Apparently, the ‘Sky Isn’t Falling’ after all

By Rep. Bob Thorpe

The 19th century story Chicken Little is about a chicken, who after being hit by either a falling leaf or an acorn, sounds the alarm that “the sky is falling.” This is one of many educational folktales that make light of paranoia and mass hysteria, and teach courage: Don’t be a Chicken Little. It would appear that the story of Chicken Little has been replaced in our schools and society by yet another, more modern-day folktale.

Since the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, environmentalists have claimed that the world is in a Climate Crisis, and now with great confidence and fanfare they proclaim that the Global Warming debate is settled and over. Supporters ridicule and belittle anyone who disagrees with their non-validated theoretical positions. They enlist Hollywood celebrities, like actor Leonardo DiCaprio, to help sell their pseudo-science. DiCaprio, who was recently appointed as the United Nations representative on climate change, probably knows much more about Malibu surf conditions than he does about complex climate science, and should focus on his acting instead. Perhaps we all need to revisit the story of Chicken Little for a dose of common sense and some sorely needed courage.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal story by Matt Ridley1 “Whatever Happened to Global Warming?”:

In 2005, Phil Jones of Britain’s University of East Anglia wrote that if there were no annually measured temperature increases over a 15-year period, it would be so significant that it would invalidate the climate-change models upon which Global Warming policies are built. A report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) written in 2008 reaffirmed this fact when it stated: “The [climate] simulations rule out (at the 95% level) zero trends for intervals of 15-years or more.”

Contrary to the Global Warming hysteria, numerous articles and scientific journals have been published disputing these dire claims, for example, the above sited Wall Street Journal article and the story by Anthony Watts2 “Global Temperature Update – No global warming for 17 years 11 months.”

Since they were originally launched, Earth-scanning satellites have collected data confirming that there has been no measurable Global Warming during the past 18-years, which according to NOAA, Professor Jones and other climate scientists, invalidates the Global Warming climate-change models. The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an international consortium of scientists and advisors, also acknowledged in its 2013 annual report that from 1998 to 2012 the apparent increase in the global mean surface temperature (GMST) had stopped.

Dumfounded environmentalists cannot point to specific reasons why the earth’s GMST has not increased since 1996, and in order to save face (and their movement), they are now scrambling to fabricate a new Global Warming hypothesis. In the interim and with solemn faces, climate researchers such as Professor McKitrick3, have actually declared that the Earth is experiencing some sort of unexplainable climate “Pause” or Global Warming “Hiatus.” Even though the worldwide use of hydrocarbons and the release of Co2 have continued unabated, and have in fact increased over the past 20-years (especially in developing nations such as China and India), they are now actually telling us that Global Warming has taken some sort of extended vacation. Seriously?

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From Townhall.com (click on image to view source)

In 2008, Al Gore made his apocalyptic prediction that the North Polar ice cap would melt by 2013, causing devastating coastal flooding as sea levels dramatically rose. We were also told that Global Warming would increase the number of severe storms and devastating hurricanes. In contradiction to Gore and the other prognosticators of global calamity, the U.S. has just experienced one of the coldest winters and summers in decades, the Arctic ice pack has increased to new record levels, and according to Ryan Maue4, hurricane activity and severity has been well below normal. It would appear that mother nature’s uncooperative disposition has once again contradicted the doomsday forecasters.

The theory of Global Warming is not based upon measured empirical (observed) data. It relies solely upon assumptions and grossly flawed (or manipulated) computer modeling and simulations, the contradictions of which are illustrated here by these two Time Magazine covers from 1977 and 2006. So which is it, the coming Ice Age or Global Warming? The failed predictions of the environmental movement would be laughable, if they did not have such an expensive and seriously life-changing negative impact upon all of us.

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In response to the Global Warming hysteria, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed their Clean Power Plan. If enacted, it would require a nationwide Co2 emissions reduction of 30 percent, but Arizona would have to reduce Co2 emissions by 52 percent, the second highest reduction in the nation. These new regulations would force Arizona citizens to pay billions of dollars in higher utility rates in order to to retrofit our power plants with newly required equipment. This new equipment will not reduce pollution, as called for by congress in the Clean Air Act of 1970, its sole purpose will be to reduce hypothesized Greenhouse Gas (Co2) and NOX, which are not authorized in the Act by congress. The anticipated skyrocketing electricity rates will be devastating for our citizens (especially for seniors and those with low incomes), businesses and the state, particularly now during our fragile economic recovery. If for example, the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) were forced to close, Arizona would not only see electricity prices spike, but would also see Colorado river water rates soar. This would harm our citizens, our ranchers and farmers, and huge numbers of Navajo workers at both NGS and at Arizona coal mines would lose their high paying jobs.

The travesty of these draconian Obama-EPA regulations is that billions of dollars will be wasted in response to the theory of Global Warming, which is simply not supported by the actual measured scientific data. Ironically, the most prevalent Greenhouse Gas sited by the Federal Government is water vapor, so will the EPA next place a ban on Arizona waters? Perhaps not a ban, but the EPA has already made it clear that it wants to control our waters through newly announced Waters of the U.S. regulations, which once again dramatically exceed the scope and authority provided by congress in the Clean Water Act of 1970. Until such time as we have clear and convincing proof that Global Warming is more than just a convenient theory to justify greater Federal control over the states, we must not implement these expensive policies that will clearly harm Arizona and our nation. Both the hysterical claims of the environmental movement, and Chicken Little’s paranoia that the sky is falling, are simply not supported by the facts, and must be dismissed as folly.

Arizona State Representative Bob Thorpe serves on the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee

1http://online.wsj.com/articles/matt-ridley-whatever-happened-to-global-warming-1409872855

2 http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/04/global-temperature-update-no-global-warming-for-17-years-11-months/

3 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2740788/Global-warming-pause-19-years-Data-reveals-Earth-s-temperature-remained-CONSTANT-1995.html

4 http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/06/26/global-hurricane-activity-at-historical-record-lows-new-paper/

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10 Comments

  1. Guess that Thorpe hasn’t figured out yet that Obama told us in 2007/8 that under his watch that the cost of energy would skyrocket as he implemented his “Green” agenda. One of those agenda items was to use the EPA as an arm of his administration and govern by regulations what he could not do by laws. Makes good sense to me and the idiots on congress keep funding the EPA. Its way past time for congress to take a good look at the EPA and start making cuts but that won’t happen either. The bureaucrats are running the asylum with the politicians approval.

  2. The reason that the phrases “Anti-science” and ”Global Warming Deniers” are used is that the “Anti-science Deniers” ignore demonstrable evidence, and fabricate stories and “facts” that are not true.

    For example, the claim that
    “there has been no measurable Global Warming during the past 18-years”
    is NOT true.

    Despite the fantasies of Global Warming Deniers, the earth continues to warm at the rate of 4 Hiroshima atomic bombs per second – running 24/7 – including the years from 1998 to present.
    http://www.skepticalscience.com/4-Hiroshima-bombs-worth-of-heat-per-second.html
    Earth’s Rate Of Global Warming Is 400,000 Hiroshima Bombs A Day
    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/12/22/3089711/global-warming-hiroshima-bombs/#
    Four Hiroshima bombs a second: How we imagine climate change
    http://phys.org/news/2013-08-hiroshima-climate.html
    This measured/observed warming rate is via the Argo buoy system. http://www.argo.ucsd.edu/About_Argo.html

    2005 was warmer than any previous year. Then 2010 broke the 2005 record. Data at:
    NOAA/National Climate Data Center
    https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/monitoring-references/faq/anomalies.php

    2012 was the warmest year on record for the United States.
    http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/news/ncdc-announces-warmest-year-record-contiguous-us

    Sea level continues to rise due to thermal expansion and glacial melting. The rate of sea level rise has quadrupled since the 1870 to 1924 period.
    Columbia University
    http://www.columbia.edu/~mhs119/SeaLevel/

    Glaciers continue to melt, and the rate of melting has accelerated since 1998.
    World Glacier Monitoring Service
    http://www.wgms.ch/mbb/sum12.html

    Ocean heating has accelerated sharply since 1998. (Note: Over 90% of Global Warming ends up heating the oceans.)
    Graph at:
    http://www.durangobill.com/GwdLiars/GwdOceanHeat.jpg
    Full peer reviewed paper at:
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/grl.50382/full
    Up to date info at:
    NOAA/National Oceanographic Data Center
    http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/OC5/3M_HEAT_CONTENT/ (click on “2”)

    Finally, May, June, and August 2014 set records for the warmest May, June, and August in recorded history. The 12 month period ending in August 2014 was warmer than any previous 12 month period.
    NOAA/National Climate Data Center
    https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/monitoring-references/faq/anomalies.php

    Summary

    The actual observations show that global warming didn’t stop in 1998. What is happening is that a few Global Warming Deniers fabricated a story, and the other members of the Global Warming Denier cult continue to demonstrate their willful ignorance by repeating the same false story.

    More at:
    http://www.durangobill.com/GwdLiars/GwdGlobalWarmingStoppedIn1998.html

    • Appropriate name, there. Let’s bill Butler and his friends for the immense increase in energy prices.

      Although we should actually charge them with premeditated first degree murder for the number of people that will die from the cold when they cannot any longer pay Obama’s cronies for the inflated heating bills – or starve when food supplies (except for arugula and Wagiu beef, of course) start running short.

  3. The end justifies the means for green extremists. It’s not about facts or common sense given the myriad of climate change scenarios the planet has undergone in the last 4.5 Billion years.

  4. 4 Hiroshima bombs per second at 24/7 since 1998 – while this is a very imaginative and creative descriptive analogical phrase – I think I’m going to have to call a “BULL SHIT” on this one…. because they say it ‘it’s true’ and since Dr. Muchonoohh measured something and pronounced this fact – there’s nothing else to be said on the subject – which is exactly ‘the problem and the issue’ – because one thinks one is right beyond anyone else’s thoughts – ain’t always the case – the world is not flat as science one said it was… it’s more like a tortilla – flat and round… so there – don’t stand to close to the edge the enemer’s will get you….

  5. Guess some people didn’t get the memo about the hoax. Apparently 300000+ marched in NY today to continue the hoax as gospel. Too bad so many were kids and the others just dont realize what they are doing to promote this drivel.

  6. There is no reasoning with these Global Warming scamsters. Think about it;
    Al Gore claimed to have invented the internet, and these characters are
    still buying his tripe..

    Let’s reiterate for the uncorrupted: Global Warming is a means to control the
    population, and help make some of the conspirators wealthy. Unfortunately,
    care of the collapsing Public education system, the students can’t analyze scientific
    data.

  7. Money grants are the biggest cause of global warming. Whatever science the giver wants the taker will give. Pretty simple.

  8. Take away the money and science will move to something else. They are no different than the rest of us.

    Totally unsettled.

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