The Atlantic hurricane season runs June through November every year, with August through October being the peak months for tropical cyclone events. Back in May, many media outlets ran with this headline courtesy of a press release from NOAA: “NOAA predicts above-normal 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season.” The reality: there were no hurricanes until September.
There is no climate emergency
Climate science should be less political, while climate policies should be more scientific. Scientists should openly address uncertainties and exaggerations in their predictions of global warming, while politicians should dispassionately count the real costs as well as the imagined benefits of their policy measures.
Satellite based thermal scanning of the Earth’s Oceans by NASA have shown that there may be as many as 3 million volcanoes down under the Ocean. These volcanoes can warm the ocean and drive dissolved carbon dioxide into the air.
Greenland Ice Melt Scare
On the same day that CNBC ballyhooed a story in the journal Nature which claimed that 3.3 percent of Greenland’s ice sheet will melt, which would theoretically cause sea levels to rise about 10 inches between now and 2100; Greenland received a snowfall of 7 billion tons in one day.
Polar Bear No Closer to Extinction Than It Was 18 Years Ago as Arctic Sea Ice Resists ‘Tipping Point’ In fact, the summer sea ice trend has been pretty much flat since 2007. Polar bears in many regions are doing better now than they were in 2005.
How Can The Globe Be Warming When Most Of The Southern Hemisphere Isn’t?
Lake Mead Low Water Levels
Contrary to claims that drought is causing Lake Mead water levels to fall, the Colorado River natural flows into Lake Mead show no long-term trend since 1930.
Decadal time scale variations in river flow do occur, though, related to the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO).
Since about 2000, use of Lake Mead water has exceeded river inflow, causing water levels to drop. The negative phase of the PDO since that time has exacerbated the problem.
Fossil Fuels are the Greenest Energy Sources
Rising CO2 improves essential crop yields– critical to feeding the world. The elevated CO2 fertilization effect is driving global greening trends, pushing back deserts, enhancing photosynthesis by 30 to 50%, improving water use efficiency, and boosting crop yields by about 3% every year since 1961. This increase in agricultural productivity is due to the use of fossil-fuel-dependent technologies, specifically, nitrogen fertilizers, pesticides and carbon dioxide fertilization resulting from fossil fuel emissions. This has enabled human beings to meet their demands for food using less cropland, which then spares land for the rest of nature. Thus, in the absence of fossil fuels, at least 167% more land would have to be cultivated to maintain global food production at current levels.
Global Decarbonization: Negative Agricultural Impacts
Taxing carbon dioxide emissions raises prices of many products including food. The agricultural sector of the economy relies on low-cost energy to produce food and other products necessary to sustaining life on the planet. As the costs to produce agricultural products increase, those costs are passed on to the consumer, thereby reducing disposable household income, which reduction also disproportionately burdens the poor.
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