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Climate Change Extremists Ignore Contrary Facts

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For a number of years, the public has been told that man-made climate change had placed California in a long-range drought. However, as reported by the Mercury News it’s flooding that is now the problem facing residents of the Golden State. The most important indicator of California’s water availability is the snowpack reading in the Sierra Nevada, which now stands at…

164 percent of its historic average, a massive accumulation of new water… There is so much snow that the Squaw Valley ski resort, which has received 54 feet of snow so far this year, plans to stay open until July 4…So when is Gov. Jerry Brown going to rescind or amend the drought emergency order he signed in January 2014? He hasn’t said.

In January comments reported by the Washington Post Brown stated  ‘We can’t fall back and give in to the climate deniers,’ In a December speech to the American Geophysical Union, he reiterated the state’s resistance to any efforts to roll back national climate policies, stating, ‘We’ve got the scientists, we’ve got the lawyers and we’re ready to fight.’”

Climate change extremists haven’t issued a retraction of their miscalculation, just as they have failed to apologize for inaccurate science or intentionally warping data.

A 2015 U.S. News & World Report article stated that  “Climate change is linked to California’s drought…”

That same year, Newsweek wrote:

With each passing year, human-caused global warming bullies California for more water. Each year, the heat squeezes more moisture from soils and ecosystems.

Stanford analysis penned,

The atmospheric conditions associated with the unprecedented drought currently afflicting California are ‘very likely’ linked to human-caused climate change, Stanford scientists write in a new research paper.

The current excess of water in California is, to paraphrase Al Gore, “an inconvenient fact” for climate change extremists.

A 2016 Hoover Institution study by David Henderson and Charles Hooper provides this analysis:

“President Obama and California’s Governor Jerry Brown…have concluded that climate change caused California’s 2011-2015 drought…Brown said in 2015,

I can tell you, from California, climate change is not a hoax. We’re dealing with it, and it’s damn serious.’ In a February 14, 2014 press release, Obama said, ‘Droughts have obviously been a part of life out here in the West … scientific evidence shows that a changing climate is going to make them more intense.

Henderson and Hooper explain,

Not only have the climate models been wrong about California’s precipitation—at least recently—but also they have a history of being wrong about overall warming…the climate models behind the dire predictions and Obama’s and Brown’s forceful actions—have been ‘running hot,’ sounding a false alarm, and predicting about 2.2 times as much warming as actually occurred from 1998 to 2014.

Originally, advocates of human-caused climate change suggested that the planet was cooling.  That concept didn’t work out, and the same advocates proposed that the population, particularly in industrialized nations, was causing global warming.  That, too, hasn’t withstood the rigors of scientific analysis, particularly since the alleged warming trend appears to have halted for decades, if indeed it ever existed, and so the rather nebulous concept of “climate change” was proposed, and is now widely taught in schools, accepted by most of the media, and used as a factor in fostering large-scale government intervention in the private sector.

A number of explicit facts have challenged the notion that manmade activities are having a significant impact on the Earth’s temperature, starting with the fact that the Earth has continuously experienced climate change, even before humans made their relatively recent appearance.

The data employed to foster the manmade change theory has been shown to be seriously flawed. When “change” advocates generally cite records only a few hundred years old, they ignore extremely relevant information. From the 10th to the 14th centuries, the planet’s temperature was warmer  than that of our time. This period was followed by an era now known as “the Little Ice Age.”  Changes continued, not tied to human activity, and continue still.

As serious as the ignored data has been the intentional falsifying of key science studies. The most well-known case, popularly known as “Climategate,” came to the public’s attention when leaked emails from the University of East Anglia revealed that results of studies were tailored to ignore actual results in favor of propping up the beliefs of global warming theory advocates. It has now been revealed that the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA have fabricated computer modeling of the atmosphere, perhaps in response to political pressure, also to better serve the wishes of climate change advocates.

The Earth’s environment does require attention, and actual harmful activities should be addressed. But the use of ignored facts and falsified data to support incorrect theories can only cause harm. The cynical employment of counterfeit science to pursue political ends–much of the climate change agenda is actually an excuse to implement socialist political goals– is unacceptable.

 

Originally published on the New York Analysis of Policy and Government.

Frank Vernuccio serves as editor-in-chief of the New York Analysis of Policy & Government (website usagovpolicy.com). He is the co-host of the syndicated radio program, Vernuccio/Novak Report, and is also a contributor to Fox News. His columns appear in many newspapers. After graduating Hofstra Law School, he was a legislative editor for a major publishing company, then served in both Republican and Democrat Administrations. Following the 9/11 attack, he was appointed to run the hard-hit Manhattan branch of the New York State Workers Compensation Board.

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