Man-made global warming a science built on sandRichard Treadgold | April 4, 2010
It seems urgent to directly attack the lack of evidence for dangerous AGW. Adaptation should be a no-brainer driver of public policy, but since the Greens stand in the way of that, shouting stridently instead for the nonsensical reduction in our emissions of harmless greenhouse gases, based on the falsehood of sinful human interference in the climate, they should be taken on by courageous politicians and electors alike. I note that some time ago Greenpeace took the cowardly decision to simply fail to respond to anyone questioning the causes of global warming, saying the matter was now decided.
They and the rest must be somehow winkled out of their holes to confront the obvious and lamentable lack of evidence, much as NIWA has recently been forced into admitting some shortcomings. They have been forced, it must be said, by nothing more than simple, truthful but persistent questions; we must take note, I think, that fulmination and excessive emotional or moral force has been absent, with the single exception of the emotional goading in Are We Feeling Warmer Yet that got them off their backsides to start with. Only a guilty conscience would have responded like that to that paper.
Or is that naive? Are plenty of people attacking the scientific evidence line already without success? I’ve been concentrating on local NIWAgate matters for a while and recently taking a break to recharge. Perhaps I’m out of touch.
There’s no sign of surrender from any significant bastion among the warmists, yet we know their fight is founded on sand. What are we going to do about it?
NIWAgate is nearly dealt with and another temperature time series will soon be produced or be newly in production, the ETS will be abandoned and the populace will soon turn gratefully back to real life, so it is time we raised the central issue of the science to centre stage.
For I foresee that global warming’s false science and fears will survive, fomenting inane distractions from genuine problems for a long time. The AGW gravy-train is already disconnected from reality; why should we expect that actually proving the disconnection will make any difference? We can expect years yet of wind, solar and tidal power schemes, a continuing fight to force all manner of things to emit less GHG and a constant effort to reduce everyone’s carbon footprint. These things have attained a truly frightening critical mass and will be with us for a while even when their underpinnings are gone. Only a few of the projects are justified by good reasons yet it will be generations before “carbon” becomes, in the mind of the common people, harmless.
At the moment the fight against our ETS is based on poor climate records, economics, the harm to farming and perhaps a sense of equity, and the fight for our ETS is based more on the perceptions of our trading partners than the (false) science directly. But as soon as we can we should shift camp nearer the enemy’s castle of fraudulent science. Set our siege machines hurling missiles against the very gates. Demolish those pretentious portals.
This cannot fail. The truth always wins. What fun.