Shameless fear-mongering – versus reality

“Mr. Gore conveniently ignores even well known climate change and weather events of past centuries,” says Paul Driessen.

“Gore’s new movie promotes his tired assertion that every climate fluctuation and extreme weather event of recent years is the result of our “mortal sin” of using fossil fuels to power civilization and lift billions of people out of abject poverty. Even the preview is excruciating to watch. But even Pope Francis still believes the most destitute people on Earth are threatened more by “dangerous manmade climate change” than by the malnutrition and disease that kill millions of them every year.

“Thankfully, Climate Change: The Facts 2017, a new book by Australia’s Institute of Public Affairs, offers a readable, levelheaded antidote to Mr. Gore’s shameless climate and weather fear-mongering.”

The following commentary by Paul Driessen reviews some of the book’s important messages and responds to the Pope’s poorly informed analysis.

 

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Shameless fear-mongering – versus reality

Al Gore pedals climate and weather scam. CFACT film and Aussie book present Climate Facts.

By Paul Driessen

Before I could enjoy a movie last week, I was forced to endure five minutes of climate and weather fear-mongering, when the theater previewed Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Sequel.” His attempt to pin every weather disaster of the past decade on humanity’s fossil fuel use felt like fifty minutes of water boarding.

Mr. Gore has made tens of millions of dollars pedaling this nonsense and his demand that modern society undergo a “wrenching transformation” from oil, natural gas and coal to a utopian make-believe world powered by biofuels, wind and solar power, electric vehicles and batteries.

Every alarmist prediction has been falsified by actual events: from soaring temperatures to an ice-free Arctic to monstrous hurricanes that have not hit the USA since 2005. His attempt to blame New York City floods during Superstorm Sandy ignored inconvenient truths like construction that narrowed the Hudson River by hundreds of feet, forcing any incoming water to rise higher … and flood Manhattan. Mr. Gore conveniently ignores even well known climate change and weather events of past centuries. No wonder this devotee of SUVs, private jets and multiple homes doesn’t have the spine to debate anyone over these issues. When he lectures us, he won’t even take questions that he has not preapproved.

Scores of whacky predictions that never came true

Thankfully, those seeking an antidote or healthy dose of reality have alternatives. The Climate Hustle documentary film debunks scores of whacky predictions that never came true and presents solid evidence-based science from dozens of scientists who don’t accept “manmade climate crisis” claims. A new Australian book presents detailed and expert but fast-paced, readable material on key climate issues.

Climate Change: The Facts 2017 is the third in a series. Dedicated to the memory of the late, eminent Aussie geologist and climate scientist Bob Carter, its 22 chapters cover climate changes through the ages, the multiple natural forces that primarily drive climate and weather fluctuations, devious tricks that alarmist researchers have used to modify and “homogenize” actual temperature data, attempts to silence experts who focus on natural causes of climate change or on adaptation rather than costly “prevention,’ the historic context behind climate debates, and coral reef resilience amid alleged ocean “acidification.”

Assumed coral, shellfish and other asserted disasters from even slight changes in ocean pH are based on computer simulations that often extrapolate from laboratory experiments. John Abbott, Peter Ridd and Jennifer Marohasy point out that some of those experiments actually added hydrochloric acid to fish tanks to simulate acidification presumed to result from slight increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide!

Carbon dioxide has been demonized because it is a byproduct of fossil fuel use, and many activists want to eliminate the oil, natural gas and coal that provide over 80% of US and global energy. Moreover, while it helps trap solar heat and keep Earth inhabitable, CO2 is the polar opposite of a “dangerous pollutant.”

Rising CO2 levels are helping to “green” the planet

CO2 is vital plant food and fertilizer, essential for photosynthesis. Without it, life on Earth would cease to exist. In conjunction with slightly warmer global temperatures since the Little Ice Age ended (and modern industrial era began), rising atmospheric CO2 levels are helping to “green” the planet, by spurring crop, forest and grassland plants to grow faster and better, Craig Idso and Matt Ridley explain. 25-50% of vegetated parts of our planet have gotten greener over the past 33 years, from the tropics to the Arctic, and 70% of that greening is due to higher levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. Only 4% has gotten browner.

Ian Plimer, Ken Ring and Nicola Scafetta discuss natural climate cycles and the long planetary and human experience with major climate changes and weather events. Nothing seen today is unprecedented, and most is far more benign than in the past, they note. Bjorn Lomborg and other authors explain why we must end our obsession with the “climate crisis” and other exaggerated threats, and with false solutions to fabricated climate disasters. We need to spend our limited time, money and resources on the many real, pressing problems that confront mankind in developed and developing nations alike.

My chapter in The Facts addresses those pressing humanity problems, largely in the context of Pope Francis’s Laudato Si encyclical. For countless millennia, I note, humans endured brutal, backbreaking lives cut short by malnutrition and starvation, wretched cold and poverty, foul air, filthy water, myriad diseases, absent sanitary practices, and simple wounds that brought gangrene, amputation and death.

Thanks to fossil fuels, billions of people
have doubled their life spans

Then, in just two centuries, via discovery and progress powered by fossil fuels, billions of people doubled their life spans and became healthy, well fed, prosperous, increasingly mobile, and able to afford wondrous medical and other technologies, foods, services, luxuries and leisure-time activities that previous generations could not even imagine.

Mechanized agriculture – coupled with modern fertilizers, hybrid and GMO seeds, irrigation and other advances – enable smaller numbers of farmers to produce bumper crops that feed billions, using less land, water and insecticides. Improved buildings keep out cold, heat, and disease-carrying rodents and insects, and better survive earthquakes and extreme weather. Electricity transformed every aspect of our lives.

“How can we not feel gratitude and appreciation for this progress, especially in the fields of medicine, engineering and communications?” His Holiness asks. Unfortunately, he then presents romanticized references to consistently mild climates, benevolent natural worlds and idyllic pastoral lives that never existed. He insists that Earth’s poorest people will soon face “grave existential risks” from planetary warming, if we do not quickly and significantly reduce fossil fuel use.

The Pope ignores real-world evidence

He ignores the absence of Real World evidence that greenhouse gases are causing climate chaos – and the compelling evidence that fossil fuels continue to bring enormous benefits.

Over the past three decades, oil, gas and especially coal have helped 1.3 billion more people get electricity and escape energy and economic destitution. China connected 99% of its population to the grid, mostly with coal. Average Chinese are now ten times richer and live 32 years longer than their predecessors did barely five decades previously. India is building numerous coal power plants to electrify its vast regions.

But more than 1.2 billion people (more than the USA, Canada, Mexico and Europe combined) still do not have electricity; another 2 billion have electrical power only sporadically and unpredictably. In Sub-Saharan Africa, 700 million still cook and heat with “renewable” wood, charcoal and animal dung.

Hundreds of millions get horribly sick – and five million die – every year from lung and intestinal diseases, due to breathing smoke from open fires and not having refrigeration, clean water and safe food. Hundreds of millions are starving or malnourished. Nearly 3 billion survive on a few dollars per day.

These destitute masses simply want to take their rightful, God-given places among Earth’s healthy and prosperous people. Instead, they are being told that “wouldn’t be sustainable.” They’re being told that improving their health, living standards and life spans is less important than avoiding the “looming climate cataclysm” that “threatens the very survival” of our wildlife, civilization and planet.

These claims – and the false solutions being offered to dire problems that exist only in alarmist movies, press releases and computer models – examine only far-fetched risks that fossil fuels supposedly might cause. They never consider the numerous dangers and damages those fuels reduce, prevent or eliminate. These attitudes are anti-science, anti-human, unjust, unethical – and genocidal.

Noted observer of popular culture Clive James wraps up this fascinating book. Proponents of man-made climate catastrophe asked us for so many leaps of faith that they were bound to run out of credibility in the end, he says. And yet it would be unwise to think mankind’s capacity to believe in fashionable nonsense can be cured anytime soon. When this “threat” collapses, it will be replaced with another.

Al Gore, the IPCC, alarmist modelers and researchers, and EPA’s “social cost of carbon” scheme and carbon dioxide “endangerment” decision have all depended on the climate bogeyman. Eternal vigilance, education and pushback by the rest of us will be needed for years to come.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power – Black death. (July 2017)

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17 thoughts on “Shameless fear-mongering – versus reality”

  1. Man made climate change … or solar driven climate change?

    It seems there may be another dynamic in play that could forestall for a time any movement in the direction of a colder planet due to a minimum of sun spots … that being what seems to be a presently occurring regular cycling of earth facing coronal hole solar wind / energy upticks arriving here …

    While that dynamic remains in place … toss the history books then and open the eyes to such? If and when that subsides … then reassess things? In the meantime, look for global warming to take place via energy in at the poles, more heat out between the Tropic lines and a lot of atmospheric mixing between those Tropic lines and each respective pole?

    Time will tell how things do play out … but this type of warming would seem to dwarf that which might be attributable to man made activities … or so it would seem; the ability to manage abrupt climate events that may well follow in locations around the world … that may well be the challenge … a challenge to infrastructure … populations … and the like?

  2. They are utterly shameless. I cannot see how they cannot know what they are doing but have wilfully misled so many into believing the manmade climate sc@m. We know people of good will who want to do the right thing but who still fall for all this nonsense.

  3. As per the Georgia Guide Stones, the Elite want to reduce the worlds population, so giving them electricity to help improve their lives is a no-no. Its all by design. The developing nations are being held back. Shame on those who peddle this global warming theory and leave people destitute when the likes of Gore are jetting around the world, have a grand home and has made millions from his propaganda. Back to serfdom – the elite and the rest of us minions!

  4. the goracle and many other ex pollies etc
    all have the same motto
    NEVER let the Truth get in the way of a good story AND a way to make more money!
    actually explains why the pope is so willing to agree also
    they gotta find a way to raise even more money from the poor to pay for their errant “brothers” who couldnt keep themselves TO themselves.
    and hey fears always worked so well for so many religions
    goracles just using the same system himself
    his imagination sees him as the planets crusader/saviour of mankind

    while everyone else sees him now and increasingly
    as a overweight resource abusing blowhard and an annoying git who doesnt know when to stfu and leave whiles hes ahead

  5. It is very sad to see such strong evidence the Pope is now so overtly “owned” by the Globalists.

    On the bright side for Americans is the Trump Administration is not so owned or indebted.

  6. Has anybody found other references to the comment ‘construction that narrowed the Hudson River by hundreds of feet’?

  7. Although I do have to agree with gore and the other alarmists to some extent about the extreme weather getting worse and climate change is the worst problem we are facing which is true they still refuse to tell us that it is mostly natural driven and we are heading into a new ice age not catostraphic warming which is what they are forcing down our throatsv

  8. Here’s the problem: any punishment for the lies??

    Any financial cost, legal cost?? Any jail time?? Any need to pay back dishonest gains??

    NO, they carry on. He and the like will do it again.

  9. Fact >>> Gore’s movie came in 15th in the weekend ratings. The investors are screaming at the studio for not doing more to promote it.

    Fact is the cats out of the bag. Every prediction Gore has made has been wrong anf the science is also catching up with him. The lies are being openly discussed and tha fabrications are being noted often enough by Sound Scientific authorities that the Climate Change argument is loosing steam.

    The real problem>>> few people are ready for the cold. That is what is scary.

  10. I live in the Methow Valley of Washington State in the North Cascades, an area that experienced multiple glaciations during the Pleistocene. The location of my house was buried by ice more than a mile thick numerous times. Most people that live in this valley don’t recognize the multiple formations around them that were caused by glaciers. One neighborhood for example is built on a terminal moraine surrounding two lakes that are kettles. For hundreds of thousands of years the ice came and went in the North Cascades. In some cases full blown glaciation began in decades here wiping out all plant life and forcing animals to move south or die. Fascinating yet scary. Far scarier than the fiction and lies that Gore peddles with the help of the presstitute media.

  11. Trouble is, Al Gores pack of lies will be believed by the minions that believe the Government is man’s salvation. They will believe that man can actually control the Climate. Governments will keep pushing because it is their wedge into a Global Government that controls all of the people, every aspect of their lives including what they eat, what they drink and what they do in their bedrooms if they are allowed to have one.

  12. Last time I checked, cars and other vehicles have been producing carbon MONOXIDE, wich is CO, not CO2.
    I rest my case.

  13. Al Gore knows AGW is BS, he’s a psycho in it for the money and power, like the rest. He has no conscience.
    Hopefully the scam is realised by the general public, so he at least will die infamously.

  14. Al Gore is a practiced liar having honed his skill in the swamp of Washington DC in congress and as vice president. He adopted the globalist philosophy and realized there was money to be made promoting global warming (which has never been global) and later climate change–which is always occurring but he claimed it will destroy earth. He has been wrong on every climate disaster he invented but still rails against non-believers. Never one to let a good scam go to waste–he tries to scare us into submission with another movie packed full of lies.

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