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In the late spring of 1988, Senator Tim Wirth from Colorado (guess his party) called the Weather Bureau and asked what historically was the hottest day of the year in Washington, DC.

He needed heat for the theater he was cooking up.

He got it. That June, he recalled, was “stiflingly hot.” To give nature a boost, on the night of 22 June, he snuck into the Senate hearing room and opened all the windows. The air conditioning was either switched off or chose that moment to break.

Wirth later boasted to PBS that

when the hearing occurred there was not only bliss, which is television cameras in double figures, but it was really hot…

So [NASA’s James] Hansen’s giving this testimony, you’ve got these television cameras back there heating up the room, and the air conditioning in the room didn’t appear to work. So it was sort of a perfect collection of events that happened that day, with the wonderful Jim Hansen, who was wiping his brow at the witness table and giving this remarkable testimony.

In that manufactured swelter on 23 June 1988, Global Warming was born. Happy Anniversary.

Today, thirty years later, Global Warming is dead. Make that undead. Its corpse still walks among us, awaiting its final stake through its heart.

Winter is Coming
Politicians like Wirth, and the scientists in their employ, had a streak of good luck. Hansen said it would get hotter, and then it did. People doing things like breathing and driving cars were adding “greenhouse gases” to the atmosphere at rates faster than ever before. The correlation between increasing heat and gas was obvious, and it quickly became a cause. Both in the physical and social sense.

There was some reason to believe Hansen was right in those early days. It is a trivial truth that man influences the climate. And scientists had already accepted the idea that man could significantly affect it. A decade before Hansen’s performance, the consensus was that man was driving temperatures dangerously down. Pollution from cars and the like was knocking back the sun’s rays, which was going to cause global cooling.

Global cooling was no small thing. In April 1975 Newsweek spoke fear in “Our Cooling World“. Global cooling was going to cause “serious political implications for just about every nation on earth,” “The drop in food production could begin quite soon,” “devastating outbreak of tornadoes”, “national boundaries make it impossible for starving peoples to migrate from their devastated fields,” and so forth.

Sound familiar?

When All Agreed
The global cooling consensus of the 1970s was small, but not insignificant because climatology was only then developing into a separate field from meteorology and other atmospheric sciences, and all these sciences were small.

That man was having a devastating, irreversible-without-government-action cooling effect on the earth’s climate would later become something of an embarrassment to climatologists. Which is why they did their best push global cooling into the memory hole. But there was so much material, it overflowed. Even Spock warned of the coming snow (don’t miss the earnest interview with Stephen Schneider, who would go on to give many earnest interviews about global warming).

But by the time Wirth staged his event, 1978 was ancient history. We knew lots more about the atmosphere in 1988 and had exponentially better computers. Besides, just look at those thermometers inching up! And did you see that scary hockey stick? We must Save The Planet!
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Pt 2
Celebrities Are Our Leaders
It wasn’t long before a politician made an Oscar-winning documentary film about global warming. That the film was saturated with errors and made laughable predictions did not matter. Global warming had to be as frightening as the film portrayed, otherwise the politician-turned-actor hosting it would not have looked so serious.

It wasn’t just politicians. Important people the world over were warming to the coming heat. Actors, musicians, pastors, people famous for being famous, chefs, novelists, school teachers, bureaucrats, activists, academics in such widely varying fields as sociology to psychology, and of course lawyers and news readers. Oh, plus a handful of physical scientists (most kept their heads down).

When celebrities speak, we listen. Even if they’re wrong in the details, that so many elites knew global warming was on its way was sufficient and convincing evidence something had to be done.

Nine Most Terrifying Words
That something was government. More and larger government. The government took up this challenge and did what it did best: it spent money. Lots of it. Soon, every major grant-reliant scientific association, no matter how tenuous its connection to atmospheric physics, issued official statements on how horrible global warming was going to be—once it got here.

Researchers ran to their computers and offered “studies” shhowing global warming was going to cause an increase in mosquitoes and a decrease in polar bears. Ambulance rides were going to become more frequent in Australia. Prostitution would flourish in the Pacific. Fish were going to grow to abnormal size and clean out the oceanic grocery story. Fish were going to shrink to cope with the heat.

As I have long said, if the animal bit, stung, poisoned or was ugly, global warming was going to cause more of them. But if the beast was photogenic, cute, or delicious, global warming was going to devastate them. Numbers Watch compiled an enormous partial list of everything that was going to go wrong when global warming showed up.

Yet that global warming would have increased the frequency of warm summer afternoons and would produce richer and more abundant crops (by eating the extra carbon dioxide) was not welcome news. When economist Bjorn Lomborg suggested that even at its worst global warming would be easily coped with, he was scientifically lynched. When a team of four scientists (of which I was one) suggested we’d only see maybe 1 degree of warming, and not the four, five, six or more claimed by the Consensus, the establishment turned into Lost In Space’s Dr Smith.

The Great Stall
Amidst all the marches, protests, dire warnings of “tipping points”, announcements of “record” heat (in very short periods of time), and cries of climate “denial” something funny happened. The temperature stopped cooperating with climatologists’ models.

Scientists said the mercury had nowhere to go but up. The atmosphere disagreed. A fundamental tenet of science is that its theories must match reality. When reality differs, the theory is wrong. Scientists in control of the Consensus knew they were in deep kimchi, but they were loathe to admit their critics’ points.

Then some wag hacked the emails of Consensus scientists. They spoke of using tricks and hiding declines in temperatures. They boasted of political prowess in keeping peers from publishing skeptical views. Climategate revealed scientists to be as backbiting, manipulative, hateful, suspicious, and cocky as, well, politicians.

Doubt in global warming grew. Yet it was realized that if global warning was not a problem, then it didn’t need a solution. But the solution was too intoxicating to abandon.

Neither Hot Nor Cold
Enter “climate change.” Global warming became like that movie where the lady on the train vanishes, and where everybody claimed never to have seen her. Climate change, not global warming, was always the real worry.

This was a brilliant move. The earth’s climate was never static; it is impossible that it should ever be static; therefore, it will always change. When anything bad happened, which was certain, it was climate change. When anything good happened, it was Look! Squirrel! Every ill and misfortune could once again be blamed on lack of government.

Wouldn’t you know it, though. The atmosphere again refused to cooperate! Oh, sure, there was the occasional hurricane or drought to keep things spicy. But on the whole it was nice outside. And nobody would ever admit being nice outside was because of climate change. Climate change by definition brought only evil.

Finis
Here we are, thirty years after the klaxon, and life is better, or at least no worse, as far as environmental conditions are concerned. Whatever trouble we had from global cooling, or rather global warming, was not that bothersome. We discovered there are plenty more pressing problems to worry about.

The boorish behavior of activists, the endless hectoring of politicians, the realization what shutting off fossil fuels really meant, the whopping pile of failed predictions, all that and more, killed global warming as a cause.

The undead corpse of global warming is animated now only by the hopes of a handful of true believers.

Smarter activists see the futility of climate change and have begun the work of metamorphosing the cause into something grander.

The seeds for this growth were planted in the Paris “climate” accord, which called for “gender equality, empowerment of women, and intergenerational equity” as well as “climate justice.”

All that was missing was transgender “rights”. But don’t worry. That’s being taken care of, too. William M. Briggs
 

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Heretic.
 

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A nice alternative view. William Briggs writes good fiction for the Federalist web site/blog and radio show with undisclosed funding for the site founded in 2013. One of the founders has been accused of plagiarism.
 

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"Everybody complains about the weather - but nobody ever does anything about it" That was the old saw - and pretty basic.. until politicians found the issue (call it "global warming" or wait, "climate change" )... I forgot... add "sea level rise" to their mournful prophecies...

Surprise, surprise (as old Gomer Pyle used to say...).

The truth of the matter is that our climate has never been stable - not since the planet's formation (ask geologists who can see the record in the rocks we stand on... ). Our climate will always be getting warmer or cooler - but usually at a rate that's so much slower than the timespan of ordinary human lives.

That won't stop the folks that want to use the issue to get all of us paying more to our governments (particularly those countries that are relatively well off..). "Developing countries" (what a laugh since China and India are included in that category...) will ignore any constraints whatsoever in their headlong race to be the top dog. The amount of pollutants and sheer environmental damage they're currently causing make our efforts to clean up meaningless, literally.

It's enough to give old P. T. Barnum a laughing fit - if he were still around.
 

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It was 36 here in south Texas this morning at 8am with sleet and snow flurries and will be in the mid 20’s tomorrow morning...that’s not global warming.
 

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I won't worry about global warming for two reasons:
1. It may or may not be a thing.
2. If we allow for a moment that it is a thing, and humans are significantly impacting it, there isn't anything we can do about it. Nobody is going to revert to a Neolithic hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Even if we take draconian measures in the west to curb "greenhouse gas" emissions, do you think China, India and South America are going to? Is the exploding population of Africa going to build massive wind farms to raise conflict free coffee beans or some other equally wistful idea? Not gonna happen, friends. Let's start with fixing the water flow of the glades and stop dumping fertilizer and poop in the lagoon. Big enough tasks for the time being.
 

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It was 36 here in south Texas this morning at 8am with sleet and snow flurries and will be in the mid 20’s tomorrow morning...that’s not global warming.
You are correct, one day or a week is not global warming.

Since you are all experts here I guess the following link is a moot post
https://climate.nasa.gov/
 
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Allow me to interject...
for those of you that are so concerned with global warming that you want to regulate and/or ban farting here is a suggestion!
Start buying only American made products! We have plenty of strict environmental policies for manufacturing here so American made products are substantially better for the environment.
That means no Smartphones, tablets, tv’s, chart-plotter, depth finder, ipilot, most rods/reels/accessories, and this list goes on for miles. So if your that concerned, think big picture please! So we’ve regulated our own American companies to the point of not being able to manufacture here, but we continue to buy from over seas where there are no regulations and some how that makes it better for you when the “greenhouse” gasses are coming from the other side of the globe! Pull your heads out of the sand, what happens to the environment in China is affecting us here. Be American, buy American, save the planet!
 

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It was 36 here in south Texas this morning at 8am with sleet and snow flurries and will be in the mid 20’s tomorrow morning...that’s not global warming.
??? It's late Fall/early Winter, what might one expect?? It's not July.

BTW it's 85 degrees and raining right now in south florida. Does that mean anything to you for a concept so broad such as global warming?

Instantaneous weather reports that are appropriate for a season don't mean anything. Even ones that are not quite typical (which is what I suspect you're going to say), don't really mean anything. This is a long term deal here. I always laugh when people say "look how cold it is!" from Minnesota in January.
 

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Allow me to interject...
for those of you that are so concerned with global warming that you want to regulate and/or ban farting here is a suggestion!
Start buying only American made products! We have plenty of strict environmental policies for manufacturing here so American made products are substantially better for the environment.
That means no Smartphones, tablets, tv’s, chart-plotter, depth finder, ipilot, most rods/reels/accessories, and this list goes on for miles. So if your that concerned, think big picture please! So we’ve regulated our own American companies to the point of not being able to manufacture here, but we continue to buy from over seas where there are no regulations and some how that makes it better for you when the “greenhouse” gasses are coming from the other side of the globe! Pull your heads out of the sand, what happens to the environment in China is affecting us here. Be American, buy American, save the planet!
Sounds like a start!
 

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??? It's late Fall/early Winter, what might one expect?? It's not July.

BTW it's 85 degrees and raining right now in south florida. Does that mean anything to you for a concept so broad such as global warming?

Instantaneous weather reports that are appropriate for a season don't mean anything. Even ones that are not quite typical (which is what I suspect you're going to say), don't really mean anything. This is a long term deal here. I always laugh when people say "look how cold it is!" from Minnesota in January.
Where do you live? I’ve been in Texas almost 4 decades and it’s no hotter than it was in the 80’s. What’s up with the smartass comment? I know what season it is.
 

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Florida. I just don't understand why people say it's cold during a time of year when it's supposed to be cold. How does that support non-global warming?
 

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Here we are, thirty years after the klaxon, and life is better, or at least no worse, as far as environmental conditions are concerned. Whatever trouble we had from global cooling, or rather global warming, was not that bothersome. We discovered there are plenty more pressing problems to worry about.
Wildfires. 43 dead in one a few days ago.
The Great Barrier Reef - about 50% die off.
Rocky Mountains - hundreds of thousands of acres of forests destroyed by forest pests.

These problems worry me.

Climate change also worries the USA military:
Since January 2017, 18 senior officials at the U.S. Defense Department (DoD) have raised concerns about, and recommended actions to address, the security implications of climate change, both due to its effect on military infrastructure, readiness and operations, and its broader geostrategic implications for the United States.

This includes Secretary of Defense, James Mattis; Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Paul J. Selva; Secretary of the Navy, Richard Spencer; Chief of the National Guard Bureau, General Joseph Lengyel; Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment (IE&E), Lucian L. Niemeyer; Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, R.D. James; Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations, Energy, and the Environment, Phyllis L. Bayer; Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Energy, John Henderson; Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Glenn Walters; Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Bill Moran; Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, General Stephen Wilson; Army Vice Chief of Staff, General James McConville, AFRICOM Commander General Thomas D. Waldhauser, Air Force Director of Civil Engineers, Major General Timothy Green, nominee for NORTHCOM/ NORAD Commander, General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy, and Environment, Alex Beehler, and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment, General Robert McMahon. The DoD also produced a survey report on the matter in January 2018.

Why wouldn’t I save energy and money by using LED bulbs? Why not look at where I can reduce my fossil fuel use and still do the things I like doing? That’s one reason in fact that I really like Microskiff...it’s a big difference from my old 12 gph 200hp Suzi. And you know what? I hope you are right and those of us that believe it is a problem are wrong. But based on the data I’ll be putting my wish to get a Dodge with a sweet Cummins in it on hold. And I think it is fantastic that Texas is the number one wind energy state in the nation. And I’m fine with minimizing the hard earned dollars I send to to Saudi Arabia and Venezuela buying fuel.
 
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Wildfires. 43 dead in one a few days ago.
The Great Barrier Reef - about 50% die off.
Rocky Mountains - hundreds of thousands of acres of forests destroyed by forest pests.

These problems worry me.

Climate change also worries the USA military:
Since January 2017, 18 senior officials at the U.S. Defense Department (DoD) have raised concerns about, and recommended actions to address, the security implications of climate change, both due to its effect on military infrastructure, readiness and operations, and its broader geostrategic implications for the United States.

This includes Secretary of Defense, James Mattis; Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Paul J. Selva; Secretary of the Navy, Richard Spencer; Chief of the National Guard Bureau, General Joseph Lengyel; Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment (IE&E), Lucian L. Niemeyer; Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, R.D. James; Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations, Energy, and the Environment, Phyllis L. Bayer; Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Energy, John Henderson; Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Glenn Walters; Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Bill Moran; Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, General Stephen Wilson; Army Vice Chief of Staff, General James McConville, AFRICOM Commander General Thomas D. Waldhauser, Air Force Director of Civil Engineers, Major General Timothy Green, nominee for NORTHCOM/ NORAD Commander, General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy, and Environment, Alex Beehler, and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment, General Robert McMahon. The DoD also produced a survey report on the matter in January 2018.

Why wouldn’t I save energy and money by using LED bulbs? Why not look at where I can reduce my fossil fuel use and still do the things I like doing? That’s one reason in fact that I really like Microskiff...it’s a big difference from my old 12 gph 200hp Suzi. And you know what? I hope you are right and those of us that believe it is a problem are wrong. But based on the data I’ll be putting my wish to get a Dodge with a sweet Cummins in it on hold. And I think it is fantastic that Texas is the number one wind energy state in the nation. And I’m fine with minimizing the hard earned dollars I send to to Saudi Arabia and Venezuela buying fuel.
Well, that big Cummins is a safer bet for the environment that the smallest gasser car on the streets so go agead and get ya one!
All that info but ya didn’t know diesels are cleaner than gas...
Climate change is real and I don’t think that’s being disputed, what is being disputed is the fact that we humans think we have any say over the matter!
 

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That is, as they say, subject to change as per the points and levels of the population and the degree to which its a high trust society.
 

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The Cummins gets better mileage which unfortunately (for me) is very different from being cleaner, but I appreciate the encouragement! The NOx and particulates of diesel are way worse than gas. In terms of climate change being human caused, ive spent near thirty years cleaning up human caused environmental contamination so it is easy for me to look at the data and conclude that yes, there is natural variation but not near enough to explain what’s happening and how fast it is happening. I don’t miss my gas guzzler outboard and like I said I don’t usually wish to be wrong but in the case of climate change it would make me very happy to be wrong! Tight lines!
 
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