Monday, September 22, 2014

Denying the Data

Even if climate change believers are correct that the science is correct and that any minute now, the model-predicted surge in global average temperature will kick in to kill us all, what matter of denial does it take to claim this as the reason for addressing climate change?

The UN is hyping their climate change conference:

Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies.

There is a sense that change is in the air. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to Climate Summit 2014 this 23 September to galvanize and catalyze climate action.

It would have to be a sense that "change" is in the air because higher temperatures sure aren't there.

Even if the science is right and science has simply failed to account for the so-called "pause" in rising temperatures, the fact is there has been a plateau of temperatures for the last decade and a half, at least.

So in what broad sense of reality is it possible to say that climate change is "happening now" and "having very real consequences on people's lives?"

Climate change is not happening now. And if it is having real consequences on people's lives now it is only because so many people are mindlessly sorting recyclables at their curb--and feeling oh so superior doing it, I'll add.

Unless the global warmers want to argue that the data is bad--and that opens up a whole can of worms from their point, doesn't it?--how can the science support this statement from the UN?