People are now skeptical of anything coming from President Barack Obama's administration. His poll numbers are in serious decline. Untruths over Obamacare, the attack in Benghazi and the IRS pursuit of conservative non-profits because of their ideology have contributed to Obama's lack of credibility.
Look at what the president said during his State of the Union Address regarding climate change. "But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact." While millions of years of climate change is a fact, whether man is now the major cause of it is not settled. To say so is a lie. How could the president come to this conclusion? Isn't this just another issue where the public and policymakers have been misled by statements that are backed by a glaring lack of empirical facts?
The administration's position on the ever-changing climate is based only on un-validated, man-made computer models that have yet to produce climate forecasts that are accurate for periods as short as a decade. The scientific test of the man-made climate change hypothesis cannot be done with un-validated, constantly failing computer models but only by comparing the hypothesis to real, empirical observations of current and past CO2 and temperature relationships. This time-honored test indicates that "CO2 is the major cause of climate change" is false.
Why won't the administration's science advisors discuss this glaring lack of empirical evidence? It must be political self-preservation is at stake. Even academia and subsidy-dependent businesses have compromised themselves by receiving billions of dollars that get directed to alternative energies or to those trying to prove negative influences of CO2 on Earth's climate. Also, there is the catastrophe-loving media that seems incapable of understanding the vast difference between real scientific observations and the output of un-validated computer models.
Let's debunk some charges these "warmist groups" make:
-- The rate and magnitude of recent warming is unprecedented. This is absolutely false. Peer reviewed studies, including the journal Climate Dynamics, recently concluded that average global temperatures stopped warming 15 years ago. Looking farther back, there have been many periods of rapid warming before man's measurable release of CO2.
-- The number and intensity of major hurricanes and tornadoes is rising. The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season was the first Atlantic hurricane season since 1994 to end with no known major hurricanes. Data published by Florida State University indicates global cyclonic intensity has been trending down for 20 years.
-- Droughts and floods are more frequent and intense. Again false. According to 106 peer reviewed global drought and 47 global flood studies, this is not true.
-- Forest fires and acreage destroyed have intensified. The National Interagency Fire Center statistics of total wild land fires and acres destroyed from 1960-2012 concludes that there is no evidence to support this claim.
-- The rate of sea level rise is increasing. Global statistics refute this claim. Sea level is continuing its rate of rising seven inches per century, unrelated to human contributions to global warming. There are some local areas where sea level is either rising or falling but no global increasing rate of sea level rise.
The oceans are becoming more acidic. This is grossly misleading. Mother Earth's oceans are highly alkaline, not acidic, and there is no evidence human emissions can cause Earth's oceans to become acidic.
Now for the good news about our environment:
-- Over 5,000 real experiments, worldwide, prove the astonishing increase in plant, food crop, and forest growth as CO2 levels rise.
-- A NASA satellite, orbiting since 1979, collected data that shows that Earth has "greened" for three successive decades as CO2 levels have increased. This, despite our having paved everything in sight with concrete and asphalt and even clear-cut many rainforests. As we learned in the third grade, CO2 is what plants eat.
-- Additional CO2 should cause more robust habitats and ecosystems, food production per acre will increase, and less remaining pristine habitats will have to yield to the plow as populations increase.
So true environmentalists, where are you? The less-than-truthful administration, a catastrophe-loving media, and several groups with income, subsidies, grants or promotions at stake have misled you. CO2 is totally beneficial to life on Earth.
Do not just take the word of this author. Visit the website of former NASA scientists and astronauts that provide insightful analysis at therightclimatestuff.com. Ask the warmists-alarmists to provide you with the actual scientific data to support their statements. Please remember, un-validated models do not produce scientific data.
H. Leighton Steward is a geologist, environmentalist, and chairman of plantsneedco2.org.