by William Teach | August 8, 2017 8:34 am
This report reads more like a political document, rather than a scientific one
Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on U.S.
As Tom Maguire notes, the word drastic doesn’t actually appear in the report.
The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.
The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies, which has not yet been made public, concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. It directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain, and that the ability to predict the effects is limited.
It very much reads like the kind of apocalyptic report that would come from the Obama administration, right before he took a long fossil fueled trip to attend a fundraiser and play some golf on the West coast. Especially since it was written between December 15, 2016, and February 3, 2017.
More interestingly, despite the claim in the first paragraph, no actual temperature data is supplied in the article. I wonder why. Probably because the draft report claims the world has warmed a tiny 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit from 1865-2015. Which is rather the thing one would expect during a Holocene warm period. That’s why they’re called “warm periods.”
No mention of the multiple pauses during that time period, nor the long period of statistically insignificant warming for over 18 years starting around 1997. Nor that a goodly chunk of the last 1,500 years was a cool period.
The study examines every corner of the United States and finds that all of it was touched by climate change. The average annual temperature in the United States will continue to rise, the authors write, making recent record-setting years “relatively common” in the near future. It projects increases of 5.0 to 7.5 degrees Fahrenheit (2.8 to 4.8 degrees Celsius) by the late century, depending on the level of future emissions.
If you’re guessing that a goodly chunk of the report, and the NY Times article, focuses on doomy prognostications, you’d be correct. It predicts flooding and drought, more “extreme weather”, and all the other fun stuff that the Cult of Climastrology always predicts. And, of course, it blames it all on humanity.
It does fail to mention that the majority of the previous climate models have failed, so, it doesn’t tell us why we should believe this scareathon.
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