April 21 2011

WORDS on WEATHER & CLIMATE—April 21, 2011

April 21, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Emperor Has No Clothes by CRAIG JAMES During the winter, I had the opportunity to give four separate presentations on global warming to a class of adults at Calvin College. This led to an opportunity at the end of March to give a presentation on global warming to students in the honors dorm at the college. I think the talks were very well received and over the next several weeks I’d like to give you some of the information in my articles. Back in 1975, I taught a class at Grand Valley State University on weather and climate and I very clearly remember showing a film produced by the Public Broadcast System (PBS) called “Snowblitz.” There was fear at the time that the Earth was heading for another ice age in the near future and that this onset could happen in the span of a decade or less. My, how times and attitudes have changed. Now, of course, the prevailing view is that of dangerous warming. You have probably heard statements like the following. The first is from John Holdren, the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy for the Obama Administration. He is known as the “Science Czar.” In an interview with the British Broadcast Corporation (BBC) on February 18, 2011, he stated: “People are seeing the impact of climate change around them in extraordinary patterns of floods and droughts, wildfires, heat waves and powerful storms.” The second is from the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, who on February 22, 2011, stated in an interview with the Los Angeles Times: “The science is clear. Climate change will continue unless drastic measures are taken to stop it.” The problem is there is no evidence to support either of those statements. They are political statements, not scientific statements. In future articles I will report on recent studies that show no support for the idea that there have been any extraordinary weather patterns around the globe and that the severe weather events of the past decade show no connection to any human-induced warming. Also, the idea that you can stop climate change is absurd. It would be like stopping the rotation of the Earth. Anytime you hear someone say “the science […]

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