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The Climate Scare Narrative Continues To Collapse

Hot, cold, wet, dry, sunny, clear, snow, no snow – it doesn’t matter, it’s caused by global warming, the climate alarmists tell us over and again. Their desperation is palpable, the cords that keep them tethered to reality fraying more than ever, their charade coming apart.

For more than 30 years, the crisis peddlers have carried the narrative that man’s carbon dioxide emissions are creating an existential threat. They’ve cajoled, bullied, lied, deceived, screeched and burned an immense volume of fossil fuels to get their hard-left agenda codified and executive ordered, and they have some successes to refer to. But their efforts have been, and always will be, useless.

Despite their insistence, facts tell a story that’s quite different.

First, we are now in the 101st month of a warming pause.

“​​There has been no trend in the UAH global mean lower-troposphere temperature anomalies since September 2014: eight years, five months and counting,” reports Christopher Monckton on Anthony Watts’ website, where he helpfully also posts a chart of University of Alabama-Hunstville data to show us what he means.

Going back further, to the date when the satellite measurements – the most trustworthy data we have – began, the temperature record shows only a mild warming of 0.134 degrees Celsius per decade. Hardly anything to be concerned about.

By the way, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels since 1980 have grown from 339 parts per million to 415 PPM in 2021, a 20% increase, according to federal data. Seems the global temperature rise can’t keep pace with CO2 growth.

Also countering the narrative is the true story of sea levels. We’ve been told that man-made global warming will turn coastal cities into underwater attractions as the overheating planet melts ice and snow. But the oceans are not rising. They are stable.

“​​There is no evidence whatever to support impending sea-level-rise catastrophe or the unnecessary expenditure of state or federal tax monies to solve a problem that does not exist,” say researchers Jay Lehr and Dennis Hedke.

Their conclusion is based on data from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, which has 200 measurement stations across the world. The readings, some of which go back more than 150 years, show that sea levels have been rising, but the increases are modest and show no spikes that would coincide with the emergence of fossil-fuel combustion in power plants, automobiles and countless other innovations that define modernity.

The pattern ​​”extends throughout the world, throughout times of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, and throughout periods of accelerated warming and cooling,” the authors write.

So the oceans aren’t rising, but maybe they’re boiling, as Al Gore claimed in his recent deranged rant at the World Economic Forum summit in Davos, Switzerland?

Of course they’re not. Water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit, or 100 degrees Celsius, at sea level. The hottest ocean water is in the 85-to-90 degree Fahrenheit range.

Sure, Gore wasn’t being literal, he was embellishing to make a point – the same point he and all the other alarmists have been making for more than 30 years, which has never come to pass, and probably never will.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

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  • The fact that insurance companies are not pushing up their insurance premiums for the expensive beach houses of wealthy people proves they put no confidence in the claim of sea level rise.

  • Gore 2000 Presidential Campaign Radio Ad aired in Florida: “Vote Democrat else the state will soon be under 20-feet of seawater.”

  • These dire warnings have alternated between extreme cold and extreme heat since the early 20’s. And they have all been wrong.

  • Whenever I see a picture of the Grand Canyon, and admire those beautiful bands of colored, sedimentary rock, I am reminded that at some time in the past every layer was at the bottom of a lake or ocean. Considering plate tectonics to be a fact, how exactly do you measure sea level.

  • Climate Change does exist. It’s alive and well in the minds of totalitarians, cronies, grifters and their useful idiots in academia and the media.

  • There are crucial, eye-opening facts about CO2 and global warming with authoritative supporting citations people need to know and understand at:

    Facts that undermine climate activists’ case and agenda.
    Please read.

  • Excellent article. The left has been hoping for decades now that their simplistic, likely unprovable hypothesis will be a key to exerting control over others. Even if humans somehow quit producing CO2, they would find something else we are doing wrong and use it as a similar device of control.

    • Michael, the problem with the global climate change hypothesis is not that it cannot be proven. Most hypothesis in the scientific world are never proven, because as we move toward “proof” the hypothesis must mature and change as new data comes forward. When a hypothesis has been studied to the point where it appears to be mostly correct it becomes a theory. Most theorys are actually never proven but the few that are are called natural laws. Gravity is a natural law, relativity and quantum mechanics are still theories, ie not proven.

      The real problem with the global warming hypothesis is that it cannot be disproven. There is no data set that could ever be collected, no experiment that could ever be devised or any naturally occuring event observed that would contradict the hypothesis. There is no null hypothesis and no possibility of a control group. No testable parameters, no control group and no ability for independant reproduction of the observed results, all of which are a required part of the scientific method.

      The entire hypothesis is that the results of the computer modeling is the null hypothesis. But that is not an observable or testable condition, its just the conjecture of what some computer modeler thinks will happen, justifed by software that is kept secret and using data sets that are not disclosed and which have questionable proveneance.

      It seems that the mantra of this articular school of study is:

      Never allow the ugliness of reality to impugn the beauty and purity of thought.

      or, more brutally:

      Never allow the purity of thought to be slain by an ugly fact.

      That is the real problem with the “science” we are all supposed to follow.

  • While THINKERS recognize the stupidity of this con, too many politicians either believe the con or see it as a way to gain more power. States are legislating against gas stoves and even against natural gas service to new construction. so the claim that the “wheels are coming off the con” does not seem to be reflected in state legislatures. The POLITICIANS are the ones doing the damage.

  • I remember Rush Limbaugh’s Doomsday Clock for the 10 years Al Gore said we’d be destroyed by “climate” causes. The entire effort is a scam.

  • Sure, Gore wasn’t being literal, he was embellishing to make a point
    Sure, Gore wasn’t being literal, he was LYING to make MORE MONEY

  • Not only is it a scam, but the powers that be KNOW it’s a scam.

    “At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.
    “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said. Referring to a new international treaty environmentalists hope will be adopted at the Paris climate change conference later this year, she added: “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”

  • A very long time ago, someone explained to me that if I did not know where I was going, I didn’t really need a map because any road would get me there. So where are we going? What is our destination, what is the exact correct temperature for the PLANET? Like nearly all of social engineering, I can detect no clear goal, only endless activity in the pursuit of . . . what, exactly? Cooler everywhere? More clouds? More sun? Wetter deserts? Bigger glaciers? Shallower oceans? Without a destination, how will we know when we have arrived? And while we’re in the mood to tackle thorny problems, what is the destination for affirmative action? for diversity equity and inclusion? Apparently we now have a black “national anthem.” Will racism finally be over when every race and clan and tribe has its own anthem played before public events? Yeah, that’ll fix it. Anybody else recall the story of the Tower of Babel? This is mass psychosis and suicidal. “Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.”

  • Not surprised by any of this. CO2 is vastly overrated as a heat carrier. It has a low heat capacity and is transparent. I think soot from China and India probably accounts for a good portion of global warming and urbanization accounts for most of what’s left. If the Left were really serious about it, China and India would be at the top of the list, instead they are barely mentioned. Sadly this obsession is sending millions of people into poverty, a fact that doesn’t fit nicely into the “do gooderism” narrative.

  • It is really worth the analysis (down-page) at

    This is AI looking at the solar influence on temperature and the conclusion is that we are heading into a long cooling period (it already started) until 2050. So many have forecast this that the list cannot be repeated here. It started with Theodor Landscheidt and Dr Rhodes Fairbridge – the latter probably first. Fairbridge showed that in Australia, sea level has recently been 2 metres higher than at present – going back only a few millennia.

  • To realize the true impact of the “mild warming” cited in the article, you would best say “0.134 (134/1,000) of 1 degree” rather than use the plural.

  • I always for it laughable when President Obama said climate change was “settled science” ……… can ANYONE remember any robust publicly aired DEBATE between actual experts, supremely knowledgable, hard core climatologists, etc. ANSWER: NO NO NONE NEVER. The Leftist zealots scream that giving airtime and print space gives “False Equivalence” to those who challenge the meme that Climate Change / CO2 is brought on by human activity.

  • The myth is that the Climate is ever static, change is constant. The highest population densities are generally near very hot areas, the lowest are cold areas. They talk about future “Climate refugees ” ignoring current and past ” refugees ” who regularly leave very cold places to go to very warm areas, even for a week or two.

  • A Google search for “historical global temperatures” reveals that we are currently repeating a warming/cooling cycle that has resulted in a number of ice ages with interspersed warming periods. These cycles started hundreds of thousands of years ago, prior to any effects caused by man, and continue to the current day.

  • In a few billion years the Sun will have deplete its hydrogen and grown to a red giant. Prior to that the magnetosphere will have collapsed, along with many other catastrophes that do not involve CO2. At some point the oceans will boil away and Mr. Gore can claim victory.

  • Global Warming/Climate Change is the biggest scam in the entire history of all Mankind

  • Let us not forget that it was Margaret Thatcher who pushed the man made global warming story into mainstream international politics, in her 1989 speech to the UN.

    No one in the real world paid any attention to Al Gore until he could ride on Thatcher’s coattails.

    • Thatcher promoted Global Warming as a political ploy during the Miners’ Strike.

      However on reflection, she understood the true state of affairs and revised her opinions:

      Her autobiography states: “By the end of my time as Prime Minister I was also becoming seriously concerned about the anti-capitalist arguments which the campaigners against global warming were deploying.”

      • Sure, after the damage was done and the idea had taken off, and she was out of Downing Street. Then she changed her mind. Whoopee.

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