Sen. Whitehouse on CSPAN was missing the obvious in a long rant about Climate Change.
Mixed in with a lot of anecdotal drivel that, among other things, attributed inner city asthma to climate change causing more ragweed and somehow being connected with coal power plants upwind, and spent a good deal of time obsessing over an algae bloom in Lake Erie (as though Climate Change happened for a week or two, then went off to Hawaii for a break); also had a nice before and after picture of a glacier receding.
Now I’m not going to ask how CO2 can cause asthma (it can’t), nor how Climate Change can show up for an algae bloom then wonder off somewhere ( though the assertions was that Climate Change driven rain bursts somehow washed more phosphorus out of farm land and indirectly caused it… which is highly doubtful as we all know Climate Change causes droughts… they’ve told us that all the time here in California and the South West…) No, I’m going to focus on the Glacier.
He made a great show of holding up a specimen holder with a bit of plant in it. The ‘before’ picture had a glacier tall and in the foreground, the ‘after’ had it receded what looked like about 1/8 mile (though hard to say without knowing the lens focal length) but just as tall. Great emphasis was put on the centuries of depth of the ice core some Ohio researchers had taken, and how that bit of plant had come from near the foot of the (now) glacial terminus. That it had been buried for thousands of years since Christ walked the earth. For thousands before that when Egyptians had horrid Dust Storms and the dust was in that ice. For thousands before THAT even. That for 6,600 some odd years it had been under ice, and only NOW had that ice melted. That 6600+ years ago snow had fallen and never ever melted. Until now.
What is so blindingly obvious and totally ignored?
During those 6600+ years climate CHANGED and all without human intervention. That plant was a living happy plant in a nice warm wet place when that snow fell and killed it. We have been getting colder for 6600+ years and only now have returned life to that spot. Well, really we’ve had many warmer / colder cycles since then but that particular spot never got warm enough and dry enough for the glacier to recede that far. And it very well could be colder now, just with less snow piling up on top of the glacier root. The receded glacial face looked about the same height to me, just a bit further back up stream.
That horrible Egyptian dust storm (lasted a hundred years+ IIRC) came during a very cold spike accompanied by horrid drought in the entire Middle East. Egypt changed from a fertile well watered place to the dry desert it is today, with only a bit of river bank sustaining life. Not the event, nor the recovery, requiring CO2 to cause the climate to change.
We didn’t make it colder for 6000 years, and the world is quite capable of making it warmer or colder than then without our doing a darned thing. None of it has anything to do with CO2.
It has a very great deal to do with a 1470 year Bond Cycle and what looks like about a 5000 year supercyle, most likely caused by lunar tidal effects and planetary orbital stirring of the solar output.
He then finished with a stirring if quite stupid indirect Appeal To Authority argument claiming that you could ask any college in your home state and would be assured Climate Change was undoubtedly real (and implied our fault) and that it was immoral to go back to your State (he was speaking to the Senate) and root for your College Football Team and then repudiate those same schools’ scientists and faculty by not embracing their views on Climate Change. (You evil denier you…) He also talked about the “wall of oil money” surrounding the argument but never once mentioned the mountain range of Government Money flowing to those same “scientists” and faculty to assure the right
propaganda “science” is done.
BTW, still waiting to see that “oil money”. I’ve had an open tip jar since 2009 and none of it has shown up. In a good year I’ve collected almost enough to buy the occasional toy that I’ve reviewed here and not enough to cover my coffee bill too. Since one must declare political funding on income tax returns, it ought to be in the IRS records. Given that the IRS is now a wing of the Democratic Party, I’m sure if they had $100,000 donated by Exxon for “Denier Research” it would have been on the nightly news in triplicate and with an IRS seal of authenticity on it. Instead we have unfounded slander and ‘crickets’…
It is painfully obvious too that Climate Change is nothing more than a Left Wing (Progressive in the USA, Socialist in the R.O.W.(Rest Of World)) redistribution ploy to do asset stripping from the USA & EU and send it to Left Wing governments in the ROW. Sending money from the USA to Zimbabwe or China will do exactly NOTHING to CO2 levels. Sending it to the UN will increase CO2 production as they will spend loads of it on jet travel and nice hotels with lavish fuel gulping limos and kitchens.
Unfortunately, the Paris(ites in)Fest in December will be a pre-decided in-the-bag approval for just that asset theft. Obama will tout it and then promise at least $100 Billion / year to ‘the cause’. The only hope is that the Republicans in the Senate stand firm and squash it, while the Republicans in the House refuse to fund it. (And hopefully in 2017 a Republican President can start the Great Unwind of all this crap… Otherwise it is only a matter of time until a Democrat majority takes a run and applies the noose irrevocably to our economy.) Oh, and then Congress will need to sue Obama to stop an executive order authorizing the expenditure anyway…
So much depending on so few. Look for an all out assault on all Republican candidates who do not toe the Climate Change Dogma line with unlimited money spent against them from various NGOs (sucking said money out of the Federal Government via ‘grants’ and indirectly via foreign laundering through things like the UN and ‘foreign aid’. Money is fungible, so an NSF grant to study “Climate Change” can displace costs that can then have budget reassigned for ‘community outreach’ to an organization that then does some advertizing to ‘save the climate’ by not electing a particular party or person…)
Given that Whitehouse is clearly drinking the cool-aid by the barrel, don’t expect anything but more of this mindless crap until the whole thing is over. It will be a long slog.