Robert Tracinski over at The Federalist has a must-read article about the snow job (a fitting metaphor) that attendees of the historic Paris climate summit have done on themselves. The landmark agreement they reached last week, Tracinski writes, “was hailed by both The Guardian and Slate as the ‘end of the fossil fuel era.’ The formulation was repeated elsewhere. It’s almost as if they got the same PR memo or something. Oh, silly me. They got it from Al Gore.”
Extending Tracinski’s powerful argument, I would ask how many times one has to get predictions wrong before he is kicked to the curb? In the Old Testament when a prophet said he had a message from God and it didn’t pan out, his punishment was stoning! Seven years ago today, Gore predicted in front of a German audience that the “North Polar Ice Cap would be completely ice free in five years” and that “the entire North ‘polarized’ cap will disappear in 5 years.”
Well, that didn’t work out, so he predicted it again in 2009, breathlessly stating that “some of the models suggest that there is a 75 percent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during some of the summer months, could be completely ice-free within the next five to seven years.” We’re still waiting.
With something as important as
global warming climate change, you would think we would want accuracy and real numbers.
For someone who has been leading this “war,” Gore has gotten it wrong every time. Yet those who have made him lord and savior don’t care. They keep following him off the cliff as though he can save them from the effects of the fall.
Gore is the loudest — and richest! — prophet of doom, but he is not the only voice in the imaginary wilderness. The San Jose Mercury News reported on June 30, 1989 that “senior environmental official at the United Nations, Noel Brown, says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the earth by rising sea levels if global warming is not reversed by the year 2000.”
Well, global warming wasn’t even touched, let alone reversed. And the only nations wiped out were those taken by the Russians or ISIS. But hey, don’t let facts stop you.
Fifteen years later they are still selling it. They don’t even say they made a mistake, that it was bad data, a miscalculation — nothing. Just have faith in the religion of wamism, it’s true.
George Monbiot, another “environmentalist,” said because we won’t fix this issue that within 10 years, that farming worldwide would be able only to feed animals or humans but not both. In 2002 the worldwide numbers of people that went underfed were around 930 million. In 2014 that number dropped to 805 million. I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I think that’s counterintuitive? What happened? Must be Common Core math!
Another U.N. golden boy, Rajendra Pachauri, the former head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said, “If we don’t make changes within the next 3 years it will be too late”. That was 2007. By 2012 we did nothing and the “too Late” (whatever that was) never happened. Now it’s 2015 and we’re still waiting for a real plan. And Mr. Pachauri (who was the leading Climate Change scientist for the UN) was more interested in chasing women around his office than taking care of the “too late” issue. He had to resign due to sexual harassment charges.
Noted climatologist Prince Charles weighed in in July of 2009 on what he called the “irretrievable climate and ecosystem collapse, and all that goes with it.” He went on to say that experts had told him that we had about 26 months before utter catastrophe. September 2011 came and went. Yep, you guessed it. Nothing happened!
In 2009, then-U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown warned, “There are only 50 days to take action or global warming would be irreversible.” He had no Plan B. It’s pretty hard to get the entire world to move in 50 days.
Remember the Climate Treaty of 2009? World Leaders came together, again, to save the world. The Canadian Prime Minister and Green Party leader said, “Earth has a long time. Humanity does not. We need to act urgently. We no longer have decades; we have hours.” In all fairness, he didn’t actually say how many hours!
When Barack Obama was elected, many said he had only four years to save the world (what a powerful man). He had total control of the government those first couple of years and did nothing. U.N. Foundation President Tim Wirth said Obama’s second term was “the last window of opportunity to impose policies to restrict fossil fuel use” and that it’s “the last chance we have to get anything approaching 2 degrees centigrade, if we don’t do it now, we are committing the world to a drastically different place.” That was in 2012!
In 2014, France’s foreign minister said, “We only have 500 days to act and avoid a climate chaos.” Swung on and missed! His meeting was in May of 2014. The Climate Change meeting happened December this year. That was over 560 days and still no major calamity!
The U.N. and others have been throwing the same mantra at us for years: act now or else. Many times we haven’t “acted now” and nothing has happened. No major catastrophes.
They said we would be covered in snow and ice and much of the U.S. would be uninhabitable. That was in the seventies. They called it global cooling. Oops.
Then they told us that it was global warming and that New York would be covered with over 50 feet of water and there would be no ice at the polar ice caps. Another miss!
Now the term has changed to climate change, which is both inarguable because the climate has been in a steady state of flux since the Earth was formed and meaningless for the same reason: Humans (aka polluters) wouldn’t arrive for another 3 billion years.
Anyway, the new terminology frees the Left from having to worry about accuracy. From now on, everything that happens in the weather world is due to climate change. Fewer hurricanes? Climate change. More hurricanes? Climate change. Snow in June? You guessed it, and on ad infinitum.
And they call us anti-science!