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Climate change hoax

By Ezra Levant, QMI Agency

Rajendra Pachauri is Chair of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. DENIS BALIBOUS/REUTERS

Rajendra Pachauri is Chair of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. DENIS BALIBOUS/REUTERS

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Next month the UN bureaucracy in charge of global warming, called the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will release its first major scientific report in six years. Word has leaked out that they have revised downward their projections for global temperatures.

They still say the world will heat up. They’re just making their new guesses less extreme, because their last guesses have been so wrong.

“Projections” and “guesses” are more appropriate terms than the word “prediction.” Because as the prestigious scientific journal, Nature Climate Change, reveals this month, out of 117 climate computer models over the past 15 years, 114 of them were wrong, and all of those were wrong in the same direction. Out of 117, 114 projected the world would warm far more than it has.

If you had 117 monkeys randomly throwing darts at a dart board, you would have a few bullseyes, and the rest would be evenly scattered – some high, some low, some left, some right. But the UN’s predictions all skewed high. That doesn’t happen by chance. That’s a sign of inherent bias. To use a computer science term, “garbage in, garbage out.” If you build a computer model that is tilted to yield a certain outcome, you can be pretty sure that it will.

Nature’s peer-reviewed study showed that since 1998, actual recorded temperatures on the Earth went up by a microscopic 0.05 degrees per decade. As in, 1/20th of a degree, over 10 years. That’s so small it’s almost unmeasurable. Global warming stopped back when Clinton was president. Titanic was the hit movie.

Shania Twain’s You’re Still the One topped the charts. That’s a long time ago.

But 114 official projections claimed there would be massive global warming. A Ouija board would be more accurate. So would a kid’s magic eight ball, or a pair of dice.

Anyone who has heard of the ice ages, and knows we’re not in one now, acknowledges the world has warmed and cooled over the millennia, and those cycles will likely continue. The brilliant political innovation of the IPCC was to politicize those natural changes, and to blame them on something taxable: carbon dioxide, or CO2.

It is that fetishization of carbon that is so absurd — carbon, the stuff of life, the sixth element on the periodic table, the essential element in our own bodies, let alone our foods (carbs) and industrial activity (carburetors).

A prominent anti-oil lobby group was formed called 350.org , named after the so-called “tipping point” of parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere, after which warm-mongers said we would never recover. Except that CO2 is now nearing 400 ppm, in part because of China’s booming industrial economy. But the temperature has stopped moving.

This is like the Y2K millennium bug that companies and governments spent billions of dollars fixing, that launched a thousand TV news special reports. But it turned out to be a hoax – a scheme for lobbyists and consultants. At least it ended on Jan. 1, 2000. And at least the Mayan apocalypse had an end date, too: 2012.

How many more years will politicians keep demonizing carbon dioxide for global warming that isn’t happening? A better question is, how much longer will voters — and taxpayers — go along for the ride?

 



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