Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Natural Climate Change Deniers Still Ranting

I agree with a frequent Liberal letter writer to our local weekly paper (The Independent Coast Observer, Gualala, CA) that rants by “deniers” on both sides have no place in the Climate Change Debate. It has obviously been warming for over the past 200 years, although not as much as in previous periods of natural climate change. A comparison of warming 1895-1945 and 1946-2013 appear almost identical, which means that current warming isn’t unprecedented even in the past century, let alone when compared to four warmer periods during the past 10,000 years. (link)

Natural climate change deniers such as Al Gore have made a mockery of the word “unprecedented” by applying it to our current period of modest warming. “Unprecedented” loses significance when modified, i.e,  “since Gore’s birth (1948).”

Gore recently said that “the hurricane scale used to be 1-5 and now they’re adding a 6.” But they’re not; a Quaternary Science Reviews paper finds 21st century central Pacific cyclone activity is at the lowest levels of the past 5,000 years, that Japan typhoons are at the lowest levels of the past 3,500 years, and that North Atlantic hurricanes were more frequent/severe than modern times during various intervals over the past 3,000 years. (link)

It’s been eight years since a major hurricane hit the US, the longest such period since 1866. Obama has had the fewest hurricanes of any president. (link)

Getting back to ranting, in an interview with the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein, Gore equated his fight against global warming to the struggles against slavery, segregation and apartheid. (link) Gore said the issue is now one of right and wrong, which eliminates any basis for a Climate Change Debate. That’s not surprising since Gore will not debate about natural climate change or defend his more-than 35 science falsehoods in An Inconvenient Truth.

Gore’s just like the natural climate change deniers in our area.

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