Ron on a nonexistent crisis.
Ronnie Raygun once said that the trouble with liberals isn’t that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much stuff that isn’t so.
Wow, hard to say it much better’n’at. I mean, look at Faux Chi – he’s flip-flopped so many times on masks and vaccines and herd immunity that I’d be suspicious if he said that cancer kills more people every year in the US than covid (which is true).
In fact, the WuHuFlu “pandemic” is nowhere as serious as the “wokedemic” in this country, a condition which rips people’s common sense right out of their skulls and throws it into the street where it’s run over by campaign buses and Priuses.
Instead of “herd immunity,” Faux Chi and Hollyweird and about half the governors in the country are working frantically to develop herd stupidity. The only people I can think of who’ve been wrong more often than Faux Chi and other pretentious twits are entertainers, Joe Biden, and climate “experts.”
Sheeeesshhh! First we were headed toward a “new ice age.” Then we had the hole in the ozone which was gonna wipe out plant life and the race would be on to determine whether we’d die first of skin cancer or starvation.
Next was “we’re gonna run outta oil and wind up back in the Stone Ages.” And that was immediately blown away with “if we don’t stop driving SUVs, we’ll turn the planet into a hothouse and die of suffocation.”
Around 1977 or so, a paper in the journal Science predicted the atmospheric CO2 would double by 2020, and by mid 21st century, CO2 concentration will be 5 to 10 times higher than they were at the time of the article.
According to NOAA, CO2 concentration has gone from 335 ppm in 1978 to 412 ppm in February of this year (before travel was severely reduced by the Chinese gleep scare) . . . which is not even a 25% increase.
In the mid 80s, a NASA engineer predicted that earth’s temperature will rise from anthropogenic causes to be hotter than it’s been in 100,000 years. His climate model showed that “by the year 2020 we will experience an average temperature increase of around three degrees [Celsius], with even greater extremes.”
Well, the truth is that according to NOAA, global temperatures since 1987 have risen about .5 degrees Celsius.
In ’86, the EPA predicted that sea levels around Florida would rise 2 feet by 2020. (Why only around Florida, I donno.) But according to various agencies including NOAA, it’s risen around 9 centimeters (if that much), which is 3 ½ inches, not feet.
Later, not to be outdone, Greenpeace announced in October 2000 that global warming will result in massive economic decline for most of the smaller Pacific island nations, the most vulnerable being Tuvalu, Kiribati, Cook, Palau, Tonga, and French Polynesia.
Fact is, tho, that Tuvalu’s revenues have increased by millions of dollars, and it has seen 6 consecutive years of economic growth. Kiribati is also experiencing GDP growth, and reports from other island nations indicate steady or improving economies.
Fears of what increased CO2 levels could do to human life on the planet caused India and China (two of the biggest CO2 emitters) to cut emissions by 2020, China by 40 to 45% below “business as usual” levels (2005 figures).
Despite the promises, however, China’s emissions have INCREASED by nearly 170%, and India’s are up more than 200% since the promises were made.
Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth (2006) predicted there would be no snow on Kilimanjaro by 2020. An Ohio State geologist agreed: “‘At [the] rate [we’re going], all of the ice will be gone between 2010 and 2020,’ said Lonnie Thompson, a geologist at Ohio State University. ‘And that is probably a conservative estimate.”
But surprise, surprise! Visitors to Kilimanjaro (the highest mountain in Africa) report plenty of snow this year.
Also, a senior research scientist at a prestigious university in England announced in 2000 that winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event . . . [and] . . . “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” Viner said.
By early December 2020, Scottish traffic control engineers report at least 10 centimeters of snow, and their winter fleet consists of over 200 vehicles for plowing and spreading salt on snow-covered roads.
And not to be left out of the discussion, the US DoD predicted in 2004 that climate change will be America’s greatest national security threat, possibly resulting in international conflicts over resources, coastal cities everywhere inundated by rising oceans, and possibly nuclear war as people look for places to live and something to eat.
Maritime shipping companies are still waiting for predictions about an ice-free Arctic passage beginning in 2020: “It is reasonable to conclude Arctic ice loss is very likely to occur in the first rather than the second half of the 21st century, with a possibility of loss within a decade or two,” the paper claimed.
But . . . the University of Colorado announced 3.9 million square kilometers of Arctic sea ice in September 2020.
Over 10 years ago the US Geological Survey team predicted that the glaciers in Montana Glacier National Park would be gone by 2020. So, the park erected signs warning that its signature glaciers would be gone by 2020. This year, the glaciers still exist, but a park spokeswoman told CNN that the park didn’t have enough money to change the signs.
I’m not sure what to say except that the US has done more to reduce its CO2 emissions since leaving the Paris Accord than any other nations on the planet, and it’s pretty goddam presumptuous of us, IMO, to think that human activity can counteract Mother Nature and that big, hot, shiny thing in the sky.
Climate “experts” and gurus have been promising doom for over half a century now, such as the Maldive Islands’ sinking due to climate change . . . BUT – the islands are actually growing in size.
Truth is, of course, that climate is a very complex thing and the facts simply don’t seem to support predictions that humans are causing temperature rise.
I think the problem with climate change is between people’s ears. Here’s why: In his campaign, right before the election, Joe Biden called Trump a “climate arsonist” and declared that if Trump is re-elected, the country will have more “hellish” events such as fires in the West, floods in the Midwest, hurricanes in the South and East.
And then . . . and THEN . . . he promised that if HE’s elected, we’ll have fewer fires, fewer floods, and fewer hurricanes. Jesus Christ, Joe . . . RUSM??
And at least 75 million American citizens voted for him, some more than once . . . not to mention another 4 or 5 million alien, dead, or imaginary people.
Yeah, I think I got a handle on this . . . the problem is Democrats, and the solution is term limits, rope, oak trees, tar & feathers, and firing squads.