Global Warmists, in the face of increased evidence that their theory is flawed, push ahead to implement as much of their “Green” carbon agenda as they can by using the Mandating power of the Oval Office and the EPA. The War on Coal proceeds and the blocking of the keystone Pipeline continues. New EPA regulations will take effect in 2014. Meanwhile John Kerry moves to take over the mantle of leader of the Global Warming Movement with increased preparation to involve the United States in a World Wide anti fossil fuel treaty.
So, ladies and gentlemen, we are having a record-breaking cold snap in many parts of the country. And right on schedule the media have to come up with a way to make it sound like it’s completely unprecedented. Because they’ve got to find a way to attach this to the global warming agenda, and they have. It’s called the “polar vortex.” The dreaded polar vortex.
Do you know what the polar vortex is? Have you ever heard of it? Well, they just created it for this week. Actually, there is a piece. I’ve got a piece in the Stack that actually makes the case that all of this frigid, chilling cold is due to global warming, strange as it may sound, it says. Other wackos are saying it’s a great example of climate change, but regardless, the agenda is that we’re responsible, we’re causing it, we have to pay the price. And so any weather extreme now is said to be man-made, and therefore it fulfills the leftist agenda on this.
Now, in their attempt, the left, the media, everybody, to come up with a way to make this sound like it’s something new and completely unprecedented, they’ve come up with this phrase called the “polar vortex.” If you’ve been watching television, they’ve created a graphic, all the networks have, and it basically consists of a view of the planet if you are right above the North Pole. They put this big purple blob, or blue blob, or red blob, depending on the network you’re looking at, over the entire North Pole, and they call that the polar vortex. It actually sounds like a crappy science fiction movie to me, but anyway, that’s what they’re calling it. It makes it sound like the jet stream is being forced lower across the United States.
See, normally the polar vortex stays up there in the polar region, but something is causing it to dip down like it’s never happened before. We’ve never had arctic air blasts before. And remember, now, the key to all this is you have to understand one of the fundamental concepts of man-made global warming is ice melting at the poles. One of the ways they have always sought to convince you that the world is warming is not the climate where you live, but rather where you aren’t, where you can’t see what is really happening. So they tell you the ice is melting at the North Pole and the South Pole. And then they publish pictures, which are fraudulent pictures of poor little polar bears stranded on three square feet of ice that you are told used to be the North Pole.
That’s how fast it’s melting. The polar bears are in deep trouble. Algore participated in it. It’s an abject, total fraud. Well, obviously there is no melting of ice going on at the North Pole. If they’re gonna tell us the polar vortex is responsible for this cold, that means record cold is also happening in the North Pole, which means there isn’t any ice melting, and we know about the global warming expedition that went down to the South Pole, Antarctica, to prove that the ice is melting, and they got stuck, and then the rescuers got stuck, and then the people rescuing the rescuers got stuck, but never mind that. In none of the stories about the global warming expedition going to the South Pole needing to be rescued, not once did you see any reference to their mission.
They were just exploring the Antarctic, the news said. No; what they were doing was going down to prove the ice was melting, and they got stuck in it because they ran into ice where they didn’t expect to find any. So no matter how they go at this, they’re losing. They’re in the middle of a hoax, they’re perpetrating a hoax, but they’re relying on their total dominance of the media to lie to you each and every day about climate change and global warming. So they created the polar vortex, and the polar vortex, something’s happened, and that cold air which normally stays is in the North Pole, something’s happening, something deeply mysterious and perhaps tragic is happening.
Whatever it is that keeps the polar vortex vortexed in the Arctic Circle is vanishing, and that cold air is coming to us. Normally it stays up there. But now it’s down here. How did it get here? That’s the deepening mystery. That is the crisis. That is what is man-made. Man is destroying the invisible boundaries that keeps that air up there. How did it get cold in previous winters? Well, it got cold in previous winters, but, see, as far as most people are concerned, this is as cold as it’s ever been in their lives. Well, but, Snerdley, I’m just telling you their technique. Forget truth. The truth and the Democrat Party, the truth and the American left never intersect.
You take a 30-year-old. To him, history began the day he was born. He doesn’t know how cold it was 70 years ago unless he’s told. He doesn’t care. He thinks what’s happening now is either the best or the worst, whatever it is, ever. Everybody thinks that. Everybody’s historical perspective begins with the day they were born, unless they learn history, which is what we’re about here, is teaching it. So my point is you have a lot of people who are believing that this is as cold as it’s ever been. You might think that flies in the face of global warming. Ah, ah, ah, ah. Global warming’s not climate change, and we, folks, are causing all of this, you must understand. The hoax continues.
So now we got the polar vortex complete with graphics of a giant blue, red, whatever, blob up there. It’s escaped. Whatever keeps it there isn’t working anymore. Oh, no! That’s why we have this record cold, and man is doing that. This is how it works. In truth, folks, this is why it gets cold every winter. Arctic air finds its way down to us, and some winters the arctic air comes further south sooner than other winters, but it always happens. That’s why it gets cold. Where does the cold air come from? It always comes from the North Pole.
It always goes to Canada first, then comes to us, and it happens via the jet stream. Now, the jet stream is part of this, too. The jet stream is dipping down lower across the United States. That’s also said to be new and unique. In reality, this happens every winter as well, to a greater or lesser extent. But if they can make it sound new… This is the point. If they can make it sound new and unprecedented, then they can blame it all on man (particularly Republicans). They can blame it all on progress. They can blame it all on success, which leads to excess.
Success means people use more than their share of things like oil and fossil fuels, and they destroy the planet when they do this. You may think this ridiculous, folks. I’m telling you, some low-information people eat this up when they are told this. There’s an article. I referenced this a moment ago. It’s in The Daily Beast, which is a Tina Brown website. The leftists love this site. “Global Warming is Freezing You,” is the headline. It’s journalistic malpractice. I’m telling you, the truth and the left never intersect anymore.
It’s just stunning how everything their entire agenda is based on one lie after another. “Global Warming is Freezing You,” and the article claims that man-made global warming is slowing down the jet stream, and that’s why the cold air is coming down. Global warming is slowing down the jet stream! They don’t explain how. They just say, “It must be,” because, see, they’ve bought it. They have bought — hook, line, and sinker — man-made global warming. They believe it. I’ve told you; I read the tech blogs. Stunning, folks. They believe it.
There’s no questioning it, in a lot of sectors, particularly Millennials. Young people, those who think they’re experts in science, there’s no doubt. They just believe it, and so there has to be an explanation — and whatever man is doing has caused the jet stream to slow down, and that is permitting the polar vortex. Cold arctic air. Now, let’s say that President Obama called his science advisor. What is his science advisor’s name, Clapper? No, that’s the national security guy.
Oh, the science guy’s John Holdren. John Holdren was and is tight with Paul Ehrlich, the fraud behind The Population Bomb. No, no. I kid you not. John Holdren participated with Ehrlich in the bet that Julian Simon made with Ehrlich and Ehrlich lost it. Holdren is as wacko leftist as Ehrlich is. Holdren’s a science advisor. So let’s say this. Let’s say that Obama, because it’s really hot — say it’s August and it’s 95 degrees. Obama says, “We need to cool off Washington!”
So he calls up Holdren and he says, “Mr. Holdren, John, I want you to take action now to slow down the jet stream so that whatever that arctic air mass is comes down now. I want the autumnal blast now. I don’t want to wait ’til November for it. So, John, do what you have to do to get the jet stream slowed down so that arctic air comes south sooner, to cool everybody off in August.” Could Holdren or anybody do it? No. It isn’t possible. There’s not one thing you could do, while leaving civilization untouched. It’s absurd.
But they’re out there promulgating this stuff and taking advantage of every weather event. What they don’t know is — this is either Gallup or Pew — they’ve gone to the well too many times. On the long list of issues in a poll people were asked to rank in terms of importance, global warming is third from the bottom. I mean, they’ve really shot their wad on this. They’ve overdone it, and the reason that this has happened is, you can’t go to this well all these times. You can’t talk about warming and heating and melting and rising sea levels while people are freezing their rear ends off.
But they’re not giving up. I mean, the left never does. It is part of their agenda to grow government, raise taxes, limit freedom, and control people. It’s part of the agenda. It’s never gonna go away. They’re never going to admit that they’re wrong about this. They’re gonna continue to promulgate this hoax as long as they can. In fact, this Daily Beast story — which, again, is headlined, “Global Warming is Freezing You” — ends by saying, “Isn’t science neat?” I guess it is if you can rewrite the laws of physics.
If you can rewrite the laws of atmospherics to suit your political agenda, I guess science is neat, or if you can rewrite the terms of your religion to fit your agenda. Gosh, religion would be neat, too. But then it wouldn’t be science. Man-made global warming has nothing to do with science anyway. By the way, speaking of all this, US Coast Guard icebreaker on its way to rescue the crews on the Russian and ChiComs ships that are now stuck in the ice in Antarctica.
There are two rescue ships stuck in the ice in Antarctica. Why don’t they ever try to get the jet stream to come from the South Pole? You know, it’s summer down there now. Why not get the jet stream down there to counter the jet stream from the North Pole. I mean, if we’re doing something to cause the jet stream to slow down, let’s speed the one up from Antarctica.
Global warming is a great example. It’s a full-fledged, now documented hoax. Yet if you listen to the news media, it’s still in full swing, and it explains this cold snap. I have here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers a website. It’s Business Insider, of all things, that explains the polar vortex.
Now, I want to read this to you. “As tundra-like temperatures and wind chills as cold as 70 below zero fan out across the country, everyone is blaming the ‘polar vortex.’ Polar vortexes, though, are nothing new. They occur seasonally at the North Pole, and their formation resembles that of hurricanes in more tropical regions: fast-moving winds build up around a calm center.
“Unlike a hurricane, these are frigid polar winds, circling the Arctic at more than 100 miles per hour. The spinning winds typically trap this cold air in the Arctic. But the problem comes when the polar vortex weakens or splits apart, essentially flinging these cold wind patterns out of the Arctic and into our backyards. NOAA scientists have suggested,” which means they don’t have the foggiest idea.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration “scientists have suggested that warming temperatures in the Arctic may be responsible for the weakening of the polar vortex.” So, you see, it’s magic! Supposedly, man-made global warming is causing record cold, because warming temperatures may be responsible for the weakening of the polar vortex — and when the polar vortex weakens, it’s more likely to break apart and become a factor in our winter weather.
For example, boys and girls, “A 2009 vortex breakdown drove temperatures in parts of the Midwest down to -22F. Here’s a NASA illustration of the polar vortex and it splitting in two,” and they’ve got a graphic here. I’m not gonna bother showing it to you, ’cause it didn’t print out. It doesn’t matter. No big deal. Now, this is reported here as fact, as news, but the word “suggested” was used in connection with what scientists think.
So despite the polar vortex freezing everybody’s buns off, it’s because arctic air is getting warmer and it’s breaking down the boundaries of the polar vortex. Now, I’m here to assure you this is a crock, but this is how the left works, and you don’t have anybody in the media questioning this. All you have to do is have somebody put this news out, and the agenda has been set. “Man is causing the climate to warm, period!”
There’s no challenge to that. There’s nobody in the American news media that does not believe that. Well, not “nobody.” There are some detractors. But I’m talking ABC, CBS, NBC, New York Times, Washington Post. In the Drive-By Media, there’s nobody questions it, and so something like this there has to be something man is doing that causes this, and there isn’t.
But then to add insult to injury, we have warming temperatures at the North Pole where the ice sheet formed earlier and is larger than it’s been in a while. There’s no warming of any kind going on in the arctic, is the point — and yet, arctic air is getting warmer, causing the vortex to split apart and fling itself at us. Okay, fine. Well, by Friday it’s gonna be 40 degrees where today it’s five below.
Wherever it’s five below today it’s gonna be 40 by Friday, five days from now. Okay, so what’s gonna happen to put that boundary back in the polar vortex? Is the arctic air gonna all of a sudden get dramatically cool again and the vortex is gonna seal itself back up? This is all absurd stuff. (1)
Today, global warmists use magic to create the illusion of science, misapplying technology along the way. And those illusion are killing them right now.
Yesterday I wrote about how increasingly frustrated global warming alarmists were, practically throwing tantrums as real-time data shows that global warming models do not accurately model temperatures.
Their illusions, in other words, are being increasingly shown as delusions.
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recently been forced to concede that a whole raft of predictions they’ve made have been incorrect. Global temperatures have risen to only 25% as high as predicted according to the IPCC models; as recently as the late Middle Ages, the earth enjoyed a period of approximately 300 years which were as warm if not warmer than today; and the IPCC is at a loss to explain why an Arctic sea ice is accumulating rather than shrinking as they had predicted.
In Australia’s New South Wales, the state government has ordered municipal governments to ignore IPCC estimates of sea rise that when measured against historical records, have been off by as much as 90%.
Some municipalities have taken aggressive action based on the too-aggressive forecasts by the IPCC writes The Australian.
“The scientific delusion, the religion behind the climate crusade,” says Maurice Newman, a business advisor to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, “is crumbling. Global temperatures have gone nowhere for 17 years. Now, credible German scientists claim that ‘the global temperature will drop until 2100 to a value corresponding to the little ice age of 1870’.”
The German scientists have recently released a research that purportedly shows that temperature is determined by the solar cycles, along with Atlantic/Pacific oscillations (AMO/PDO) of 65-year time spans.
“The solar activity agrees well with the terrestrial climate,” say Prof. H. Luedecke and C.O. Weiss. “It clearly shows in particular all historic temperature minima. Thus the future temperatures can be predicted from the activities – as far as they are determined by the sun (the AMO/PDO is not determined by the sun).”
Indeed, as seen in the chart above the German scientists are predicting that global temperatures will decline for the next 80 years based on a 200-year solar cycle.
But that’s not stopping the alarmists, who continue to make prediction about the next two-hundred years even though they haven’t gotten the last two-hundred years right, yet alone the last two decades.
New models cranked out almost daily by them show that, “oh, no! global warming will be even worse in the future than we had predicted!”
One such report by the University of New South Wales and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, alleges that warming will be twice as high as the average alarmist predicts currently.
“Climate sceptics like to criticise climate models for getting things wrong, and we are the first to admit they are not perfect, but what we are finding is that the mistakes are being made by those models which predict less warming, not those that predict more,” said Professor Sherwood, lead author of the report according to the Guardian.
That’s because as Mark Twain’s Connecticut Yankee explained to King Arthur:
“Yes, a genuine expert can always foretell a thing that is five hundred years away easier than he can a thing that’s only five hundred seconds off.”
It’s magic, which of course, you wouldn’t understand.
It’s too mighty for you.(2)
Yet the Left continues to indoctrinate our school children in the fraudulent junk science of Anthropogenic Global Warming.
A recent Wall Street Journal article expressed concern about low math and science standards in the Common Core curriculum, despite President Obama’s frequent speechifying about the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.
There are many possible explanations for this sorry state of affairs, but one factor that doesn’t add anything positive is the politicization of education, a culmination of fifty years of a “long march through the institutions” by leftists. Humanities and social sciences have been most corrupted, but STEM disciplines are being assaulted by a new agenda promoting “climate education” or “climate literacy.”
A report titled “Climate Literacy,” signed by President Obama’s science czar John Holdren, declares that “Climate Science Literacy is part of Science [STEM] Literacy.” The usual arguments are presented: 1) recent global warming “represents an extraordinary rapid rate of change compared to changes in the previous 10,000 years.” 2) Rising temperatures will lead to “rising global sea level and increasing frequency and intensity of heat waves, droughts, and floods.” 3) “human activities are now the primary cause of most of the ongoing increase in Earth’s globally averaged surface temperature.”
Many climate scientists disagree with these three propositions; at very least, they are partisan viewpoints with political implications that have no place in public education.
This campaign is being advanced by local, state and federal governments, by universities and various non-profits, and is aimed at K-16 — kindergarten through college.
Stanford University’s School of Earth Sciences has developed Climate Change Education curricula for middle school and high school, which begins with the following declaration: “Global climate change …is unequivocal, almost certainly is caused mostly by us, already is causing significant harm, and is growing rapidly.”
Environmental activist groups like the Sierra Club, the NRDC, and the National Wildlife Federation all push for climate education. Another organization, the National Center for Science Education, describes itself as the “premier institution dedicated to keeping evolution and climate change in the science classroom and to keeping creationism and climate change denial out.”
Not surprisingly, the largest promoter of climate literacy is the federal government, which has dozens of programs scattered throughout the bureaucracy. It’s worth taking a step back to look at the big picture of federal climate spending.
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush established the United States Global Change Research Program or USGCRP which “coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society.” USGCRP is a collaboration of 13 federal agencies, currently under the oversight of John Holdren.
Federal climate spending increased throughout the 1990s and then, “In February 2002, [President George W. Bush] created a new Cabinet-level management structure, the Committee on Climate Change Science and Technology Integration, to oversee the more than $3 billion annual investment in the combined federal climate change research and technology development programs” (Globalchange.gov). Total Federal Climate Change Expenditures, as reported to Congress every year, rose to $4.6 billion in 2003 and a decade later, expenditures have expanded five-fold to $22.6 billion (2013 Enacted Budget Authority). The 2014 proposed budgets total $21.4B.
For comparison, the 2012 budget of the Heartland Institute, one of the largest skeptical non-profits, funded in part by the Koch brothers, is $7.7 million.
Here’s a diagram from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce of where we are today:
USCGRP, in the green box at the bottom left, appears low on the totem pole, but its 2014 budget is a significant $2.7 billion (not all of which is directed at climate literacy), a 7% increase over 2012.
$1.49 billion of USGCP’s budget goes to NASA to fund programs like the NASA Innovations in Climate Education, or NICE, which “is designed to improve the quality of the nation’s STEM education and enhance students’ and teachers’ literacy about global climate and Earth system change, from elementary grades to lifelong learners.” The NASA budget lists the total expenditure for NICE as N/A; it currently funds 71 educational projects. A few typical examples:
• A program of the National Wildlife Federation, Eco-Schools USA Climate Change Connections, “help[s] educators effectively integrate climate change science and literacy into their classrooms.” According to the NWF, “Over the course of the program, we will provide training to over 50 educators reaching 3,000 students. Our goal is to expand the program to 5,000 U.S. schools by 2015.”
• Another NWF program:”Building a Diverse, Green Workforce will infuse climate change science into community college green job and career preparation programs in three community colleges. The project has four main goals: 1) strengthen adult learner green STEM career education and training programs to support the development of workers with climate change knowledge. [etc.]”
In 2011, the NICE program was combined with NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP) and “the solicitation for proposals was opened only to minority serving institutions.” Thus, in addition to outreach to the Muslim world, NASA’s latest 14 projects are further politicized by limiting climate education to victims of racism. Overall, the federal government spends $1.1 billion “on investments that have the primary goal of targeting groups that are underrepresented in STEM” — primarily African-Americans, but also Native Americans, as in the “CYCLES” program at the University of Minnesota that teaches climate literacy from a “Native perspective” — as in Native American.
In this vein, Cora Marrett, the recent Acting Director of the National Science Foundation, which runs several climate change education programs, is a sociologist who has dedicated her career to “chang[ing] the color of the faculty in higher education” and “enhanc[ing] the status of African Americans in the face of the nation’s historic racism” (American Sociological Association).
Some climate literacy programs might involve actual hard science mixed with alarmist propaganda. A description of a high school biology class at my local high school, however, does not inspire confidence:
By 2050, today’s teenagers will be dealing head-on with frequent flooding, rising seas, and extreme weather. In response, innovative teachers across the region are helping prepare them by making climate change part of their high school curricula…
Many students wrote letters to government officials about public policy, others are changing individual behavior, and everyone seemed fully engaged and energized by the assignment. One group of girls created a music video to Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball,” describing the role of big industry in climate change.
Sample lyrics (as best as I could make out):
Instead of solar
You killed the polar
Big industry’s a wrecking ball
You never helped at all
All you ever did was wreck the trees.
All you ever did was wreck the bees…
“Big industry” of course created the video camera and the internet that allowed the video to be posted on YouTube, as well as providing heat and light in their Massachusetts classrooms (current temperature: 4 degrees F). I’m sure I was guilty of worse poetry at age 13, but it is inexcusable for teachers to encouragethis mindless exercise in anti-capitalism — in a biology class!
Then again, it’s a relief to know that we’re building a climate-literate workforce to fill the green jobs of the future, like those at Solyndra and A123 Systems. (3)
(1) Left Creates “Polar Vortex” to Make You Think Winter is Caused by Global Warming
(2) Warmers Use Magic to Create the Illusion of Science
(3) The Corruption of ‘Climate Literacy’
By Peter Wilson, American Thinker