An Obama scientist debunks the climate doom-mongers

Posted: May 16, 2021 by oldbrew in alarmism, climate, opinion

climate-predictionsAnother setback for the doomsayers, as some inconvenient truths flow in their direction. Meanwhile the US ‘climate envoy’ comes up with the useless claim that “You don’t have to be a scientist to begin to feel that we’re looking at a trend line.” A trend of ever-increasing vacuous climate sales talk?
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The Washington Post has published an enlightening opinion piece on climate alarm and climate realism, says The GWPF.

Its weekly columnist Mark Thiessen bases his column on an interview with Steve Koonin and his new book ‘Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters’ which is making quite a splash due to its matter-of-fact, no-nonsense approach.

U.S. climate envoy John F. Kerry delivered a dire warning Wednesday on “the mounting costs … of global warming and of a more volatile climate.” Last year’s tally of “22 hurricanes, floods, droughts and wildfires shattered the previous annual record of 16 such events, and that was set only four years ago,” Kerry told a congressional hearing. “You don’t have to be a scientist to begin to feel that we’re looking at a trend line.”

Kerry is right about one thing: He is not a scientist. So here are a few climate facts that Kerry failed to mention in his testimony, marshaled by one of the Obama administration’s top scientists, Steven E. Koonin. All are based on official assessments published by the U.S. government or United Nations:“

* The warmest temperatures in the U.S. have not risen in the past fifty years,” Koonin writes, according to the U.S. government’s Climate Science Special Report.

* “Humans have had no detectable impact on hurricanes over the past century,” according to the 2014 National Climate Assessment.

* “Since the middle of the twentieth century, the number of significant tornadoes hasn’t changed much at all, but the strongest storms have become less frequent,” according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data (NOAA).

* “The rate of global sea-level rise 70 years ago was as large as what we observe today,” according to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

* Instead of droughts, “the past fifty years have been slightly wetter than average” in the United States, according to NOAA figures.

* Rather than famine, “in the fifty years from 1961 to 2011, global yields of wheat, rice, and maize … each more than doubled,” according to the IPCC.

* “The net economic impact of human-induced climate change will be minimal through at least the end of this century.”

These facts come from Koonin and his new book, “Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters.”

When he shares such information, he writes, “most are incredulous. Some gasp. And some get downright hostile.” Koonin — a physicist who worked on alternative energy for BP and as undersecretary for science in Obama Energy Department — has dug through those U.N. and U.S. government reports to bring us some inconvenient truths. And he says the facts do not support the “doom mongering” of climate alarmists.

Full article here.

  1. oldbrew says:

    John Kerry Humiliated as Climate Change Prediction Turns Out to Be Totally Wrong

    Democratic climate czar John Kerry ominously predicted in 2009 that climate change and global warming were such imminent threats to humanity that the Arctic would have an ice-free summer by 2014.

    That never happened.

    Despite being dunked on by Mother Nature, Kerry and his merry band of left-wing climate alarmists continue to push unscientific talking points to promote their radical environmental agenda.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Bias in climate research
    By Dr. Jay Lehr — May 11th, 2021

    In contrast to the alarmist view that our thermostat is currently controlled by carbon dioxide emissions, climate change is unpredictable and misunderstood. Therefore academic researchers go only where the money is. Where results are expected to conclude with doomsday predictions. This is the ultimate cash cow where NASA, NOAA, DOE, EPA and NSF can all drink at the trough. As the news media are only interested in covering these dire research predictions, the public cannot be blamed for buying much of it.
    . . .
    This is a scandal of the first order, that all researchers must drink the same “Kool-Aid” to obtain research funding. Tell your friends who are taken in by this “existential threat”.

  3. stpaulchuck says:

    this AGW nonsense is just another hobgoblin to scare the LoFo’s and mouth breathers into panic mode (again)
    “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.” – H.L. Menken

  4. oldbrew says:

    It’s getting ever more farcical…

    John Kerry: US climate envoy criticised for optimism on clean tech
    By Roger Harrabin
    BBC energy and environment analyst

    Published 7 hours ago

    He said: “You don’t have to give up quality of life to achieve some of the things we want to achieve.

    “I’m told by scientists that 50% of the reductions we have to make (to get to near zero emissions) by 2050 or 2045 are going to come from technologies we don’t yet have.”

    But his faith in unknown technologies has left some leading engineers aghast.
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    Our ‘solution’ is…wishful thinking 🙄

  5. Phoenix44 says:

    Tallying up the total of what are probably independent events is mindless. If they are independent then the numbers will vary hugely and every so often will coincide.

    We know the science – the Stern Repirt was clear. Net benefits for a number of years with costs coming much later.

    But that doesn’t suit the extremists and those who want to use Climate Change to force political change.

  6. oldbrew says:

    Andy May 8:57 pm on May 16, 2021

    Fact checking Steven Koonin’s Fact Checkers

    The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published a review of Steven Koonin’s new book Unsettled on April 25, a little over a week before it went on sale. A blog called “Climate Feedback” published a “Fact Check” of the book review on May 3rd, the day before the book came out. This so-called fact check was used by Facebook to attempt to discredit the WSJ review and the book itself whenever a post linked to the book review.

    The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board objected to this practice with a strongly worded editorial. They pointed out the so-called “fact check” was not checking anything, but simply arguing against Koonin’s analysis. Arguing with Koonin is fine, arguing is an important part of science, but don’t call it a fact check. The “fact check” blog post doesn’t contradict or challenge anything in Koonin’s book. Koonin provides a rebuttal in today’s WSJ here.

    Koonin’s more detailed point-by-point rebuttal of the fact check is here. [bold added]
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    Resistance to arguments is not fact checking.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Steve Koonin responds to an article in SciAm
    thursday, june 03, 2021

    Scientific American has published a criticism of me and my recent book, Unsettled. Most of that article’s 1,000 words are scurrilous ad hominem and guilt-by-association aspersions from the twelve co-authors. Only three scientific criticisms are buried within their spluttering; here is my response to each them.
    . . .
    As I write in Unsettled, I welcome serious, informed discussion of any of the points I raise in the book. Unfortunately, the article by Oreskes et al. falls well short of that standard.
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    True to form negative tactics from the climate propaganda brigade.

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