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Extreme weather events around the globe: manifestations of runaway climate change
Just before 2 a.m. on February 19, the war on climate science showed its grip on the U.S. House of Representatives as it voted to eliminate U.S. funding for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The Republican majority, on a mostly party-line vote of 244-179, went on record as essentially saying that it no longer wishes to have the IPCC prepare its comprehensive international climate science assessments.
Some examples of the “rationale” in the background of this vote:
Representative Luetkemeyer (Missouri):
US Congress Representative John Shimkus (Illinois):
The Representative is correct in pointing to the wealth of fauna and flora in the age of the dinosaurs.
Figure 1. The difference between atmospheric conditions in terms of CO2 levels (parts per million), greenhouse Earth conditions and glacial eras. (After Royer et al., 2004).
The only error he makes is in overlooking the fact that humans, as a part of nature, are the product of environment changes associated with cooling of the Earth since the mid-Pliocene about 3 million years ago, followed by the glacial-interglacial eras during which H. sapiens and civilization arose. The other error is that rapid shifts between climate states result in mass extinctions.
But then it’s not clear how many of the new House majority accept Darwinian evolution.
Representative Joe Barton (Texas), who is competing for the position of chairman of the Congress Energy and commerce Committee states:
Never mind that in nature winds move air from cold high pressure to warm low pressure zones, such as in onshore sea breeze or the polar vortices.
E. Calvin Beisner of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, argued that because the
Some are happy with ongoing carbon emissions, among other as “plant food”, in what some of them regard as a “carbon starved world”.
A new kind of “science” is being invented, free of data and unrelated to the basic laws of physics and chemistry.
Just in case those who reject the science may not be correct, at least Congress continues to support space research programs. In search of habitable planets when Earth is no longer suitable for human life?
Defenders of the IPCC are in retreat. Representative Waxman (California) states:
In Noam Chomsky’s view:
How consistent is Noam Chomsky’s prediction with climate science projections?
With rising global and in particular polar temperatures
Figure 2. Arctic warming 1981-2009 NASA/AFPand the acceleration of extreme weather events, predicted by the IPCC,
the rise in energy levels of the atmosphere-ocean system, evaporation and precipitation, are increasingly expressed by a series of extreme weather events - cyclones, floods, snow storms, heat waves.
The emission of >320 Gigaton carbon over the last two centuries leads to a shift in state of the climate (>2 Watt/m2; +0.8C mean temperature; ~2 ppm CO2/year) on a scale unknown from former interglacial periods and the last 3 million years of geological history.
How should Noam Chomsky’s claim the return of the Republicans constitutes “a kind of a death knell for the species” be interpreted?
Is Chomsky referring to the self-fulfilling prophecies of the “rapture” by fundamentalists? Is it the ideology of human mastery over nature, vested fossil fuel interests, well-funded “conservative” think tanks, media cover-up, cowardly politicians, the basic reluctance of people to face global issues beyond human power, or all of these factors combined?
Figure 4. From an inconvenient truth to a reassuring lie (Christian Science Monitor).
Hopefully the Representatives are correct and Chomsky is mistaken. As “internet science” tells, the world is not warming or, at least, not due to human factors, and climate research organizations (Hadley-Met, NASA-GISS, Colorado-NSIDC, Potsdam, CSIRO, BOM) and peer reviewed science are all in error.
Should this not be the case and the future lie in the hands of those who reject the scientific method, claiming authority to speak in God’s name, this would herald the end of the enlightenment, an era of intellectual, scientific and cultural life emerging from the 18th century where evidence and reason are the basis for legitimacy and authority.