Climate change talk is nothing but hot air
As a retired chief meteorologist — 35 years with the Travelers Research Center and Weather Service — I have some issues with “We should no longer be turning a cold shoulder toward climate change,” the Jan. 13 column by Ann McFeatters.
The term “global warming” arose in the 1980s based on the idea that increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere caused temperatures to rise.
Temperatures did rise from 1978 to 1998 but then stopped in spite of predictions of that they would continue to rise.
Unwilling to admit that they were wrong, “global warming” alarmists muddied the issue and transformed the worry into “climate change,” which is much harder to define and can refer to any kind of weather event.
A few climate models were developed during the warming cycle of 1978-1998 but they also failed to predict the cessation of warming since 1998 — 16 years.
Not wanting to lose their federal funding, which has been reported as $8.8 billion in 2010 and rising yearly — and having no data to back them up — the alarmists shout “climate change” at every weather event.
If it is warm, it’s climate change.
If it is cold, it’s climate change too.
If it is dry — climate change.
If it is wet — climate change.
If there are hurricanes — climate change.
And if there are few hurricanes, it’s climate change again.
There is no end to the silly claims.
But as Richard Feynman said: “It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is and it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.”
I was 8 years old in 1938 when Connecticut was hit with the worst hurricane in its history, “the Great New England Hurricane,” which killed more than 600 people.
There was no talk about climate change then.
Ditto for the Blizzard of 1888.
History is replete with all kinds of severe weather, with everything from ice ages to warm periods. In the medieval warm period the Vikings farmed parts of Greenland, and in the “little ice age” in the 1700s ice fairs were held on the Thames River in England. Climate is a long-term thing and to call our day-to-day changes “climate change” is ridiculous.
I challenge the claim that 90 percent of scientists believe in manmade global warming. Thirty-two thousand scientists signed a petition rejecting the theory of manmade warming (which has never been proven) and rejecting the Kyoto Protocol.
A large group of scientists has written a report “Climate Change Reconsidered” based on 500 peer-reviewed articles: It can be viewed at www.nipccreport.org.
Incidentally, depletion of the ozone layer mentioned by McFeatters has nothing to do with global warming and stopped years ago when chloroflurorcarbons were banned.
The theory of manmade global warming and climate change is not true, especially the outlandish warnings about rising seas and melting ice. Seas are rising at only 2 millimeters per year and the Antarctica ice cap, which holds 92 percent of the world’s ice, is getting thicker. Temperatures have not risen in 16 years.