Dec 28 2008
Two things have been happening over the last decade that cannot be ignored by real scientists: The CO2 levels have been rising and the global temperatures have been falling. This puts the lie to the Global Warming Chicken Little Priests in the Church of Al Gore/IPCC (who use mysticism to trump science). And now even the Europeans are beginning to understand how shrill and wrong the Global Warming alarmists have been:
Looking back over my columns of the past 12 months, one of their major themes was neatly encapsulated by two recent items from The Daily Telegraph.
The first, on May 21, headedÂ “Climate change threat to Alpine ski resorts”Â , reported that the entire Alpine “winter sports industry” could soon “grind to a halt for lack of snow”. The second, on December 19, headedÂ “The Alps have best snow conditions in a generation”Â , reported that this winter’s Alpine snowfalls “look set to beat all records by New Year’s Day”.
Just when politicians in Europe and America have been adopting the most costly and damaging measures politicians have ever proposed, to combat this supposed menace, the tide has turned in three significant respects.
First, all over the world, temperatures have been dropping in a way wholly unpredicted by all those computer models which have been used as the main drivers of the scare.
Secondly, 2008 was the year when any pretence that there was a “scientific consensus” in favour of man-made global warming collapsed.
Thirdly, as banks collapsed and the global economy plunged into its worst recession for decades, harsh reality at last began to break in on those self-deluding dreams which have for so long possessed almost every politician in the western world.
The fact is ALL the predictions of the IPCC have failed to materialize for two decades now. Not one has come true, yet there are still fools running around claiming the sky is falling. I am going to go out on a really small limb here and predict that CO2 levels will actually flatten or drop here soon. If CO2 is a lagging indicator of Global temperature (which many scientist claim it is), then as the oceans cool they will be able to re-absorb a lot of the CO2 that was released during the warming and the CO2 levels will stop climbing or drop.
If this happens we can all have a good laugh on the IPCC, Al Gore and all their Chicken Little minions. They will stand as historic reminders of how not to panic and allow greedy flim-flam artists to grab our hard earned money to embark on Fools’ Errands.