I haven’t done any skylarking about global warming in a while, so let me have a bit of fun in my opening paragraph. Then, after that, I will sober up a bit, and move on to my more serious point, which I do, in fact, have. In 2007, serious scientists were predicting that the Arctic icecap would be GONE by the year 2013, which, you may have noticed, is almost in our rear view mirror. What is the actual state of the icecap in this, the year of our Lord, 2013? I am glad you asked, because since last August, the icecap has grown by 920,000 square miles. That’s a lot of global warming recoil.
The great idol of modernity is the state. When people engage in political debates, therefore, a lot less time should be spent in looking at what people are offering up, and much more time spent on recognizing what they are offering it to.
Whenever we are talking about climate change, they want me to look at the offering they have brought in their hands. What ever could be wrong with funny looking light bulbs? But the whole point of everything was to grow the power of the state, and the state is an idol. If it weren’t offered up on that altar, I wouldn’t care how your light bulbs looked. When the state is the idol, absolutely every course of action winds up being placed on that altar. Global warming means we must “pull together.” Global cooling means we must “coordinate our efforts,” and either way we go, it will always mean statist coercion.
It has been some time since I posted anything under Global Swarming. But now with Colorado burning down, and Kansas at 118 degrees, and a commenter making a good-natured jab about my radio silence, I thought I should at least mutter something.
My silence has been a function of watching various scientists jumping off the U.S.S. Climate Change, and believing (in my innocence) that her once proud prow was shortly going to be pointing at the moon. Ah, but there’s life in the old girl yet, and so it seems that I shall have to rummage around in my bag of skeptical observations to see if I have any left.
Here’s one. If global warming is indeed occurring, we need to get us some here in Idaho. Here it is late June now, and it would be nice if my grandkids didn’t need to take their parkas to the pool so much. But it does cut down on sunscreen costs.
What do belief in evolution, belief in global warming, and belief in the possibility of space aliens who subscribe to a blue state recycling ethos all have in common? Well, they are all attested by Science, you rube.
I am pleased to say that I made it all the way through this article without wheezing once.
Chesterton said that the hotheads of the French Revolution appealed to the goddess Reason, which was odd, because it would appear that this was the goddess who had smiled upon them least. Cornlius Van Til pointed out the pendulum swing nature of unbelief (which is constant), but which swings back and forth between rationalism and irrationalism, like the clock on the wall. The apostle Paul said that divine judgment consists of God giving men up to the futility of intellectual kleenex fires (Rom 1:21,28). Vain imaginations about sums it up.
I had a friend once who, when he was a boy, was taken by his father for a tour of skid row. His father, who was not yet then a believer, wanted his son to see consequences that come from certain choices. I thought of that, more than once, during the course of my study of philosophy. I thought that the unbelieving Academy ought to be treated more like an intellectual skid row, and less like a haven for “Brights,” to use the howl-worthy Dawkins moniker. Fathers ought to take their sons for a walk through all the smart people departments, and ought to finish with a stern warning, when they are out in the car about to head home, that if the son doesn’t play outside more, and if he decides not to try out for the football team, this could happen to him.
So there’s weather and there’s climate. When the global warming shillists were back in their prime, they would regale us with anecdote after anecdote about the weather, claiming that this told us something about the climate. The actual climate claims were based on something else, but they sought to persuade the boobs by means of pointing to the weather. Katrina was the result of global warming, etc.
Then something funny happened. The weather shifted in some very odd ways, we started hearing about climate change instead of global warming, and the Al Gore effect became apparent in weather patterns. Everywhere that poor man went, a snow storm followed. Those who lived by the weather anecdote died by the weather anecdote.
They probably could have managed this, because enormous amounts of money were involved, not to mention a power grab of Orwellian proportions. Men like this were not going to slowed down by snow flurries in Georgia.
But then the climate data went blooey. Turns out the books were cooked, rigged, made up, massaged, bought and paid for, and then lost. There went the climate, and the phrase “the science is settled” took on a much more ominous meaning.
And then God, for His mercies endure forever, sent the world the winter of winters. The one enthroned in Heaven laughs; He holds them in derision.
So, then, record snow storms in all kinds of odd places. Evidence for melting Himalayan glaciers . . . melts. The culprits were caught cooking the books. The guy at the center of that controversy now admits that nothing has been warming since 1995, and beside, they lost a bunch of papers, with evidence n’ stuff.
So then, please permit me to announce that global warming is over, and climate change is also over. The weather continues on, but that’s okay. It always does that. What does this mean? It means the science is settled! Let the healing begin!
Can we keep our old light bulbs? The weird glow from those new ones would bring my gray head down to the grave in sorrow.
The EPA, under the adroit leadership of Saruman, has now declared CO2 to be a pollutant. As the Staples Singers taught us so many years ago — “put your hand on your mouth when you cough, that’ll help the solution.” And after these Hilaritards have regulated all us CO2 emitters into the ground, they will then turn their attentive ministrations to the real environmental challenge of the century, which is that of battling the plague of salt water.
I just want everybody to stare straight at this for about 120 seconds without blinking. The Greens have successfully won their battle to categorize as a pollutant that element which makes plants grow lush and green. Heh. This would be really funny if it weren’t so hilarious.
Aliens must have kidnapped all my climate change data. What year is it?
Here is a post on the global warming equivalent of the ACORN scandal. Here is the story thus far. Somebody hacked into the emails of a major global warming research center, posted the emails on a public server, where they were for a few hours. Before they were taken down, some other folks downloaded them, and so they are now available for the edification and amusement of global warming skeptics, like lots of people, and global warming deniers, like me. I appreciated the astute comment of one contributor over at Hugh Hewitt’s blog, who said that global warming is caused by that GIANT BALL OF FIRE IN THE SKY.
Before proceeding further, let me say that the edifying results here do not in any way justify the actions of whoever the hacker was. I do not know what the relevant laws are, but if the hacker is caught and identified, the same thing should happen to him that happened to the fellow who hacked into Sarah Palin’s email account. Justice is justice, and justice shouldn’t be politicized any more than scientific data should be.
At the same time, if the guy who hacked Palin’s emails had actually found the dirt he was eagerly looking for, that dirt would still be public knowledge even after he headed off for jail. Everybody can’t stop knowing what they now know.
And what we now know is that global warming is not just an egregious scientific mistake (which it always was). It is a mistake that certain dedicated true believers are prepared to persist in, by means of scientific fraud as necessary. If you scroll down to the bottom of the post I linked to, you will see an email in which a particular technique of number fudging is commended in order to “hide the decline.”
Global warming religionists have already been on the defensive because of a decade or so of unusually wintery conditions every old place, but this puts them back on their heels in a serious way. In the next phase, look for defections of former believers to begin, and as soon as it is possible to be a global warming skeptic and/or denier, without being the leprous equivalent of a Holocaust denier or flat-earther, the thing will be completely over. Stick a fork in it; it’s done.