Global Warming Today: Mass Neurosis

One of the problems with fighting back against the disciples of anthropogenic global warming, and other silliness such as 9/11 Twooferism and Progressivism, is having to respond to them using rationality and facts and figures, which they then dismiss as being created by Big Oil, or whoever and/or whatever the current villain is. Bret Stephens at the Wall Street Journal easily links the feelings based idiocy and the real facts regarding AGW – Global Warming as Mass Neurosis

Rage Boy Hates Climate ChangeLast week marked the 20th anniversary of the mass hysteria phenomenon known as global warming. Much of the science has since been discredited. Now it’s time for political scientists, theologians and psychiatrists to weigh in.

What, discredited? Thousands of scientists insist otherwise, none more noisily than NASA’s Jim Hansen, who first banged the gong with his June 23, 1988, congressional testimony (delivered with all the modesty of “99% confidence”).

But mother nature has opinions of her own. NASA now begrudgingly confirms that the hottest year on record in the continental 48 was not 1998, as previously believed, but 1934, and that six of the 10 hottest years since 1880 antedate 1954. Data from 3,000 scientific robots in the world’s oceans show there has been slight cooling in the past five years, never mind that “80% to 90% of global warming involves heating up ocean waters,” according to a report by NPR’s Richard Harris.

The Arctic ice cap may be thinning, but the extent of Antarctic sea ice has been expanding for years. At least as of February, last winter was the Northern Hemisphere’s coldest in decades. In May, German climate modelers reported in the journal Nature that global warming is due for a decade-long vacation. But be not not-afraid, added the modelers: The inexorable march to apocalypse resumes in 2020.

This last item is, of course, a forecast, not an empirical observation. But it raises a useful question: If even slight global cooling remains evidence of global warming, what isn’t evidence of global warming? What we have here is a nonfalsifiable hypothesis, logically indistinguishable from claims for the existence of God. This doesn’t mean God doesn’t exist, or that global warming isn’t happening. It does mean it isn’t science.

He goes on to point out that so much about AGW is belief, or, as he should have wrote it, Belief with ye olde capital B.

To me, it is not so much that global warming hasn’t happened, and won’t happen again. It has. It will. It will also get cool again. Climate change does happen. But, the Disciples of Gore desperately want to believe that it is all Man’s fault, for so many of the reasons mentioned here at Right Wing News, at my site, around the Interwebz, and in the WSJ article. Funny how, despite the actual increase of CO2 output, the temperature portion of the climate, real temps, not models, have remained pretty much stagnant for 10 years, eh?

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