Climate Scientist Confesses “We Really Don’t Have Any Idea What is Going On”

03-24-2008

Here’s the lead paragraph of a “news” story about “climate science”:

Some 3,000 scientific robots that are plying the ocean have sent home a puzzling message. These diving instruments suggest that the oceans have not warmed up at all over the past four or five years. That could mean global warming has taken a breather. Or it could mean scientists aren’t quite understanding what their robots are telling them.

Or, it could mean there is no “global warming”?

“Global warming has taken a breather”? What, Old GW is tired and needs to rest in the hammock, with a tall glass of lemonade?

“Scientists aren’t quite understanding what their robots are telling them.”? Sure, that must be it. It’s pretty complicated, interpreting temperatures. Bunch of numbers and stuff. Did they go up, or down? Arrrgghh! I just can’t tell!

But wait. It gets better. The title of the article? “The Mystery of Global Warming’s Missing Heat”.

“Global Warming’s Missing Heat”. Global Warming be missing some heat! Who took the heat? We have Global Warming, we kinda need some heat. We’re not seeing the heat. Who. Stole. The Heat?

I didn’t realize NPR had branched into satire of bad science reporting.

But hey, you know, whatevs. NPR is going to do what NPR is going to do. And so is the rest of the media, which seems hell-bent on beating us into submission with a constant barrage of stories about all the terrible stuff that’s going to happen as a result of … I don’t know. Weather?

They call it “climate science”. But “climate politics” would be more accurate.

This is not about science, and it never has been. It’s about politics, and politics is always made up of exactly two things: power, and money. There is a more to it than this, but generally speaking, some theories of climate science emerged which could be used politically to hold rich nations hostage in order to gain economic advantages for economically backward countries. The UN and the IPCC — as is their MO — eagerly jumped at the opportunity to slow down the U.S. economy, and enlisted some very compliant “scientists” — who crave grant money over all else — to help them make their case. And the dullards in the media — always looking for a good crisis to scare us with — signed right up with this dubious program.

I have nothing against exploring alternative energy sources, or conservation, or weaning ourselves off of foreign oil. Actually, I’m pretty strongly in favor of those last two, especially. But I will not be bullied or blackmailed by lies, especially by people who talk the talk but don’t walk the walk.

And by the way, on the hybrid car and the compact flourescent lightbulbs? I’m not sure how putting huge battery packs in cars, and converting over to mass use of millions of mercury-containing light bulbs, isn’t creating a potentially huge waste management problem down the road. How is that solving anything?

So, I think I’ll continue to sit back, and watch the weather unfold over the years, and read real science and analysis, and make occasional fun of some of the more ridiculous advocacy pieces I see. They appear almost every week, sometimes multiple times per week.

Meanwhile, it won’t surprise me at all if we get a cold wave, driven by a lack of sunspot activity. This prediction is actually backed by hard science, and provable over a long period of time, and runs in predictable cycles. And we’re entering a historic period of low sunspot activity. Which always leads to cold weather. Because the Sun is pretty much our only source of heat. Really, you could look it up.

And if we get a few years down the road, and it becomes blindingly obvious that CO2 is not making the world warmer, I’m going to be laughing my ass off. Until I have to turn up the thermostat to keep warm, then I’ll dial it down to a chuckle.