By Bradley Harrington
“Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what ‘the stars foretell,’ avoid opinion, care not what the neighbors think, never mind the unguessable ‘verdict of history’ – what are the facts, and to how many decimal places?” – Robert Heinlein, “Time Enough For Love,” 1973 -
In the face of a newly-declared EPA rule that “aims to cut emissions from the power sector by 30 percent from 2005 levels over the next 15 years” (“Coal regs worry Wyo.,” WTE, June 3), now would be a good time to ask: Just how settled is the science behind such a move?
And the answer is: Well, um, uh… Not very settled at all.
And, in the face of the fact that Wyoming’s economy is about to be plunged into the toilet with thanks to these EPA regs, being the Number One coal-producing state in the country – let’s discuss some of this “settled science”:
► I’ve already brought up how the hacked “Climategate” emails clearly demonstrated that Phil Jones, Director of England’s Climate Research Unit (CRU), had threatened to delete CRU research data rather than show it to anyone else: “If they [the two MMs] ever hear there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the U.K., I think I’ll delete the file rather than send it to anyone … We also have a data protection act, which I will hide behind.” (“Climate change. Forget it,” WTE, May 30.)
What many people aren’t aware of, however, was what finally happened to that highly significant data: “The world’s source for global temperature records admits it’s lost or destroyed all the original data that would allow a third party to construct a global temperature record.” (“Global warming ate my data,” The Register, Aug. 13, 2009.)
Wow! How convenient.
► Nor have such shady “scientific” practices been limited to England’s CRU – for, just a month after the “Climategate” scandal hit the streets back in 2009, the story broke that NASA itself had been engaging in similar antics as well:
“Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said NASA has refused for two years to provide information under the Freedom of Information Act that would show how the agency has shaped its climate data and would explain why the agency has repeatedly had to correct its data going as far back as the 1930s.” (“Researcher: NASA hiding climate data,” The Washington Times,” Dec. 3, 2009.)
So: What are we to think of “settled science” when two of the world’s major climatology dataset centers simply refused to release – or even destroyed, as in the case of the CRU – relevant data where, in a truly scientific world, such releases would be welcomed and encouraged by all parties interested in pursuing the facts of reality?
► And what, additionally, are we to think of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), recipient of untold billions of dollars of U.S. taxpayer money, which has been so staggeringly wrong on all of its predictions that even astrologers, saddled with that same record, would hang their heads in shame? For instance:
“The IPCC is facing a credibility deficit after temperatures today sit at levels below those of all five of its previous reports. After five misses, the IPCC is desperate to be right for once – particularly after it was forced to retract a key glacial melting prediction from its last report.” (“After missing 5 predictions, IPCC cuts global warming forecast,” Daily Tech, Sept. 27, 2013.)
► And what of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), of which the above quote covers only the released policy summary? Well, if you thought these policy recommendations were based on “settled science,” you might want to think again. In his final paragraphs of an analysis of AR5, Larry Hamlin, former California state energy construction czar under Gov. Gray Davis, had this to say:
“The UN IPCC AR5 report findings inappropriately rely on flawed climate models which exaggerate higher global temperatures”; that “additionally, the AR5 reports are grounded in speculative conjecture based on well documented climate model analytical limitations instead of solid science”; and that “these huge flaws and limitations make the use of the UN IPCC AR5 reports for purposes of framing government climate policy actions completely inappropriate and unjustified.” (“UN IPCC AR5 report infected with fatal technical and procedural flaws,” Watt’s Up With That, April 16.)
Ouch. No wonder the political hacks at the IPCC can’t get even ONE prediction straight. “Settled science”? I hardly think so.
In view of such devastating information, what are the “climate changers” to do? Why, launch a massive “Appeal to Authority” campaign, of course – which, along with a few other highly-damaging facts, I’ll discuss in Part II.
Bradley Harrington is a computer technician and a writer who lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming; he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.