The New York Times begins an editorial today with the phrase "One would think that by now most people would have figured out that climate change represents a grave threat to the planet". Grave threat. Yes, very grave. They insist it is known what the dangers are "decades off". You know, drought, famine, rising seas and the four horsemen of the apocalypse. The solution is, of course, "smaller cars" and higher electricity bills. I cannot keep repeating enough why this is nonsense. They call the House bill a start. Even though, by even the fake standards of climate warming pseudo-science, it will have no effect at all. To repeat, for the 50th time in various places in the archives of this blog, there is no scientific evidence that man made CO2 emissions has a material impact on global warming. Further, there is only the rankest of rank speculation that any global warming per se, even if it occurs, would have any damaging impact on the earth. What we do know is more expensive energy keeps the economy weaker, the poor poorer, and mankind crazier. Below are the monthly means of temperature in the lower troposhere since data began 30 years ago. 1998 was El Nino. In 1979, environmental scientists were convinced we were entering a dangerous cold era. The earth's temperature is the same today as it was in 1980.
(posted at 1:30 pm by Mike Rulle)