THE FOCUS (2/20/2021)
Covid Climate Change
Both Covid and climate change share the same type of science behind their projections and the hysteria of the politicians and globalists in using the projections to impose radical changes on others
John Kerry, the Biden administration climate czar, proclaimed Friday that looming climate disaster is only nine years away.
“Three years ago, scientists warned that if we want to prevent the worst consequences of the climate crisis, we have to limit the planet’s warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. That’s the magic number by consensus among most scientists,” Kerry said Friday.
Pay attention to two key words: consensus and scientists. When you hear a politician touts those two words together, that means he or she is telling a joke. No kidding. A considerable amount of the problem in this world can be attributed to “scientists”. Who are the “scientists”? What is their political ideology? Are they free from bias? Are they not directly or indirectly under the influence of special interest groups?
We have heard this doomsday scenario long time ago—about 50 years ago. From scientists. And then they kept repeating the same thing to this day. Global warming, which was later repackaged as climate change, will sink the world. The world will be under water.
Scientist, J. H. Mercer from Institute of Polar Studies at the Ohio State University, published an article in the prestigious journal Nature in 1978. He wrote:
If the global consumption of fossil fuels continues to grow at its present rate, atmospheric CO2 content will double in about 50 years. Climatic models suggest that the resultant greenhouse-warming effect will be greatly magnified in high latitudes. The computed temperature rise at lat 80° S could start rapid deglaciation of West Antarctica, leading to a 5 m rise in sea level.
Well, the rate of global consumption of fossil fuels in the last four decades has risen even faster, but we have not seen a significant increase in sea level. In fact, global mean sea level has only risen about 8–9 inches (21–24 centimeters) since 1880. In fact, from 1980 to 2020, the global sea level increased by only 6-7 centimeters. This is way far below 5 meters as Mercer predicted.
In 1989, the Worldwatch Institute, an environmental research organization published its report “State of the World 1989". They called the ‘90s “the turnaround decade” in which people will either stop polluting or face an environmental disaster as devastating as nuclear war. “By many measures,” Worldwatch warned in its report, “time is running out.”
In an article in LA Times in 1989:
Stephen Schneider, deputy director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, argue that the greenhouse effect has already begun and will have devastating effects in the next century unless radical action is taken. Without such action, Schneider envisions a starkly different world by the middle of the next century, one in which the average global temperature will have risen by as much as nine degrees Fahrenheit.
It is too late to stop the warming altogether, Schneider argues, but the worst of it could be averted if people cut back drastically in their use of fossil fuels and stopped destroying the rain forests.
As usual, the UN quickly jumped in. As APNews reported in 1989:
A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.
Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of ″eco- refugees,′ ′ threatening political chaos, said Noel Brown, director of the New York office of the U.N. Environment Program, or UNEP. He said governments have a 10-year window of opportunity to solve the greenhouse effect before it goes beyond human control.
As the warming melts polar icecaps, ocean levels will rise by up to three feet, enough to cover the Maldives and other flat island nations, Brown told The Associated Press in an interview on Wednesday.
Coastal regions will be inundated; one-sixth of Bangladesh could be flooded, displacing a fourth of its 90 million people. A fifth of Egypt’s arable land in the Nile Delta would be flooded, cutting off its food supply, according to a joint UNEP and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study.
…The most conservative scientific estimate that the Earth’s temperature will rise 1 to 7 degrees in the next 30 years, said Brown.
Brown said if the warming trend continues, ″the question is will we be able to reverse the process in time? We say that within the next 10 years, given the present loads that the atmosphere has to bear, we have an opportunity to start the stabilizing process.″
He said even the most conservative scientists ″already tell us there’s nothing we can do now to stop a ... change″ of about 3 degrees. ″Anything beyond that, and we have to start thinking about the significant rise of the sea levels ... we can expect more ferocious storms, hurricanes, wind shear, dust erosion.″
He said there is time to act, but there is no time to waste.
First, looking back from 2019, the temperature rose about half of a degree Celsius since 1989, according to NASA. Secondly, the global sea level only increased by 6-7 centimeters, not 36 centimeters as Brown predicted. The scientist’s projection was outrageously off.
Perhaps the most famous climate Armageddon proponent is Al Gore who produced a fantasy documentary in 2006 titled “An Inconvenient Truth”. During the introduction of the movie, Al Gore said that humanity had only 10 years left before the world would reach a point of no return. Gore’s movie also featured animations of water inundating Manhattan and Florida. Yet, just a few years later, Al Gore bought an $8 million beach-front property near Los Angeles. And 14 years later, Manhattan as well as Florida are still intact.
Nothing has changed. They keep repeating the same Armageddon scenario. The difference is, today, politicians are exploiting the scientists’ doomsday scenario for political and other types of gain. The left’s darling, AOC, famously stated in 2019 that the world will end in 12 years.
"Millennials and Gen Z and all these folks that come after us are looking up, and we're like, 'The world is going to end in 12 years if we don't address climate change, and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?' " she said.
They have been trying to force radical change in people’s lives, but not in their own. Even going as far as suggesting that people should just end the civilization in one generation by stop reproducing because of… climate change.
In early 2020, through her new book, "The Ahuman Manifesto," Patricia MacCormack, a UK philosophy professor suggested that humans should stop reproducing because that the worst contributor to carbon footfrint.
“I mean, it’s a really basic idea: In terms of carbon footprint, the worst thing you can do is have a child ,” Patricia MacCormack, a philosophy professor at Cambridge’s Anglia Ruskin University.
In the first Democratic presidential debate on July 31, 2019, former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke declared, "I've listened to the scientists on this, and they're very clear. We don't have more than 10 years to get this right." Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) warned that the "climate crisis is the existential crisis for our world. It puts every living thing on this planet at risk."
And South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is now Biden’s secretary of transportation said that "science tells us we have 12 years before we reach the horizon of catastrophe when it comes to our climate."
In the second debate, the then Sen. Kamala Harris stated that "we must have and adopt a Green New Deal. On day one as president…I would re-enter us in the Paris agreement. And put in place [policies] so we would be carbon neutral by 2030."
It’s the same message and action: “based on science, the world is doomed so we must radically change your lives." Never mind that those proposed or imposed radical changes, which are inspired by scientists' extreme projection, can negatively affect the lives of millions of people.
Enter coronavirus. And the same type of scientists is doing the bidding, scaring people with their outrageous projections (more on this next week). Let’s pick one. In February and March 2020, scientists projected that the coronavirus would infect 60% to 80% of the world population within a year. That scared the hell out of people. But one year later, the global infection rate is not even 2%.
Just like the climate change, leftist politicians and globalists take the projections of scientists on the coronavirus religiously and then impose radical and restrictive policies on the general population. Maybe they do it out of ignorant, or maybe they like the new apocalypse message to begin with. Whatever it is, the lives of millions of people around the world have been ruined as a result of their policies which are based on scientists' extremely wrong projections.
Twenty years ago, Thomas Moore, a senior fellow at Hoover Institute of Stanford University wrote his conclusion on global warming.
If global warming occurs, it may cost the world at most one or two percent of the world's GDP, most likely much less. Offsetting the drawbacks are the many benefits of 19 warmer winters: people like warm climates; heating bills are lower; clothing costs are reduced; transportation is less troubled; and death rates are lower. Trying to slow the emissions of greenhouse gases is likely to be costly, significantly exceeding two percent of the world's GDP. Adaptation rather than prevention appears to be the best strategy. Over the twenty-first century, incomes and technology will almost certainly grow. Should serious problems arise from climate change, mankind will then have more resources and the technology to mitigate putative difficulties. Prudence requires watching, waiting, and weighing alternatives. Acting now is dangerous, damaging, and possibly destabilizing to the world. Certainly the potential effects of climate change do not currently call for any action. .As Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
That rings true to the issue of coronavirus as well.
West Antarctic Ice Sheet and CO2 Greenhouse Effect: A Threat of Disaster (Nature, Nov 1978)
Governments Start Preparing for Global Warming Disasters (NY Times, Nov 14, 1989)
U.N. Predicts Disaster if Global Warming Not Checked (APNews Jun 29, 1989)
Global Warming Is Expected to Be the Hot Issue of 1990s : Environment: Some scientists studying the greenhouse effect say the sky is falling. Others believe the best advice is to stay cool (LA Times, Oct 29, 1989)
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