition of those most coveted items, power and wealth.
For the political Left, this means furthering their power and wealth in a push toward Socialism. Thus, a little deception (or a lot of it) here and there causes them no real concern.
For the ‘climate change’ proponent in the scientific community, this means money flowing to them through government grants. It also means adulation from the Leftmedia and those in positions of power.
A YouTube video of the program “Louder With Crowder” aired on May 5, 2017. It is a 45-minute destruction of the ‘climate change’ arguments via an interview with one of the founders of Greenpeace, Dr. Patrick Moore.
Dr. Moore also holds a PhD. in Ecology and is now a noted ‘climate change denier’ among real scientists. During the interview, Dr. Moore stated that NASA of altered temperature records so as to exclude cooler readings from 1940 to 1970 and produce a fraudulent record.
The host of the program, Steven Crowder, asked Dr. Moore why NASA would do this.
Crowder: “What would be the motivation for NASA to do that?”
Moore: “$1.8 billion dollars in public funding. That’s the motivation.”
For those who wish to learn what real science has to say in more detail, I recommend highly the full YouTube video. It can be found by a search of YouTube for the title ACTUAL SCIENTIST: “Climate Change is a Scam!”
The Scheme of the ‘Paris Climate Accords’
The elevation of ‘climate change’ pseudo-science to the mainstream of international attention culminated in the signing of the “Paris Climate Accords,” in April of 2016. The document’s official name is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The United States was the most prominent nation to join and sign the agreement. Former President Barack Obama acted without the approval of the Senate and signed the agreement.
Obama was in violation of his Constitutional authority to submit the nation to the conditions of what is a de-facto treaty without Senate consent. Yet, because it was not called a treaty, and the weakness of the political opposition to Obama’s wishes, he was allowed to do this at his whim.
President Donald Trump sparked an international political and media firestorm when he announced that the United States was pulling out of the Accords on June 1, 2017.
His critics were as they always are, full of hyperbole and outrageous suggestions of impending climate catastrophe which would be completely Trump’s fault. Hurricane Florence is but the most recent example of the mental meltdown by the Left.
That is to be expected from the Left especially since this action rebukes Obama’s initiative. It also questions the former president’s judgment and unconstitutional actions, as well as his messianic claims noted in the video above.
Moreover, the Left is invested ideologically in the myth of ‘climate change,’ and the expanded government power enabled by submission to the energy restrictions of the Accords. It signaled that American policies embraced a basic Socialist principle of stealing from the wealthy to redistribute to whomever they want.
Challenging the ‘Climate Change’ Agenda
This false hysteria about ‘climate change’ carries a large contingent of duped followers with it. Thankfully, its influence is being challenged at present by the president and his policies.
However, the hysterical will not go away and we must be vigilant with the facts and real science to push back and smash the false and dangerous ‘climate change’ agenda. Additionally, firm action in the voting booth and vigorous petitioning of the LORD in prayer that the truth may prevail is necessary.
It is the height of human arrogance to believe that we are wise and knowledgeable enough to even assess, let alone critically affect, the climate. This is reflected each day by the inability of local and national and worldwide meteorologists to predict the weather beyond a few days in the future.
Toward the end of the book of Job, the LORD confronts the complaining Job. God rebukes his arguments and in the process says this concerning the climate:
Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you establish their rule on the earth? Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that a flood of waters may cover you? Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go and say to you, ‘Here we are’? Job 38:33-35 [ESV]
Next time we will examine the kissing cousin of ‘climate change,’ the Left’s radical environmentalism and the damage resulting from it.
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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Originally published in TIL Journal
I am a retired pastor and freelance writer. I have been married to my bride, Linda, for 34 amazing years. We have two children, a son Thomas, and a daughter Rebecca. I strive to be the best husband, father, writer and servant of my LORD Jesus possible.
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